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The world's northernmost capital is packed with history, culture, and Icelandic charm. Reykjavik's compact city center makes it easy to explore all of its streets lined with colorful houses, cozy cafes, and great restaurants serving up local favorites like kjötsúpa – a lamb soup with vegetables and herbs.

You can explore the city's Viking past at The Settlement Exhibition, where ancient ruins meet digital technology. Other main sights include the enormous Hallgrímskirkja Church and the National Museum, which tells the story of the country's history and unique culture.

Tons of excursions depart from the city, so travelers can experience the natural wonders beyond the capital, including the famous geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, ice caves, geysers, and waterfalls.

Lots of travelers stop for a dip in the nearby Blue Lagoon on their way to or from the airport in Keflavik, about 30 miles out of Reykjavik.


From $308 per night

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From $437 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.07
Language Icelandic
Average weekend price $249 per night
Average weekday price $259 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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I booked a hiking trip hut to hut with Arctic Adventures.

September 22, 2023

I booked a hiking trip hut to hut with Arctic Adventures. I stayed in Reykjavik my first night and my las two nights after my hiking tour. Very happy with my whole experience in Iceland, the locals, the food, the breathtaking views and the tour guides we had from Arctic Adventures.

silvina United States of America

This was a once in a lifetime trip for us and it was...

September 22, 2023

This was a once in a lifetime trip for us and it was highlighted by a great view of the Northern Lights right from the hotel parking lot. We deliberately booked when there would be a new moon and the 2nd night did not disappoint. Prearranged tours all picked up right from our hotel. Tun and Tieger and Nordica bus stops provided easy access to public transport. Botanical garden, waterfront and pools all just a short walk away. We enjoyed the hotel spa hot tubs. Skip the Blue Lagoon choose Secret Lagoon instead.

R United States of America

Reykjavik downtown where we stayed was lovely.

September 21, 2023

Reykjavik downtown where we stayed was lovely. Quaint with colourful buildings, murals, parks and lots of shops. We enjoyed wandering around, walking the shoreline, exploring the area and trying to remember the street names! We did eat out but we also cooked at our apartment (dining out is expensive). We went to the local swimming pool and enjoyed sitting in the outdoor hot tubs with light rain coming down. We also rented a car after a couple days and hiked to some natural hot springs about 45 min. out of Reykjavik.

Alexis Canada

I truly like Reykjavik, however the hotels are too expensive.

September 20, 2023

I truly like Reykjavik, however the hotels are too expensive. What they're charging for a shoe box you can get a presidential suit somewhere else. I've paid that type of money before but it was 3000sq, a villa, or I had private dipping pool. The hotels are a deterrent to return.

Azlena United States of America

Prices are high for almost everything….

September 20, 2023

Prices are high for almost everything…. Be prepared to spend perhaps twice as much as you might have budgetted for. Eg: plate of a lam shank with mashed potato & beans plus one glass of wine = $75 AUD. Fridge magnet souvenirs around $18 AUD Just learn basic currency conversions to understand what you’re actually paying for things. If you want to get a quick handle on Reyjkavik history visit The City Museum branch The Settlement which features both an archaeological dig plus the oldest house in Reyjkavik. Consider buying the Reyjkavik Card for public transport & entry prices to major cultural attractions, especially if staying more than one day.

Pamela Australia

Rejkjavik doesn't have that much.

September 18, 2023

Rejkjavik doesn't have that much. There are bars and shops everywhere but give it one one and a half days max and spend your time on the north coast where the weather is better! Loki café is great for Icelandic food at reasonable prices. Old Iceland restaurant is also good but we're looking at pricey for most normal people. Promenade has great views. Perlan is fantastic but WAY overpriced

Richard Spain

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