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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.

Tonight

From $67 per night

This weekend

From $140 per night

Next weekend

From $142 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit April-June
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Icelandic
Average weekend price $137 per night
Average weekday price $145 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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8.0

My favourite excursion was the hot springs.

June 30, 2020

My favourite excursion was the hot springs. That was one of the most awesome experiences ever! Wish I had done the Gulross waterfall. Otherwise the weather was a bit miserable and WOWZERS it really is just so cold.

Anonymous South Africa
10

Expensive for dining out and drinking unless you source the...

May 13, 2020

Expensive for dining out and drinking unless you source the happy hours. Self catering keeps the cost down. Easy to walk around and the tours are great value and amazing particularly if you're lucky to see the Northern lights.

paul
paul Ireland
8.0

Plenty to see and do but would probably be best to plan on...

April 6, 2020

Plenty to see and do but would probably be best to plan on five days to thoroughly take it all in. We stayed for two days and two night on a stopover on our way to England. I am sure that we will be back again sometime.

Jennee
Jennee United States of America
10

There is the potential to have great food and drinks in...

April 1, 2020

There is the potential to have great food and drinks in Reykjavik and also get out into nature with an hour's drive. The global pandemic means I missed many of the good places. Will need to go back.

Vickki
Vickki United Kingdom
10

Harbor Apartment with Ocean and Mountain Views was a...

March 31, 2020

Harbor Apartment with Ocean and Mountain Views was a fantastic apartment to stay in. The owners were nearby and friendly. I loved staying next to the harbor and walking to the water to watch the rising full moon.

Anonymous United States of America
10

Don’t wait.

March 25, 2020

Don’t wait. Go! Very serene and beautiful sites. Staggering waterfalls and natural beauty abound. Obviously If you don’t go to the Blue Lagoon you will regret it. Considering there are usually more tourists than actual native Icelanders they are courteous, friendly and patient. Go! Don’t wait. Just Go!!

Anonymous United States of America

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