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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.


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Most popular time to visit October-December
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Local currency € 1 = $1.05
Language Icelandic
Average weekend price $145 per night
Average weekday price $141 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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This is our second time to Reykjavik.

July 1, 2022

This is our second time to Reykjavik. I love this city so much. The people are so nice, the city is easily walkable, the art museums, the cultural institutions, the Harpa concert hall (amazing!), the closeness to the bay, the city bus system, everything. It was easy to catch a bus to the Golden Circle Tour and the Blue Lagoon. Though it is cold - you have to be prepared for that! - the city is just wonderful and I cannot wait to go back!

Cynthia United States of America

The free walking tour with Erik is awesome.

June 30, 2022

The free walking tour with Erik is awesome. Be sure to tip!! Overall it’s a wonderful but crazy expensive city. Be sure to visit Sky Lagoon. And our birthday dinner at The Food Cellar was the best chef’s dinner we’ve ever had. 😊

Jane Canada

Reykjavik was a very friendly city to visit.

June 30, 2022

Reykjavik was a very friendly city to visit. It is amazingly clean. Very walking friendly city. Went to Reykjavik street food and it was great. Loved walking along the water front. It was very windy so make sure to bundle up.


It is a pleasant city with many natural parks, though...

June 30, 2022

It is a pleasant city with many natural parks, though overpriced for the low quality of its infrastructure. Chile probably has similar natural charms in type and scale, and is more appropriately priced and has a better quality tourist and city infrastructure.

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PCA Pablo Chile

Reykjavik is a low density, nature rich city with ease of...

June 28, 2022

Reykjavik is a low density, nature rich city with ease of walking and access to shops and restaurants nearby. It gets a bad rap for being expensive. While not cheap, we managed as a family of four to average $8 for simple breakfasts (rolls cheese, meat with cappuccino), $10 lunches (pizza, sandwiches, drinks) and $20 dinners (sit down restaurants). The golden circle tour with our car rental had minimum costs. We drove two days and gas was $30. The city sites like the famous church, downtown walking were free and the local thermal baths frequented by average people were $8 per person (a great alternative to the expensive lagoon). We stayed in a guesthouse in central Reykjavik with 4 beds, a kitchen and dining area, private bath, and our own private entrance for $160 a night in June. Bring your own eyewear to sleep as the sun is out all the time. 2 days and 2 nights in Reykjavik between 4 adults ran us roughly $170 per person all inclusive.

Salima United States of America

We loved our Golden Circle tour--we saw so much of the...

June 28, 2022

We loved our Golden Circle tour--we saw so much of the Island. The Blue Lagoon was great. This tour is worth the cost, especially if you have a short stay. Downtown is fun and funky. We tried the famous Icelandic hotdog which was tasty. Viet Noodles has amazing Pho and the chef and much of the staff are Vietnamese. We also had some great burgers at funky place, Le Kock, near our hotel. They also have some good beers on tap and games you can play at your table. There is a bakery right next door called Deig that has great doughnuts.

Marni United States of America

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