Welcome to Reykjavík


Food & Nightlife

Reykjavík is strikingly cosmopolitan for its size. It's merely a town by international standards, compared with London or Paris, yet it's loaded with captivating art, rich culinary choices, and cool cafes and bars.The capital has seen a recent surge in restaurant openings, many of the highest standard, and expressing all manner of culinary creativity. Cafes by day turn into restaurants and bars at night. Tapas-style dining, high-concept Icelandic cuisine and burger joints all rub shoulders.Then join the late-night party. The music scene is epic: excellent festivals, creative DJs gigging and any number of home-grown bands.

History

You can get a full primer on Icelandic history right in central Reykjavík, from its Settlement Exhibition built around the unearthed Viking longhouse of the area's earliest inhabitants to the enormous National Museum, keeper of the country's most precious artefacts.In the Old Harbour you can enthrall the kids at a high-octane Saga Museum, or learn about the area's maritime history. And, as you make your way around, try to slip behind the shiny tourist-centric veneer to find today's people, who mix aesthetic-minded ingenuity with an almost quaint, know-your-neighbours sense of community.

Art & Design

The capital's art museums, shops and galleries are a perfect insight into contemporary city life. They include outstanding exhibition spaces, such as the Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, as well as shops featuring cutting-edge Icelandic design. Edgy contemporary art galleries such as those in the Marshall House showcase emerging and internationally famous Icelandic artists.Reykjavík also presents the chance to see Icelandic cinema with English subtitles. Or, wander the streets photographing creative graffiti and public art installations, like the ever-popular seaside Sun Voyager sculpture, which changes guises along with the light.

The Great Outdoors

Even if you come to Reykjavík for a short visit, be sure to take a trip to the countryside. Tours and services abound, and understanding Reykjavík and its people is helped by understanding the vast, raw land they anchor. The majority of Icelanders live in the capital, but you can guarantee their spirits also roam free across the land. Absorb what you see, hear, taste, smell – all part of Iceland's rich heritage.Take Reykjavík, then add its snow-topped mountains, churning seas and crystal-clear air, and the chances are you'll fall helplessly in love, heading home already saving to return.


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$51.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Golden Circle and Thingvellir Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

The tour begins with a geothermal area in the picturesque landscape of Lake Thingvallavatn (this part of the tour may not be included in winter).  Your tour also includes a visit to Thingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament Althingi was founded in 930, making it the oldest functioning parliament in the world. It is here that the slowly diverging tectonic plates of America and Europe meet. Your tour continues to the beautiful waterfall of Gullfoss, a highlight of any visit to Iceland, along with the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. You will also visit Skalholt church, the ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops. On your way back to Reykjavik you'll travel through fertile agricultural areas.

$99.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour

After getting picked up at your designated pickup location, take off for the coast of southern Iceland to immerse yourself in unbelievable natural beauty. Visit the small village of Vik, known for its gorgeous seaside views, and check out the black sand of its nearby beach. Continue on to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here, walk behind and through the waterfall to Skógafoss, another neighboring waterfall with a 197-foot (60-meter) drop. There will be numerous photo opportunities here, as the area is known for its magnificent views. Don’t miss the Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, which are constantly moving and some of the most famous natural wonders of the area. Spend time marveling at their size before ending the tour and heading back to Reykjavik.

$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Iceland Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik

The tour will pick you up from Reykjavik between 10:00 to 10:30 am and will take you to see the beautiful sights of the Golden Circle after the morning crowds have already come and gone. You will also visit a natural hot spring pool where you can relax in the beautiful 100-104°F (38-40°C) water, the Viking way. On this tour you will visit the three major sights on the Golden Circle. Thingvellir is the site of the World´s first Parliament, which met each year outdoors, beginning in 930 AD and continuing until 1798. We will drive to one of Europe´s largest waterfalls and Iceland’s pride: the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. We will go also to the geothermal fields near Haukadalur, where you will be able to stand up close to the erupting geyser, Strokkur. We will visit the hot spring nature bath, which the locals named the Secret Lagoon because it has up until recently, only been known about by very few people. This is a truly enjoyable tour, combining two of the best things Iceland has to offer; fantastic scenery and a warm, relaxing nature bath.

$49.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

This grand Golden Circle tour takes you to southwest Iceland's most popular attractions with the help and knowledge of a local guide. Begin your day with pickup from your designated pickup location in central Reykjavik. Visit Geysir geothermal area, where the most active hot spring Strokkur spouts steaming water up to 30 meters high into the air every eight minutes. Then see Gullfoss, or the 'Golden Falls,' an iconic waterfall located in the glacial river Hvítá. Watch the water plummet down into the 32-meter-deep crevice. Afterward, make your way to the historical and geological wonder of  Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart from each other at a rate of few centimeters per year. Þingvellir has sat proudly on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2004. Top off the tour with included entry to Kerið, a volcanic crater lake roughly 890 feet (270 m) long and 180 feet (55 m) deep. After a full day of sightseeing, you will conclude with drop-off at your original departure point.

$51.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Northern Lights 5-Hour Night Tour from Reykjavik

We can say with certainty that the Aurora Borealis is one of the most unique spectacles that life on Earth has to offer. That is why we make every effort to provide an unforgettable Northern Lights experience to our passengers with daily tours, supervised by our expert guides. After operating Northern Lights hunting tours for many years, we know a thing or two about finding the best possible viewing conditions. Before each tour, we study the weather forecasts to help us decide what the best location that night will be. If the conditions are right, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens, painting dramatic shapes, colors and patterns on the night sky.

$37.62 Transfers & Ground Transport

Premium Airport Transfer: Keflavik Airport direct to Reykjavik City Hotels and Reykjavik City Hotels direct to Keflavik Airport

Airport Direct Premium is the fastest and easiest way to get to and from Keflavík Airport, while remaining affordable.  Our Orange bus will pick you up directly from your accommodation in Reykjavik and drive you straight to Keflavík Airport or the other way around from Keflavík Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Using the Premium service will save you 30-45 minutes on the standard transfer and get you to you straight to your accommodation without changing buses, meaning a door to door service. Furthermore, we pride ourselves in offering a wide range of pick up locations in the Reykjavík area.By using exclusively mini-buses we limit the number of stops on the way and go directly to and from the airport. In this way we guarantee you a quick, simple and on-time service.