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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$47.95 Outdoor Activities

Golden Circle and Thingvellir Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Golden Circle Route, South RegionThe most popular sightseeing route in Iceland, with impressive natural wonders and rich historyDuration: 7 hoursStop At: Thingvellir National Park, Thingvellir, South RegionExplore Iceland's oldest national park, and the founding site of the world's oldest parliament Alþingi. Here you can also see the rift between two tectonic plates, slowly moving apart and creating fissures in the lava fields.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Strokkur, Geysir, South RegionStrokkur is a geyser that is well known for it's very frequent eruptions, it erupts scalding hot water high into the air every 5-10 minutes.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gullfoss, Blaskogabyggd, South RegionVisit the magnificent waterfall of Gullfoss and marvel at the intense force of glacial meltwater falling down into the deep canyon of Hvitargljufur.Duration: 1 hour

$79.90 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.

$107.85 Day Trips & Excursions

Iceland Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Golden Circle Route, South RegionGolden Circle tour is the tour to take if you only take one tour in Iceland! The duration of the stops vary, but it is (very roughly) at least 30 min at each of the main sights.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Thingvellir National Park, Thingvellir, South RegionYou will take a short walk through Thingvellir, a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, located directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The history here is also fascinating; Thingvellir was the original site of what is now the longest-running parliament in the world, formed in 930 AD.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Gullfoss, Blaskogabyggd, South RegionAdmire the majestic waterfall Gullfoss. The sheer power of the falls is mesmerizing, and its history is inspiring.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Strokkur, Geysir, South RegionAnother stop will be in the geothermal are near Haukadalur valley. This hilly area has a lot of hot springs, but what it is most renowned for is its geysers. The largest, Geysir gave the world the word geyser, while Strokkur is the most active in the area, shooting water up to 30 meters high every five to ten minutes.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin, Fludir, South RegionOn this tour, you will also get the time to slow down and relax like a local. Secret lagoon is Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, filled with water trickling in from an adjacent geothermal area, which, as an added bonus, has another little geyser. Its location could not be more serene, and you will no doubt ease away any tension built up over your holiday in its healing waters.Duration: 1 hour

$59.90 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.

$38.82 Cultural & Theme Tours

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.

$42.24 Transfers & Ground Transport

Reykjavik to or from Keflavik Airport Premium Transfer Service

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.