Visitors to Reykjavík are thrilled by the pure energy at the heart of Iceland’s capital city - be it from the boiling thermal springs underground, the natural green energy, or the lively culture scene and fun-filled nightlife.
The world’s northernmost capital, it's framed by the majestic Mount Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxaflói Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier appears crystal-like on the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast.

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Glaciers, geysers, hot springs and volcanoes are the exotic attractions that have drawn tourists to Iceland for a long time. Reykjavík itself has recently become one of the world’s greatest weekend destinations and hosts visitors from across the world. Reykjavík also offers splendid architecture, fantastic shopping and a raft of cultural delights with Iceland’s amazing natural wonders just around the corner.

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Planning Your Reykjavik Visit

Best time to visit?

In summer, there’s midnight sun and the temperature gets a little hotter! But if you want to hike, the best season is July and August.” David Philips of our supplier Astronomy Tours shares his tips on the best time to visit Iceland: “February, March, September and October are typically best for the Northern Lights.

How long to stay?

The short answer to the question how long you should spend in Iceland is, “as long as possible”. But given limited time, we recommend you spend at least 5 days, or 1 week. A bit longer is even better. But no matter how long you’ll spend, we’re sure you will want to come back to Iceland again soon.

How expensive is it?

Reykjavík, like most Nordic cities, has a reputation for being quite expensive and, for a city of its size, that’s a fair assessment. Ultimately though, Reykjavík is no more expensive than London or Paris. Furthermore, you’re unlikely to encounter hidden costs and can expect excellent value for money.

What people are saying about Reykjavik

★★★★★ Great way of finding out about geological features of iceland

The right length of trip to keep you interested, but not exhausted. The guide was particularly knowledgable and really effective in sharing information enthusiastically. Great to her about life in Iceland too and lovely to have such an open, responsive and informed guide. What an amazing island.

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour reviewed by Stephanie

★★★★★ Amazing scenery and fantastic guide, Sven.

Besides the amazing scenery , our fantastic guide, Sven, full of enthusiasm and fun , went all out to make the most of the good weather on the day of our tour. You could say that our experience was made all the more memorable with him as a wonderful guide. Highly recommended.

★★★★★ Wonderfully spent day with beautiful memories

We started at the Secret Lagoon, which was a lovely experience. Service at the location was great and everything went smooth. The hot water was very relaxing. After that, we were picked up by coach and continued our way to the Golden Circle. We had a funny and interesting guide (Iceman) and safe driver. The whole tour was enjoyable and interesting. I would recommend to anyone who wants to bring a lovely memories back home. Thank you!

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