Welcome to Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland, where modern urban living harmoniously coexists with the untamed beauty of nature. This northernmost capital in the world beckons travellers with its unique blend of contemporary charm, rich cultural offerings, and the awe-inspiring landscapes that surround it. Let's delve into the wonders that make Reykjavik a captivating destination.Read More
Guided Tours and Excursions
As the primary gateway to our Iceland tours, Reykjavik stands at the forefront of our tour itineraries, serving as both the starting and concluding point for most adventures. Despite the allure of Reykjavik's offerings, our tours extend far beyond the city limits, immersing you in Iceland's untamed landscapes and captivating phenomena. While some tours offer sightseeing within the capital, the majority commence and conclude in Reykjavik, prompting many of our customers to dedicate a couple of days before or after their tour to uncover the city's treasures at their own pace.
What to Expect – Why Visit?
Reykjavik is more than just a city; it's an immersive experience into the heart of Icelandic culture. Visitors can expect a dynamic atmosphere fuelled by creativity, a thriving culinary scene, and a strong connection to the country's folklore. Reykjavik's compact size allows for easy exploration, making it a perfect starting point for adventures into the surrounding natural wonders.
Top 3 Main Sights to See
Reykjavik's iconic church, Hallgrímskirkja, stands tall against the skyline. Take an elevator to the top for panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains.
Harpa Concert Hall
A modern architectural marvel, Harpa is a cultural hub hosting concerts, events, and exhibitions. Its glass façade reflects the ever-changing Icelandic light.
Perlan (The Pearl)
Perched on Oskjuhlid Hill, The Pearl offers a 360-degree observation deck and houses a rotating restaurant. It's a splendid vantage point to absorb the city and its surroundings.
Dress in layers and be prepared for sudden weather changes. Even in summer, temperatures can vary, and rain showers are common.
Iceland uses the Icelandic króna (ISK). Credit cards are widely accepted, but having some cash for smaller establishments is advisable.
Try traditional Icelandic dishes like lamb soup, fermented shark, and skyr (Icelandic yogurt). Embrace the local flavours for a true culinary adventure.
Is Reykjavik expensive for tourists?
Yes, Iceland, including Reykjavik, is known for its relatively high cost of living. However, the unique experiences and natural wonders often make it worthwhile for visitors.
Are there opportunities to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?
While light pollution in the city can limit visibility, guided tours can take you to darker areas nearby for a better chance to witness the Northern Lights.
Health and Safety
Dial 112 for emergency assistance. Reykjavik has excellent healthcare facilities, and tap water is safe to drink.
Follow designated paths to protect fragile ecosystems. Be cautious near coastal areas, as waves can be unpredictable.
Getting There and Travelling Around
By Air: Keflavik International Airport serves Reykjavik. From there, you can take a bus, taxi, or rent a car to reach the city.
Public Transportation: Reykjavik has an efficient bus system. Taxis and rental cars are also popular options for exploring the city and its surroundings.
In conclusion, Reykjavik captivates with its juxtaposition of modernity and natural wonders. Whether you're captivated by striking architecture, immersed in local culture, or venturing into the wild landscapes, Reykjavik promises an Icelandic adventure like no other.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Reykjavik. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Reykjavik on a bespoke touring itinerary to Iceland, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.