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Reykjavik Cruise Port

Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland at around 120,000 people, which comprises half the country’s total population. Although it was the site of the country’s first permanent settlement dating from around 870, there was no actual city here until 1786. Since then this friendly city has developed into a lively, creative capital with a focus on fishing, banking and the creative industries, predominantly music, fashion and design.

The laidback, low-rise city is dotted with new high-rise developments dating from the heady days of wealth before the 2008 banking crash. The jewel in the crown is the recently completed architectural showpiece and concert hall, Harpa, located on the waterfront.

How to Get to Reykjavik

Smaller ships will dock at the Old Harbor but most will tie up at the Cruise Dock a couple of miles from the center of the city. There is little to see here, but shuttle buses take only about ten minutes into the heart of Reykjavik. Once in town, you can walk to all the major sights.

One Day in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is easy to explore on foot and full of great little cafes and bars to refuel your energy. Hard to miss on the top of the hill is the cathedral Hallgrimskirkja, which is definitely worth visiting. On the way you’ll pass through the major shopping area, defined by the main street Laugavegur, along which you’ll find shops full of local fashion and design, and souvenirs. Icelandic knitwear is particularly fine.

Reykjavik Art Museum is small but good and the National Museum is interesting, located in the lower town between the seafront and the lake where there are also good shops to explore in lovely traditional Icelandic buildings. But the real wonder of Iceland lies outside the city in its incredible landscapes and wide open spaces.

If you have time – and remember in mid-summer the sun actually never sets – take the Golden Circle tour into the interior of the island, or hop on a bus out to The Blue Lagoon, a wonderful thermal spa complex where you can soak in the geothermal waters for which Iceland is famous. On the way see the ‘evil lava’, that black moss-covered rock which makes Iceland so spectacular.

Port Information

The local language is Icelandic but English is widely and excellently spoken. The currency is the Icelandic krona but don’t get too many as they are not useful in any other country. Credit cards are widely accepted. Don’t forget to ask for your Tax Refund documents if you purchase pricier items such as clothing.

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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Blue Lagoon Spa with Round-trip Transport

4 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Find the ultimate relaxation when you’re in port in Reykjavik on this shore excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $74.71

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

Wave goodbye to Reykjavik Port and head out on a whale-watching cruise around Faxaflói Bay! Choose from two shore excursions – a leisurely 3.5-hour cruise ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2.5 hours or 3.5 hours

From USD $69.05

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale Watching and Blue Lagoon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience a unique day of Icelandic activities while you are in port in Reykjavik! Take the combined whale watching and Blue Lagoon shore excursion to make ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: Varies

From USD $144.80

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks at Reykjavik Port, take a 1-hour shore excursion to Akurey Island to see where one of Iceland’s largest colony of puffins live! ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.49

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

If you’ve only got a short time in port in Reykjavik and you want to see all the major sights, take this sightseeing shore excursion. On this 2.5-hour tour of ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.56

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 17 Reviews

No matter what cruise ship you arrive on, this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion in Reykjavik. See the ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $27.17

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