Reykjavik’s cruise port serves as the gateway not only to the city itself but also to the rugged natural wonders of Iceland, from the Blue Lagoon and the Gullfoss waterfall to the Strokkur geyser. The port puts passengers within easy reach of Reykjavik, the Westfjords, and the western, southern, and northwestern regions of Iceland.
Ships arriving in Reykjavik cruise port dock at one of two locations. Smaller boats arrive in the central Old Harbor in the heart of the city, while most larger cruise ships dock at Skarfabakki cruise dock, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the center of Reykjavik.
Visitors can choose shorter Reykjavik sightseeing tours, combination excursions that typically include the Blue Lagoon, or the Golden Circle—a sightseeing route that encompasses Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Whale-watching and puffin-viewing cruises are also available, as are Northern Lights shore excursions between September and March.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most Reykjavik shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at the cruise port.
- Shore excursions range in duration from hour-long boat trips and tours of Reykjavik to 6-hour Golden Circle tours.
- Choose a private tour for a customized itinerary that ticks off all the must-see sights on your list.
How to Get to Reykjavik from Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal
From Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal, it’s just a 10-minute drive into the city. Free shuttle buses are usually available to carry passengers to the city center. Taxis are also readily available at the dock, while organized shore excursions typically include pickup from the port.
Tourist information and restrooms are available at the port, while ATMs and currency exchange desks are located in the city center. Once you’re in the city proper, most attractions are within easy walking distance.