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Welcome to Reykjavik

Iceland's colorful capital mixes Viking and maritime history with a hip arts scene, sleek design, and wild nightlife, while also serving as a jumping-off point for outdoor adventures into the country's rugged landscapes. With modern restaurants serving Icelandic cuisine in medieval buildings, must-see sights such as the waterfront Harpa Concert Hall, and opportunities for puffin and whale watching, it's easy to spend all your time in the city—but you'd be remiss to skip what lies beyond. Head out to the country and you’ll be rewarded with pristine waterfalls, volcanic black-sand beaches, and warm geothermal pools set in lava fields.

Top 10 attractions in Reykjavik

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Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

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To understand why Iceland's Blue Lagoon is so popular, just imagine bathing in steaming milky-blue waters, sipping a cocktail at a swim-up bar, and looking out over an otherworldly landscape of jagged peaks and black lava fields. This geothermal pool, the most visited of Iceland's many such oases, boasts mineral-rich waters, a luxurious spa, and a magnificent setting, all just minutes from Reykjavik.More
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Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

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Thingvellir National Park is a remarkable volcanic landscape of gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and more, and is a favorite stop on Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour. The park offers endless recreation opportunities, from hiking and camping to snorkeling, diving, and fishing.More
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Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal

Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal

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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.More
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Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

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Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is a massive waterfall on the river Hvita in western Iceland. The falls are considered one of Iceland's most treasured natural wonders, with a name inspired by the phenomenon when glacial sediment in the water turns the falls golden in the sunlight.More
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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

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There’s a lot to see in Iceland, and the grand Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn) is your ticket to easily hitting multiple popular sights, especially if you only have one day to venture outside Reykjavik. Departing from the city, Golden Circle tours showcase a number of Iceland’s main attractions and natural wonders—think geysers, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, and Icelandic horses. There are few other places in Europe where you can see so much topographical variety on one short trip.More
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Skógafoss

Skógafoss

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Stretching 82 feet (25 meters) across the Skógá River, into which its teeming waters plunge 197 feet (60 meters) from a rocky cliff, Skógafoss clocks in as one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. Its clouds of spray regularly create vivid rainbows—often double rainbows—across the waters. The waterfall is also an important site for local folklore.More
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

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A slim cascade of water slicing through the air and pooling in the Seljalands River below, Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most photogenic waterfalls. Because the falls’ chute of water is so narrow, visitors can also step behind Seljalandsfoss for a unique vantage point.More
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Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

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The world's original geyser, the Great Geysir (Great Geyser) is the source of the English word after which all other geysers are named. Geysir literally means "gusher" in Icelandic, and this natural phenomenon in the Haukadalur geothermal region has been active for more than 10,000 years. Records of hot springs activity in the region date back to 1294.More
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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Perched on the cusp of Europe’s largest glacier and separated from the Atlantic Ocean by just a narrow isthmus, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is the largest, deepest, and arguably most magnificent of Iceland’s many glacial lakes. Icebergs bob in glittering water framed by jagged peaks, rugged lava fields, and black sand beaches.More
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Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

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Among Iceland’s most famous peaks, the notoriously difficult-to-pronounce Eyjafjallajökull volcano made headlines when it erupted in 2010, spewing an enormous cloud of volcanic ash that grounded air traffic all across Europe. The imposing, ice-capped volcano has three main peaks, the tallest of which reaches 5,417 feet (1,651 meters).More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Memorable trip must experience
Stephen, Feb 2020
3-Hour Lava Caving Tour Including Transfers from Reykjavik
Highly recommended trip especially with transfer included only 45 mins from Reykjavik The guide was factual & humourous amazing to see the formations & colours Go in winter months for added bonus of snow & icicles
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A quick look at Reykjavik
helen1109, Oct 2019
Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour by Minibus
It covers the highlights of Reykjavik if you have limited time although this tour covered a lot more than what I expected to see which was a bonus.
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Amazing tour
Mobile158719, Sep 2019
Guided Full-Day Tour of Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik
We saw a lot of natural attractions over the course of the ~10 hours we were on the bus.
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Very interesting
LawrenceB1263, Sep 2019
Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik
Dress accordingly, especially in non summer months.
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Great Introduction to Reykjavik
Trek54416247938, Sep 2019
Reykjavik City Walking Tour
We took the walking tour the first day we arrived in Iceland and it was a great way to see the city with an excellent guide.
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In the footsteps of Vikings
514rebeccac, Aug 2019
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik
This is a great tour to see some of the highlights close to Reykjavik.
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Good choice for attractions in Reykjavik
susanmR3181YJ, Jun 2019
Reykjavik City Card 24-hour
There were many attractions on the card and the free use of the bus system can get you there quickly.
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This tour is great for a solo traveler!
allisonb196, Jun 2019
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik
I traveled to Reykjavik by myself and I knew I wanted to see the Golden Circle so I booked this trip.
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Real Icelandic Experience
GoPlaces00044200790, May 2019
Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Trip from Reykjavik
Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, funny and knows lot of stuffs.
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A great trip which included an amazing...
Hugh P, Feb 2018
Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik
A great trip which included an amazing geyser, one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls, a volcano crater, where Iceland is aplitting in half and some of the most spectacular scenery!
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Worthwhile tour
W9386VWsusanl, Mar 2019
Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus
Provides great recommendations and we back to Perlan to see the movies and exhibits
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Wonderful Tour of Waterfalls and Geysers
mshear53, Jul 2018
Golden Circle Full Day Tour from Reykjavik by Minibus
We saw some great waterfalls, a geyser park and landmarks in Reykjavik.
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Great tour and great guide
Mark G, Jan 2019
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
Great way to see the incredible beauty of the South Coast near Reykjavik.
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This tour is great with those with...
William F, Aug 2015
Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus
This tour is great with those with mobility issues and provides a great chance to see Reykjavik and the surrounding area.
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It was fun getting driven around...
Barry M, Aug 2017
City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Convenient way to see the city.
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I was too tied to drive so I booked...
Hsueh-Hung C, Oct 2017
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
5 hour free time in each attractions 3 in total.
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We loved seeing the golden circle...
Jennifer H, Sep 2017
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
We love the waterfalls and geysers.
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This is a great way for an elderly...
Sandy U, Nov 2017
City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
This is a great way for an elderly couple to see the sights of Reykjavik without having to walk.
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We had Robert as a tour guide on...
Alexandra C, Feb 2018
Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
The tour was great to see a lot of what Reykjavik had to offer in one day since we were short on time.
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Really a lot of fun. The horse...
MaestraMudarisa, Aug 2018
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
The falls were gorgeous and the geyser was great.

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