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How to Tackle Reykjavik as a First Timer

How to Tackle Reykjavik as a First Timer

Reykjavik, though small, is packed full of idiosyncratic attractions. Visitors to the Icelandic capital can bathe in geothermal waters, spot the northern lights, and ride through the surrounding countryside on a unique breed of horse. If it’s your first visit, you’ll want to cram in all the best bits. Here are our top tips for your first time in Reykjavik.

Take a Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tour

You can get a sense of the layout of the city and knock out the most important landmarks by taking a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour. These tours allow you to customize your itinerary: Get off at whichever stop you want and spend as long as you like there. 

Book the Blue Lagoon in Advance

The Blue Lagoon, with its mineral-rich geothermal waters, is one of Reykjavik’s busiest attractions, so plan your visit wisely. Book your ticket in advance, and visit either on the way to the city from the airport or on the way back to save time.

Journey Around the Golden Circle

Iceland’s Golden Circle consists of Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall and is easily done on a day trip from Reykjavik. You can even add on an additional activity, such as snowmobiling on a glacier.

Go Aurora Hunting

If you are visiting during the winter months, you have a good chance of spotting the northern lights, but it’s best to go on a tour led by guides who know where to find the best viewing spots. If you don’t see them, many tours will let you join again the following evening for another chance.

Ride an Icelandic Horse

Cute, woolly, and exceptionally sturdy, the Icelandic horse is an icon of the nation. Your tour operator will pick you up in Reykjavik before matching you with your mount, which will then carry you through the countryside, past mountains, lakes, and lava fields.

Take a Bite Out of the Food Scene

Don’t leave Reykjavik without trying some traditional Icelandic dishes, such as skyr (a yogurt-like dairy product) and Icelandic lamb soup. A guided walking tour can take you to some of the city’s best food spots, including the oldest restaurant and a much-loved hot-dog stand.

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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik

Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Tick off three of Iceland’s most popular attractions in only one day on this full-day Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. In addition to visiting the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geyser, you’ll experience an exhilarating snowmobile ride on the Langjökull glacier. During the tour, you will also see the Gullfoss Waterfall.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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Get close to nature in the way of old Icelanders on this horseback riding experience from Reykjavik, dependent on transfer option. Hop on a small, sturdy, Icelandic horse, a breed originally brought here by the Vikings, and enjoy a relaxing ride through lava-laden scenery past mountains, lakes, and moors. Your ride is matched to your ability and led by an instructor. Hot drinks, riding equipment, and guidance is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$102.83
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Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food

Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food

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Finding authentic places to eat can be tricky in an unfamiliar place. Take the guesswork out of your visit to Reykjavík on this guided walking tour that takes you to a multitude of eateries around the capital, including the city's oldest restaurant and a much-loved hot dog stand. In a small group of no more than 12, learn about Iceland's culinary history and traditions as you sample such dishes as Icelandic meat soup, skyr, and lobster soup.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.37
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Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, and Iceland is one of few places in the world where it’s possible to view the elusive Aurora borealis. Maximize your chances of witnessing nature’s lightshow on this tour from Reykjavík, and seek out the best viewing spots around the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$44.00
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harpa Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.87
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