Reykjavik

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Reykjavik
The most northerly capital city in the world combines amazing natural wonders with the exciting buzz of a thriving, creative metropolis.

Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, is small, but has many great things to do. The city features a world-renowned music scene, eclectic architecture, Viking history, geothermal swimming pools and some of the friendliest and safest streets in Europe. Reykjavík also makes the perfect base for experiencing Iceland’s incredible natural beauty, which you can enjoy through leisurely daytrips or action-packed multi-day adventures. 

Reykjavík’s weather is highly changeable, so pack accordingly. When the sun shines, take a boat tour at Reykjavík Harbour to see puffins and whales. Then join the throngs of locals and enjoy the city’s downtown parks, Tjörnin Lake and markets. Climb the bell tower of Iceland’s largest church, Hallgrimskirkja, for panoramic views across Old Town’s colored rooftops to the spectacular mountains and glaciers beyond.

If you’re visiting between October and March, don’t miss Mother Nature’s greatest lightshow, the aurora borealis (northern lights). On dark, clear nights, wrap up and head to Grótta lighthouse, Miklatún or Hljómskálagarður parks, or Öskjuhlíð Hill for the city’s best vantage points. 

When the icy winds pick up, seek shelter in Reykjavík’s many museums. Visit the 871±2 Settlement Exhibition at Reykjavík City Museum to see the oldest archeological ruins in Iceland, then follow the country’s journey to nationhood at The National Museum of Iceland. Stop by the Saga Museum, unusually located in one of six water tanks at Perlan. Here, waxwork figures recall key moments in Iceland’s past.

For a small city, Reykjavík has made its presence known on the world’s cultural and creative stages. Explore the city’s galleries, bookshops and quirky boutiques before heading off to discover the next Sigur Rós or Björk in the city’s acclaimed bars and live music venues. 

After exploring Reykjavík’s streets, dance floors and countryside, join locals in one of the city’s seven natural geothermal springs, such as Arbaejarlaug and Laugardalslaug. 

It’s best to plan your visit based on the seasons and your preferred activities. By mid-June, Reykjavík experiences 21 hours of sunlight per day, giving you plenty of daylight to discover all the delights this stunning metropolis has to offer.

Where to stay in Reykjavik

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
4 out of 5
Sigtun 28, Reykjavik, 105
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥23,162 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Excellent experience so far"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Hotel Von
Hotel Von
3.5 out of 5
Laugavegur 55, Reykjavik, 101
The price is ¥30,199 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (236 reviews)
"Very clean and safe and in a great area. Within walking distance to everything!! Would definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Hotel Von
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik, 101
The price is ¥35,300 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 9
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (2,077 reviews)
"It was just lovely. Sea view, clean, modern, well appointed and in a great location for restaurants and attractions."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Room With A View Apartments
Room With A View Apartments
4 out of 5
Laugavegur 18, Reykjavik, 101
The price is ¥25,417 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,724 reviews)
"Room was spacious, excellent location, held bags until check in Coffee was great every morning Would stay again"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2022

Room With A View Apartments
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Reykjavik Residence Hotel
4 out of 5
Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik, 101
The price is ¥35,300 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 9
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (2,077 reviews)
"It was just lovely. Sea view, clean, modern, well appointed and in a great location for restaurants and attractions."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Reykjavik Residence Hotel
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Tryggvagata 18A, 102, Reykjavik, 101
The price is ¥49,523 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (285 reviews)
"Absolutely loved the place with its high standard services. Will be back when in Iceland"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Black Pearl Luxury Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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