With a wide range of sightseeing tours and activities in and around Reykjavik, Iceland's capital is full of rich history and thrilling adventures to experience, including whale watching and ice caves. Let us show you around the most charming city in the world - Reykjavik. For more information on what you can expect to see in Iceland's capital, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Explore the city full of charm and get to know Reykjavik on this entertaining and educational sightseeing tour that visits the city‘s top attractions and landmarks
Combines Reykjavik‘s top attractions and the Golden Circle with visits to Perlan, Höfði House, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and...
Experience the greatest wonders of Iceland’s vast natural world without ever leaving the city in this thrilling interactive exhibit
This whale watching tour at Faxaflói bay is the best chance to see whales and diverse birdlife in their natural habitat, with breathtaking scenery
Come and taste the unique craft beers of Iceland’s first micro-brewery and bistro on this fun-filled tour in the heart of Reykjavík’s Old
Experience the whale watching adventure of a lifetime on a speedy RIB boat that gets you up close to whales, dolphins, and sea birds
Challenge your team to 60 minutes of problem solving and resourcefulness, discovering hidden clues, breaking codes and solving riddles to escape
Experience the live escape game “Taken” where you and your team have to solve the puzzles and riddles of a mysterious kidnapper in a race against...
Exciting live escape game where your mission is to escape from a locked room in 60 minutes by solving all kinds of puzzles, codes and mysteries
Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital in the world. It’s a lively city full of museums and restaurants and nurtures innovative art and music scenes. What Reykjavik lacks in population (just over 120,000 people) it more than makes up for in personality and charm. This is your complete guide to Reykjavik.
Reykjavík is located on Faxafói bay in southwest Iceland. The city was settled in 874 AD by Ingólfur Arnarson and his family. Reykjavík, or smoky bay in Icelandic, is so named for the “smoke” or steam the first settlers saw rising from the many geothermal springs in the area.
While it can seem like a mouthful to the non-Scandinavian language speaker, it’s easy enough once you know some basic rules of Icelandic. “Ey” is pronounced like the long “a” in rake. The letter “j” has a yuh sound and “í” is said like “ee” in English. Put all that together, and you get rake-yuh-veek. Reykjavík.
All year-round. Iceland doesn’t have very drastic seasonal changes, but daylight hours do vary in the extreme depending on the time of year. At the height of mid-winter, Iceland only gets about 4 hours of daylight while in midsummer it is bathed in 24 hours of daylight (depending on cloud cover). Although it never gets really hot in the summer, it can get relatively warm. Temperatures average 13.3ºC (55.9ºF) in July and −3.0ºC (26.6ºF) in January. Icelandic weather is notoriously unpredictable, so it is very possible to experience these extremes any time of year.
Walk on down to Reykjavík's City Hall and buy a City Card. This card gets you free access, or a discount, to many museums and restaurants and free admission to Reykjavík's swimming pools and on city buses.
With this card in hand, you can:
Visit the dozens of museums, go for a swim in one of the local pools and eat and drink at the local restaurants and bars. It’s also nice to just walk around downtown Reykjavik and visit with the local cats, pop into a bookstore, café or one of the many small art galleries located around the city.
Perlan - Gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the city with its 360º observation deck, a museum that features exhibitions of Iceland’s natural wonders, including an ice cave, and a northern lights planetarium show.
Harpa - Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is an ode to the Icelandic landscape on the harbor, mimicking the shape of columnar basalt and the colors of the northern lights. This venue is also home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera.
Höfði - Visit this historic site which played host to the 1986 summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Hallgrímskirkja - This iconic church on a hill is hard to miss. Head to the top of the tower for an amazing view of downtown.
Old Harbour - With views of the harbor and Mount Esja, this area is home to a number of shops, cafés, museums and bike rental shops, and is the base for whale and puffin watching tours.
Layers. Rule number one for dressing in Iceland is to wear layers and always be ready for rain. In Reykjavik, you can experience all the seasons in one day. A good rule of thumb is to always wear three layers— whatever it is you want to wear plus:
● Water-resistant outer layer
Those more susceptible to cold may want to add wool leggings and a thermal undershirt in the winter. Warm socks, fairly water-resistant shoes (or hiking boots for outdoor activities), gloves and hat are also a must even in summer.
Reykjavik’s hot water comes from both deep boreholes which naturally contain varying concentrations of sulphur (first source of the smell) and geothermal plants. In order to remove oxygen from the water, a small amount of hydrogen sulphide (second source of the smell) is added. Removing oxygen from the water helps prevent corrosion of the city’s water pipes.
Gray Line Iceland has many Reykjavik City Tours, each focusing on a different aspect of this vibrant city. And that makes it easy to choose the perfect tour for you.
● Reykjavík Beer & Brewery Tour is for the beer epicure that just can’t get enough of craft beers.
● Whales, Puffins and Reykjavik and Whale Watching from Reykjavik tours are for nature & animal lovers that want a little more nature with their city tour.
● Nothing sets a romantic mood like a Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik. It’s perfect for couples.
● Perlan Museum - Glaciers and Ice Cave will have families enthralled with the fascinating exhibitions of Iceland’s nature without leaving the city.
● The Scientist - Real Live Escape Game in Reykjavik, Prison Break - Live Escape Game in Reykjavik and Taken - Live Escape Game in Reykjavik will get puzzle lover’s and adrenaline junkies’ wheels turning as they solve their way out of these tricky escape rooms.