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The principal city of Iceland is one of the most beautiful world capitals, with a phenomenal coastal and peninsula location that is without peer. Subpolar Reykjavik is a remarkable city, where geography is just one notable attraction. As the capital and central city in Iceland, Reykjavik is the pulse point of the country and home to over 60% of the national population.

As a result, the rich culture of the island nation just south of the Arctic Circle is most prominent in Rekjavik. Evident in literature, art, music and cuisine, the proud heritage of Iceland unfolds around every corner in the wonderful capital city. From the National Museum of Iceland to the National and University Library, open air árbæjarsafn museum and Perlan Saga Museum, the city's attractions are plentiful and diverse. Reykjavik's excellent restaurant and bar scene however, famous all over Europe, is where authentic and unforgettable experiences occur for most visitors.

Reykjavik History

  • Open Air Folk Museum - Take a look at all the different eras of Icelandic history.
  • Parliament House - Said to be the oldest parliamentary institution in the world.
  • Iono Building - This Neo-Classic-styled structure is one the most picturesque in the city.
  • Saga Museum - Depicting famous figures of Icelandic history.
  • Reykjavik City Museum - Full of fascinating pieces.

Reykjavik Art & Culture

  • Asgrims Jonssonar - The former home of the post-impressionist painter is now a museum and well worth a visit for any tourist.
  • Church of Hallgrimur - The imposing building is simply breathtaking.
  • Culture House - Possesses displays of some of the Icelandic Sagas, although it should be noted that not all are translated.
  • National Theatre of Iceland - An elegant and striking building with productions in English and Icelandic throughout the year.
  • Statue of Viking Ingolfur Arnarson - Dominating the centre of Reykjavik.

Reykjavik Shopping

  • Kringlan - Most people head to this main mall with hundreds of stores of diverse selections.
  • Islandia - Definitely the best place to get your Reykjavik souvenirs, located within the main mall.
  • Eggbert - Grab yourself a fur coat from the city’s specialists.
  • Laugavegur - The place to head for the popular Icelandic jumper with some of the best deals available.
  • The Nordic Store - This shop has everything you could wish to find connected with this part of the world at its location in Laekjartorg.

Gay & Lesbian Reykjavik

  • MSC - This is a leather club for men only and attracts a regular crowd.
  • Cafe Cozy - This is a mixed gay and straight bar with a really good atmosphere.
  • Q Bar - Popular pub with DJs every Wednesday and Saturday, but the noise levels are quite welcoming.
  • Cafe Truno - Bar that has made quite a name for itself at Laugavegur and seems to be fairly packed most nights of the week.
  • Samtökin ’78 - An established gay bar maintaining a loyal customer base of Reykjavik regulars.

Reykjavik Outdoor

  • The Pearl - This is the best place to visit for views across the city from the fabulous viewing platform at the top.
  • Einar Jonsson Gardens - Provides a lovely evening in the outdoors with its wonderful sculptures and landscapes.
  • Whale Watching - Take a tour to get into the feel of the place.
  • Blue Lagoon - Just outside the city is somewhere most visitors to Reykjavik go, with its pleasantly warm thermal waters all year round.
  • Gullfoss Golden Waterfall - This is a truly spectacular sight that simply cannot be missed.

Reykjavik Sport

  • Horseback-riding classes go down very well at the Islenski Hesturinn, making for an excellent day out.
  • Graforholt Golf course offers the opportunity to play under the midnight sun during the summer months, presenting an unforgettable experience.
  • Attempt a bit of river rafting on the Hvita glacier River for great fun and excitement.
  • In winter, the outdoor ponds freeze over and Reykjavik comes out en masse for ice skating.
  • The tennis courts in and around the city attract locals and tourists alike.

Attractions

  • The Hallgrímskirkja
  • The Perlan
  • National Museum of Iceland
  • National and University Library of Iceland
  • Acute;rbæjarsafn

Activities

  • Food and Fun Festival
  • Winter Lights Festival
  • First Day of Summer Festival
  • Reykholt Music Festival
  • Iceland Jazz Festival

Restaurants

  • Perlan
  • Domo
  • Caruso
  • Saegreifinn
  • Fishmarkadurinn

Nightlife

  • B5
  • Café Cultura
  • Bar 11
  • Club 101
  • The Celtic Cross

Climate

While summers are not exactly hot in Reykjavik, the city enjoys milder winters than the vast majority of visitors expect.

  • Winter (December to February) -2-3°C
  • Spring (March to May) -2-9°C
  • Summer (June to September) 5-13°C
  • Fall (October to November) -1-8°C

Hotels in Reykjavik

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1 FossHotel Baron Reykjavik

3 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

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Featuring an elegant decor and a warm hospitality, Fosshotel Baron welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation. GeneralSpacious parking space is also available onsite for guests with their own... More

2 CenterHotel Arnarhvoll Reykjavik

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Airport Transfer Available At A Surcharge

Hotel Arnarhvoll Reykjavik offers fine location, friendly service and view overlooking the Reykjavik Bay and the mountain ridges. It is also accessible for exploring the historic centre, shops,... More

3 Welcome Apartments Reykjavik

3 stars
3.4 / 5 7 reviews

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Whether in Reykjavik for business or leisure, travellers find an ideal base at Welcome Apartments Reykjavik with minimalist modern accommodations and easy access to cultural attractions and... More

Small apartment, great location
This is our 2nd stay after checking out for an overnight tour. Although we booked a superior studio, the same as the last time, we were given a much smaller room. Bathroom was tiny. The kettle...
19 Mar 2015

4 Hotel Fron

3 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

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Fron Hotel Reykjavik provides travellers contemporary living positioned in the major shopping, art and culture district in this part of Iceland. From the chic Reykjavik hotel, tourists can venture... More

lovely lovely lovely
Everything at hotel fron reykjavik was just what i expected,staff was flexible,friendly and made your stay very comfortable.definitely we are staying at hotel fron next time too.
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5 Reykjavik Natura

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Combining chic spaces and leisure facilities in ideal location in Reykjavik city centre, Reykjavik Natura makes for an ideal base for travellers visiting the Iceland capital. This contemporary... More

Fischer was here
About 3 km far from town center, but there is a public bus (free for hotel guests) every 30 mn. The hotel is next to a domestic airport, so try to get a room on the opposite side, unless you want...
25 Jul 2014

6 Apotek Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5

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Apotek Hotel is a new four star, high quality Boutique hotel. The historical building formerly housed the pharmacy Reykjavkuraptek and well know landmark in Reykjavk. Gujn Samelsson, former... More

7 Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

4 stars
4.7 / 5 10 reviews

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Offering an utmost comfort, convenience and quality service, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum makes you to feel at home. GeneralHotel Reykjavik Centrum offers well-equipped meeting rooms that can... More

outstanding in every respect
Reykjavik Centrum is an outstanding hotel, spotlessly clean, very comfortable,meets every need. The staff are outstanding. I am especially grateful to the gentleman who spent an hour trying to find...
10 Sep 2013

8 Apartment K

3 stars
2.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Reside in style without paying a hefty price tag on accommodations by booking a stay at Apartment K Reykjavik. Guests at this budget hotel in Reykjavik can learn more about local heritage by... More

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The place was beautiful. Yet would have appreciated the basic condiments. Their was no coffee and very little tea. The blinds allowed so much light. Made for sleepless nights. The staff were lovely...
7 Jun 2015

9 CenterHotel Klopp Reykjavik

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

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Airport Transfer Available At A Surcharge

Providing comfortable accommodation, warm hospitality and quality service, Hotel Klopp Reykjavik prides itself as an ideal location for business and leisure travellers. GeneralHotel Klopp... More

Fine Hotel to the price
Good location, helpfull people and the room is fine. Not very big, but close to the shopping street
28 May 2014

10 Hotel Odinsve

4 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

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Featuring elegant accommodations and sleek interiors situated in a peaceful district in the city centre, Hotel Odinsve makes for a tranquil base for discerning travellers visiting the bustling... More

Disappointed
While Hotel Odinsve is located in downtown Reykjavik and is accessible to many great restaurants and shopping, the hotel is located above a restaurant (SNAPS) so it's very noisy. If you want rest,...
5 Jul 2015
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