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General Information

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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From US$154

1 CenterHotel Midgardur

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

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CenterHotel Midgardur is ideally located in the heart of the city within short walking distance to the main attractions in Reykjavik. The location makes the hotel the ideal choice for visitors who... More

From US$86

2 Room With A View Luxury Apartments

4 stars
5.0 / 5

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Room With a View was established in 1994 and has grown considerably since. We offer you fully equipped apartments, all different in size and design. The hotel is known for its personal service and... More

From US$241

3 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
From US$137

4 CenterHotel Plaza Reykjavik

3 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews

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Airport Transfer Available At A Surcharge

Hotel Plaza Reykjavik provides an ideal comfort and the location as well as welcomes you to enjoy the city to the fullest. GeneralThe ideal location for conducting your business, Hotel Plaza... More

Couple's getaway
Great location with simple and clean room. Tiny shower and TV only worked with one channel. But, you don't go to Iceland to watch TV. The location is perfect launching point for all we wanted to do...
25 Jul 2015
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5 Stay Apartments Einholt

3 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

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The Einholt Apartment Reykjavik is a charming and friendly property that offers unsurpassed service and comfortable accommodation to make your stay a memorable one. GeneralThe lobby area of... More

Long weekend
We found the apartments ideal for our break. Walking distance from town centre. Not far from the local bus station (not the fly bus one). Easy acces for the fly bus shuttle. Helpful staff. Clean...
19 Dec 2014
From US$178

6 Reykjavik Residence Apartment Hotel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Offering stylish self-contained apartments in the heart of the city, Reykjavik Residence Aparthotel makes for an ideal base for the sophisticated traveller looking to spend time in the Iceland... More

Everything was perfect. Enjoyable stay.
Beautiful, comfortable and modern. Will definitely stay here again. Juice and water was complimentary. Staff was friendly and helpful. Came early and the room was ready. Stay here twice and they...
3 Dec 2014
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7 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
From US$124

8 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
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9 Grand Hotel Reykjavik

4 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

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Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, Grand Hotel Reykjavik is the perfect base for you to reside whether you are in Reykjavik for business or for pleasure. GeneralGrand Hotel... More

Very good , not outstanding
We stayed 4 nights in May, and overall impression was good. The hotel is located some distance from town center. On a warm day a nice walking distance, on a May day with zero degrees and ice cold...
13 May 2015
From US$164

10 FossHotel Lind Reykjavik

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Combining contemporary decor and luxurious accommodation, this hotel makes you to enjoy all the privileges for an unforgettable stay. GeneralThis property offers 2 well-equipped meeting rooms that... More

Value
I have stayed at other hotels in Reykavik, but this is a better choice in its price group. Just note, it has no special amenities that are n't available elsewhere. Reception helpful and pleasant.
11 Sep 2013
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