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Reykjavik

You’ll warm up to Iceland’s capital with volcanic scenery, luxurious hot springs, and landmarks aplenty.

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Our most recommended Reykjavik Tickets

  • Reykjavik: FlyOver Iceland Experience

    1. Reykjavik: FlyOver Iceland Experience

    Hang suspended, feet dangling, in front of a 20-meter spherical screen while a film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Soar over land, sea and ice. Move with the arctic winds. This is an immersive flight experience. The ride utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flying. Special effects, including wind, mist and smells, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience.  Before your flight begins, a storyteller and resident troll Sú Vitra will lead you through two unique adventures that’ll ignite your imagination with stories of Iceland, its people and the natural forces at work. Rides commence approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during operating hours. The total experience will take approximately 35 minutes, including the 8.5 minutes you’ll spend on the ride.

    Professional and friendly staff. Really immersive and organised process, but the actual experience was first class. I am glad that there aren't cameras etc allowed in as it would spoil the surprise of the attraction.

  • Blue Lagoon: Entrance Package incl. Towel and Drink

    2. Blue Lagoon: Entrance Package incl. Towel and Drink

    Visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon and purchase the Comfort Package, giving you access to the legendary waters along with a towel, silica mud mask, and a drink at the in-water bar. Upon arrival, walk along a 300-meter lava corridor to the entrance of the main complex. Experience the new dimensions of wellbeing that the Blue Lagoon offers. The complex encompasses 8,700 square meters of geothermal seawater and features a sauna, steam room, massage waterfall, swim-up bar, and masks Enjoy the mineral-rich warmth of the Blue Lagoon. Wander around, float in the healing waters, socialize or meditate - relax as you see fit. Your entrance includes a complimentary drink from the swim-up bar. Choose from juices, smoothies, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Use the included silica mud mask at the in-water mask bar and feel the radiance return to your skin as the silica - the lagoon’s iconic h...

    Loved every minute, easy entrance. Explaination excellent and lovely baths and area definitely recommend

  • Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

    3. Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

    When you enter the venue, you'll be greeted by friendly staff and given a complimentary poncho and gloves. Then, cross the threshold into an arctic wonder whose walls are covered in magnificent ice carvings. These carvings tell the adventure-filled stories and myths of the Norwegian Viking sailors who made their way over the rough Atlantic seas long ago to start a new life in the land of fire and ice. Ice sculptures also take a proud place in the gallery, each one intricate and beautiful. To top off the experience, receive an included Magic Ice Bar signature drink, in a glass made of ice. Sip on this locally-sourced beverage as you explore the intricate stories formed in ice all around you. Extra drinks are available to purchase. This attraction is perfect for people of all ages, as well as couples, groups, and individuals. Magic Ice also regularly hosts corporate events, adding anothe...

    It was a fun place to take some photos and the guy managing it single handedly was doing a great job. Fun quick tourist attraction.

  • Reykjavík City Card

    4. Reykjavík City Card

    Explore the world’s northernmost capital at your own pace with a Reykjavik City Card, and discover dozens of things to see and do. Experience the bustling energy of a cosmopolitan city, the thundering thermal energy of the ground beneath your feet and the serene atmosphere of the surrounding landscape. From the avant-garde to the historical, Reykjavík’s galleries, museums and theaters support a vibrant and sophisticated artistic scene, along with annual festivals, special exhibitions and stage productions that keep the cultural calendar full year round. Benefit from free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, access to all the geothermal swimming pools in the city and free, unlimited travel by bus within the capital area. In addition, the card includes a free ferry ride to Viðey island, along with discounts for services, tours and shops.  Admission to museums is free of ...

    Pick up the physical cards ahead of time. Most of the bus drivers did not recognize the digital card.

  • Reykjavik: Sky Lagoon Admission Including Transfer

    5. Reykjavik: Sky Lagoon Admission Including Transfer

    Get to and from the Sky Lagoon easily with city center transfers from BSI terminal included. Immerse yourself in the new geothermal pool in Reykjavík. Sky Lagoon is a thermal spa inspired by both nature and local culture. The dramatic North Atlantic Ocean stretches out before you in the infinity pool with views over Geldingadalur - a real active volcano - and the presidential residence at Bessastadir. Step out of your comfort zone and try the 7-step spa ritual included for all visitors. Sky Lagoon really feels like a natural oasis, far removed from anything urban or even human. Cliff walls, grottoes, and coves are all designed to make the surroundings both beautiful and natural, and the dark textures highlight the Lagoon’s tranquility. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind luxury destination.

    SVEN! He was absolutely the best. Extremely knowledgable and entertaining all at once. Request Sven. you will be lucky to get him!

  • Iceland Secret Lagoon Admission Ticket

    6. Iceland Secret Lagoon Admission Ticket

    Originally built in 1891, the ‘Gamla Laugin’  is Iceland’s first swimming pool. Spend time in this relaxing setting feeling your worries slip away. A natural hot spring feeds the lagoon with 38-39°C water  that bubbles up from deep within the earth at a rate of 10 litres per second, constantly replenishing itself so that there is a steady supply of fresh clean water in the pool at any given time, letting you rest as long as you need.  Enjoy brand new facilities at the Secret Lagoon including changing rooms, showers, resting rooms, bar and restaurant area.  Situated in a remote location in Fluðir, the Secret Lagoon is just an hour away from Geysir, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Reykjavik and 2 hours from Vik making it a great desination on your trip to Iceland. 

    The Secret Lagoon is delightful resting 'activity' to add to your adventure travels in Iceland. We had been horse-back riding and hiking a whole lot and felt a bit tired and sore. Floating in the lagoon was just the perfect cure for that! It seemed like a much less formal and sophisticated version of the Blue lagoon, which we also visited, and I liked it all the more for that. Definitely worth visiting!

  • Perlan - Wonders of Iceland Tour

    7. Perlan - Wonders of Iceland Tour

    Perlan is an iconic glass dome building sitting on the highest hill in Reykjavík. In Perlan you can visit an exquisite exhibition where you can learn about the wonders of Icelandic nature and experience them in a unique and unforgettable way. Visitors will feel the power of volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal energy and see a 10 m high realistically rendered bird cliff, rich with bird and plant specimens. They will experience oceanic wonders and watch as whales swim below their feet. Walk through a 100-meter-long real Ice Cave, the first of its kind in the world and learn about Icelandic glaciers, their bleak future and the effects of global warming in an amazing interactive exhibition. Visitors can see, feel, and live Iceland’s many natural wonders all in one place. A perfect first stop on the trip to Iceland that is suitable for all ages. On the fourth floor of Perlan, a large obser...

    Perlan was the first stop on our Iceland adventure. I really enjoyed the different exhibits and the Ice Cave! A must for travelers.

  • Reykjavik: Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

    8. Reykjavik: Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

    Immerse yourself in the warmth of an oceanside geothermal lagoon, where the dramatic North Atlantic Ocean stretches out before you. Connect with Icelandic traditions and relax your mind, body, and soul. Complete the 7-step ritual to fully immerse yourself in Icelandic spa traditions. Step 1: Slow down and relax in the lagoon Step 2: Cool down with the cold plunge Step 3: Relax and enjoy the views in the sauna Step 4: Refresh in a cold fog-mist Step 5: Invigorate and exfoliate with a rejuvenating body scrub Step 6: Chill out in the steam room Step 7: Shower and relax in the lagoon

  • Perlan: Áróra - Northern Lights Planetarium Show

    9. Perlan: Áróra - Northern Lights Planetarium Show

    Experience a world-class Planetarium which is the first one of its kind in Iceland. Áróra - The Northern Lights Planetarium Show is built inside one of Perlan's hot water tanks and features a state-of-the-art 8k projection and 7.1 surround sound system. Áróra is a piece of art that brought together Iceland's most notorious writers, musicians, and photographers. Embark on a journey, through the unique landscape of Iceland, to observe Northern lights as you've never seen them. Travel across time and space, to understand the science behind the mystery, and the stories that have been believed for millenniums.

    Very difficult to know bus rout from city center to correct stop at museum. Bus driver on #8 was rude and said he didn’t know where to stop. #8 from transerfer #3 at 11AM ON Thursday 9/09/2021. All other bus drivers were professional. I would highly recommend your museum tour , beautifully presented and informative. The entire experience was well worth the effort to get there and we will provide exact details to friends and family who visit and do not have a car.

  • Blue Lagoon: Retreat Spa Experience & Private Changing Suite

    10. Blue Lagoon: Retreat Spa Experience & Private Changing Suite

    Ideal for couples, the Retreat Spa offer gives two guests a private changing suite and four extraordinary hours at this subterranean sanctuary. Proceed into a remarkable concourse of lava that encompasses endless possibilities: a sauna, a steam cave, a wood-burning fireplace, a nesting area, a refreshment area, a panoramic viewing deck, a cold plunge well, and the mesmerizing waters of the Retreat Lagoon.  Begin the experience with check-in and a briefing on the spa area and the best way to enjoy the services. You will then be shown to your private changing suite, decked out with a large shower and dry area and equipped with towels, bathrobes, flip-flops, and Blue Lagoon beauty amenities. The best place to start is the Retreat Lagoon, filled with the same blue thermal waters as the regular Blue Lagoon, but without the crowds. Here you can soak and unwind, order a drink of your choice, ...

    Amazing well worth the extra money! Everything you need to hand; luxury toiletries, hairdryer and straighteners. Very obliging staff, would visit again soon hopefully.

Frequently asked questions about Reykjavik

Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit?

    Reykjavík's endless summer days make it a fun place to visit between June and August, but if you want to see the Northern Lights, your best bet is to go in the winter. Bear in mind, however, that the otherworldly phenomenon (also known as the Aurora Borealis) is notoriously difficult to predict. If it's important that you see it, boost your chances by booking a longer holiday and keeping up-to-date with the daily forecasts.

  • How long to stay?

    Reykjavík has a lot of life in it for such a small city. How many days you need depends on what you want from your holiday. A weekend will be enough to see the city's sights, However, if you want to enjoy any of Iceland's scenic excursions, or immerse yourself in the capital's eccentric nightlife and music scene, a week might not be enough!

  • How expensive is it?

    Reykjavík, like most Nordic cities, has a reputation for being quite expensive and, for a city of its size, that's a fair assessment. Ultimately though, Reykjavík is no more expensive than London or Paris. Furthermore, you're unlikely to encounter hidden costs and can expect excellent value for money.

Good to know

  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Currency
    Icelandic Krona (ISK)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +354
  • Best time to visit
    Summer

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 36,156 reviews

We had two guides, Hallur and Ronan. It was because of them that this trip was so enjoyable! The waterfall was majestic and extremely windy. The geysir was tiny but still worth a visit. Then Hallur brought us for some delicious ice cream. It shocks the body to enjoy ice in the cold but the texture was just too good to put down the ice cream. Then, we went snorkelling with Ronan. Right off the bat, he was friendly and most kind. He got to know each one of us personally. He was a diver in the navy so you can rest assured that you're in safe hands! Ronan made the snorkelling experience like a party. We had so much fun. The waters were clear and mesmerizing. And the hot chocolate that comes after was the best thing ever. I was nervous about the cold before, but the cold didn't cross my mind at all while snorkelling. It was an awesome experience. Ronan was amazing too, as he always went out if his way to help us. Amazing trip overall! Highly recommended! The guides should get a raise too ;P

This was by far the best tour I did in Iceland. I honestly wish I had known about Troll tours before so that I couldn’t have booked all my tours with them. Our guide Michael was very nice and entertaining and made sure we had enough time to go see everything on the south coast. The glacier hike was also beautiful and the highlight of the trip and something I recommend everyone do!

This tour was well worth the money, the guide “God” was amazing and really made this tour what it is, from the humour to the very cool facts about Icelandic history. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

An exceptional tour through a magical landscape delivered by an incredible guide (Oliver)! 5/5, I can’t recommend strongly enough, thanks so much! Dominic, London

Would recommend to anyone. John picked us up at the airport with a sign with my name on it . He was very informed about the area . Stress free