Reykjavík Vacations

With a dramatic climate characterized by 22 hour summer days and dark, snowy winters, Reykjavik can’t help but have a culture to match. Famous for a wild nightlife, you can dance until 7 am on the weekends, and then relax the next day in any of the hot, geothermal pools around town, themselves social centers and meeting places on the level of the ... Read more
English pub. Stroll through town, treating your eyes to the brightly colored corrugated metal-siding houses, before stopping off at one of Reykjavik’s extraordinary seafood restaurants, where you can try whale sashimi, or play it safer with Icelandic fish and chips. IcelandAir even offers free stopovers in Reykjavik on transatlantic flights-what better excuse to experience this city’s arctic delights?

Reykjavík places to stay and top hotels

Reykjavík things to do and experiences

  • Blue Lagoon
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  • Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park
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  • Hallgrímskirkja
    8.275 reviews
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  • Sun Voyager
    8.436 reviews
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The best and most popular time to visit Reykjavik is in the summer, when temperatures are warm (meaning mid 50s Fahrenheit, or mid teens Celsius, which is warm by Icelandic standards). This is also the time of ... Read more
year when daylight hours stretch into the evening, and for a short time at the end of June and beginning of July, you’ll get nearly 24 hours of sunlight. However, visiting during Reykjavik’s golden months comes with a price: hotel rates will be higher and crowds will be at their thickest. Though cooler, September and May can be good alternatives for beating the crowds and summer prices; but most will want to avoid winter since, unlike summer, there are times when the sun barely peeks above the horizon.

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Iceland was the best three days of my life! It was my first solo trip and I absolutely loved it! Driving around the Southern part on my own, visiting otherworldly waterfalls, and seeing the luscious green landscape was truly incredible.

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I had a fun time here and the people are so friendly. I definitely recommend seeing the blue lagoon while you are there.

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I loved Reykjavik! The people, the scenery, it’s out of this world! Very open and friendly people! I went as a solo female traveler and loved every minute of it! It is pricey but I was able to budget and come back with money to spare!

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Even though it rained our whole trip, it was truly lovely! We will be coming back!

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The food and the beautiful scenery, if you get chance, try some lobster soup, and don't miss out on traditional Icelandic puffin.

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Reykjavík is an amazing place. Iceland is an amazing place. You will never want to go home. There’s something about Iceland that draws the soul and leaves you heartbroken when you have to go home.

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I found it a very pretty city. I would definitely go again. It can be quite expensive for food.

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The Blue Lagoon was an excellent visit. Mostly stayed within Rekyavik, but the people were extremely nice and most people spoke English very well.

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Foster City, California, USA

Nice clean quiet, least crowded and northern most capital city. Not a whole lot of things to do in the city : a church, a marina, whale & maritime museums, restaurants & shops. Iceland is more for nature lovers : volcanoes, lava rock walls, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and amazing landscapes.

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One of the most amazing stopovers, breathtaking scenery and crisp, clean air. The streets are geothermal my heated so they are not frozen over! I definitely want to go back and spend more time there !

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