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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is small in size but vast in culture and heritage. Founded thousands of years ago by Nordic settlers, this destination boasts a breathtaking coastline with scenic peninsulas, crisp straits and picturesque islands. Known for its natural beauty and relaxed small town charm, Reykjavik is also regarded as the 'nightlife capital of the North', with its vibrant and social atmosphere attracting tourists all year round.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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Other Fun Things to Do

  • Visit Nauthólsvík, an environmentally friendly geothermal beach, where you can soak up the sun and bathe in water as warm as the Mediterranean. Here, the Atlantic Ocean is heated by a constant flow of warm water pumped into the sea, so contrary to what you might have thought, pack a swimsuit!
  • Take your camera when you tour the Hallgrimskirkja church, an architectural marvel visible from any point in the city. Designed to resemble volcanic rock formations, its striking façade echoes the shape of the impressive steel organ pipes located at the entrance. Stay for a free organ concert and visit the bell tower for a breathtaking view of the city.
  • Treat yourself to a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a luxurious spa that is one of Iceland's most popular destinations. With steamy, mineral-rich water harvested from beneath the earth, it's the perfect place to relieve stress and tension against an idyllic backdrop.
  • See the whales! The waters surrounding Reykjavik are home to a number of marine mammals, including minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises. Whale-watching season generally runs from April to October.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Given Iceland's location, the locals take great pride in their fresh fish and local organic produce. Shark and puffin are available on the menu in some of the city's top notch restaurants, while the more traditional hot dog – Icelanders are obsessed with them – are served up in all their delicious glory at cafés and fast-food outlets located throughout the city centre.

Local Currency

The Icelandic Krona (ISK) is the official currency of Iceland. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is Value-Added Tax on most purchases.

Weather in Reykjavik, Iceland


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Mean Temperature 31° -0.56°
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Average Precip. 3 in 7.62 cm

    Before You Visit

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