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Don’t Miss These Must-Do Activities in Reykjavik

Don’t Miss These Must-Do Activities in Reykjavik

The world’s northernmost capital may be far-flung, but Reykjavik is both full off and close to some one-of-a-kind attractions. As well as being the departure point for tours of the wild Icelandic countryside, the city has its own unique appeal. Reykjavik boasts colorful houses, ultra-modern architecture, art galleries, creative cuisine, and wild nightlife. Although its small size means you can see a lot in a short time, you’ll want to plan ahead to ensure you make the most of it.  

From exploring the city sightseeing to whale and puffin watching to spotting the Northern Lights and discovering waterfalls, glittering glaciers, and black-sand beaches, this list reveal the experiences that you can't miss in the Icelandic capital. 

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Golden Circle Day Trip with Kerid Volcanic Crater from Reykjavik

Golden Circle Day Trip with Kerid Volcanic Crater from Reykjavik

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Take in the treasures of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park on this full-day tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik. Stand in awe before the thundering Gulfoss Waterfall; see Geysir, the geyser after which all others were named; and marvel over the startling colors of the Kerið crater lake. Pass an endless panorama of photo-worthy scenery and learn how the natural landscape has been sculpted through the moving of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a guided boat cruise from Reykjavik. The still waters of Faxaflói Bay make an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Northern Lights. Learn all about Mother Nature’s fireworks display from a guide, sip a warm drink on board (own expense), and enjoy hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected).
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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Get close to nature in the way of old Icelanders on this horseback riding experience from Reykjavik, dependent on transfer option. Hop on a small, sturdy, Icelandic horse, a breed originally brought here by the Vikings, and enjoy a relaxing ride through lava-laden scenery past mountains, lakes, and moors. Your ride is matched to your ability and led by an instructor. Hot drinks, riding equipment, and guidance is included.
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  • 2 hours
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Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food

Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food

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Finding authentic places to eat can be tricky in an unfamiliar place. Take the guesswork out of your visit to Reykjavík on this guided walking tour that takes you to a multitude of eateries around the capital, including the city's oldest restaurant and a much-loved hot dog stand. In a small group of no more than 12, learn about Iceland's culinary history and traditions as you sample such dishes as Icelandic meat soup, skyr, and lobster soup.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, and Iceland is one of few places in the world where it’s possible to view the elusive Aurora borealis. Maximize your chances of witnessing nature’s lightshow on this tour from Reykjavík, and seek out the best viewing spots around the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik

Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik

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Discover the frozen enchantment of Europe's largest glacier lagoon on a full-day tour of the legendary Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón) from Reykjavik. With a professional guide, travel along the scenic south coast and admire views of black sand beaches and dramatic rock formations before arriving at the extraordinary Glacier Lagoon. Marvel at a landscape comprising of crystal clear water and floating icebergs as you explore the area. On the return journey, discover the splendor of Séljalandsdoss Waterfall with its 60m drop, and relax during the journey back to your Reykjavik hotel by comfortable coach.
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  • 14 hours
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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in search of humpback and minke whales during this whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. A naturalist guide talks about the biology and behavior of these magnificent marine mammals while you look for signs of their presence. Stay warm and dry in provided thermal coveralls as you keep your eye out for whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Choose from a 2.5-hour, high-speed express boat option or a full, 3.5-hour tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Blue Lagoon Return Bus Transfer from Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon Return Bus Transfer from Reykjavik

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The Blue Lagoon is widely considered among Iceland’s top natural attractions, but reaching it without your own wheels can be tricky. On this simple coach transfer service, spin through the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula in comfort and reach the site with ease. Perhaps soak in the warm waters or indulge yourself with a soothing massage, then return to Reykjavík or Keflavík International Airport (KEF).
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on a 2-hour, small-group whale-watching expedition from Reykjavik. Board a speedy RIB at the Old Harbor, and skim alongside graceful seabirds as you pass seasonal puffin colonies. Watch for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, and then return to the harbor along the Reykjavik shoreline. Pause alongside the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture as you take in the city’s most distinctive sights from the water.
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  • 2 hours
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harpa Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
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  • 1 hour
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Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover the natural majesty of Iceland with the Reykjavik Super Saver, a combination of two popular tours at a discounted price. Realize your dreams of seeing wild whales during a 2.5- or 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and marvel at adorable puffins as you sail the rugged shores of Akurey island on a 1-hour puffin cruise. Enrich your knowledge of the majestic creatures while listening to commentary from a knowledgeable guide on each captivating cruise.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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