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Reykjavik Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

    1. Destinations
    2. Europe
    3. Iceland
    4. Reykjavik

    Travel to Reykjavik on Vacation

    Visit Reykjavik on vacation, Iceland’s capital city that welcomes you with open arms and a shot of Brennivín - an Icelandic schnapps. Learn about Iceland’s early inhabitants at the Settlement Exhibition. See how the untamed landscape inspired the design of the Hallgrímskirkja Church. Finish your day on the seaside with the Sun Voyager, a boat always headed towards new adventures on the horizon. Sample one of the city’s many eco-restaurants, where greenhouse-to-table is the norm and locally-sourced fresh fish is a staple. Plan your trip as part of a multi-stop tour of Iceland, with the advice and support of a Tourlane Travel Expert. They’ll assist with your accommodation, guides, transfers, and flights.

    1. Visit Perlan on your Reykjavik vacation


    2. Visit Hallgrímskirkja on a Reykjavik vacation


    3. Visit the Sun Voyager on a Reykjavik vacation

      Sun Voyager

    4. Visit Tjörnin on a Reykjavik vacation


    What to Visit on a Reykjavik Vacation

    1. Perlan

    Named for its glassy dome, Perlan, or the ‚ÄúPearl,‚ÄĚ is an interactive natural history museum, perched on √Ėskjuhl√≠√į hill. Get a 360-degree view of the city from the rooftop observation deck and walk through the almost 330-foot long ice cave, made with 350 tons of snow from the Blue Mountains. If you miss the Northern Lights, catch the Aurora show at the planetarium instead.

    2. Hallgrímskirkja

    Hallgr√≠mskirkja is a striking Evangelical Lutheran church and a national monument to its namesake, Hallgr√≠mur P√©tursson‚ÄĒa 17th-century Icelandic clergyman and poet. Stand back to admire the expressionist facade, designed to evoke basalt rocks of the Icelandic landscape. Ascend the 20-story tower and overlook the Reykjavik skyline from bay to bay. Visitors are welcome here‚ÄĒjust check the schedule.

    3. National Museum of Iceland

    If you’re interested in history, head to the National Museum of Iceland, which tells the story of this windswept Island from medieval settlement through to the contemporary day. Peruse some 2,000 objects and 1,000 photographs that together tell a story of resilient and daring people. Go inside a settler cabin and try on medieval armor for a fetching Viking selfie.

    4. Sun Voyager

    The Sun Voyager is a great place for a photo opportunity during your vacation in Reykjavik. As you stroll the sculpture and shore walk on the Reykjavik seaside, you‚Äôll come across the 1986 statue, by Jon Gunnar Arnason, called the Solfarid, or ‚ÄúSun Voyager.‚ÄĚ An abstracted steel boat, this piece commemorates the Viking history of the island. Visit the ship around the time the sun goes down: The sunset here with Mount Esja in the background is particularly spectacular.

    5. Tjörnin

    Reykjavik City Pond, or ‚ÄúTj√∂rnin‚ÄĚ as it‚Äôs commonly known, is actually a series of five connected bodies of water. Over 40 bird species call this lake home, including the arctic tern, eider ducks, and gadwalls. Birdwatch from the grassy shores‚ÄĒyou're even allowed to feed the birds, although experts recommend you opt for grains over breadcrumbs.

    6. The Settlement Exhibition

    If you want to experience a blend of archeology and new media, head to the Settlement Exhibition for an immersive historical experience. Visit the actual archeological site of a 10th-century Viking longhouse or hall, uncovered in 2001 by city construction and now part of the Reykjavik City Museum. Learn about life at the time of the first European settlers and its evolution into modern Icelandic history. Less

    Visit Reykjavik on These Tours

    1. Europe, Iceland, Skógafoss Waterfall cascades from a cliff with a rainbow.




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    2. Der Aldeyjarfoss Wasserfall in Island




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    3. Discover glaciers, the Golden Circle, and other natural wonders on an Iceland road trip




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    4. Europe, Iceland, the warm waters of Blue Lagoon steam against a sunset sky.




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    1. Europe, Iceland, Akureyri seen from offshore with snowy mountains in the background.