Worry-Free Booking & Free Cancellation — Our Tourlane Travel Promise!
See the Reykjavik skyline, pictured here on a sunny day with mountains in the background, on a Reykjavik vacation.

Iceland

Reykjavik Vacations

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

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.

Things to See on Your Reykjavik Vacation

  • Visit Perlan on your Reykjavik vacation

    Perlan

  • Visit Hallgrímskirkja on a Reykjavik vacation

    Hallgrímskirkja

  • Visit the Sun Voyager on a Reykjavik vacation

    Sun Voyager

  • Visit Tjörnin on a Reykjavik vacation

    Tjörnin

What to Visit on a Reykjavik Vacation

1. Perlan

Named for its glassy dome, Perlan, or the “Pearl,” is an interactive natural history museum, perched on Öskjuhlíð 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

Hallgrímskirkja is a striking Evangelical Lutheran church and a national monument to its namesake, Hallgrímur Pétursson—a 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—just 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’ll come across the 1986 statue, by Jon Gunnar Arnason, called the Solfarid, or “Sun Voyager.” 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 “Tjörnin” as it’s 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—you'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

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

    from

    $1,134

    excl. Flight (p.P.)

  • Der Aldeyjarfoss Wasserfall in Island

    from

    $2,110

    excl. Flight (p.P.)

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

    from

    $735

    excl. Flight (p.P.)

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

    from

    $2,359

    excl. Flight (p.P.)

Useful Information for Your Reykjavik Trip


Tourlane brings out your inner explorer. As your personal travel expert, we'll help plan you a tailor-made trip packed with moments to remember for a lifetime.

Tourlane's Travel Promise

Tourlane's Travel Promise

Book With Confidence

Free cancellation with Tourlane's money-back guarantee and flexible rebooking policy.

More Information