Visitors to Reykjavík are thrilled by the pure energy at the heart of Iceland’s capital city - be it from the boiling thermal springs underground, the natural green energy, or the lively cultural scene and fun-filled nightlife. The world’s northernmost capital, it's framed by the majestic Mount Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxaflói Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier appears crystal-like on the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast.

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Reykjavik Park And Zoo

Along with some 150 animals from 19 different species, including seals, foxes and reindeers, the zoo also features an amusement park with rides and activities, and offers visitors the chance to ride an Icelandic horse. This is the ideal place for a day out with the family.

Múlavegi 2, 104 Reykjavík
The Thermal Beach In Reykjavík - Nautholsvik

Nautholsvik is one of the few places in Iceland where you can take a dip in the sea, which, in most of the other locations, is normally too cold for swimming. Here you can find a thermal beach where natural hot water flows out into the sea and allows Icelanders and tourists to swim in the Atlantic waves.

Nautholsvik, 108 Reykjavík

This restaurant has an interesting design concept that mixes a warm, modern Icelandic feel with international touches. Pieces of furniture by designer Tom Dixon play the main role. The cuisine focuses on feel good comfort food with a twist on classic cuisine. The menu offers a variety of finger food, salads, fish, steaks and desserts.

Skólavörðustíg 40, 101 Reykjavík

Kopar focuses on Icelandic ingredients from both land and sea. The fresh quality products used guarantee a dining experience that reflects the great Icelandic produce.

Geirsgata 3, 101 Reykjavík
Downtown Shopping

Reykjavík’s main shopping street, Laugavegur, runs through the city centre. On Laugavegur, its side streets and on the neighbouring street Skólavörðustígur, you will find everything from designer labels to streetwear, plus jewellery, arts and crafts, quirky souvenirs and unique Icelandic design products.

Laugavegur, 101 Reykjavík
Tax-free Shopping

As a visitor to Iceland, whenever you buy goods for more than ISK 4,000 in one shop, you are entitled to a partial tax refund. Participating shops normally display a Tax-Free Shopping sticker in the window. When buying the products in the shop you'll pay the full price, but you should ask for a "tax-free" form, which entitles you to a 15% refund on the goods you've just bought. The money can be refunded at the Reykjavík Tourist Information Office in the city centre, or at the airport when you leave.

Passport / Visa

Iceland can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

In summer you'll find the warmest temperatures (usually in the low 20°C), beautiful green landscapes, and an exciting choice of events - see our dedicated section for more info. As summer is the most popular time to visit, though, expect crowds of tourists. A great attraction of Icelandic summers is the midnight sun: darkness lasts for a very short time, especially in June. Head for the countryside, where there are fewer artificial lights, to get the most ethereal views. July and August, the warmest months, are the best for hikers. May to September is the best period to go whale-watching, peaking in June and July. If you're interested in the Northern lights, visit in February-March or September-October, and remember to pack warm clothes against the less-than-idyllic weather.