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Reykjavík

Visitors to Reykjavík are thrilled by the pure energy at the heart of Iceland’s capital city: be it from the boiling thermal springs, 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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Hallgrímskirkja — The Church of Hallgrímur
Hallgrímstorg 1, 101 Reykjavík

Hallgrímskirkja is an iconic part of Reykjavik's skyline and at 74.5 metres tall it is one of the tallest structures in the country. The gigantic church on the hill was a controversial project, but Icelanders have come to embrace their monumental tower in all its brutalist glory. The concrete mountain which took over 40 years to construct was inspired by the unusual columnar basalt formations along Iceland’s coast. You can admire the building inside and outside, go to the top of the tower to catch the view or attend an organ concert. The church is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson — a 17th-century minister and poet who wrote the “The Passion Hymns”. The book remains popular to this day.

Harpa
Austurbakki 2, Reykjavík

One of Reykjavik's most iconic landmarks and a must-visit while in Iceland is Harpa, the city's concert hall and conference centre as well as home to the Icelandic Opera and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Located by the old harbour, near the centre of Reykjavik, this striking bit of contemporary architecture boasts a glass facade, which covers the entire building featuring honeycomb panels that change colours during the day as they reflect the sky and the ocean. At night, a light show makes the building look even more magical.

Lækjarbrekka
Bankastræti 2, Reykjavík

Lækjarbrekka is a classic restaurant in one of the oldest buildings in the city. A true Reykjavik institution but it won't break the bank any more than anywhere else. Specialities include Icelandic seafood, lamb and other traditional dishes.

Forréttabarinn
Nýlendugata 14, Reykjavík

Forréttabarinn specialises in starters and is located close to the Old Harbor. It's young and trendy, and not overrun with tourists. Artic char is recommended by pretty much every guest. Add langoustine soup and skyr mousse to that for a very traditional and superb dinner.

Downtown Shopping
Laugavegur, Reykjavík

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.

Kolaportið — The Coal Port Flea Market
Tryggvagötu 19 , Old Harbour, Reykjavík

On weekends Kolaportið, Iceland's only flea market, overflows with bric-a-brac and Icelandic delicacies, such as fermented shark, dried fish, tons of liquorice and much more! Find unique souvenirs, nice Icelandic knits, antiques, or just wander around.

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.

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