Iceland Reykjavík


Capital and largest city of Iceland, known for its modernist architecture, vibrant arts scene, and geothermal Blue Lagoon nearby.

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Even for friends you’ve dragged along who would much prefer to be on a nice warm beach, Reykjavik will be on of the best winter vacations they’ve ever taken. The Northern lights alone are a bucket list opportunity for anyone, and Iceland gets them on most clear nights. But if you somehow miss them, or the clouds are blocking your view, the February winter lights festival will pull you out of your slump. The entire country only gets a few hours of daylight in the winter, so they make up for it with stunning lighting displays.
To warm up your chilly body, check out the thermal pools just 45 minutes outside of the city. Volcanic activity in the area makes these pools naturally warm year round. Boasting health benefits, volcanic hot springs are relaxing and comfortable. Bathing in these pools with the natural Icelandic landscape around you is absolutely phenomenal — though make sure your towel is handy because the transition between warm water to cold air can be shocking! Reykjavik will teach you that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Sometimes, the best winter vacations include a little sun. Check out our fave tropical destinations to escape the winter cold.

5 years ago

The easiest and cheapest way to explore Reykjavik is by car, but it’s also fairly straightforward to rely on public transport. Instead of going to the famous Blue Lagoon, take a trip to its lesser-spotted cousin, Mývatn Nature Bath. With an entrance fee less than half of the one at the Blue Lagoon, you’ll still get the same Insta shots without paying the high prices. If you do have access to a car, spend some time driving across the Golden Circle to spot waterfalls, hot springs, and world-renowned nature. If you’re an animal lover, make sure to go whale watching and, when you get hungry, go to Prikið — the oldest coffee shop in Reykjavík with a delicious brunch menu. It might go without saying that December is the best time of year to visit Reykjavik. Not only does the capital city come alive with festive celebrations, it’s also the time of year you’re most likely to spot the elusive Northern Lights. Side note: December is the darkest month in Iceland, but rest assured the Christmas spirit will keep you toasty and bright.  

georgierdarling 4 years ago

After a breakfast of incredible coffee and skyr, Icelandic yogurt, venture out into the neighborhoods that surround the northernmost capital in the world. The sky will look like midnight when it’s really 10a.m., but this means you get to witness the beautiful light displays on almost every house. It’s like Christmas but all winter long with strands of glowing light illuminating the city. Follow the displays down to the harbor and stop by Harpa, Reykjavik’s award-winning concert hall. The darkness of Iceland in winter does nothing but intensify the magnificence of this building’s design and lighting. Check the event schedule and, if you’re lucky, you can see the symphony for $15. Enter at 9:30 a.m. in the dark for the open rehearsal and emerge in daylight – the reverse of entering in the early evening and emerging after dark. No guarantee the symphony will perform the show in its entirety, but the warmth inside, impressive design, architecture, and music are surely worth the small ticket price. When you leave, the sun will have woken up to cast the most beautiful golden-hour light across the entire city.

laurenallain 5 years ago

Iceland tops bucket lists worldwide for a good reason. This incredibly safe country is perfect for first-time solo travelers, with a small but friendly population, countless tourism activities, and a vast surrounding landscape ripe for exploration, the capital city of Reykjavik is the best touch-down spot for an Iceland adventure. We recommend spending some time exploring the thriving art and fashion scene of the city, enjoying cozy cafes and Icelandic comfort food, and also signing up for some nationwide tours. The golden ring of Iceland is our favorite tour offered daily from Reykjavik, the tour takes you on a comfy bus ride to some of Iceland's top tourist attractions. Enjoy a live geyser and a towering waterfall along the rocky lava landscape of the country, and return to the city in time to enjoy fancy cocktails and Spanish-influenced Japanese cuisine at the trendiest spot in town, Sushi Social.

seeker 3 years ago

Reykjavik Pride: August 2 – August 7, 2022 2022 will been a big year for LGBTQ+ folks and allies in Iceland. Not only does 2022 mark 53 years from the Stonewall riots, but Reykjavík Pride is also celebrating its 23nd anniversary. To party it up, Reykjavik Pride will run for ten days instead of six, starting with an opening ceremony. The schedule will include a Pride Parade, outdoor festival and ginormous Pride Party. Reykjavik Pride puts the creativity into the hands of the participants, and encourages registered attendees to start prepping early so that their message is exciting, fun and entirely original.

leah 2 years ago

Despite a humble population of around 200,000, it turns out that Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world, actually boasts an exhilarating nightlife. Tourists and locals alike jostle for space in the downtown area’s bars, lounges, cafes and clubs, with loads of varied options jammed into one pleasantly walkable area. It’s loud, fun, and totally crazy; there must be something in the air up here.

jimmytayles 2 years ago

This August Reykjavik Pride is back in full swing- with nonstop parties, incredible activities, and rainbow-painted pathways throughout the quaint city. While the entire population of Iceland is only 500,000- Reykjavik Pride is made up of over 200,000 attendees- easily one of the most impressive outcomes in the world. Get ready to see the cobblestone streets of Reykjavik flip upside down with one of the most highly anticipated Pride events of the season.

seeker 2 years ago

A wholesome city full of brightly colored houses, unique architecture, incredibly friendly people, and endless charm- Reykjavik is a fairytale winter holiday come to life. Explore eclectic thrift shops, taste hearty Icelandic cuisine, and spend your days embarking on adventures in the glistening landscape of the country. Yes, you better bundle up, but the experience of exploring this fascinating and safe destination makes any hurdle worth it for memories to last a lifetime.

seeker 2 years ago

Reykjavik is the center of civilization in Iceland with a bustling nightlife culture, elegant shopping, adorable cafes, and world-class restaurants. Beneath the famous symmetrical architecture of the Hallgrimskirkja church lies brightly colored buildings, adorable local shops, modern nordic architecture, and the tastiest ice cream in the world. No trip to Iceland is complete without at least one day trip to this vibrant and fashionable city.

seeker 3 years ago

Reykjavík, Iceland is a magical winter vacation destination where visitors can marvel at the Northern Lights or enjoy a relaxing soak in one of the many geothermal pools. The city also offers endless opportunities for adventures, including glacier hiking and snowmobiling. With its charming streets and vibrant nightlife, Reykjavík is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty and culture of Iceland.

seeker 1 year ago

Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city, boasts breathtaking natural wonders, vibrant culture, and friendly locals. Visitors can admire picturesque views of the coastline, hike along stunning volcanic terrain, or relax in the city's many world-famous geothermal pools. Icelandic music, art, and cuisine complete the experience, making Reykjavík a must-visit destination for any traveler exploring the capital cities of Europe.

seeker 1 year ago

Icelandic people are very serious about their intense NYE celebrations, think fireworks... like a lot of fireworks. A celebration in the sparkling snow but brimming with cheer and festivity, Reykjavik offers a simultaneously wholesome and electrifying celebration that unites locals and travelers alike to bring in the new year in the land of fire and ice.

seeker 2 years ago

Reykjavík is a perfect destination for cold-weather winter travel. The city is vibrant during the winter season, covered with snow and filled with fun activities like northern lights tours, snowmobiling, and skiing. Visitors can experience hot springs, winter festivals, and indulge in Icelandic cuisine.

seeker 1 year ago

Bonfires line the streets in Reykjavik on New Years Eve! Although there are no official fireworks displays here, you'll find locals shooting off their own around the city and if you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

mustangdmv 3 years ago

Everyone knows Rekjavik for the blue lagoon but there is so much more to the city than just that. It's a beautiful city the lovely and colorful corrugated iron houses and tons of delicious and fresh seafood.

clumsygirltravels 3 years ago

Reykjavík Guides

  • Four Bars to “Spin the Wheel” in Reykjavik

    jasmineagbhow (Jasmine Caceres)
    I’m not sure if alcohol actually increases luck or just makes you feel as if it it can. But with a handful of Reykjavik bars that offer “pay to spin” game wheels, I can guarantee it’s probably the latter.
  • #WhatLaurenAte

    laurenmack (Lauren Mack)
    Exceptional places I have eaten around the world.
  • Iceland on the Cheap

    booksandbao (Jessica Esa)
  • In Case You're Passing Through Iceland

    thegoddess_pallas (Pallas-Amenah Morgan)
    Ever had a one-day layover and wished you'd made better use of your time? Here's a list to save the next time you find yourself short on time in Iceland!
  • Most Dreamy Places to Visit in Iceland

    madeleineray (Madeleine Ray)
    After writing my previous list about where to become a fairy in Iceland, I decided to continue with that theme and include even more dreamy spots for the perfect Icelandic vacation escape from reality. I was lucky in high school to have made a lifelong friend with an Icelandic girl who always lets me stay with her as well as show me the most special parts of her small and enchanting country. Here are more ideas of what to do in Iceland, whether you dream of being a fairy or just want to enjoy natural landscapes, delicious drinks, and sustainable fashion.
  • Iceland ✔️

    themarvelousmrsm (Josette Faye Mamsaang)
    The land of fire and ice. We were captivated of how beautiful this country is. Went in November, was raining on some days but still worth seeing the landscapes, waterfalls, etc. We even saw the Northern Lights on our way on the plane, when we were passing Canada. Didn’t get a chance to see the lights while in Iceland due to the ugly weather we had though we still had so much fun exploring it.
  • Fave Hostels in Europe

    georgierdarling (Georgie Darling)
  • Pride Summer 2022 Celebrations Around The World

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Pride is one of the most iconic events of the year, and these destinations have some incredible plans. All summer long, from Montreal to NYC to London and everything in between, these destinations are being painted in rainbow colors, rainbow flags, and *lots* of confetti. So let's check out the most sparkling events of the season, happy Pride!
  • Places To See Before I Die

    stillontheroad (Giada Matera)
  • Cozy Winter Getaways

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Winter is here and we are already dreaming of our next big vacay to embrace the season, from charming, snowy getaways to sunshine and sandy shores- these are our top winter destinations. Whether your definition of winter fun is sunbathing on an island or twirling beneath twinkling snowflakes, this list truly has it all. Explore a rugged Caribbean island made up of colorful architecture, or cozy up by the fireplace in a ski resort, we are *so* ready to make the most of the season. So grab your swimsuit, or a big scarf- let’s dive in.
  • Party Cities For An Unforgettable NYE

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    So we are daydreaming about all the crazy and electrifying parties taking place all over the planet on New Year's eve, and we just *had* to put a little list together for any party animals looking for an unforgettable start to the new year. From Las Vegas to Berlin, whether you seek underground clubbing or flashy parties- these destinations have everything you could ask for, *and more*. So let's start this year on the right foot, and spend our last night dancing away worries of yesteryear. Cheers!
  • You Can Find Me Here Once Covid Is Over

    stillontheroad (Giada Matera)
    Here is a list of places I would like to visit once the pandemic will be long gone.
  • Top Cold-Weather Winter Travel Destinations

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Cold weather travel is a delight that often gets overlooked. Here at Seeker. we love cozying up by the fireplace in a snow-covered cottage, exploring the gorgeous pearly views of icy tundra, and walking through an impeccably-decorated Manhattan pretending we are starring in our very own Lifetime holiday film. We selected some of the most dreamy and wintery destinations around the world. How many have you been to?
  • Where #VoyageDiva Has Traveled - Outside the US

    laurenmack (Lauren Mack)
    The places Lauren Mack has explored outside the U.S.
  • Places I’ve Been

    susanpazera (Susan Pazera)
  • Iceland Road Trip

    meandering_wild (Suzanne E)
  • Places I have been

    clumsygirltravels (Marika Devan)
    These are my favorite places I have been
  • The Best Destinations for Solo Travellers

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Stuck trying to find inspo for your next solo adventure? Or are you brand new and looking to wet your feet? Don't worry seeker, we have you covered. Across the world, we have chosen our favorite destinations complete with safety, excellent public transportation, and endless activities to fill up a dynamic itinerary. Enjoy a cafe au lait along the Seine river in Paris or embrace solitude in the tranquil rainforests of Costa Rica, the opportunities are endless. Whether you would like to meet like-minded folks in an eclectic hostel and party the night away beachside or eat, pray, love yourself through a transformative escape into the culture of unexplored terrains, we have selected the top destinations for solo travelers around the world so that you can relax and finally start planning your adventure.
  • Life Changing Views in Iceland

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    There is a reason Iceland is chosen to be in so many music videos. The Island of Iceland is full of geothermal hot springs, explosive geysers, and lush green fields. A getaway to Iceland is sure to nourish and refresh, with healthy and delicious foods, friendly people, and once-in-a-lifetime views for your soul. Whether you want to soak in the luxurious Blue Lagoon, snack on healthy Icelandic skyr at a cozy cafe in Reykjavik, or travel to each spot around the famous Golden Circle to hunt rainbows in towering waterfalls and see water explode from a geyser- we have the list for you. We are big fans of the healthy and refreshing lifestyle that Iceland offers, and we left no lava rock unturned in curating this list of life-changing views and experiences available in the land of fire and ice.
  • Best New Years Eve Celebrations in Europe

    mustangdmv (Danielle Call)
    With the new year approaching, I find myself planning more and more trips. This list is hopefully going to narrow down my choices for vacations in Europe to celebrate New Years Eve next year!

Reykjavík Articles

  • 31 of the Best Things to Do in Iceland

    Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is a country to be reckoned with. Isolated between Europe and North America in the far-flung Atlantic, it’s a country in the midst of its own making: volcanoes and glaciers shape the countryside while waterfalls charge off moss-laden cliffs and hot springs bubble forth from below. Lunar-like lava […]

  • The Biggest Pride Parades Around the World 2022

    Each June, we honor the anniversary of Stonewall Uprising: the historic event that marked the start of the modern movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual rights (LGBTQIA+) across the globe. To celebrate, hundreds of Pride parades will take place in every nook and cranny of the world. With demonstrations, seminars, parties, […]

  • 13 Magical Spots For a Winter Vacation in Europe

    Europe is the birthplace of hygge culture: the Danish word for all things comfy and cosy. If tropical getaways aren’t your thing, than Europe is the perfect spot to hunker down and cozy up this winter season. Wake up to snow-capped mountains in Slovenia, walk cobbled streets in Tallinn, shop at cheerful Christmas festivals in […]

  • Iceland Itinerary: Our Top 4 Road Trip Routes

    Welcome to Iceland, where the rugged and natural beauty can be found in icy blue waterfalls, black beaches, massive volcanos, and sparkling northern lights. Unlike other spots around the world, Iceland’s wild (and relatively untouched) landscape demands to be conquered slowly, carefully, and on its own terms. Road tripping is undisputedly one of the best […]

  • Best Winter Vacations For People Who Love the Cold

    The best winter vacations don’t have to be all about sunshine and beaches. There are plenty of ways to have an awesome winter getaway — even when the weather is below freezing! Grab your hat and gloves and enjoy the crisp winter cold in these five cities. All fjords are wonderful, but in Bergen, the […]

  • Iceland in Winter: Fall In Love With Reykjavik In Total Darkness

    In December, Reykjavik will see just four hours of daylight from when the sun rises around 11am and sets at 3:30pm. During the daylight hours, the sun will rise to a max high of 3-degrees on the horizon, barely peeking out. If you think that visiting Iceland in winter sounds totally crazy, think again! Not […]