Reykjavik is Iceland's capital city and is the most northern capital city in the world. When you visit Reykjavik on a private custom tour, you can expect such things as a lot of Viking history, volcanoes and plenty of hot springs in the surrounding areas.
Situated on the southwestern coast of Iceland, Reykjavik is the most populated place in the country so it helps that it is the largest city in the country too. It is a city that offers much to a traveller with amazing landmarks and museums to visit on guided tours or on the outskirts of the city start your adventure tours in Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall or experience the bursting fountains of Strokkur Geysir.
Reykjavik is also the perfect stepping stone city to other wonderful, breathtaking sights and landscapes found in this country. There is a custom tour to meet all your wish list destinations both near and far, on sea or land, educational or adventurous. Read More...
Enjoy the Amazing Sights on Whale Watching Tours From Reykjavik
One of the top tours to do when in Reykjavik is a Whale Watching Tour. These are available all year round however during the months of June to August, you will see more at this time than any other time and they are not afraid to surface and put on a display right beside the boat you are in. The type of mammals to see are minke whales, humpbacks, porpoises and white-beaked dolphins.
However, an article on Reykjavik is not complete without talking about the wonderful people of this city and country. There is no end to their friendliness and welcome. It is very easy to relax and mingle with the locals which bring us nicely to the excellent evening entertainment which all can enjoy. Great restaurants and a wide range of bars and clubs cater for everyone's needs.
Top 10 Things to Do in Reykjavik
Whale-Watching Tours Reykjavik
There are many excellent Whale-Watching Tours to do when in Reykjavik and the majority are available all year round. The ideal time to go is during the months of April to October when there are over 20 kinds of whale after flocking to the Atlantic Ocean. The most popular mammals to see are the minke whales, humpbacks and dolphins. They are not afraid to surface close to the boats, so you get to see them up close.
Hallgrímskirkja is an impressive modern Lutheran church that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. This is a stunning concrete structure that took over 40 years to complete and designed to look like the basalt lava flows that can be found in the natural landscapes of Iceland. It soars 74.5 meters in height and on a guided tour, visit the top where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views.
The Northern Lights Guided Tour
Not far from the city of Reykjavik is a place where you can experience the most spectacular natural displays in Iceland, the Northern Lights. See the incredible display of luminous lights and colour in the sky from a prime viewing area. On a guided tour learn from your very knowledgeable tour guide the science behind such a natural phenomenon. This is among the top highlights of visiting Reykjavik during the months of September - April.
Take a guided tour of the Perlan Museum which is a unique museum of Iceland's natural wonders. There are exhibits opened on the Glaciers and Ice Caves which are out of this world. This stunning building with a futuristic silver dome on the roof is more than just a museum, it is also a place to see superb views from the observation deck in the dome. While this museum is still in its infancy, there is still much to be enjoyed on tour.
Another stunning architectural wonder in the city of Reykjavik is Harpa, a concert hall and conference centre. The building has features of coloured glass on its facade which was inspired by the landscape of Iceland and is a gleaming sculpture which reflects both sea and sky. It is now one of Reykjavik’s distinguished and greatest landmarks and a popular place to visit while on a sightseeing tour.
National Museum of Iceland
See the National Museum of Iceland on a guided tour which is found in the city of Reykjavik. In relation to the Icelandic culture, this museum has played a vital part since 1863 when it was first established. It is here you can get an adventurous insight into the history, culture and heritage of Iceland. There are fascinating artefacts from many centuries and it also houses the countries largest collection of photographs.
Diving and Snorkeling Reykjavik Tours
There are many excellent and some unusual places to go on diving and snorkelling tours when in Reykjavik. One very interesting places are in Þingvellir National Park. Here you get to snorkel under the park in fantastic caves. Also there is the Silifra fissure where you get to explore an underground pool. All diving and snorkelling tours are led by qualified and experienced diving instructors.
Hiking Tours from Reykjavik
There are many hiking tours available from the city of Reykjavik, some close to the city others which entail a jeep safari tour. It will not matter which or all of them you go on, there are amazing adventures and thrills to be had. Each tour is led by experienced tour guides that love hiking. The sights and scenery you will see and photo opportunities you will have are stunning. There are easy hikes or terrifying and thrilling hikes.
Icelandic Horse Riding Tours
An opportunity to go horse back riding on Iceland's favourite animals which are found on land should not be missed. These sure footed and sturdy animals will bring you to see the beautiful countryside which is just on the outer limits of the city of Reykjavik. These tours are popular and well organized and when you arrive, you are given helmets, boots and rain clothes, which is an added bonus, for your tour.
Lava Cave Tours
A very interesting and adventurous tour to do when in Reykjavik is a Lava Cave Tour where you get to explore and see places that are millions of years old. There are caves just outside of the city of Reykjavik and other a few hours away. See stalagmites and stalactites as you venture through the cave with helmet and lamp and listen to the folk tales of Iceland being told by your experienced tour guide.
Travel Tips for Reykjavik
Best Time To Visit
Reykjavik is a city that can be visited at any time of the year as there are different experiences to be had during peak and off peak seasons. Having said that the most popular time is from June to August when there are balmy temperatures and 21 hours of sunlight. It is something else to experience a ‘midnight sun’. The cheaper time is December to February when there are only 4 or 5 hours of daylight but still great adventures to be had.
Reykjavik and Iceland have had a reputation in the past for bringing very expensive. This is still true but not as expensive as before and nowadays, with a little research, you can find very reasonable prices for meals, accommodation and custom tours. On average it is possible to get a breakfast for US$7, a lunch for US11 and an evening meal for US$25 per person. When it comes to alcohol, look out for happy hour for great value for money.
Know Before Visiting
To find the best prices you need to research and book well in advance of the time you want to travel. You should also book any sightseeing or guided tours in advance too as some of the attractions get very busy in peak season. This is one country where it is a pleasure to drink the tap water and more importantly very safe. While the majority of hospitality providers have light blocking shades, bring an eye mask as there is little darkness at night.
June to September is summertime and the warmest time of the year in Reykjavik. It is the brightest season with an average of 20-21 hours of daylight. The temperatures average 12 degrees Celsius during these months. The cold season is November to April when temperatures average 4 degrees Celsius. There is rainfall throughout the year but not in much quantity unless it's September and you are guaranteed snow at some stage during October to April.