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See the sights of Reykjavik and beyond

Iceland is blessed with incredible scenery, with the capital city providing a great starting point for sightseeing. You won’t be disappointed with the variety of things to do in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.

For a compact city, Reykjavik has lots to offer – discover excellent museums, a captivating art scene, rich culinary choices and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy the bold café culture, treat yourself to pioneering modern cuisine or mingle with the locals at lively late-night bars. Admire the breathtaking architecture as you explore, soaking up the culture as you go. As a natural starting point for exploring Iceland, your city break wouldn’t be complete without a day trip to one of the nearby sights. Book incredible experiences that will appeal to all ages and enjoy an array of family-friendly tours and activities.

Shopping in Reykjavik.

Shopping in Reykjavik

Get your retail fix on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Peruse the designer stores around Kronkron, where international high fashion brands sit beside popular Scandinavian designers. Or experience Kolaportid Flea Market, a weekend gathering, set in a harbour-side industrial building – which has become a Reykjavik institution. Soak up the atmosphere, as you browse the second-hand clothes and toys. Then sample traditional delicacies, such as brauðterta ‘sandwich cake’ and hákarl ‘fermented shark’.

Northern lights.

Sightseeing in Reykjavik and further afield

A must-see for any trip to Reykjavik, the geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon have timeless appeal - ideal for a relaxing day. If you’re planning a day trip, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Pick up a whale watching tour from the harbour. Or explore the sights of the Golden Circle Route, which include waterfalls and geysers. If you visit between September and April, you may be lucky enough to see the majestic Northern Lights. But don’t forget to soak up the incredible views from the Hallgrimskirkja church, one of Reykjavik’s most recognisable buildings.

Eating out in Reykjavik.

Eating out in Reykjavik

A haven for food lovers - Reykjavik may be known for its unusual delicacies, but Iceland’s capital is fast-becoming a culinary hotspot. You’ll find fine dining choices across the city, as renowned chefs create exciting dishes from traditional Icelandic ingredients. As well as forward-thinking cuisine, the city is rich in culinary choices and also has a bustling café culture – with a love for coffee. Make sure you join the queues for the best hotdog in town at harbour-side Baejarins Beztu Pylsur.

Vida nocturna.

Ambiente nocturno

Reykjavik offers a huge nightlife, for a small city. Compact in size, everything is close together – making nights out stress-free. The scene is vibrant, but don’t expect clubs – instead you’ll find cafes that evolve into bustling bars and packed dance venues. Stroll from bar to bar along the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Nights out here start late, with places not filling up until around midnight. Local music is also a big part of Reykjavik’s culture, with bars and clubs around 101 regularly hosting live shows, with a broad range of musical genres.

Tips from a Ventoura Local

Locals can reveal their city’s secrets. We caught up with Carl to gather his top tips for travellers who don’t want to miss out on the best parts Reykjavik as he knows it. Connect with Carl and other locals on the Ventoura app for iPhone and Android.

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Tienda del mercadillo.

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Northern Lights night tour
Northen Lights.

Iceland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis - one of nature's most spectacular displays. Visible from autumn to spring, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights if you’re visiting between September and April. After pick-up, you’ll leave the city behind you, for an unforgettable evening tour. Set off with your English-speaking guide, on a hunt for the mysterious Northern Lights - one of the world's most amazing natural phenomena.

See the Northern Lights from Reykjavik

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