Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background
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Cruise to Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the beating heart of Iceland. The city was founded in 1786, but it's also the site of Iceland's first permanent settlement, dating back to 874 AD. Check out the Settlement Exhibition, a combination archaeological ruin and museum based around a 10th-century longhouse, where interactive technology and archaeology reveal historical Iceland. The church Hallgrimskirkja dominates the skyline — admire its distinctive Expressionist-style architecture designed to mirror the nearby mountains and glaciers during your Iceland cruise. Need relaxation of the highest order? Take the sub-hour drive to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by volcanic vistas.
National Language Icelandic
Currency Accepted Icelandic Króna (ISK)

Things To Do in Reykjavik

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reach for the Sky

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reach for the Sky

Hallgrimskirkja Church towers over the city. Hop on the elevator to rise 75 meters into the spire, where you'll enjoy panoramic views. In the surprisingly understated interior, you'll find the vast 5,275-pipe organ, upon which an organist performs near-daily concerts.

View of the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Worldwide Wonder

View of the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland

View of the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Worldwide Wonder

Grab the free shuttle bus every half hour from Harpa Music Hall to the Perlan Dome, which reveals the wonders of Iceland through exhibitions that include a man-made ice cave, a planetarium and an interactive glacier show. The observation deck puts your attention on the natural wonders of Iceland, including mountains, volcanoes, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier.

People enjoying the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Reykjavik, Iceland
People enjoying the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Reykjavik, Iceland

Get Steamy

Built on a lava field and heated with geothermal energy, the famous Blue Lagoon is an easy 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. Pamper yourself with mud masks and massages while in the hot water. There's plenty to do on dry land as well with cruises to Iceland — relax in a steam room, dine at LAVA Restaurant or shop for skincare products to bring a piece of Iceland home.

An Icelandic hot dog
An Icelandic hot dog

Local Cuisine

Reykjavik holds culinary pleasures both high and low. Many local spots serve up hearty Icelandic meat stew, made with lamb, potatoes, carrots and lots of herbs. Seek out creamy lobster stew and locally caught langoustine tails. And don't miss out on the national street food: the Icelandic hot dog.

A wool sweater on a wooden floor
A wool sweater on a wooden floor

Shopping

Laugavegur, or "the Wash Road," is the hippest shopping street in this compact city. An easy walk from port, the district offers a wide range of designer clothes, artisan wools and housewares. It's also home to an excellent bookstore and several spots for modern, design-driven home goods that bridge the gap between decorative and utilitarian.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Take a 30-minute guided tour of the glittering Harpa Music Hall, located on the edge of the port.
2 Kolaportio Flea Market is housed in an old industrial building by the harbor and offers everything from secondhand clothes to food and knock-off designer goods.

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