Tourist information

Travel to Reykjavík

All international flights (except those to and from the Faroe Islands and Greenland) go through Keflavík International Airport, which is about 40 minutes’ drive from Reykjavík. The Flybus runs services between Reykjavík and Keflavík and connects with all arriving and departing flights. Please note that bus tickets must be purchased in advance or at the Flybus desk in the airport building. A one-way ticket costs 1950 ISK. Taxis and car rentals are also available from the airport terminal.

Reykjavík 

Reykjavík is the world‘s northernmost capital of a sovereign state. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. With a population of around 120,000 (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavík Area), it is the heart of Iceland’s economic and governmental activity. Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, which Ingólfur Arnarson is said to have established around 870 C.E. Until the 18th century, there was no urban development in the city location. The city was founded in 1786 as an official trading town and grew steadily over the next decades, as it transformed into a regional and later national centre of commerce, population, and governmental activities.

Main sights

  • The Culture House offers a wide range of exhibitions, some permanent and others temporary, with the aim to provide insight into the history and culture of Iceland and its inhabitants.
  • The National Museum displays objects that provide insight into Icelandic cultural history – displays that encourage visitors to dwell on the past, present and future. The museum aims to nurture knowledge and innovation while maintaining a wide perspective and sense of community.
  • In the Saga Museum, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way. The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium.
  • The National Gallery is a national museum and the main emphasis of the collection is on 19th and 20thcentury Icelandic art, but international art is featured as well. The museum owns the most valuable collection of works by Icelandic artists in the country.
  • The Reykjavik Art Museum is the largest visual art institution in Iceland. It occupies three locations in Reykjavík; in Harbour House by the old harbour, at Kjarvalsstaðir by Klambratún and in Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum in Laugardalur.
  • The Reykjavík Swimming Hall, Sundhöllin, is one of Reykjavík’s oldest swimming pools, built 75 years ago, and it has acquired sort of a ‘cult’ status. The swimming hall is located in downtown Reykjavík, and opens at 6.30 every morning.
  • Laugardalur Swimming Pool, Laugardalslaug, is the largest outdoor thermal pool in Reykjavík. This facility is situated in Laugardalur valley, the center for athletics and recreation in Reykjavík. A short distance from the pool is the Botanical Garden where one can see numerous plants and flowers while enjoying an especially peaceful atmosphere.
  • The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. Bláa lónið is situated approximately 13 km (8 miles) from the Keflavík International Airport and 39 km (24 miles) from the capital city of Reykjavík.
  • A classic day-tour is the Golden Circle where you go and visit Gullfoss, which is a beautiful waterfall, and Geysir, which is a natural geyser.