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Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrmskirkja Church and Downtown Reykjavik
Hallgrmskirkja Church and Downtown Reykjavik


Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland.

Where You're Docked

Large ships dock at a pier by the ferry terminal approximately 3km east of the downtown. Shuttles are usually provided into the city though you can take a long but pleasant walk by following the paved path by the water. You will pass the Sun Voyager sculpture. Cruise ship schedule https://www.faxafloahafnir.is/en/

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Money and Tipping

Iceland's currency is the Krona (ISK). Euros are widely accepted but ask first. A small tip (5-10%) is not expected but appreciated when dining in restaurants or taking a taxi.

Local Transportation

The downtown area is fairly small and walkable. City Sightseeing operates hop on, hop off buses. Public bus information here http://www.straeto.is/en

Car rental may be offered when cruise ships are in port. https://www.europcar.com/location/iceland/reykjavik/reykjavik-harbour


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  • Blue Lagoon - these manmade, geothermally heated pools provide a great and relaxing way to spend a morning or afternoon. The lagoon is 40 minutes away from downtown. Tour companies run express buses hourly from the BSI bus terminal. Open daily 7am in the summer and 8am rest of the season. Entry from 8490 ISK (July 2022) pre-booking required includes locker, towel and drink. https://www.bluelagoon.com/
  • Sky Lagoon - opened in 2021 providing a second geothermal lagoon attraction. Sky Lagoon is located by the ocean with a more natural setting and closer to downtown. https://www.skylagoon.com/
  • Hallgrmskirkja Church - this unique looking church is a symbol of the city. There is a lift to a viewing deck on the top. The Leif Eriksson Memorial is outside.
  • Harpa Concert Hall - You can wander around both the inside and outside of this building to admire the architecture and views. Tours are also available. https://en.harpa.is/
  • Perlan (Pearl) - A hot water storage facility transformed into a tourist attraction with restaurants and observation decks. Free.
  • National Museum of Iceland - Small museum located on the southwest corner of the pond (Tjorn). Entry 2000 ISK.

Shopping & Restaurants

The main shopping streets are Skolavordustigur leading from the church and along Laugavegur and Bankastraeti.

A popular hot dog stand, Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, has various locations in the city. Original location is on Tryggvagata street near Harpa Concert Hall.

For casual dining options downtown, try the Laundromat Cafe, 101 Reykjavik Street Food, and Kaffivagninn - Iceland's oldest restaurant.

Post Offices

There is a post office downtown on Posthusstraeti Street.


Restaurants and cafes may provide free wifi to customers.

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Downtown Area


Reykjavik Weather Forecast


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