It doesn’t take long to get around Iceland’s compact capital. Small in size, but big on personality, Reykjavik urges you to hobnob with its locals before venturing outside the cozy confines of its hip bars and contemporary, cultural institutions. Head towards the mystifying, surrounding lands to fill your days with volcanoes, hot springs, and glaciers, and end your nights chasing Northern Lights.

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Revel in Reykjavik! Enjoy the best things to do in Reykjavik, from taking in Icelandic culture at the Reykjavik Art Museum to learning about Viking history at the Saga Museum. Find Iceland tours for day-trips from Reykjavik to top attractions: the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Mount Esja and other amazing Icelandic landscapes. Make the most of your trip with packages or flight and hotel bundles!

REYKJAVIK TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

LANGUAGE

Icelandic

WHAT TO EAT

Plokkfiskur (a creamy fish stew), harðfiskur (dried fish usually served on bread), kjötsúpa (Icelandic lamb soup) and local delicacies from Hlemmur Food Hall or the Kolaportid Flea Market.

WHAT TO BRING BACK

Brennivín (Iceland’s signature spirit), traditional Arctic thyme tea (or other herbal varieties), Icelandic sagas and records from the next big Icelandic music act (Björk, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men are among their most famous exports).

FUN FACT

Reykjavik is a city known for its kooky character. Perhaps a perfect reflection of this is the election of Jón Gnarr as mayor from 2010 to 2014. A stand-up comedian, Gnarr had no political experience and simply started his party, the Best Party, as a form of political satire. Look out for his book when there: Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World

IMPORTANT INFO

For more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.