Reykjavik in a Day

If you’re planning an Icelandic cruise then you’ll be stopping off in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city. With a population of just 150,000, Reykjavik is the ideal size for a quick visit. Our handy guide will tell you everything you need to know to see the best of Reykjavik in a day.


Reykjavik is home to a host of fascinating museums and art galleries including the National Museum of Iceland, where you can learn all about the country’s rich history, and the Reykjavik Art museum which showcases Iceland’s foremost modern artists. The Saga Museum can be found in the historic Perlan building, which offers panoramic views of the city below.


It’s impossible to visit Reykjavik without a trip to one of its incredible geothermal pools. The Blue Lagoon is one of the world’s most famous destinations and you can soak in the mineral-rich waters and enjoy the surroundings for hours. You can even order a meal that’s brought to you on a floating tray.


To get a true flavour of the stunning scenery of this country, take a trip around the Golden Circle. Tours leave from Reykjavik every day to traverse the 300km round trip which takes in the Geysir, the Golden Falls and the Thingvellir National Park.

Although the word ‘geyser’ has come to be used to apply to geysers in general, it actually comes from this Icelandic Geyser. The site of the Geyser shooting a jet of steaming water 200 feet in the air is one to behold. However, this only happens once or twice a year so visit the more reliable Strokkur too, where you’ll be able to see a geyser in action.

Golden Falls or Gullfloss is a spectacular double cascade waterfall that stands 105-feet tall. The mist form the churning waters of the falls create dozens of rainbows, making the falls a truly spectacular site.

Why not travel to Reykjavik as part of a cruise holiday? Depending on your voyage, you may be able to take in other fantastic locations in Iceland and even Norway.

Eating Out

For a true taste of Iceland, try the Sjavarkjallarinn or ‘Seafood Cellar, which serves a host of Icelandic dishes. Or if you prefer you can try one of the many restaurants serving food from around the world, including Thai, Indian and English offerings. For food on the go, try Nonnabiti, situated near the Radisson hotel, it serves incredible subs with an imaginative array of fillings that will leave you feeling more than satisfied.


Iceland’s incredible Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach is an incredible place to visit. Built in 2000, the beach was constructed from golden sand brought in from nearby seawalls to form a lagoon that joins the cold water of the sea and the hot geothermal water. In the summer, the water reaches temperatures of 19c but in winter it’s still pretty nippy. If you’re visiting during the colder months you can enjoy a host of sailing and water sports experiences in the lagoon, or take a dip in the giant hot tub situated by the beach service centre.