Clean, green and captivating, the colourful port of Reykjavik is one of Europe's most enchanting cities.
The world's northernmost national capital offers stunning views, a thriving arts scene and a warm welcome that belies its subarctic climate. A beautiful skyline, dramatic coast and rich cultural heritage come together in a city that also makes an ideal gateway to Iceland's glaciers, geysers and lava fields.
Festivals and events
Reykjavik Art Festival
The Reykjavik Art Festival is one of Iceland's most significant cultural events, with a celebrated history dating back to 1970. This grand gala of art, design, theatre and dance is hugely respected internationally and valued highly by the capital's artsy, progressive locals. It takes place every other year, usually in June.
Hafnarfjörður, six miles (10km) south of the capital, is the setting for Iceland's Viking Festival, also in June, which transports participants and spectators back in time an entire millenium. As well as the reenacted battles, which draw enthusiasts from across the world, there are market stalls, craft workshops, feasts and an impressive final-day parade.
The capital's friendly, inclusive nature has allowed Reykjavik Pride to develop into one of the largest festivals in the country. Music, dancing and colourful costumes are the order of the day as the LGBTQ+ community and friends parade through the streets then party the night away in August.