Explore Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandic National Day

Icelandic National Day (Þjóðhátíðardagurinn, the day of the nation's celebration) is an annual holiday in Iceland that commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland on 17 June 1944. This day marks a significant moment in Iceland's history as it transitioned to a republic from its previous status as a kingdom in personal union with Denmark.

Every year on 17 June, Icelanders' national holiday is celebrated with a wide array of entertainment and events in the city centre. From parades and musical performances to cultural exhibits and street fairs, the entire city comes alive in a festive celebration of national pride and heritage.

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Venue Information

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Cultural Attractions

Reykjavik is rich in culture with attractions like the National Museum of Iceland, Hallgrimskirkja, and Harpa Concert Hall. Take a stroll down the vibrant Rainbow Road, or visit the intriguing Phallological Museum.

Dining in Reykjavik

Sample traditional Icelandic cuisine at Fjörukráin or enjoy a unique dining experience at Ingólfsskáli. And don't leave Iceland without trying a lamb hot dog at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur.

The greater Reykjavik area

The capital area, has five different municipalities: Reykjavik, Kopavogur, Gardabaer, Mosfellsbaer, and Hafnarfjordur.

The city area coastline is characterized by peninsulas, coves, straits, and many small islands, It offers a good natural harbor, and therefore fishing is a huge part of the city. Across the bay, Mount Esja (914 m) rises, the highest mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavik.

Transportation Information

Reykjavik's public transport system includes buses and taxis. For routes and schedules, visit Strætó's website.

Things to Do in Reykjavik

  • Sightseeing
  • Museums and Art Galleries
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • Concerts
  • Shopping
  • Local swimming pools
  • Whale Watching
  • Northern Lights tours
  • Day Tours

Choose from a multitude of restaurants and coffee-houses. Don't forget to stop by “Bæjarins bestu” for an Icelandic hot dog.

Reykjavik Hotels

Reykjavik offers a range of accommodation options, from hostels to luxury hotels.

Whether you're looking for the cozy charm of a hostel or the indulgent luxury of a five-star hotel, Reykjavik has accommodations to suit every traveler's needs and budget.

For a central location with easy access to local attractions, consider staying in one of the city's boutique hotels. Many offer stunning views of the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church or the serene Tjörnin pond.

Those seeking a more luxurious stay might opt for hotels that provide spa services, fine dining, and exclusive tours to see the Northern Lights or the Golden Circle.

Budget-conscious travelers can find comfort and convenience in various hostels, which often provide communal kitchens, social events, and helpful staff to assist with planning your Icelandic adventure.

To secure the best rates and availability, especially during peak travel seasons, early booking is highly recommended. Explore a selection of recommended accommodations and book your perfect stay at visitreykjavik.is/accommodation.