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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Reykjavik

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Reykjavik
The days when the far-flung capital of Reykjavik was off the radar for international tourists are long gone. Since 2008, tourism in Iceland has skyrocketed and Reykjavik’s once-quiet streets have filled with tourists. It’s still possible to beat the crowds, though. Here’s how. 

Plan ahead 
Take note of opening times and pre-book entry when possible; it saves you both time and money. Another good idea is to pre-purchase a City Card, which grants you free entry to many attractions without you having to wait in line. 

Make the Most of the Midnight Sun
During the summer months, the sun hardly sets in Iceland, which opens up more opportunities for visiting attractions outside of peak hours. If you’re willing to wait until late evening to head out, you’ll likely find that you have some top attractions all to yourself.

Visit in Winter
Fewer tourists visit Reykjavik in the winter. That means that you’re more likely to have a crowd-free experience at major landmarks. As an added bonus, you might spot the Northern Lights.

Skip the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions and is always packed full of tourists. It’s not the only hot springs within reach of Reykjavik, though. Visit the Secret Lagoon, Laugarvatn Fontana, or Reykjadalur Hot Springs instead, which are all within 62 miles (100 kilometers) of Reykjavik.

Embrace the weather
Iceland’s weather is notoriously fickle but is all part of the local experience. Use it to your advantage by venturing out in rainy weather, when most other travelers avoid outdoor attractions. 

Take a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Rather than following a set sightseeing schedule, create your own itinerary by taking a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. That way, you can linger at attractions for as much time as you wish, long after the crowds have dispersed.
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Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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If you’re short on time in Iceland, it makes sense to pack as much into any free evening you have as possible. This tour from Reykjavik does just that: combining a swim in the geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon with an Icelandic buffet dinner and a road trip to hunt for the Northern Lights. Your experience includes transport, lagoon admission, dinner, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 7 hours
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Northern Lights Midnight Adventure from Reykjavík

Northern Lights Midnight Adventure from Reykjavík

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The winter months in Reykjavik are the perfect time to spot the Northern Lights. During this midnight adventure, taking place between September 1st and April 15th, journey to the perfect place to see the Aurora Borealis, and learn about this beautiful phenomenon from your guide. Your guide also captures the colorful night sky so you don't have to fuss around with your own camera or a professional photographer.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Tour from Reykjavik

Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore Iceland's highlights on this 8.5-hour Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths tour from Reykjavik. Admire views over Lake Thingvallavatn and the Hengill mountains, travel into UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, and visit the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths. Relax in outdoor thermal pools and soak up the heat in natural steam rooms at your leisure. Afterward, take in top attractions on the Golden Circle route including Gullfoss Waterfall and the steaming Strokkur geyser.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Skip the Line: Secret Lagoon Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Secret Lagoon Entrance Ticket

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Both off-the-beaten-path and within the Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon hot springs live up to their evocative name. Tucked away in the small village of Fludir, the hot springs are not as popular as other nearby attractions, but offer unbeatable natural luxury and comfort, plus amenities such as changing rooms, a shower, and a bar and restaurant. Book your ticket in advance to ensure a smooth visit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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2hr Midnight Sun ATV Adventure from Reykjavik

2hr Midnight Sun ATV Adventure from Reykjavik

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Experience Iceland’s near-endless summer sun on a midnight quad bike adventure from Reykjavik. Ride a quad along asphalt roads and gravel tracks behind an expert guide, all in the eerie light of the midnight sun. Then, scramble up the mountains of Hafrafell and Úlfarsfell as midnight nears to watch the sun set and rise again within a few minutes, flooding the sky in gold and orange. Soak up the views of Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula from the summits before continuing across rivers and off-road trails back to base.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harpa Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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