Around Reykjavík, there are five towns, all considerably large on an Icelandic scale. All of them are more or less like a suburb or a district in the greater capital city. They are all an inseparable part of Reykjavík and cooperate with the capital on many municipal levels like transportation, energy and water supplies. All of them have their separate characteristic and unique history. Some of them are taking measures to participate in the growing tourist industry and offer services related to that industry, like accommodation and activities.
Garðabær is one of the most affluent towns in Iceland and has quite often had the highest income per Family compared to other municipals. Population in 2016 was 14.717, so it is also one of the larger municipalities in Iceland. Like its neighboring town Kópavogur, it has grown from a small village in the fifties to a relatively large town in recent years compared to other communities in Iceland. Both towns have gained an advantage from its location near Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. A small village acquired a new role Interestingly Garðabær has been around, in a sense, since Iceland´s first settlement in the 9th century. Ath that time Vífill, a slave of Ingólfur Arnarson Iceland’...
Hafnarfjörður consists mostly of residential areas and two relatively large industrial areas in addition to the crucial harbor. This third largest town in Iceland has thus more characteristics of a town rather than just a suburb from Reykjavík. The population is 28.189 in 2016 acording to offical numbers. Hafnafjörður like Kópavogur and other towns in the larger capital city area has gained considerably from its neighbor Reykjavík. One could argue that Reykjavík municipal lacked significantly in urban planning and land development for years with the consequences that both businesses and people floated to the neighboring towns. Hafnafjörður is an attractive town with a significant...
Kópavogur is the largest town in Iceland and comes second in size only to the capital Reykjavik. Inhabitants / population are 34.140 in 2016 according to 2016 official numbers. In recent decades, Kópavogur has developed from a small village in the fifties to a large municipality today. If you are planing to drive the Reykjanes Peninsula it might be a good idea to find accommodation in Kópavogur. Like all the towns and villages around Reykjavik in the capital region, it has gained an advantage from its neighbor. In the last two to three decades, Kópavogur launched some serious land development projects that were mostly commercial and residential. Some would say that Kópavogur took an...
Mosfellsbær is a community in Iceland located east of Reykjavík with a population of 9.481 in 2016. When visitors drive from Reykjavík towards the West region or Thingvellir, they drive through Mosfellsbær. Like many of the towns around the Capital Reykjavík, it is tightly connected to the city. Almost like a suburb. Unlike many suburbs, Mosfellsbær has a lot to offer visitors and Icelanders alike. It is a culturally rich community. It was the home to Halldór Laxness, Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1955, and also the home of Sundlaugin (The swimming pool) Sigur Rós´s studio. Halldórs Laxness house is now a museum located in the Mosfellsdalur valley and hard to miss...
Seltjarnarnes is a small town or a suburb west of Reykjavík that barely has an identity although a seperate municipality of 4.415 residents in 2016. It is so closely connected to Reykjavík, geologically, historically and culturally, that it´s a wonder that the two municipals did not merge a long time ago. Seltjarnarnes mainly consists of one relatively large residential area, a tiny industrial area, and a windy 9-hole golf course. The community is quite affluent, and most of the residential area consists of large single-family houses. In recent years, a former industrial or fishing industry area has been developed for condominiums and apartment houses. So there is a bit more variety in...
Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland
Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.
This adventurous one-day super truck tour takes you to the South coast with an added glacier activity.
The day starts off with a visit to one of Iceland’s most famous and fascinating waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. Here you can walk behind the falling water and experience something different. But you need to be careful as the trail is narrow and most of the time a bit slippery. Extra caution is required during winter, and proper footwear is recommended. This is one of the most photographed places in Iceland and for a good reason. During the winter, the waterfall is lit up so you can enjoy it’s magic all year round.
Natural wonders, ice cave, icberg lagoon, northern lights
The south coast of Iceland is the home of some stunning natural wonders and spectacular places to visit. This tour highlights the iceberg lagoon Jökulsárlón, the Diamond beach, a visit to an actual Ice cave, and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. As evening approaches on our way back to Reykjavík, we start looking for the Northern light’s and make a stop if we spot a glimpse of Aurora Borealis.
Pursuing the Northern Lights around Reykjavík in a small group
Iceland is a perfect place to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. If conditions are right, the Northern Lights can be seen in all regions. Reykjavík and nearby countryside is an excellent place to search for and see the Northern Lights. Come with us as we search for the best place to experience this unique phenomenon.
Blue Ice cave - Waterfalls - Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon - Black Sands at Reynisfjara
Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover the unique landscape, natural blue Ice cave, glacier tongues, icebergs, lava fields, volcanos, black beaches, mighty rivers, and magic waterfalls.
With a combination of travel and lectures, Geocamp Iceland and Hit Iceland offer a unique opportunity to get a view of and understand how climate change is affecting our planet in the form of a tour. The trip takes you through exotic locations of volcanoes, glaciers, ice tongues, canyons, craters, lagoons, deep highland, small fishing towns, and other relevant and interesting places. Our approach for this tour is based on geology, environmental science, and changes in nature. We will also visit fishing villages to highlight how changes in the environment and natural resources affect various communities and their economy.
Iceland is one of the best places on the planet to see the Northern Lights. This tour will take you to see this spectacular phenomenon near Reykjavík. We bring you away from the city lights to a place where the likelihood of a spotting Aurora Borealis increases even further. The destination varies, of course, depending on cloud cover, clear skies, aurora strength and likelihood of a sighting. Visitors should be aware that although the tour endeavors to show the northern lights to as many of our guests as possible, seeing them is not guaranteed. In winter weather always plays a large part in Iceland.
Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting? This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders. And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn.
Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland. It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides. It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders. At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes.
3 persons minimum
Explore one of the most exciting places in the Icelandic highland in a super jeep day tour from Reykjavík. Experience the magnificent colors of rhyolite mountains, visit a beautiful waterfall, meet Hekla the active volcano and take a dip in the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland.