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Destination guide

Family-friendly vacations in stylish Reykjavik

A spectacular landscape, fascinating cultural heritage and lively cosmopolitan lifestyle await visitors to Reykjavik. A vibrant, family-friendly city, known for its Viking history, epic music scene and geothermal pools, Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital, with attractions here including an impressive calendar of festivals and celebrations and an upmarket shopping and dining scene. Stay in style at one of the many available Reykjavik vacation rentals and you'll find the best of the city's attractions on your doorstep, perfect for making memories with friends and family.

Things to do

Action-packed days and nights in Reykjavik

Easy access to the city's Art Museum and the National Museum of Iceland from your Reykjavik vacation rental means culture is quick to come by. Budding historians should make time for a trip to the Saga Museum, where wax figures bring Viking heroes to life and visitors can don a variety of authentic costumes. Vacationing without kids? When it comes to nightlife, Reykjavik comes up trumps, with everything from drag acts and cabaret to stand-up comedy and theater shows. Music fans can soak up live jazz sessions at cafes and breweries around town, as well as at the Harpa Concert Hall.

Activities

Explore Reykjavik your way

An array of activities makes Reykjavik a great choice for fun-loving travelers. Visits to Reykjavik Park and Zoo and whale-watching tours from the vibrant Old Harbour are well worth a place on your to-do list, especially if you have kids in tow, though it can be just as much fun to explore the city on foot. The so-called "Neighborhood of the Gods" near Hallgrimskirkja is a great place to admire local street art. In the mood for a little retail therapy? Dive into some serious boutique shopping along Laugavegur and Bankastraeti.

Weather

See the Northern Lights in Reykjavik

Like to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik? The best time to visit is during the official Aurora season, between October and March. Be warned, though, that winters in Iceland serve up just 4 hours of daily sunlight and the cold can take a lot of getting used to. Peak travel season here is during the summer months of June through August, when you can expect temperatures in the mid-50s and up to 20 hours of sunlight each day. By opting for a shoulder-season stay in May or September, budget-conscious travelers can often find a great deal on their Reykjavik vacation rental.

Natural features

Outdoor adventures in Reykjavik

Outdoor time is always on the agenda in Reykjavik and you won't need to travel too far from your rental to soak up the atmosphere at the stunning Blue Lagoon and Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. Those keen to explore further afield could do worse than tour the Golden Circle, a 300-kilometer route that counts the 3-step Gullfoss waterfall and Laugarvatn Lake among its highlights. At the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, visitors can see a portion of the Mid-Atlantic ridge above ground and toss a coin for luck into the icy-cold waters of Nikulasargja Gorge.

How to get there

How to get to and around Reykjavik

Fly into Reykjavik (RKV-Reykjavik Domestic), the closest airport, located 1.2 mi (2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Reykjavik (KEF-Keflavik Intl.), which is 23.2 mi (37.3 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Reykjavik, IS?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 406 vacation rentals around Reykjavik. From 293 condo and apartment rentals to 56 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Reykjavik?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Reykjavik:

  • Downtown: 223 vacation rentals
  • Miðborg: 207 vacation rentals
  • Hlíðar: 178 vacation rentals
  • Teigar: 58 vacation rentals
  • Grandar: 75 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Reykjavik?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Reykjavik. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Reykjavik Park and Zoo: 402 vacation rentals
  • Reykjavik Harbour: 330 vacation rentals
  • Salurinn Kopavogur Concert Hall: 396 vacation rentals
  • Thingvellir National Park: 78 vacation rentals
  • Reykjavik Free Church: 401 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Reykjavik listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Reykjavik?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 293 Condos/Apartments in Reykjavik. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Reykjavik include:

  • Houses: 56 rentals available
  • Cottages: 13 rentals available
  • Studios: 302 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Reykjavik?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 46 vacation rentals with pool available in Reykjavik. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.