The Best Unique Experiences in Reykjavik

Pingvellir, Iceland
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From catching a glimpse of the colourful Northern Lights to visiting the filming locations of Game of Thrones, Iceland offers a wide range of exciting things to do. Get to know this Nordic country and all that is has to offer with Culture Trip’s list of unique experiences.

With its striking nature and must-visit attractions, Iceland is a country that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Uncover its astonishing beauty by taking part in handpicked tours that give you an insight into Icelandic culture.

ClassHands-On Slátur Cooking Class at a Working Farm Near Reykjavik
From £94 per person
3 hours
5 (3)
On a beautiful farm just outside of Reykjavík, we will be preparing, cooking and eating the most authentic food known to Icelanders. The food in question is a called "Slátur" in Icelandic. We will also enjoy a taste platter with other traditional Icelandic food including fermented shark, brawn, dried fish, rye bread and other famous Icelandic foods. Finally we will walk around the farm and interact with the animals, depending on the time of year the farm can contain kittens, bunnies, guinea pigs, chinchillas, common quail,  a pig, chickens, goats, sheep, and horses.
ActivitiesDinner with an Icelandic Artist in Reykjavik Home
From £112 per person
2 to 3 hours
About The Reykjavik Dinner Experience

I invite you to a traditional Icelandic home made dinner prepared my way with the best of our local produce. Cooking food has been my hobby for many years. I have most cooked for family and friends, until recently a woman who works in the gallery where I sell my paintings encouraged me to open my home and invite travelers to eat dinner with me. They have been completely happy with my food, just like my family and friends. 
ToursGame of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik
From £93 per person
8 hours
4.8 (10)
Spend a day exploring some of the incredible locations used in the hit TV series 'Game of Thrones' on this 8-hour tour from Reykjavik. With a professional guide leading the way, follow in the footsteps of the White Walkers at the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, visit  the breathtaking natural vistas of Lake Thingvallavatn. Then, reimagine one of the most brutal sieges in the show's history at Thjorsárdalur valley. Round-trip transport on a comfortable, fully heated coach is included.

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AdmissionSkip the Line: Secret Lagoon Entrance Ticket
From £22 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
4.7 (2)
Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir and are in the Golden Circle area. We have kept it natural and unique for our guests so they can get the true Icelandic feeling. The pool’s natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year. In the whole area there are several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring. During winter, Northern lights can often be seen in the area and what better way to experience the light show than relaxing in the warm water surrounded by the steam from the earth?
AdmissionSkip the Line: The National Museum of Iceland Ticket
From £15 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
3 (1)
The National Museum of Iceland's permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland, is intended to provide insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day.

The aim is to cast light on the Icelanders' past by placing the cultural heritage preserved by the National Museum in a historical context, guided by the question: What makes a nation?

The exhibition includes about 2,000 objects, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as about 1,000 photographs from the 20th century.

The exhibition is conceived as a journey through time: it begins with the ship in which medieval settlers crossed the ocean to their new home, it ends in a modern airport, the Icelanders' gateway to the world.
ActivitiesFlyOver Iceland
From £30 per person
30 to 45 minutes
5 (1)
Reykjavík's newest attraction. FlyOver Iceland utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. Hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while being whisked away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents complete this unforgettable experience. Gently thrilling ride for the whole family.
These recommendations were updated on March 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.