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.
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.