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About Reykjavik

Europe's northernmost and westernmost capital is a delightful destination, part old Norse, part modern city, with a quirky personality of its own. The puffin, troll and elf souvenirs found in gift stores are apt mascots for a city with a decidedly playful streak.

More than half of Iceland's population lives in Reykjavik (or nearby), in one of the world's smallest capital cities -- some 190,000 people. Cruise ships are increasingly paying calls on Reykjavik from late May to early October, especially during the summer months, when the daylight literally lasts 'round the clock. Visitors and residents alike seem to stay awake, golfing, strolling the compact town's picturesque streets, drinking Gull beer at sidewalk cafes and cycling along the seafront promenade.

Many believe that Reykjavik's character is more defined in winter, when daunting weather and 20-hour nights are defied by rollicking pubs and a sense of humor. But, locals laugh at the climate, whether calm or tempestuous. They keep warm in the iconic handsome sweaters for which Iceland is well known; the long hours indoors and out inspire artisans, evidenced by many shops that display lovely local art and clothing.

This is a city that has learned to make the best of things. The Iceland landscape is bare and covered with volcanic rock. With no trees for building houses, 18th-century settlers used driftwood that floated in from the sea, covering the wood in sheets of corrugated tin and painting walls and roofs in vivid colors to brighten the scene. The rock that abounds was turned into material for a fine stone Parliament building, erected in 1881. Citizens have planted and nurtured welcome oases of green. The geothermal springs that bubble underground have been put to work to provide hot water for residents.

Reykjavik has experienced much advancement in the past few years. Progress is plain to see in the sleek, contemporary buildings that are changing the cityscape. Several worthwhile museums salute local history and art, and whimsical street murals dot the city center. With fishing still a dominant occupation, restaurants serve up delectable seafood, and gourmet dining of all kinds is plentiful and popular.

But, if you ask natives for their favorite eating place, the answer most often will be a simple hot dog stand near the harbor.

Reykjavik is a safe city, compact and easy to navigate on foot. As charming as it is, no visit to Iceland is complete without getting out into the vast interior, which lies at the city's doorstep. Seriously, how can you not love a place where sheep have the right of way?

Cruise lines often assign ships to overnight in Reykjavik, offering passengers more than the typical eight-hour port experience, but my greatest regret is that visitors don't have even more time to explore this charming land, where the balance of urban sophistication and nature at its most rugged is unique.

If you regard cruise travel as a chance to sample places you might want to return to later for longer stays, I can't think of a better recommendation than Reykjavik.


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  • 164 Night
    Cruise to Reykjavik

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Kauai, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    164 Night Cruise to Reykjavik Route (Oceania Cruises)
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    Insignia - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

    Cons

    ** Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

    Bottom Line

    ** Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults

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    Insignia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of t...

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    Overthewaves
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Pleasant escape from Winter, along Pacific coast of Central & South America
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Small ship is the way to go
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Reykjavik

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Edinburgh, Invergordon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Reykjavik Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
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      Cruising
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      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
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      Invergordon (Inverness)
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      Bergen
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      Hellesylt
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      Geiranger
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      Alesund
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      Akureyri
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      Isafjord
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      Reykjavik
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    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    Freyward_Cruiser
    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Bucket List Panama Canal Cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    NCL Cost Cutting At All Time High
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Reykjavik

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    St. Peter Port, Dunmore East ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Reykjavik Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 3
      Dunmore East (Waterford)
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      Cobh (Cork)
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      Dublin
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      Greenock (Glasgow)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Akureyri
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      Reykjavik
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      Reykjavik
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      Cruising
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      Belfast
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

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    Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, the...

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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Return to port
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Revolutionised lovely but noticed some deterioration
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Reykjavik

    Leaving:
    Reykjavik
    Visiting:
    Qaqortoq, Nanortalik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Reykjavik Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Reykjavik
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 5
      Nanortalik
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Seydisfjordur
    • Day 9
      Akureyri
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      Isafjord
    • Day 11
      Reykjavik
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    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    Greyhorse
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not to my expectation
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    The Cruise Curmudgeon Goes to South America
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Reykjavik

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Edinburgh, Stavanger ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Reykjavik Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
    • Day 4
      Stavanger
    • Day 5
      Alesund
    • Day 6
      Hellesylt
    • Day 6
      Geiranger
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Akureyri
    • Day 9
      Isafjord
    • Day 10
      Reykjavik
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Belfast
    • Day 13
      Dublin
    • Day 14
      Isle of Portland (England)
    • Day 15
      Southampton
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    Annedee
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointing
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    CarolatSea
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Exceeded expectations
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