Best lakes in Reykjavík

Check out the top lakes in Reykjavík, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Hvaleyrarvatn
1. Hvaleyrarvatn
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22 local reviews
Hvaleyrarvatn, Hafnarfjörður
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Bryndís
A comfortable two-kilometre walking path circles the small tranquil lake where many Icelanders come to fish in…
Anna
This is one of my favorite spots, one of the most beautiful lakes near the capital area. Parking space right…
Bjartey
The walk around the lake is only about 30 minutes. This could also be a place to see the northern lights,…
1. Hvaleyrarvatn
1. Hvaleyrarvatn
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22 local reviews
Hvaleyrarvatn, Hafnarfjörður
Bryndís
Bryndís
A comfortable two-kilometre walking path circles the small tranquil lake where many Icelanders come to fish in the warmer months. Trails…
Anna
Anna
This is one of my favorite spots, one of the most beautiful lakes near the capital area. Parking space right next to the trail which is very…
Bjartey
Bjartey
The walk around the lake is only about 30 minutes. This could also be a place to see the northern lights, because here you will find total…
2. Tjörnin
2. Tjörnin
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92 local reviews
Tjörnin, Miðborg
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Una
The small lake in Reykjavik city center is a beautiful spot all year round, and around 5-10 minutes walk…
Sævar
Strolling round Tjörnin Lake, which is fringed by buildings, parks and residences, is a popular local pastime…
Iris & Fabien
Tjörnin means "the lake" or "the pond". The earliest urban development of Reykjavík took place between the…
2. Tjörnin
2. Tjörnin
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92 local reviews
Tjörnin, Miðborg
Una
Una
The small lake in Reykjavik city center is a beautiful spot all year round, and around 5-10 minutes walk downhill from my house. It's great…
Sævar
Sævar
Strolling round Tjörnin Lake, which is fringed by buildings, parks and residences, is a popular local pastime. In the nearby City Hall is…
Iris & Fabien
Iris & Fabien
Tjörnin means "the lake" or "the pond". The earliest urban development of Reykjavík took place between the lake and the northern coast of…
3. Thingvellir National Park
3. Thingvellir National Park
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119 local reviews
Thingvellir National Park
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Hrafnhildur (HABBY)
Þingvellir National Park is popular with tourists, and is one of the three key attractions within the Golden…
Snorri
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland…
Indriði
Thingvellir-The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country. It is located just…
3. Thingvellir National Park
3. Thingvellir National Park
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119 local reviews
Thingvellir National Park
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Hrafnhildur (HABBY)
Hrafnhildur (HABBY)
Þingvellir National Park is popular with tourists, and is one of the three key attractions within the Golden Circle. There is a visitor…
Snorri
Snorri
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland. Þingvellir is a site of…
Indriði
Indriði
Thingvellir-The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country. It is located just below the western fault line of…
4. Lake Ellidavatn
4. Lake Ellidavatn
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12 local reviews
Lake Ellidavatn
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Rósa, Ómar And Hrefna
This is rather big lake just near our house as well. There is a trail you can walk around it. Takes about 2-3…
Vilborg
Grate hiking route around the lake. Fishing. Spectacular view over the mountains.
Margit
Nice walking path around lake.
4. Lake Ellidavatn
4. Lake Ellidavatn
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12 local reviews
Lake Ellidavatn
Rósa, Ómar And Hrefna
Rósa, Ómar And Hrefna
This is rather big lake just near our house as well. There is a trail you can walk around it. Takes about 2-3 hours. Fantastic place. This…
Vilborg
Vilborg
Grate hiking route around the lake. Fishing. Spectacular view over the mountains.
Margit
Margit
Nice walking path around lake.
5. Lake Raudavatn
5. Lake Raudavatn
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6 local reviews
Lake Raudavatn, RVK
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Rósa, Ómar And Hrefna
It is fantastic to walk around this lake that is in our backyard!!! The circle around is 3,2 km, about 40 min…
Sigrún
Rauðavatn (Red Lake) is a small lake know for turning red-ish around a certain time of the year.
Helga
We walk from home and around the lake. Approx. 7 km.
5. Lake Raudavatn
5. Lake Raudavatn
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6 local reviews
Lake Raudavatn, RVK
Rósa, Ómar And Hrefna
Rósa, Ómar And Hrefna
It is fantastic to walk around this lake that is in our backyard!!! The circle around is 3,2 km, about 40 min walk. Find Icelandic nature…
Sigrún
Sigrún
Rauðavatn (Red Lake) is a small lake know for turning red-ish around a certain time of the year.
Helga
Helga
We walk from home and around the lake. Approx. 7 km.
6. Reykjavík City Hall
6. Reykjavík City Hall
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71 local reviews
11 Tjarnargata, Miðborg
Closed · Opens 8:00 AM
+354 411 1111
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Halla Sólveig
The Reykjavík city hall is located right on the Reykavík Lake. The first floor is open to the public. There…
Sturla Mar & Steinunn
Designed by Studio Granda and built in 1992 this is an impressive building to observe. It also houses a huge…
Sara
Reykjavík City Hall is an impressive building on the northern shore of Lake Tjörnin. Bold and modern, this…
6. Reykjavík City Hall
6. Reykjavík City Hall
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71 local reviews
11 Tjarnargata, Miðborg
Closed · Opens 8:00 AM
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Halla Sólveig
Halla Sólveig
The Reykjavík city hall is located right on the Reykavík Lake. The first floor is open to the public. There you can take a look at a 70 m²…
Sturla Mar & Steinunn
Sturla Mar & Steinunn
Designed by Studio Granda and built in 1992 this is an impressive building to observe. It also houses a huge 3D model of Iceland and a…
Sara
Sara
Reykjavík City Hall is an impressive building on the northern shore of Lake Tjörnin. Bold and modern, this impressive building in the centre…
7. Hafravatn
7. Hafravatn
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5 local reviews
Hafravatn
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Sara
Nice lake with hiking trails and smaller mountains around it. Here you can go paragliding for example,…
Asta
Hafravatn, is a beautiful lake behind Úlfarsfell (that you see outside the living room window) It a short and…
Beautiful lake named Hafravatn is nearby. This is a good place to hunt the Northern lights.
7. Hafravatn
7. Hafravatn
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5 local reviews
Hafravatn
Sara
Sara
Nice lake with hiking trails and smaller mountains around it. Here you can go paragliding for example, jet-skiing on the lake or just walk…
Asta
Asta
Hafravatn, is a beautiful lake behind Úlfarsfell (that you see outside the living room window) It a short and easy drive, and there are…
K
Beautiful lake named Hafravatn is nearby. This is a good place to hunt the Northern lights.
8. Meðalfellsvatn
8. Meðalfellsvatn
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4 local reviews
Meðalfellsvatn
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Gudrun Maria.
It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Lake Medalfell is one of the most desirable country…
Birna
Big lake, fishing - no fishing gear rent
8. Meðalfellsvatn
8. Meðalfellsvatn
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4 local reviews
Meðalfellsvatn
Gudrun Maria.
Gudrun Maria.
It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Lake Medalfell is one of the most desirable country locations in Iceland.
Birna
Birna
Big lake, fishing - no fishing gear rent
9. Heiðmörk
9. Heiðmörk
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56 local reviews
Heiðmörk, Reykjavík
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Inga
Heiðmörk is a beautiful area just outside the city limits - great for walking, exploring. There is a lake -…
Dýrleif
If you want to get away and take a nice stroll by the lake in Heidmörk, it's a nice area.
Kristín
Great park with lake
9. Heiðmörk
9. Heiðmörk
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56 local reviews
Heiðmörk, Reykjavík
Inga
Inga
Heiðmörk is a beautiful area just outside the city limits - great for walking, exploring. There is a lake - trout fishing. It is even more…
Dýrleif
Dýrleif
If you want to get away and take a nice stroll by the lake in Heidmörk, it's a nice area.
Kristín
Kristín
Great park with lake
10. Kleifarvatn
10. Kleifarvatn
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5 local reviews
Kleifarvatn
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Arite
Take a daytrip in direction Hafnarfjörður - Krisuvíkurvegur and see lake Kleifarvatn. Close to the lake are…
Viggo
Beautiful lake surrounded by volcanoes and geysir´s
10. Kleifarvatn
10. Kleifarvatn
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5 local reviews
Kleifarvatn
Arite
Arite
Take a daytrip in direction Hafnarfjörður - Krisuvíkurvegur and see lake Kleifarvatn. Close to the lake are geothermal springs. Go further…
Viggo
Viggo
Beautiful lake surrounded by volcanoes and geysir´s
11. Reynisvatn
11. Reynisvatn
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4 local reviews
Reynisvatn
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Jón
Small lake with a boy-scout cabin. Walk path all around the lake. Can make a bonfire in a little forest next…
Sara
Beautiful lake with natural surroundings, perfect for walks hikes and sightseeings.
Þorvaldur Breki
Small lake with trails around.
11. Reynisvatn
11. Reynisvatn
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4 local reviews
Reynisvatn
Jón
Jón
Small lake with a boy-scout cabin. Walk path all around the lake. Can make a bonfire in a little forest next to it
Sara
Sara
Beautiful lake with natural surroundings, perfect for walks hikes and sightseeings.
Þorvaldur Breki
Þorvaldur Breki
Small lake with trails around.
12. Krýsuvík
12. Krýsuvík
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13 local reviews
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Laufey Osk Og Magnus Jon
Krýsuvík geothermal area is one of Iceland's most underrated sights and is only a 20 minute drive away! The…
Hilda
An area of mountains around a lake. It's great for hiking and enjoying some beautiful views. If you drive…
12. Krýsuvík
12. Krýsuvík
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Laufey Osk Og Magnus Jon
Laufey Osk Og Magnus Jon
Krýsuvík geothermal area is one of Iceland's most underrated sights and is only a 20 minute drive away! The landscape consists of steaming…
Hilda
Hilda
An area of mountains around a lake. It's great for hiking and enjoying some beautiful views. If you drive along lake Kleifarvatn you'll find…