Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal
Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal in Reykjavik serves as the gateway not only to the city itself but also to the rugged natural wonders of Iceland, from the Blue Lagoon and the Gullfoss waterfall to the Strokkur geyser. Use Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal as a jumping-off point to explore the Icelandic capital, or depart on shore excursions for the Westfjords and beyond.
Visitors docking at the Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal can choose shorter Reykjavik sightseeing tours and combination excursions that typically include the Blue Lagoon or the Golden Circle—a sightseeing route that encompasses Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Whale-watching and puffin-viewing cruises are also available, as are Northern Lights shore excursions between September and March.
Things to Know Before You Go
Ships arriving in Reykjavik dock at one of two locations; smaller boats arrive to the central Old Harbor, while most larger cruise ships dock at Skarfabakki.
Most Reykjavik shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at the cruise port.
Shore excursions range in duration from hour-long boat trips and tours of Reykjavik to 6-hour Golden Circle tours.
Choose a private tour for a customized itinerary that ticks off all the must-see sights.
How to Get to Reykjavik From the Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal
From the Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal, it’s just a 10-minute drive into the city. Free shuttle buses are usually available to carry passengers to the city center and taxis are also readily available at the dock; however, thy're very expensive. Most organized shore excursions typically include round-trip transportation from the port too.
Tourist information and restrooms are available at the port, while ATMs and currency exchange desks are located in the city center. Once you’re in the city proper, most attractions are within easy walking distance. The official language in Reykjavik is Icelandic, but many locals will also speak English. The official currency is the Icelandic krona.
- Aurora Reykjavik (Northern Lights Center)
- Saga Museum
- Volcano House
- Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
- Whales of Iceland
- Harpa (Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre)
- National Gallery of Iceland
- National Museum of Iceland
- Hallgrim's Church (Hallgrímskirkja)
- Hofdi House
- Akurey Island (Puffin Island)
- The Pearl (Perlan)
- Sun Voyager (Solfar)