0.4 miles from downtown
Well-heeled Vesturbær is made for lazy afternoons. Once home to fishermen’s cottages, its quiet streets now house families and students. Join locals for a dip and some friendly gossip at Vesturbæjarlaug swimming pool. At Eiðsgrandi, take a seafront stroll and suck in fresh salty air. Then, sweeten things up with homemade ice cream at Valdís.
Places to stay from $67 a night
“101” is Iceland’s hippest postcode. It’s peopled by artsy, woollen-capped clans and Macbook-toting media tribes. Cruise the Skólavörðustígur–Klapparstígur–Laugavegur triangle of streets for everything from saké bars to second-hand shops. Sip a latte in retro art-café Mokka, or sink craft brews in casual Kaldi Bar. Congrats, you’re officially cool!
Places to stay from $35 a night
1.5 miles from downtown
The city’s first suburbs slowly popped up here in the 1940s. Today, the area fizzles with life. At Reykjavík Zoo, giddy kids line up to see cute Icelandic horses and reindeers up close. In Kringlan Mall, check out trendy weather-proof threads at 66°North. Then saunter down Laugalækur Street to peruse artisan food shops like the Sausage Company.
Places to stay from $24 a night
4.7 miles from downtown
When Reykjavík rapidly grew after WWII, modern flats replaced this area’s old farm houses. Today, some buildings carry murals by Icelandic artists Erró and Sara Riel. At Árbær Museum, quaint grass-roof cottages and actors in folk dress recreate the old world. In Elliðaárdalur Park, you can pick wild berries to the sound of gushing waterfalls.
Places to stay from $80 a night
The world's northernmost capital is packed with history, culture, and Icelandic charm. Reykjavik's compact city center makes it easy to explore all of its streets lined with colorful houses, cozy cafes, and great restaurants serving up local favorites like kjötsúpa – a lamb soup with vegetables and herbs.
You can explore the city's Viking past at The Settlement Exhibition, where ancient ruins meet digital technology. Other main sights include the enormous Hallgrímskirkja Church and the National Museum, which tells the story of the country's history and unique culture.
Tons of excursions depart from the city, so travelers can experience the natural wonders beyond the capital, including the famous geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, ice caves, geysers, and waterfalls.
Lots of travelers stop for a dip in the nearby Blue Lagoon on their way to or from the airport in Keflavik, about 30 miles out of Reykjavik.
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|Most popular time to visit||June-August|
|Cheapest time to visit||November-January|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.21|
|Average weekend price||$133 per night|
|Average weekday price||$133 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Reykjavik is such an amazing and breathtaking city. It is clean, safe, full of history, and beautiful people. Everyone there is so nice and so helpful! If you are looking for a city full of life and adventure then Reykjavik is definitely the place to be!
Reykjavik is a delightful city - there is so much to do and see, and the natural beauty is spectacular. Both the air and water is so clean that you notice it right away. The city is friendly, safe and easily walkable. I'd recommend Kopar for dinner - it's at the old harbor and is a fantastic restaurant
If the weather is good, its a nice place to visit. There are not so many sightseeing so you font need much time. If the weather is bad, your can or stay at your hotel or hang at any coffeeshop or bar which is quite expensive.
Grayline Taxis operate a coach plus shuttle transfer to accommodation from the airport. You can find from other sites such as Holiday Taxis. Check all sites as some give a 25% discount. The transfer direct to the hotel, with the discount, was £30 each. It's about 1hr 20mins to Reykjavik. Worth eating locally. Hotel Odinsve has the best repution for baked cod, however only available on evening menu. Talk to the locals and the taxi drivers etc, they are very keen to assist. We found that booking through our accommodation (thru Booking.com) gave us the cheapest tour price after doing comparisons. If you only ha e a couple of days the The Golden Circle trip will help you to see a good few attractions plus an hours dip in the Secret Lagoon at the end of the trip....,definitively NOT to be missed so bring your swimsuits! Facilities are modern there, so nice towels, shampoo and plenty of hot water in the showers. If you smell something odd its from the geothermal water, it smells a bit of sulphur or rotten eggs! It's not strong and you do get used to it. The cold tap water is fresh spring water but you still get a bit of an after taste. Only thing that was missing was lots of snow! The rain came on day two and washed a lot of it away. Wrap up well anyway. We took ski wear and snow boots and was glad of them. It's not a place to dress up in so leave the cocktail dresses at home. Be warm and dry. Make sure you take a camera.
Amazing city, but they need to improve the public transport, there are just 2 ways going to down town from the airport, by taxi (very expensive) or by excursion bus ( it takes long time, because they drop off everyone in their hotels).
If you like people, shopping, gourmet food and the night life, here's your destination. If you feel more relaxed in suburban environments, with basic amenities easily at your disposal and the promise that most/many people will speak your language (if it's French, English, German or in some cases Mandarin), here's your spot. If you don't grimace when most people tell you about their plans to visit the Eiffel Tower or take a cruise, and frankly don't understand why anyone would react in such a manner, here you go: Reykjavik. Expect something like Paris - expensive and small but luxurious and somewhat exotic. It all looks a bit like San Francisco's Inner Richmond, with parking similar to Berkeley (U.S.A.), and roads rather like most of Hermosillo (Mexico). Most places are open by 11am. There is one main drag (Californians - think North Beach), Laugavegur. One block south of Laugavegur, there is Hverfisgata (keeping with the San Francisco analogy, its closest corollary would be the Sunset district, most likely) - where there are some hidden jewels and sensible offerings - and Skolavordustigur branches off from Laugavegur in the west, near the square and the pylsa stands. Skolavordustigur is essentially Reykjavik's Haight St. Lots of graffiti all over the place, plenty of it trivial and silly, some of it attractive. There are some very impressive murals in the town's nooks and crannies. These things aren't limited to Reykjavik, but given that Reykjavik represents the largest concentration of people in the country, there is significantly more here than elsewhere. If you rent a car and wind up at a pay parking location, you'd better have a translator on your phone. It was bewildering, trying to operate that thing, in spite of the basic conversational Icelandic I'd learned in advance.
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