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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 $82 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 $16 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 $19 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 $53 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||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||April-June|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.13|
|Average weekend price||$137 per night|
|Average weekday price||$145 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
My favourite excursion was the hot springs. That was one of the most awesome experiences ever! Wish I had done the Gulross waterfall. Otherwise the weather was a bit miserable and WOWZERS it really is just so cold.
Expensive for dining out and drinking unless you source the happy hours. Self catering keeps the cost down. Easy to walk around and the tours are great value and amazing particularly if you're lucky to see the Northern lights.
Plenty to see and do but would probably be best to plan on five days to thoroughly take it all in. We stayed for two days and two night on a stopover on our way to England. I am sure that we will be back again sometime.
There is the potential to have great food and drinks in Reykjavik and also get out into nature with an hour's drive. The global pandemic means I missed many of the good places. Will need to go back.
Harbor Apartment with Ocean and Mountain Views was a fantastic apartment to stay in. The owners were nearby and friendly. I loved staying next to the harbor and walking to the water to watch the rising full moon.
Don’t wait. Go! Very serene and beautiful sites. Staggering waterfalls and natural beauty abound. Obviously If you don’t go to the Blue Lagoon you will regret it. Considering there are usually more tourists than actual native Icelanders they are courteous, friendly and patient. Go! Don’t wait. Just Go!!
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