About Reykjavik

Known to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, Reykjavik is located on the south-western coast of Iceland and has an area of 274.5 km². It is Iceland's capital and largest city. The major places of interest here include the National Museum and Saga museums, which showcase Iceland’s Viking history. Other popular places include the blue lagoon spa, the Hallgrimskirkja church, and the Perlan glass dome. From the end of the 18th Century, Reykjavik got the status of Iceland’s cultural hub with an internationally recognized music and arts presence. It also acts as a gateway to the adventures that lie to the north of the city. 

Public Transport System

Bus and Taxi

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: Moderate to High; Efficiency: High.

Mode & Cost of Transports

BusFare is 350 ISK for adults and 100 ISK for kids.
Taxi: Taxi tariff starts around 800 ISK and rises at 400 or 500/KM depending on the time of the day.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 1.78
Cup of Coffee USD 2.20
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.11
Rice/Kg USD 2.50
White Bread USD 2.55
Eggs (12) USD 4.36
Combo Meal USD 10.78
Fine Dining USD 17.41
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 2.20
Domestic Beer USD 8.27
Imported Beer USD 7.19
Bottle of Wine USD 17.97
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 9.42
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 2.16
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 3.31
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 1365.35

Do’s:

  • Drink tap water. Iceland’s naturally clean water is purified and decontaminated for household use.
  • Learn about the local history before visiting to get a fully immersive experience.
  • Carry credit cards around. Most places accept them.
  • Carry warm clothes as the temperature may suddenly fall to near-freezing.
  • Visit the Phallological Museum.
  • Check out A Woman’s Place exhibit.
  • Eat at Íslenski Barinn and Resto. Reputed to have the best seafood in town.
  • Visit Hallgrímskirkja on Sundays and attend Sunday service.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t take cabs everywhere. Local transport is cheap and efficient.
  • Don’t expect everyone to speak English fluently.
  • Don’t take the 24-hour daylight lightly. Your body’s biological clock takes time to adjust.
  • Don’t tip too much. It’s considered offensive in Icelandic culture.
  • Don’t be too loud. Locals will assume you are drunk.
  • Don’t complain about the food. Locals are very sensitive to your reactions.
  • Don’t use metaphors and hyperbole as they may not be familiar. Speak a slang-free, friendly, and simple language.
  • Don’t pronounce local words incorrectly. Imitating the way locals speak just to make fun of them is very rude.

Night Life

Reykjavik's nightlife is face-paced and famous all over the world. The subject of many travelers' stories and magazine articles. It is associated with high-quality venues that are true to Iceland's culture, good company, security, and a wide selection of drinks. Expect to participate in group singing with friendly strangers if you go there during a festival or cultural event. And unless there's a special event, don't worry about dressing up to code or paying special entrance fees to get into these venues. All you need is yourself (...and be over 20 years old).

Must See

  • Northern lights tour - Take this tour to see the northern lights of Reykjavik. The fluorescent lights are formed by electrically charged particles in Earth's atmosphere, and they look as magical as they sound.
  • Icelandic horseback riding - Take a ride through the beautiful Icelandic landscapes on the well-loved Icelandic horse. Don't forget to fly past Iceland's largest lava field.
  • Drive across the moon-like central highlands before taking on the ice fields and snow-covered landscapes of Langjökull Glacier in a snowmobile.
  • The most amazing activity in Reykjavik is descending almost 35 meters into Earth’s center to explore the ancient Vatnshellir cave. This cave has awesome lava formations and striking colors.
  • Snorkeling and caving - Discover Earth's tectonic plates deep under Iceland's water, a true feast for the eyes for anyone, maybe extra special for water-lovers.
  • Ziplining - Fly through Reykjavik's landscapes on a zip line. Nature lovers will especially enjoy this.

Experiences

Iceland has a little something for every kind of tourist. There's skiing, horseriding, golfing, caving, etc.

  • Mountaineers of Iceland - The drive to the glaciers is itself extraordinary and once there, the views are breathtaking. Look out for cathartic sunsets.
  • Whale Safari - Get in warm overalls and on a speed boat. Go zooming around the harbor. Play with dolphins. Watch whales and puffings.
  • Oddur Golf Course - Visit the beautiful heathland landscape filled with lava fields. Golf as you are cheered on by a symphony of moor birds. Don't get too lost in the romance though, the Oddur golf course is a fine challenge with its top holes located just 100MSL.

Activities

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  • Iceland's volcanic heritage is found in its lava rock jewelry. Bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces are just a few of the many things made from lava rocks!
  • T-shirts from Dogma - Designer boutiques and tourist shops sell these.
  • Photo books - Buy photobooks that showcase Iceland's cuisine and landscape.
  • The best music shop in Iceland is 12 Tonar. Visit for a piece of pop culture history and remember to buy a record, even if only as a keepsake.
  • Viking beer glasses can be purchased at most tourist shops in Reykjavik.
  • The silica found at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon is known to have special properties that help heal and clear your skin. Face washes, lotions, and jars of the silica are sold at most souvenir shops at the Blue Lagoon.
  • Don't forget to try Iceland's famous special hot dog mustard.
  • Get handmade coat racks, art prints, light fixtures and organic music boxes from Kraum and Kisan shops.

Official Language

Icelandic

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Currency

Iceland Krona (ISK)

Population

0.12 (Millions)

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Weather

Light Rain 6.26°C

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TimeZone

04:31 AM (GMT +00:00)

 

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Ambulance

112

 

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Police

112

 

Electric socket

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Type F ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Reykjavik Airport - RKV

Airport Name / IATA Code

Keflavík International Airport - KEF

Best time to visit

June, July, August - The weather is warm with almost 20-21 hours of sunlight. And though you can not see the Aurora Borealis lights at this time, tourists visit Iceland during these months in large numbers surging hotel prices.

Moderate time to visit

April, May, September, October, November - In April and May, weather conditions are just starting to improve. Hotel rooms are cheaper. In September, October, November, the peak season ends and popular destinations are less crowded.

Worst time to visit

December, January, February, March - Temperatures are extremely low at this time, making it the worst season to visit Iceland in.

Taxi

Start Tariff: ISK 690.00

1 Km. Tariff: ISK 288.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: ISK 7920.00

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