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Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and, not without reason, has become more popular in recent years. Still more travellers find their way to one of the smallest capitals in Europe and although many combine a visit to the city with some sights inland, like the Golden Triangle (Gulfoss, Thingvellir and Geysir), other travellers choose to visit Reykjavik only as a weekend trip. It has numerous bars and restaurants, but especially the alcoholic drinks don't come cheap here, so be prepared! Apart from nightlife and shopping, the city has several cultural things to see as well, like the Hallgrimskirkja and the famous house where presidents Gorbatsjov of the Sovjetunion and Reagan of the USA met in 1986. It's even a good place to visit in winter, as temperatures are surprisingly mild this time of year and you might enjoy the nordic lights (aurora borealis). In summer though, the sun shines 24 hours a day, and although still not warm, people enjoy being outside on the main shopping street or one of several squares in the centre of town.
Temperatures in Reykjavik rarely drop below -12 °C in winter and rarely rise above 15 °C in summer. 20 °C is almost a heatwave and if it gets this warm, it is mostly just a matter of days (or hours!). You can have literally 4 seasons in one day.
Keflavik International Airport, about 50 kilometres from the capital Reykjavik is where you will land when visiting Reykjavik or Iceland as a whole.
The national carrier is Icelandair which has flights to most major destinations in the western half of Europe and the eastern half of North America. Note that off season (wintertime) some destinations might not be served or have a reduced schedule at least.
In addition, IcelandExpress has budget flights to and from several European destinations.
Air Iceland operates regular scheduled flights from Reykjavík to major domestic airports in all parts of the country, like Akureyri and Egilsstaðir. Landsflug also has flights to smaller airstrips around the country, for example several daily flights from Reykjavík to Vestmannaeyjar.
To/from the airport
Buses travel between the airport and Reykjavik on a regular basis, taking around 45 minutes. Expensive taxis are available as well and there are many options with rental car companies like Hertz and Avis.
There are no train services to and from Reykjavik.
There is an extensive bus service to most parts of the country and seasonal to the highlands. The Flybus travels between the international airport in Keflavik and the capital Reykjavik. Note that bus services are limited from October to May. June to September is your best bet.
Check BSI for an overview on bus companies. Otherwise check the bus companies directly: Austurleid for South and East Iceand, SBK Travels for the Keflavik and Reykjanes area, Stjornubilar for the Westfjords and Trex for West and North Iceland.
The Icelandic cargo ship Eimskip has two vessels, the Dettifoss and Goðafoss which travel the route Rotterdam-Hamburg-Göteborg-Århus-Fredrikstad-Tórshavn-Reykjavík. It takes 8 days in total and the return trip goes via eastern Iceland and Tórshavn only. The vessel can take a maximum of 3 passengers but only between mid-April and mid-October.
|101 Guesthouse||Laugavegur 101 Snorrabraut 29||Guesthouse||87|
|4th Floor Hotel||Laugavegur 101||Hotel||-|
|Alba Guesthouse||Eskihlid 3 Hlidar||Guesthouse||89|
|Baldursbra Guesthouse||laufasvegur 41||Guesthouse||89|
|Blaklukka Guesthouse||Hvammsgerdi 12||Guesthouse||83|
|Bolholt Apartments||Bolholt 6||Guesthouse||87|
|Domus Guesthouse||Veghusastigur 7 101 Reykjavik||Guesthouse||82|
|Einholt Apartments||Einholt 2 Reykjavik||Guesthouse||83|
|Guesthouse BB 44||Borgarholtsbraut 44 Nýbýlavegur 16||Guesthouse||-|
|Guesthouse Egilsborg||verhoult 20 101||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|Guesthouse Odinn||Odinsgata 9||Guesthouse||86|
|Guesthouse Pavi||Brautarholti 4||Guesthouse||68|
|Hotel Floki||Flokagata 1||Hostel||80|
|Reykjavik Backpackers||Laugavegur 28||Hostel||85|
|Reykjavik City Hostel||Sundlaugavegur 34 IS-105 Reykjavik||HOSTEL||84|
|Reykjavik Downtown Hostel||Vesturgata 17||Hostel||90|
|The Capital-Inn||Sudurhlid 35d||Guesthouse||72|
|Thor Guesthouse||Skolavordustig 16||Guesthouse||87|
|Travel Inn||Soleyjargata 31||Guesthouse||74|
|Guesthouse Tunguvegur||Tunguvegur 23||APARTMENT||74|
|Guesthouse Galtafell||Laufásvegur 46||Guesthouse||91|
|Guesthouse Palshus||Einarsnesi 58||Guesthouse||89|
|Aurora Guesthouse||Freyjugata 24||Guesthouse||86|
|Kriunes Hotel||Vatnsenda 203 Kopavogur||Guesthouse||84|
|Guesthouse Von||Laugavegi 55||Guesthouse||87|
|Metropolitan Hotel||Ránargötu 4a||Hotel||-|
|FIT GuestHouse||A23 Guesthouse Auðbrekka 23 Kópavogur||Guesthouse||-|
|Our House||Karastigur 12||GUESTHOUSE||89|
|Grettisgata Apartments||Grettisgata 43 101 Reykjavik||Apartment||84|
|Blue House B&B||Valhusabraut 19 Seltjarnarnes||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Reykjavik residence Hotel||Hverfisgata 45||Hotel||-|
|Igdlo Guesthouse||Gunnarsbraut 46||GUESTHOUSE||87|
|KEX Hostel||Skúlagata 28||HOSTEL||90|
|Bina Guesthouse||Bugdulaekur 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Abode Little||Odinsgata 17, 101 Groundfloor||Apartment||87|
|Loki 101 guesthouse||Lokastigur 24A||Guesthouse||83|
|Hotel Laxnes||Haholt 7||HOTEL||-|
|AR Guesthouse||Braedraborgarstigur 3||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|Reykjavik Peace Center||Vogasel 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Heytjörn Cabins||Laufasvegur 2||Guesthouse||-|
|Flying Viking Guesthouse||Krókhálsi 5a||Guesthouse||-|
|Fjord Guesthouse||Hverafold 33||GUESTHOUSE||79|
|Konrads B&B||Lokastigur 11||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Grettisborg aparmtents||Grettisgata 53b||Apartment||-|
|Grettir Guesthouse||Laugavegur 28a||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Hotel Gardur||Hringbraut 29||HOTEL||-|
|Arctic Comfort Hotel||Sidumula 19||HOTEL||-|
|Pisa Guesthouse||Lækjargata 6b||Guesthouse||-|
|Ranargata 23||Ranargata 23||APARTMENT||-|
|Rentice Guesthouse||Kvistavellir 15 221 Hafnarfjörður||Guesthouse||-|
|Loft Hostel||Bankastraeti 7||HOSTEL||-|
|Hlemmur Square||Laugavegur 105||HOSTEL||-|
|Central Guesthouse||Ránargata 10 Reykjavík||Guesthouse||-|
|Bus Hostel Reykjavik||Skogarhlid 10||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel B47||Baronsstigur 47||HOSTEL||-|
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