Reykjavik

by Katie Hammel  

reyk1Reykjavik, which means Smokey Bay, is the capital and largest city in Iceland. 200,000 of the 300,000 or so people in Iceland live in the greater Reykjavik area (about 120,000 live in the city center). The city was the site of the first settlement in Iceland and is the northernmost capital in the world.

During the shortest days of winter, Reykjavik only receives about four hours of sunlight per day; in summer, the sun barely sets.

Getting there

All international flights arrive at Keflavik Airport, which is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik. Domestic flights arrive and depart from Reykjavik Airport, which is within walking distance (or a very short cab ride) from the city center. Public buses also run within Reykjavik and most long–distance buses start or end here.

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Accommodation in Reykjavik

Accommodation prices in Iceland are on par with those elsewhere in the country- which means they are pretty expensive. If you’re on a budget, your best bet is a hostel. A guesthouse is a step up, and many offer kitchens so you can cook your own food and save more money. Full-service hotels are the most expensive option, with prices on par with those you might find in London.

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Things to see and do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik makes an excellent base for exploring the southwest of Iceland. If you don’t want the expense of renting a car, you can stay in the city and schedule day tours to the surrounding areas. If you do want to drive yourself, the roads in this area are well-maintained and well-marked and you can visit many sites within a hour or two drive. The city itself also offers plenty of action.

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