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What You Should Know More About Reykjavík

  • Travel Advice

    • Know that most of the Icelanders do not know English
    • Do not make a big deal of their distinct culture, local beliefs, their belief that elves still exist and so forth.
    • Pack many layers of clothing and get a knowhow of the weather conditions.
    • Pack cold creams, skin care products that are suitable for the weather and will keep your skin unaffected by the weather.
    • Do not discuss local politics with Icelanders.
    • Do not camp at inappropriate places.
    • Do not fuss about the local food. It is not the best in the world but has its own distinct quality.
    • Try your best to pronounce items correctly.
    • Always take bath before entering a Sauna or a thermal bath in this city. Sauna and thermal baths are treated as sports by the Icelanders.
    • Be soft and polite. Icelanders do not like loud and obnoxious people.
    • Do not touch the swans in the lake, they could be brutal.
    • Adhere strictly to the laws of alcohol in this city.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal drinking age in Iceland is 20 years and above.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss

    Parks and open areas


    Tjörnin is a small lake where you can feed the ducks. Surrounding the lake is the Hljómskálagarðurinn, which is a musical pavilion park where you can find a bird’s reserve.

    Einar Jónsson Museum has sculptures in bronze from Iceland.

    Austurvöllur is a small park and a good picnic area during the summer times. 

    Klambratún is a farmland and also has an art museum inside the park. 

    Reykjavík Botanical Gardens have plants that grow in Iceland. Viðey is an island and a fishing village. There are large number of birds that visit this place. 

    Grótta is a small island with low tides. 

    Hólavallagarður Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Iceland.

    Öskjuhlíð is a hill that gives the panoramic view of the city. 

    Ægissíða coast has a Nauthólsvík beach and a Fossvogur Valley that is lush green, good for walking and cycling around.



    Buildings and museums


    Alþingi, Kirkjustræti is the Icelandic Parliment building built in the 18th century. Reykjavik City Hall has modern day architecture.

    Reykjavík Cathedral was built in the 18th century. 

    Hallgrímskirkja Church is one of the popular attractions as it on top of a hill. 

    Seltjarnarneskirkja is a church that you must visit for its architecture. 

    Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from Yoko Ono.

    Perlan is an iconic building and gives a splendid view of the city.

    Reykjavik Listasafn Íslands is the National Gallery of Iceland that holds collections of artists from 19th and 20th century. 

    Reykjavik Kjarvalsstaðir is an art museum that showcases works of local artists.

    National Museum of Iceland depicts the history of Iceland. 

    Reykjavík City Museum is an open air museum. 

    The Culture House holds exhibitions and has collections of medieval manuscripts and Icelandic Sagas. 

    The Volcano House, and it has collections of rocks, a library, a cafe, and gift shop. 

    Aurora Reykjavik is a museum that explains the phenomena of Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. 

  • What you will like there

    Activities to do and things to see


    There are many theatres, concerts, book stores, and libraries that tourists can visit. Nordic House hosts art exhibitions, poetry reading, and other events. National Theatre of Iceland hosts Icelandic and international plays and so does Reykjavík City Theatre. This city also hosts many musical festivals.


    Nature and outdoor activities


    Go whale watching in Húsavík and Faxafló.

    Horse riding is also a popular Icelandic activity. 

    You can take hikes to the Esjan Mountains and experience nature at Heiðmörk. 

    You can watch reindeers and seals at the Reykjavík Domestic Animal Zoo. 

    Visiting the thermal pools is the Icelandic culture. 

    You can visit Laugardalslaug geothermal pool and enjoy water slides, thermal baths, and seawater baths. Árbæjarlaug, Sundhöllin, and Nautholsvík Thermal Beach are other places where you can enjoy the steam bath. 

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  • Books

    Lonely Planet Pocket Reykjavik (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet and Alexis Averbuck

  • When is the best time to visit Reykjavik?

    The rise out of midnight sun and the gusto for warmer temperatures call for summer to be the best season to visit Iceland. Though the hikers consider the months in between July to August to be the best and foremost time to saunter and stroll Reykjavik, the months September, October, February, and March are considered forthrightly the best period to pay a visit to Reykjavik to ogle on the Northern Lights. From June to August is the peak time to plan a tour to Reykjavik. Visiting at this time will not only allow you to relish the balmy temperature but will also make you experience the best times of your life. If you are on a trial to save some krona, you can do that if you visit the place during winter. But however, those who grapple against seasonal highs might reconsider visiting during the winter time. During the winter time in Reykjavik, the sun peeks out for around four to five times in between the month December to February.

    The monthly segmentation for paying a visit to Reykjavik for the tourists:

    • June to August

    By far June to August is considered the warmest period of the year. During this season Reykjavik receives around twenty to twenty-one hours of sunlight. This time is the best time that enables the tourists to fall in love with the loveliness and splendor delineated by the climate.

    • September to October

    At this time the temperature ranges between the mid of the 30s to the low of 50s. Visit during this time span makes the visitor experience the beauty of nature and the ardor of mountains. At this time the room rates are significantly low and enabling them to espy the alluringly charismatic charm of the surrounding.

    • November to March

    Between the month November to March, snow showers and rain becomes a frequent occurrence. This time span with a temperature in between the 20s to 30s makes the native of Iceland witness winter. However, the slashed prices and bountiful festoons catered on the hotel rooms and airfare might turn the visit worthwhile at the visitors at large. But remember, it is essential to get winter covers like hats, coats, cardigans, boots, and gloves.

    • April to May

    The time span in between April to May might bring the customers on a happy and snowy stroll. With longer days and higher temperatures, the cost incurred on flights and hotels are not on a higher tangent when compared with the summer season.

  • How to reach Reykjavik?

    The way by which you can get to Reykjavik:

    • Air

    You can get to Reykjavik via air. Reykjavik conveys two airports namely Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik Airport. Both of these airports are connected well with the rest of the globe fostering regular and timely flights.

  • What are the things to do in Reykjavik?

    While touring this place you can get indulged in a number of attractions. The following things can be done in Reykjavik:

    • Stroll through the swimming pools of Reykjavik
    • Explore your way to Hallgrimskirkja Church
    • Traverse the entire city on foot
    • Clamber on an adventurous tour
    • Relish the nightlight of Reykjavik
    • Guzzle your way through the city of Reykjavik
    • Attend the Harpa Concert Hall
    • Strew yourself vividly into the art and culture
    • Scout on the green areas and parks
    • View the Northern Lights

  • What is the local food of Reykjavik? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local food of Reykjavik are listed below:

    • Hot Dogs
    • Fish and Chips
    • Meat Soup
    • Skyr Yogurt
    • Fridheimar tomatoes
    • Egils Appelsin

    The best places to taste Reykjavik’s cuisine are listed below:

    • DILL Restaurant
    • Grillmarkadurinn
    • Fiskfelagid
    • Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
    • Skolabru
    • Snaps Bistro
    • The Laundromat Café
    • MAR Restaurant
    • Gallery Restaurant
    • Perlan

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Reykjavik?

    You must explore and stroll through the city of Reykjavik by utilizing the local buses. Striding by the local buses, you are sure to unravel a peace of mind and tranquillity with a clear vision to encounter the best sight that you might miss out while on a usual city tour. Build for an economical and interesting reason, the local bus services gets the visitor the best.

    The best public transport medium to commute around Reykjavik:

    • Local Buses

  • What is the local language in Reykjavik and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    The official language of Reykjavik is Icelandic.

    The greetings in the Icelandic language are as follows:

    • Góðan dag – Good day
    • Halló - Hello
    • Góðan daginn/Góðan dag - Good morning
    • Góðan daginn/Góðan dag - Good afternoon
    • Góða kvöldið/Gott kvöld – Good evening
    • Góða nótt – Goodnight
    • Vertu blessaður/Vertu blessuð/Bless á meðan/Bless bless/Bless/Við/ sjáumst/Sjáumst síðar – Goodbye
    • Gangi þér vel! - Good luck!
    • Skál! - Cheers! Good Health!
    • Eigðu góðan dag - Have a nice day
    • Takk/Takk fyrir/Þakka þér fyrir/Þakka þér kærlega fyrir/Kærar þakkir – Thank you

  • Which are the best shopping places in Reykjavik and what are they famous for?

    Shopping is always an inevitable part of the list of travelers while visiting a new destination. The best shopping places in Reykjavik along with its specialty are as follows:

    • Sandholt Reykjavik, Laugavegur : You can visit by Sandholt Reykjavik, Laugavegur if you wish to explore by in around the morning time for spelt, quinoa loaves and hearty rye.
    • Mál og Menning, Laugavegur: This is a marketplace outlying the traditionality to give or borrow books as Christmas gifts and take back humongous round of recommendations.

  • Which are the best places to view the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights in Reykjavik?

    Following are the best places to view the Northern Light and Aurora Borealis in Reykjavik:

    • Jokulsarlon
    • Seltjarnarnes
    • Perlan or the Pearl
    • Thingvellir
    • Threngsli
    • Seljavallalaug Pool
    • Vík
    • Eldborgahraun
    • Djúpavík
    • Hvammsfjordur
    • Látrabjarg
    • Ásbyrgi Canyon
    • Jokulsarlon
    • East fjords
    • Hvitserkur
    • Siglufjordur
    • Kirkjufell

  • Which are the best places to enjoy thermal baths in Reykjavik?

    The following are the best places to enjoy thermal baths in Reykjavik:

    • Laugardalslaug
    • Sundhöll Reykjavíkur
    • Vesturbæjarlaug
    • Blue Lagoon Spa
    • Laugar Spa
    • Grafarvogslaug
    • Sundlaug Breiðholts
    • Árbæjarlaug
    • Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
    • Blue Lagoon
    • Nauthólsvík Beach
    • Sundlaug Seltjarnarness
    • Laugarvatn Fontana
    • Sundlaugin í Kópavogi (Kópavogslaug)

  • How is the nightlife of Reykjavik?

    At present times, Reykjavik has transformed considerably and has become renowned for its splendid and rejoicing nightlife. Reykjavik’s nightlife centers around the major shopping destination named Laugavegur. There also includes some neighboring streets that endow lovable nightlife like Hverfigata, Bankastraeti, and Austurstraeti. The bars do not charge entry fees allowing the visitors to casually roam from one bar destination to another.

  • What are the famous pilgrimage destinations in Reykjavik?

    There are various pilgrimage destinations located in Reykjavik. The famous pilgrimage destinations in Reykjavik are as follows:

    • Hallgrimskirkja
    • Ásatrúarfélagid
    • Zen á Íslandi - Nátthagi
    • Asatru Temple

  • Which are the different adventure activities to enjoy in Reykjavik?

    The different types of activities offered to the tourist for enjoyment in Reykjavik are as follows:

    • Tröll Expeditions
    • Gateway to Iceland
    • Bustravel Iceland
    • Moonwalker
    • Basecamp Iceland
    • Season Tours
    • Safari Quads
    • Mountaineering in Iceland
    • Adventure Vikings
    • Viking Horses
    • Arctic Adventures

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