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About Reykjavík
The capital and largest city of Iceland, Reykjavík is nestled on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula, in southwestern Iceland. Founded by the Norseman Ingólfur Arnarson in 874, this city was just a small fishing village until the 20th century. The city was granted municipal and administrative powers in 1786 and it was declared the capital of Iceland in 1918. At present, Reykjavík is an important fishing port and the cultural, industrial, and commercial hub of the country.

The beauty of Reykjavík lies in its scenic natural beauty and intoxicating nightlife culture. The colourful traditional houses, quaint cafes, and lush public gardens add to the appeal of this flamboyant city.

One of the main attractions of the city of Reykjavík is its pristine swimming pools. Some of the top pools that you can head to for a refreshing dive include Laugardalslaug pool, Sundhöll Reykjavíkur, and Nautholsvik. Other prime places of interest in Reykjavík include the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Harpa Concert Hall and Old Harbor, and the Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

While you are in Reykjavík, you can engage in a myriad of exciting activities. You can enjoy shopping at the Kolaportið Flea Market, go whale watching, and take a Northern Lights tour. You can also relax in one of the public parks or spend some time at the Reykjavík Art Gallery.

Reykjavík experiences a subpolar oceanic climate with cool summers and colder winters. The most ideal time to visit Reykjavik is between June and August, when the weather is balmy and you can experience the ‘Midnight Sun’

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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.

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 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

What is the best public transport to commute around Reykjavik?

The best public transport medium to commute around Reykjavik are Local Buses. 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 on while on a usual city tour. Build for an economical and interesting reason, the local bus services get the visitor the best.

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

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