TAKE A TAXI
Taxis in the capital are not quite expensive as i thought they would be. In fact i think they are cheaper than London.The starting tariff is around 700 kroner with a charge of around 250 kroner per kilometer and a waiting charge of around 7,000 kroner an hour. Taxis can be hailed in the street or your accommodation can call for one. Fares are regulated and their should be a card on display inside the taxi with prices. You can also arrange to take a taxi for a tour of the Golden Circle or wherever you want to go. Taxis come in all shapes and sizes, but all have official mileage meters.
TRAVEL BY TUK TUK
Tuk Tuks have come to Reykjavik but i guess trips will be a lot colder than in Bangkok and a lot safer too !!!. There is a fleet of 6 yellow tuk tuks ready to take you on tours of the city, pub crawls and special tours . The tuk tuks are not like the ones in Thailand that spew out black smoke but are eco friendly run on electricity produced from hydro energy. They hold up to 6 passengers and are fitted with seat belts, but it is even possible to close the cabin and turn on the heating if it gets too cold.
The prices are quite expensive with over 12's costing 5,000 ISK and children costing 3,500 ISK for 1 hour city sight-seeing.
It seems a rather expensive way of touring the city bearing in mind that most of it can be done by foot. Six adults on a tour would cost 30,000 ISK . Not bad income, $225 for an hour !!!
RENT A BICYCLE AND EXPLORE THE CITY
Reykjavik has quite a few bicycle routes that are clearly marked for bikers, and although i did not see so many cyclists as in some other countries there were still quite a few including tourists. Most main roads have cycling paths and minor roads are not busy. There are many places to park your bike in the center and as there is very little crime in the country there is little chance that your bike would be stolen. Some tourists bring their own bike and venture out of the city to Gulfoss, Vik and further afield but the main roads are only one lane in each direction so you must be a little careful of traffic, even though it is at a minimum. The good news is that there were only 4 deaths last year on Icelandic roads.
THE BUS STATION, BSI TERMINAL
BSI is the main bus station in Iceland and is the base for Reykjavik Excursions who also run the Flybus so you will more than likely end up here if you take the bus from the international airport. Buses leave here for North and South Iceland as well as the Highlands. You can look at the website below for destinations and prices.
THE DOMESTIC AIRPORT
The domestic airport is just a kilometer or so from the center of the city and there are only domestic flights except for short hauls to the Faroes and Greenland. From Perlan you can get a good view of the airport and watch planes take off and land. There is quite a bit of activity including helicopters coming and going. There are three runways mainly used by Eagle Air and Air Iceland and I am told that domestic flights are quite expensive. The first flight from the airport was in 1919 but there were no scheduled flights until 1940 when there was no concrete runway. The British built the present airport during the second world war and in 1946 handed it over to the Icelandic Government. In the year 2000 the airport was renovated but the present agreement expires in 2016. Some people are against the continuation due to the noise and others are for it because of the convenience.
HLEMMUR BUS STATION, WATCH OUT
Reykjavik has several small bus stations, and i found myself at Hlemmur several times to change buses on the way from the city center to such places as the Open Air Museum, the National Stadium and the thermal pool nearby. However i did notice that there were a few people hanging around that looked a little suspicious or perhaps even undesirable. Maybe i was over cautious but there were several drunks and dirty looking people so be careful when you transfer buses. If you go inside the terminal building you can buy tickets, get a map of the bus lines, and buy a snack at the small store inside. There were also many seats to relax on which i suppose is a good idea when winter comes around.
BUY A BUS PASS & VISIT MUSEUMS FOR FREE
You cannot go wrong when you buy a Reykjavik City Card which allows you free access to 14 different museums, galleries and thermal pools as well as unlimited travel on the city Straeto buses. Cards are valid for 14, 48 or 72 hours. I was in Reykjavik for 8 days so i purchased the 72 hour card which was just about enough time to see everything. Cards are available from the tourist office and many other places. Please refer to the website below for more information regarding free entrances to attractions and places to purchase the card. The card also allows you to have discounts at certain restaurants, tours etc. Details at the website.
For me i used the card for 24 bus rides which would normally have cost 4,800 ISK but the card only cost 4,900 ISK. I took advantage of visiting all the places for free which saved me another estimated 10,000 ISK.
Ask for a map of bus routes so you can figure out where you want to go. It is a little difficult at first but you quickly get the hang of it. The stops are listed on the map and at each stop there is a bus shelter with a seat as well as the time table and map. On most routes buses run two or three times an hour and are usually arrive a couple of minutes either side of the schedule. The buses are very clean and on several occasions i was the only passenger on the bus.
A TOUR WITH SMALLER FRIENDLY GROUP
I chose this particular company as they were cheaper than the others and also have a 10% discount for booking online. BUSTRAVEL is the name of the company and the web address is below. Some companies use large coaches but these guys used a smaller bus and I believe that there were around 12 of us on the Golden Circle tour today. The driver/guide was extremely friendly and informative, cracking a few jokes on the trip. Ano5ther passenger and I decidedcwexwwnted to take a second tour the next day but one can only get the 10% discount by booking online at least 24 hours in advance, so I persuaded the driver to call the company and ask for a 10% discount for the South Iceland tour, and we were happy that they accepted d our request.
One thing that I did notice was that they advertise our tour as an 8 hour tour, but in fact it was only a 7 hour tour asx30 minutes was spent picking up passengers before the tour started and same again at the end of the day when the passengers were dropped off at their respective hotels.
Took s second tour today and there were only 7 of us. The driver/guide was excellent and explained many things to us.
TOURS BY BUS TRAVEL
Glacier Lagoon- Vstnajokull
TRAVEL BY BUS, BUT GET HOLD OF SOME MAPS
Central Reykjavik can be done mostly on foot but several of the attractions are a few kilometers away so you will have to get the bus. Places such as the host terminal to Viday, or the Open Air Museum and some of the city's thermal pools.
You can get hold of street maps from the tourist offices or from your hotel and also there is a map of the routes issued by the bus company. Or you can download the app. It is a little hard at first but you will soon get the hang of it.
The fare for any trip is 400 kroner and the driver does not give change so have the coins ready.
Tickets can be bought at the bus stations, there are several.
Or you can buy the 24, 48, or 73 hr pass for unlimited bus rides and entrances to many attractions
CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THE 72 HOUR CARD
I have just completed 72 hours of use with the Reykjavik travel card which is available for 34, 48 or 72 hours unlimited travel on the city buses BUT THAT IS NOT ALL !!! The card gives you free access to 3 art museums, 5 city museums, the Culture House, Reykjavik zoo and family park, the National Museum of Iceland, and the National Gallery of Iceland. Oh, and a return trip by boat to Viday Island as well as entrance to any of the cities thermal pools.
The 72 hour card cost me 4,900 kroner, about 25 pounds,or 37 dollars, and considering I rode the bus on 21 different occasions it was a bargain. Bus fares are 400 kroner so that would have cost me 8,400 already. Entrance fees would be well over 12,000 kroner so the card was well worth it. Not everyone wants to see all the attractions offered but I did, and 3 days is about right if you want to do the same as me.
Looking for affordable flight to Iceland we quoted to leave from Amsterdam. We took a train to Schipol, and from there with Iceland Air.
The international airport of Iceland is on the Reykjanes peninsula , near the place called and Keflavík Keflavík International Airport (or Keflavikurflugvollur ) . Most flights in Iceland arrived at this airport, the airport is located about 48 kilometers Southwest of Reykjavik, through a frequent bus connected to the city or with a rental car
The largest user of the airport is the national airline Icelandair, this company maintains include a timetable, in addition, schedules maintained with several other cities in Europe
Return journey from Iceland we have a flight via Amsterdam to Brussels, they only had one flight a day, so we have a very early flight from Keflavik, The aircraft was okay, we have a 3 hour flight no meal onboard, but this is a standard for most airlines. You can purchase meal on board, best to have a snack with you, price on the plane is double than you buy outside
By Plane to Reykjavik
Being a remote island nation in the North Atlantic, Iceland does not ofer many alternatives to an arrival by aircraft. Most probably, your arrival will be at KEFLAVIK Airport - Reykjavik Airport is used for domestic flights as well as some connections to Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Keflavik Airport is well connected with most Europe's capitals as well as larger airports in Canada and the USA.
The distance to Reykjavik City centre is 50 kms, frequent bus services are offered by Reykjavik Excursions and Iceland Excursions/Gray Line with tickets for roughly 2000 ISK (one way). Both companies offered the same price at the airport (Though Reykjavik Excursions seems to be cheaper when buying online) with stops in the central bus station (BSI) and Reykjavik Airport. Travel time is 45 minutes, some services stop at the Blue Lagoon. Ask any of those companies, if you are interested in Blue Lagoon as combo tickets (e.g. Reykjavik - Blue Lagoon, Entry to Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon - Keflavik Airport) are cheaper than buying everything separately. The bus is adjusted to the flight schedule which means that the bus waits in case that your inbound flight to Keflavik is delayed.
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Keflavik International Airport
Flying in and out of Iceland is through Keflavik International Airport about a 45 minute drive from the city of Reykjavík. Information about the airport including Departures and Arrivals can be found at their website as well as much other useful information. Caveat: International destinations outside of the European Union use the furthest gates, so be prepared for a lengthy stroll.
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When traveling from North America, IcelandAir is the best way to get to Iceland. There are some very good deals on their website. I flew on the first flight in May of 2013 from Anchorage Alaska and my sister, 2 nieces (1 boyfriend), and myself flew over for a Northern Lights package in November of 2014 out of Boston. You can customize the packages with add ons, such as stoping at the Blue Lagoon on your way into town so that you can get over your jet lag, relax in the soothing waters, and get to your hotel at check in time. Or add an excursion. IcelandAir operates some hotels in town and you will get a good deal on a package. IcelandAir also allows you to spend time in Iceland between flights with no penalty. You may take up to 7 days on a layover before continuing on to the continent. Iceland wants you to visit.
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WOW is an Icelandic discount airline. If you are traveling to or from the continent it may be a good idea to compare prices and dates of service. I flew from Paris to Reykjavík on WOW in April of 2014. There was a planned strike at KEF and the flight was cancelled. WOW bent over backwards to make up for the inconvenience which was not their fault. They are very customer friendly.
WOW does not appear on many search engines, so please visit their website.
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