Reykjavík Travel Guide

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Reykjavík Highlights

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     Almost everyone speaks english so U're good on getting directions and ordering service 

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     Small capital by European standard 

  • In a nutshell
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     The northern most capital city! 

Reykjavík Things to Do

  • Hallgrimskirkja

    Hallgrimskirkja is the tallest and most impressive building in Reykjavic. It was designed to imitate a volcanic eruption and some say it also resembles a rocket ship. It was begun in 1947 but not finished until 1986. The exterior is striking and impressive whilst the inside is calm and peacefully plain. The 250 foot tower cost 700 ISK (£4) to climb...

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  • Perlan - The Pearl

    Inside Perlan on the ground-floor is the Wintergarden (Vetrargarðurinn) with its palms and fig-trees. The Wintergarden often hosts receptions, wedding-celebrations, concerts, art-exhibitions, DVD-CD sales, book-sales and sports-clothes sales, which are very well attended by the Icelandic nation. On the ground-floor in one of the tanks there is...

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  • Blue Lagoon

    Is the most popular artificial attraction of Iceland every year many tourists tempted to take a bath In fact, it is a lake with hot water from the geothermal power plant Svartsengi ( black meadow ) next to it, all kinds of beneficial effects for the skin attributed To the minerals in the water therefore, the Blue Lagoon become a popular spa...

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Reykjavík Hotels

Reykjavík Restaurants

  • Do not miss the Icelandic hot dog :)

    Well if you wanna try something else in Reykjavik Iceland go down town to the Bæjarins bestu (Best in town) hot dog stand and grab one hot dog. It is very good and you can have all kind of things on it : raw onion,fried crispy onion,remolade (not sure of the english name of this sauce) ,ketchup and mustard. One hot dog with all but raw onion :)

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  • A funky hotel café

    I often meet up with friends at the café at Hotel Reykjavík Marina. This hotel belongs to the Icelandair chain of hotels and is brand-new, opened in the spring of 2012.There is a fireplace in the lobby and we either meet there or get a table at the café. I must say though that I prefer sitting in the lobby by the fireplace. The decor at the café...

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  • A very good café in an old biscuit...

    There is a new (2011) hostel in down-town Reykjavík called Kex. It is located in a building which used to be a biscuit factory "Kexverksmiðjan Frón". The Icelandic word for biscuit is "kex". When I went there I was not even sure where the entrance was, it only says "Kex hostel" in very small letters and you have to walk up stairs to the second...

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Reykjavík Nightlife

  • The Dude's Bar

    Lebowski Bar is a bowling-themed bar from the movie The Big Lebowski . We actually came here almost by accident. We were walking around on Laugavegur Street and it started to rain and I needed to use the restroom, so we figured we stopped in and have a drink and wait for the rain to end. The bartenders and staff were really friendly and we had a...

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  • A Place to avoid

    This Night Club is approximately 2 years old. I have visited it twice during it firs year , and it appealed to me and my friends as a trendy spot with great dancing music and classy crowd. The place was the hottest spot, popular amongst local celebrities. My recent visit was a great disappointment, apparently in past year Austur took a dramatic...

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  • Best value beer in Reykjvik.

    This friendly upstairs pub offered polar beer on draft at 490Isk per pint. Excellent value for Reykjavik. We went in the early evening and watched Iceland v France Olympic handball. The bar did not do food, but the barman gave us salt sticks with each pint. Very good.

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Reykjavík Transportation

  • BSI BUS STATION

    The BSI bus station is where all the tour buses leave from. It is also where the airport bus picks up and drops off, anybody that has booked to be picked up and dropped off at their hotel will be ferried here by mini bus to get the bus to the airport. There is a café and vending machines for food and drinks.The local buses do not go from here but...

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  • AIRPORT TRANSFER

    There is a desk at Reykjavik airport for the flybus. I purchased my transfer ticket online (there was also a desk in the airport to buy tickets). The bus was waiting outside to take people to the BSI bus station. Once at the bus station mini buses took people to their hotels if they had paid for that service. It was a well organised and speedy...

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  • BSI Bus Station

    The long-haul bus station is located near the Ring Road on Vatnsmýrarvegi 10. Inside the terminal, there's an ATM, a cafeteria, reasonably clean rest rooms, and a Reykjavik Excursions tour counter. You can also leave your luggage at the ticket counter for a charge of Kr 500 per bag.Buses along the Ring Road, as well as the Kjölur buses through the...

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Reykjavík Shopping

  • VAT refund

    Iceland is part of the Schengen agreement, but not a member of the EU. So for the first time in several years I was allowed to get VAT back. Most stores have the necessary forms, you just have to tell the cashier. You must spend more than 4000 ISK , have the forms ticked and signed, give your data and then you can claim VAT back at the airport.A...

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  • Just a regular, normal supermarket

    Our tourguide from the city tour gave us this tip about the Bonus supermarket. She said it's a normal supermarket where everybody shops, not just tourists. She also mentioned they'd have the traditional Iceland Christmas cake.I went there and got some and my only regret is that I only bought one cake. I should have bought at least two or three.I...

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  • Special Christmas items

    We were in Reykjavik end of November and the Christmas decorations and lights in the streets were out. It looked great, especially since a large part of the day was dark. I bought some souvenirs in the Little Christmas Shop. It was very crowded and I was afraid I'd break something just by moving around - the word "little" is really fitting.This...

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Reykjavík Local Customs

  • Lent-Creampuff day, Bursting day and Ash...

    Bolludagur "Creampuff day" - Sprengidagur "Bursting day" and Öskudagur "Ash Wednesday" are 3 days in a row in the middle of February or March each year. On the first day children wake up their parents by spanking them in the morning, while they are still asleep in bed, with a specially made wand, and the parents are supposed to give them as many...

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  • Corrugated houses in Reykjavík.

    You will see that many, many houses in Reykjavík are colourful corrugated iron-houses, which we Icelanders call "bárujárnshús". This is typical for Reykjavík, and can be seen in the Farao Islands and in some parts of Norway. And "Balhannah" tells me that it is getting more common im Australia as well.The corrugated iron was imported from England...

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  • Stag-parties and hen-parties in...

    If you see something out of the ordinary down-town Reykjavík, don´t get startled - it is just Icelanders going wild with the new tradition here - stag- and hen-parties. We have not gone made and we don´t behave like this on a regular basis - but this new tradition makes us do very sillly things.It is especially popular to get the stag dead drunk...

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Reykjavík Warnings and Dangers

  • Braving the swells

    Whales have turned from a mass of useful blabber into Hollywood stars within 50 or so years and every tourist outlet with access to the ocean around the world claims to have the ticket to their shows. Well, be aware that this adventure might turn your guts out if you have problems with your balance apparatus (located in your ears). The Reykjavik...

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  • Volcanic ash in Reykjavík.

    On the 4th of June 2010 was the first time that we got a big volcanic ash cloud reaching Reykjavík. There had been some volcanic ash before blowing from Eyjafjallajökull, but on this day it was foggy outside and the airborne particles were way above health-limits reaching as high as ca 1.100 in some areas (50 being the health-limit). So people with...

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  • Beware of ice falling on your head!

    During wintertime, which lasts from October until end of April, we can get a lot of snow. For the past 10 years though winters in Reykjavík have been milder than before, due to Global warming, or whatever. But the winter of 2011 gave us a LOT of snow, reminding me of my childhood when there was snow for 7-8 months a year. It doesn´t get very cold...

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Reykjavík Tourist Traps

  • 5000 Isk for bathrobe and towels

    The Blue Lagoon trip is a MUST but do tell yourself it is also a MUST to bring your own towels/bath robes. We were being charged closed to 5000 Isk for RENTING 2x towels and 2x bathrobe, like every other tourists we THOUGHT it was provided free of charge as there is already entrance fee.

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  • Seafood Cellar - people with more money...

    I have been to many fusion restaurants in London and around the world, and the Seafood Cellar was simply a traumatising evening out, and indeed the worst dining experience in my life. Judging by the looks of the resturant, the food on the menu and the previous dining experiences in Reykjavik (unvariably excellent), my partner and I expected to have...

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  • Café Paris

    This restaurant on Austurvollur is a tourist trap. Do not be lured in because they have seating outside and a good location. The price is way too high compared to the quality of service and food. The following applies to the place downtown on Austurvollur not the one in Kringlan which somewhat more enjoyable. Service is virtually non-existent, over...

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Reykjavík What to Pack

  • Warm clothes!!!

    Don't forget to bring warm clothes any time of the year here. Layering is the best way to go, but you don't want to be stuck buying your clothes here as the prices are extremely high.Also, if you're planning on going out at night, I'd bring some nice clothes since the locals tend to dress up for the nightspots.

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  • It's Cold!

    Iceland is really close to the Arctic Cirlce,and although Reyjavik is in the southern part of the country it really doesn't get very warm there even in the summertime. We were there in early August and the temperature was in the high 40's and low 50's F most of the time with very little sun. It rained and was overcast most of the time. It was...

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  • Don't forget to pack....

    * Warm clothes - even in summer it is not "hot".* Wet weather gear - or at least a water resistant jacket - it will keep the spray of waterfalls off you!* Comfy shoes for all that walking you will do. * I tried to buy some Cold & Flu tablets in Reykjavik....apparently they don't exist there, so stock up before you go (never know what you might...

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Reykjavík Off The Beaten Path

  • Icelandic Phallological Museum

    As they put it so delicately on the t-shirts, "this museum is all about dicks" and "this museum is not for pussies". Well, you can also get a t-shirt that says "I'm not a donor". Whatever works for you.* Wow, I got censored for using the term! I shall call them "p's" from here on.This is a strange museum. Whoever curated this collection mixed in...

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  • Journey to the Inside of a Volcano

    Since 2012, you can join this unique tour and venture into the magma chamber of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano. This is currently the only known volcano in the world where you can go inside, and come back out alive, as our helpful guide added. It was first discovered in the 60's but soon forgotten as it was dismissed as uninteresting. Interest...

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  • The Chapel of Holy Barbara.

    There are ruins of a small medieval Catholic chapel in a lava field in Hafnarfjörður town. It is The Chapel of Holy Barbara (Kapella Heilagrar Barböru). The chapel is by an ancient road through the lava field. Here travellers could pray or seek shelter in bad weather.The lava here is from an eruption sometime between 1100-1300 and is called...

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Reykjavík Sports & Outdoors

  • Laugardalslaug - Pool at Laugardalur

    Geothermally heating pools and hot pots are a big part of Icelandic culture, and one of the great things about our Reykjavik tourist cards was the fact that entrance to all these pools was included. So, we headed for Laugardalslaug, the biggest pool complex in town to make sure we knew what all of the fuss was about.There is an Olympic-sized as...

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  • Jogging/biking/etc.

    I was in Reykjavik on a national holiday, the First Day of Summer (Sumardagurrin fyrsti), so I had the opportunity to see kids and families relaxind and many of them were out exercising around town.

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  • Hiking outside Reykjavik in Hveragerði

    Unique geothermal area! Walking trails around Hveragerði and vicinity are innumerable so everyone should be able to choose a trail according to one’s interest and ability. The Hengill area is a vast outdoor area where hiking trails have been marked. The hiking trails in the valleys vary in levels of difficulty and length. A hiking map of the area...

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Reykjavík Favorites

  • Dinner with Barb and Steve

    Thanks to VTer Regina, we were able to meet up with fellow Bostonian Steve (unmistakeable as he prowled the streets of Reykjavik in his Rob Gronkowski football jersey) and his wife Barb at the apartment they were renting in Reykjavik. Regina joined us of course, as did Regina's friend Ana from Slovenia. A balcony with a fine view on a sunny day,...

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  • Is this building giving me the finger?

    There is a building next to Kringlan mall in Reykjavík, which we call the "f... u" building. It is called "Hús Verslunarinnar" or the "Building of Commerce". It was built in the image of the fingers on a hand, but it is kind of unfortunate that it looks like the rude sign, I guess it was not done on purpose... There is another building in...

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  • Free Guided Tour

    This company offers free guided tours in Reykjavík; check the link to know more.- www.goecco.com/Index/goecco/ReykjavikTours/FREETourofReykjavik

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Top 10 Coastal Drives: Reykjavík

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Most visitors to Iceland do the "Golden Circle Tour," embarking from Reykjavik and traveling inland to see Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the island's geothermal geysers. However, Iceland's "Ring Road," or Route 1, forms an 830 mile (1335 km) circle around the country with incredible coastal views and even more landmarks to behold. Traveling east on Route 1 from Reykjavik includes sites such as Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon, the largest glacier lagoon in Iceland. If you only want to travel a section of the road, the trip from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon is just 233 miles (376 km).

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