Reykjavik (Iceland)

Reykjavik Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Bryan Pocius

Capital of the land of geysers and glaciers

Everyone knows Iceland is a quirky place: people have no surnames and both fermented shark (with an awful smell, trust us on that one) and sheep testicles are a national dish. Yes, this is a peculiar land with equally peculiar people. Iceland, if anything, is different. Reykjavík is its capital and largest city and is home to the majority of the Icelandic people.

Iceland is a land of intense natural beauty, and many people will land in Reykjavík with their eyes firmly on the glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geysers, waterfalls and natural spas. Reykyavík should however not just be the place you land in, but is also deserving of a firm spot in your itinerary in general. The old city center, easily covered on feet, is an area with colorful houses, good shopping (ranging from local crafts to Scandinavian designer stores) art galleries/museums and good bars and restaurants that can easily keep you occupied for one or two days.

In terms of nightlife, the "Rúntur" is the thing to do. This is a bar crawl that does not really get going until late in the night and is an excellent way to mingle with the locals. If you want to kickstart your tour of Iceland's spectacular nature from Reykjavík, the Blue Lagoon lies just to the south west of the city and should probably be part of your stay in it. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Reykjavik is a city in Iceland. It has a population of 119,108, is situated at an altitude of 121ft and the best airport to fly into is KEF (Keflavik International, Reykjavik)
  • The currency used in Iceland is the Icelandic krona (ISK)

Reykjavik Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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