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“If you are planning on staying in Reykjavik for most of your trip, there’s no need to rent a car. Bus tours and shuttles can get you to and from some of the country’s top attractions, such as the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle.”

Flying into Beautiful Reykjavík

Iceland, also known as the land of fire and ice, is an outer-worldly destination full of breathtaking mountains, geothermal hot springs, and an eclectic culture that honors its traditions. Reykjavik is the country’s capital and is by far the most metropolitan city in the country of just over 300,000 (the city is home to around 100,000 residents). The nightlife puts the U.S. to shame—bars often stay open as late (or early) as 6 a.m.
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In the summer, it stays light through most of the night, making time a tricky thing to track. Despite the long days, wintry weather is a year-round occurrence (warm jackets are a must-pack item). That said, temperatures are not too brutal, averaging a few degrees below 0 degrees Celsius in the winter. 

Museums are full of interesting history and quirky collections, such as the Saga Museum, telling the history of the Viking heritage in Iceland. Brightly colored houses and vibrant murals line the city streets. Year-round, festivals and celebrations draw visitors and locals to the capital. For these reasons and more, Reykjavik is quickly rising as a top travel destination. Not sure where to start? Let us help you plan your trip!

Which Airport Should I Fly Into to Get to Reykjavik?

There are several airports located throughout Iceland, but the only international airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF), with 24 airlines in operation and nonstop flights to 78 cities. Located about an hour from Reykjavik, there are plenty of transportation options to get you to the city center. For instance, Flybus is a popular option. Flights to Reykjavik from the U.S., from Canada, and from Scotland, Ireland, and other European destinations include stops at most major cities.

Do I Need to Rent a Car?

If you are planning on staying in Reykjavik for most of your trip, there’s no need to rent a car. Bus tours and shuttles can get you to and from some of the country’s top attractions, such as the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle. Local bus transportation is also fairly easy to navigate and affordable, and taxis are aplenty. If you are planning to take an excursion on your own beyond the city boundaries, renting a car is your best bet. Car rental companies such as Hertz and Budget Car are found near the airport and throughout the city.

Where Should I Stay?

There are many excellent accommodation options in Reykjavik, ranging from budget-friendly to high-end. Just outside the city center, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica offers expansive views of the city’s landscape and luxurious amenities, such as the Nordica Spa. Hotel Borg is a stunning Art Deco property in Reykjavik, within close walking distance to the city’s top attractions. For a more budget-friendly option, Hotel Bjork (not to be confused with Hotel Borg) is a valuable option for those looking for a quieter space away from the bustling city center.  

How Do I Get to the Blue Lagoon?

Named as one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World, Iceland’s popular Blue Lagoon geothermal hot spring is conveniently located between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik, making it a popular daytime destination for travelers. Several bus companies operate to and from the Blue Lagoon, the airport, and Reykjavik multiple times a day, and you can also store your luggage at the facility).

A visit to Blue Lagoon will leave you rejuvenated and refreshed before or after your flight, because the geothermal seawater is said to have a healing effect on the skin. If you can’t make it to the Blue Lagoon, there are dozens of smaller scale geothermal pools and hot springs worth visiting.

What Type of Currency Is Used?

Iceland uses its own currency, the Icelandic Krona. Because Iceland is not a member of the European Union, the krona is used instead of the euro (similar to other Nordic currencies). Currently, one U.S. Dollar is equal to 131 Icelandic Krona. Many businesses in Reykjavik do accept credit cards, however you should notify your bank ahead of time and explore what international fees may be included.

Whether you visit Reykjavik in the summertime when the long days and mild weather are optimal for outdoor adventures, or during the winter to scout out aurora borealis (Northern Lights) in the dark, a visit to Iceland is a majestic experience. With interest in travel to Iceland rising and its convenience as a stopover destination to other European countries, Reykjavik is poised to continue developing more and more desirable amenities for visitors.