Things to know before you visit Reykjavík

reykjavik travel tips


Iceland’s capital Reykjavík is more accessible than ever. Although still not cheap, the country’s financial meltdown makes now a good time to visit this bewitching city. Take in its geothermal pools, world-class restaurants and infamous bar and live music scene, and these insider tips:

  • Peak season runs from June to mid-August – during this time you’ll have the best weather, incredibly long days, the pick of tours, and the best choice of accommodation (but it will be more expensive).
  • Bring a sleeping bag. If you’re on a limited budget you can save a packet by opting for a bed without linen at hostels, guesthouses and some hotels.
  • Always wash thoroughly without a swimsuit before hopping into a spa or swimming pool. The only time we’ve seen Icelanders get angry is when talking about tourists abusing their pools!
  • It rains a lot so bring good waterproof gear. Reykjavík’s mildish climate can rapidly degenerate into heavy rain, biting wind or fog; May, June and July are the driest months of the year.
  • If you plan on joining the Friday- and Saturday-night runtur, when Icelanders hit the streets and pub crawl round Reykjavík’s many drinking dens, don’t head out too early – thanks to the high price of alcohol Icelanders tend to drink at home until around midnight.
  • Only visiting for a weekend and want to squeeze in a visit to the Blue Lagoon? Buses run from Reykjavík to the Blue Lagoon and on to the airport, tickets are great value and include admission to the lagoon.
  • It’s easy to get from Keflavík International Airport into Reykjavík. The Flybus meets all international flights and is by far the cheapest option. The journey takes 50 minutes.