A small city with a big personality: the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik, is a captivating combination of colourful buildings, with a big creative scene and surprisingly varied nightlife.
In terms of the best times to visit, it’s truly hard to say. In summer, you get the midnight sun and lush green landscapes – but prices are generally higher and so is the volume of tourists. In winter you’ll find wider availability and the majestic Northern Lights – but the cold and snow can make getting around a little tricky.
Autumn brings golden light and lower season prices, with smaller crowds at all the major attractions. Springtime is perhaps ideal, as it’s before the summer rush, meaning you can fly to Reykjavik relatively cheaply, as well as watching the landscape come to life.
It’s possible to find cheap flights to Reykjavik at any time of year, if you know how to find them.
The key to finding affordable flight deals lies in understanding how to filter your Expedia search, and being a little flexible about when you fly.
For example, use the ‘Flexible Dates’ option to see what prices are like on the days either side of your selections. You might find that by altering your dates by as little as 24 hours could help you save significantly.
Keflavik International Airport is the main air hub serving Iceland, located around 30 miles to the south of the city. Almost all international journeys going to and from the country pass through here, with most domestic flights using Reykjavik Airport around 25 miles away.
Transport between the airport and the city is by road only, along the new dual carriageway route 41, opened in 2008. There are a number of bus services operating, available taxis and a choice of car rental agencies if you want to drive yourself.
Direct flights to Reykjavik are available from a number of different carriers.
Walking is highly recommended in Reykjavik, with many of the main attractions within easy reach of the main tourist accommodation. Traffic is generally calm and drivers very considerate of pedestrians.
The city’s bus service is clean and reliable, with multi day passes available, as well as single fares. But drivers can’t give change so try and have the correct amount before boarding.
Driving is a great way of getting around in Iceland, so it’s worth looking into car rentals. That way you’re free to get out of the city and explore more of Iceland’s incredible landscapes.
Alternatively, in the city, taxis are readily available. As are bicycles for hire: there might be the occasional head wind or hill but, with a reasonable level of fitness, it’s an invigorating way to see this charming city.
Reykjavik is a city of parks and open spaces. These include the Tjornin, a small lake in the centre of the city, and the Klambratun, a large park to the east.
The city itself is an attraction, with an eclectic mix of colourful buildings ranging from bright corrugated iron to ultramodern architecture.
There’s plenty of culture on offer with a huge range of museums and galleries, including the Asmundarsafn, as well as music and theatre festivals.
Reykjavik is also a top destination for wildlife, with whale watching in the bay and great hiking terrain within easy reach.
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