Reykjavík City Guide: The Tribe’s Guide To All Things Reykjavík

Iceland’s Capital, Reykjavík, is the most Northerly Capital in the world. With a small population, quirky buildings, and beautiful nature surrounding it, Reykjavík is a charming and beautiful destination. Besides the sights, Reykjavík is a center for festivals, art, and culture that rivals far larger cities. Out of the city, you can go swimming, climbing, and see the Northern Lights, making it one of the hottest places for adventure and natural sights. Check out our full Reykjavík City Guide!

Tourist Season:

June – September

Off Season:

September – May

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Modes Of Transport

Walking

Easy way to get around Reykjavik, but not outside the city

Taxis

Needs to be called; it is rare to flag one down, and is fairly expensive.

Bus

Bus schedules can be a hassle, but it is a cheaper way to get around than taxis.

Rental Car

Can be expensive, make sure to get insurance, including for gravel, ash, or ice. Be careful of animals and speed traps. Ultimately, the most convenient way of seeing what you want.

How Expensive Is Transportation?

Getting around is relatively expensive

Taxi: Base fare is 690 ISK and 450 ISK per mile thereafter

Bus: Single fares are around 440 ISK

Rental Car: 5000+ ISK a day, depending on season and car

Wheelchair Accessibility

Iceland is surprisingly wheelchair friendly, with all buses, public locations, and many hotels being wheelchair accessible.

Useful Resources:

Iceland Unlimited – Travel solutions and tours.

Curb Free with Cory Lee – A first hand guide to wheelchair accessibility in Iceland.

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Transportation

Housing

Hostels

Galaxy Pod Hostel—Sleep in spaceship like pods.

Hostelling International Loft Hostel—Lofts on the Reykjavik’s main shopping street.

Kex Hostel—In what was a biscuit factory in downtown, this hostel is affordable and has a gastropub.

Reykjavik Downtown Hostel—Boutique hostel in downtown.

Hlemmur Square
Reykjavik bus hostel
Reykjavik Hostel Village
Reykjavik city hostel
Start Hostel

Affordable Housing

Alda Hotel— Located on the main shopping street in Reykjavik.

Fosshotel Reykjavik—Large, downtown hotel with harbour and city views.

Bella’s AirBnB—Numerous StampedTribe members have stayed at Bella’s and highly recommend her property. She is an AirBnB super host!

One of the best bets for affordable housing is AirBnB and VRBO.

Mid Range & Lux

101 Hotel—Hotel with an art gallery, spa, and dining options.

Centerhotel Thingholt—Boutique hotel nominated for best boutique hotel in the world by World Travel Awards.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel—Boutique hotel in a historic 1900s building with updated rooms.

Eco

Hotel Husafell —Next to geothermal springs and a great spot to see the Northern Lights, all from modern accommodations.

Ion Adventure Hotel—Boutique hotel near Thingvellir National Park with a spa, view of the Northern Lights, and a winner of the Boutique Hotel award in sustainability.

Frost & Fire Hotel—Another hotel in nature, giving access to rivers, the Northern Lights, and even boiling eggs in the hot springs.

Affordable Eats

BBP Hot Dog Stand —Extremely popular hot dog spot.

Svarta Kaffid

Kex Hostel Restaurant

Resto

Icelandic Fish and Chips

Noodle Station

Glo —Vegetarian Food

Sjavarbarinn —Popular w/ locals

Bonus —grocery shop with ready made foods

Restaurants

From the wonderful, simple, or unique, Reykjavik has tons of variety. If you’re feeling adventurous, try fermented shark, lamb brains, minke whale, reindeer, or puffin that appear on the menus of many restaurants.

Kopar—“I really recommend getting the ‘Adventure Desert’, which is a platter of puddings to share.”

Ostabudin —famous fish stew

Seabaron—Seafood place; try the lobster soup to keep warm.

Lava—“Hands down though the best lamb I’ve eaten.”

Matwerk Kitchen—Lamb and artic char are the recommended dishes here.

Svarta Kaffid—Inexpensive soup place to combat the cold.

Fiskmarkadurinn—Popular seafood restaurant.

Islenski Barinn—Burger spot, including reindeer burgers.

Hlollabatar—For delicious, overstuffed subs.

Dill Restaurant—A new Nordic restaurant with a Michelin Star.

Coffee Shops

Mokka Kaffi-The oldest coffee house in Reykjavik and serves delicious waffles, too.

Cafe Babulu-Coffee shop and vegetarian restaurant.

Cafe Loki-With a mural of its namesake on the wall, Cafe Loki has good food, coffee, and if feeling adventurous, fermented shark.

Cafe Haiti

Desserts

Valdis Ice Cream-A good spot for delicious ice cream, despite the cold outside.

Braud & Co-Try the amazing cinnamon buns.

Sandholt-Popular bakery and coffee shop.

Food & Drinks

Nightlife

Bars

Kaffibarinn—Quaint coffee shop by day, bar by night.

Kaldi—Beers on tab, including it’s own brews.

Slippbarinn—A cocktail bar next to the marina.

Liquor is expensive in the city, buy it at the airport to save money

Clubs & Music

 

Austur—Nightclub with live music and DJs.

Dillon Whiskey Bar—Bar with rock music.

Prikid—Cafe during the day and club at night.

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