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!
June – September
September – May
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Free/ Cheap Activities
Modes Of Transport
Easy way to get around Reykjavik, but not outside the city
Needs to be called; it is rare to flag one down, and is fairly expensive.
Bus schedules can be a hassle, but it is a cheaper way to get around than taxis.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Food & Drinks
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