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Things to do in Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the largest and capital city of Iceland. This European town is what draws travellers around the world to the country because it’s full of natural and manmade wonders from mountains to colourful villages. You can experience adventures, culture, history, nightlife and more right here in fantastic Reykjavik.
Like many European cities, Reykjavik has stunning and diverse landscapes that can make anyone love nature. Give your travel photos the green touch and start your trip by riding an Icelandic horse across the volcanic landscape. Go whale watching too because Reykjavik is one of the best spots to see these giants splash about in Iceland.
Channel your inner Viking and hike the trails of Reykjavik like the popular Mount Esja and Mount Vifilfell. Ski or snowboard down the slopes of Blafjoll. For a little twist, you can also climb the stunning Glymur Waterfall and conquer Reykjadalur, which has a hot spring as your reward along with the awesome views.
Pamper yourself even more and experience the way locals enjoy a dip with their cold climate. Try out their geothermal swimming pools at Laugardalslaug, Arbaejarlaug, and the Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. They’re the perfect mix of hot and cold.
Of course, when you think of a city, you think of tall and impressive buildings. So check out the urban side of Reykjavik and its eclectic style. Ride the elevator and climb the tower of the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church to see Reykjavik like never before.
You’ll get another fantastic view of the city when you visit Perlan, and the building itself is quite the eye candy inside and out. Get dazzled by the Harpa concert hall. Are you a Beatles fan? Show some love for John Lennon with a visit to the Imagine Peace Tower.
If you love museums, Reykjavik won’t disappoint you. Complete your museum tour of the city and go to the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, the Culture House, and the National Museum of Iceland.
Take home more than memories and pictures and check out Reykjavik’s shopping scene. There are funky boutiques at Laugavegur shopping street, souvenirs at Skolavoroustigur, and heaps of other items at Kolaportid flea market.
Have the best visit to Reykjavik and join the locals in celebrating the city’s biggest events! Plan your trip on May for the Reykjavik Arts Festival, August for Culture Night, and October for Iceland Airwaves music fest. And you can’t miss viewing the breathtaking Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights from September to mid-April.
Get to know the city even more and get more travel ideas with this list of 25 cool things to do in Reykjavik.
What you should know
The best time to visit Reykjavik is from June to August because you’ll get to enjoy the warmest temperatures in Iceland plus you’ll also experience the spectacular “midnight sun” when the sunlight lasts for almost 24 hours. But if you want to save your krona, schedule your trip to May for cheaper flights and hotels or September for cheaper hotels and fewer tourists.
If you’re a night owl and prefer longer nights, you might consider visiting Reykjavik from October to April. The city can be quite cold but the chance to see the stunning Northern Lights at night plus the cheap airfare and hotel rooms are super hot deals for any traveller.
Most Icelanders can speak English, but bringing a good Icelandic phrasebook can also help you on your trip.
You can fly to Iceland and visit Reykjavik as soon as you’re done packing because Singapore citizens can travel to Iceland visa-free for up to 90 days.
Travelling to and around Reykjavik
You’ll reach Reykjavik through the Keflavik International Airport. You can reach the city from the airport by taxi, Flybus airport shuttle, Gray Line Iceland bus, and the public bus route number 55.
Start roaming Reykjavik by bus, taxi, and on foot. Walking in the city is highly recommended since many attractions are within walking distance from most hotels.
It’s time you land in Iceland! Get your suitcase and passport ready, and then book your Reykjavik flights with Skiddoo today.
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