Reykjavik

Reykjavik, photo by Tillea
Reykjavik (photo by Tillea)
 

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland, located on its southwestern coast.

Despite its relatively small size by global standards, the city is known for its active cultural life, including music, nightlife, and theater.

Reykjavik is also know for its geothermally heated outdoor swimming pools, found throughout the city and a year-round center of local life.

To see some of Iceland’s spectacular scenery, the Golden Circle tour is a one-day circuit outside of the city that includes the canyons of Þingvellir National Park (a
World Heritage Site), the Gullfoss (Golden) Waterfalls, and the Geysir Geothermal hot spot

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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   Rough Guide

 

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Fálkinn Guesthouse

Set along Laugavegur high street, Fálkinn Guesthouse is situated in central Reykjavík, 450 metres from Hallgrímskirkja Church. Restaurants, bars and shopping are within walking distance of Falkinn Guesthouse. Average score from 107 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$82

 
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Cozy Place Bergstaðastræti 8

Located in Reykjavík, this apartment features free WiFi and a balcony. The unit is 400 metres from Hallgrímskirkja Church. The kitchen is fitted with an oven, a microwave and a toaster, as well as a coffee machine. A flat-screen TV is offered. Average score from 124 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$160

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House of the Spirits

Located in central Reykjavík, House of the Spirits offers self-catering apartment units and features a sun terrace. Hallgrímskirkja Church is 1.3 km from the property, while the Sculpture & Shore Walk along the harbour is about 500 metres away. Average score from 66 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$123

 
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Tower Suites Reykjavík

Located on the 20th floor of a contemporary glass tower, these stylish penthouse suites are in central Reykjavik and feature panoramic views of the city or sea. All guests at Tower Suites Reykjavik also receive free access to Laugar Spa. Average score from 260 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$1023

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Embassy Apartments Downtown

Embassy Apartments Downtown is situated in Reykjavík, 1.3 km from Hallgrímskirkja Church. National Museum of Iceland is 500 metres away. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Average score from 26 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$176

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
V54 Harbour Apartments

V54 Harbour Apartments

Featuring free WiFi, V54 Harbour Apartments is located in Reykjavík, 1.6 km from Hallgrímskirkja Church. Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre is 900 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 9.9/10.

$213

$2139.9
41 - A Townhouse Hotel

41 - A Townhouse Hotel

Offering city views, Townhouse 41 is set along Laugavegur Shopping Street in Reykjavík. Hallgrímskirkja Church is 300 metres away. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV. Some units have a dining area and/or balcony. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$154

 
$1549.7
Nes Residence

Nes Residence

Nes Residence is an apartment located in Reykjavík, 3.5 km from Hallgrímskirkja Church. The property boasts views of the sea and is 2.2 km from Grotta thermal pool. Free WiFi and parking are provided. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$192

 
$1929.7
Cozy Place Bergstaðastræti 8

Cozy Place Bergstaðastræti 8

Located in Reykjavík, this apartment features free WiFi and a balcony. The unit is 400 metres from Hallgrímskirkja Church. The kitchen is fitted with an oven, a microwave and a toaster, as well as a coffee machine. A flat-screen TV is offered. Average score from 124 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$160

$1609.4
2 Bedroom Apartment Bríetartún

2 Bedroom Apartment Bríetartún

2 Bedroom Apartment Bríetartún offers accommodation in Reykjavík. The property features views of the garden and is 800 metres from Hallgrímskirkja Church. Free WiFi is provided . Average score from 161 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$197

$1979.4
Reykjavik4You Apartments

Reykjavik4You Apartments

These modern, luxury apartments are in central Reykjavík’s popular 101 District. Each one offers free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with DVD player. Car rentals can also be arranged. Average score from 50 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$202 - $746

 
$2029.4
Felicia´s Flat

Felicia´s Flat

Set 200 metres from Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavík, this apartment features a terrace. The property boasts views of the city and is 800 metres from Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$165

 
$1659.3
Icelandic Apartments

Icelandic Apartments

Situated in Kópavogur, Icelandic Apartments is 3.8 km from Smáralind Shopping Center. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. All units include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. Average score from 25 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$136

 
$1369.2
Embassy Luxury Apartments

Embassy Luxury Apartments

Located in central Reykjavík on the same street as 4 embassies, Embassy Luxury Apartments offers apartments with a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, flat-screen TV and free WiFi. The Catholic Cathedral is just 100 metres away. Average score from 378 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$181

$1819.1
Hotel Phoenix

Hotel Phoenix

This hotel is on Reykjavík’s main street, Laugavegur, 250 metres from the waterfront promenade. It offers an intimate setting and tastefully designed rooms. Parking is free. Average score from 173 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$139

 
$1399.0
Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel

Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel

Located next to Hlemmur Square, this hotel is just off Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavík. It offers a view over the city and Esja Mountain. Average score from 824 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$133

 
$1338.9
City Apartment

City Apartment

City Apartment offers accommodation in Reykjavík. The property features views of the garden and is 1.1 km from Hallgrímskirkja Church. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. A dishwasher, an oven and a microwave can be found in the kitchen. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$211

$2118.9
City Apartment

City Apartment

Located in Reykjavík, City Apartment offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. The property features views of the garden and is 1.1 km from Hallgrímskirkja Church. The kitchen is fitted with an oven and there is a private bathroom. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$157

 
$1578.8
Nordurey Hotel

Nordurey Hotel

Featuring free WiFi, Nordurey Hotel offers accommodation in Reykjavík, 2 km from Hallgrímskirkja Church. Each room is equipped with a desk and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 167 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$168

 
$1688.7
Embassy Apartments Downtown

Embassy Apartments Downtown

Embassy Apartments Downtown is situated in Reykjavík, 1.3 km from Hallgrímskirkja Church. National Museum of Iceland is 500 metres away. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Average score from 26 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$176

 
$1768.7
Northern Comfort Apartments

Northern Comfort Apartments

Located 500 metres from Hlemmur Square and Laugavegur Shopping Street, Northern Comfort Apartments offers accommodation in Reykjavík. Free WiFi is included. Hallgrímskirkja Church is 1 km away. Average score from 527 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$134

$1348.6
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Located in Reykjavik’s business district, this Hilton hotel offers a 5-star gourmet restaurant, popular breakfast buffet and helpful, knowledgeable staff. Average score from 650 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$147 - $10654

 
$1478.4

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Cultural
Global City
Reykjavik is the capital, largest city, and center of Icelandic modern culture. During the summer, it can also be a surprisingly global city, with people outdoors day and night taking advantage of the long arctic light. There is a vibrant music scene with concerts most evenings in the center of the city. For theater enthusiasts the city boasts two main theaters staging around 10 plays a year each, both domestic and foreign, as well as a number of smaller theater groups specializing in different kinds of modern theater.
Combination
Hotsprings
The most famous of Iceland’s hotsprings is the Blue Lagoon, located about 40 min sound the Reykjavik. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days.
Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Geysir Geothermal hot spot

The Geysir field is located about 1.5 hours east of Reykjavik, and is part of the loop trip known the Golden Circle tour. Two major stopping points along the loop:

The geothermal field in Haukadalur lies on the outskirts of the neovolcanic zone from which it is drifting. The geothermal field is believed to have a total surface area of approximately 3 km².

The Great Geysir. This is Iceland’s most famous geyser. The temperature of water 20 m down Geysir’s feeder channel is about 125 ºC.
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