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Aðalstræti 12, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Laugavegur 36, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Closest International Airport
Keflavík International Airport (KEF)
45 minutes from City Center
Reykjavík is a vibrant town, painted with gentles tones that come from Scandinavian influence. With a population of 150,000 nearly half the residents of Iceland live in this bustling little town on the west coast of Iceland.
Arrival in Reykjavik’s International Airport is simple but may be cold if it is winter time! Be sure to pack an extra layer that is handy if traveling in the winter months. Customs is a breeze, and is the first if many polite and personable experiences you will have with the citizens of Iceland. Head straight for the blue lagoon for an authentic hot spring experience, as it is only minutes form the airport and then head for downtown Reykjavík. With a number of hotels, and hostels, there is no shortage of options. Check out the Hotel 101 for an upscale stay, or my personal favorite the Sandhotel; that has a world-class bakery next door.
Shopping is easy to find as you stroll down Laugavegur, as are many cafe’s and restaurants. With the proximity to to ocean there is fresh fish throughout the city. The Fiskmarkaðurinn is a great place for fish served many different ways. A reservation is recommended so you can get table in the main dining area. There is also a small bar and lounge area that is great for an afternoon cocktail, or late night cap if the sun is up late in the day. Discos and mini night clubs can be found in the back of most bars, as the town enjoys celebrating the late hours of summer. For a Nice afternoon coffee or refreshing beer, stop in at Le Bistro – where there are a few tables to cozy up at and people watch through the windows on a cold inter day.
Although I’ve never been to Reykjavík for New Years Eve, it is rumored to be quite an amazing time. Lots of celebrating, with fireworks being shot off from the top of nearly every building in the city – turning the night sly into quite a show! Alternatively, the Middle of August is a national holiday to celebrate their culture, and the entire city center is closed for the day with one of the biggest parties of the year taking place in the streets all night long!