Apartment, Accommodation & Rooms in Reykjavik
The Icelandic capital of Reykjavik
is one of the world’s most intriguing, beautiful and colourful cities. This clean, tranquil and spacious city is perched on the southwest corner of Iceland
at the top of the Atlantic Ocean. Reykjavik is one of the world’s cleanest cities and Iceland is famous for its clean energy use and abundance of green space and nature. This Scandinavian island country has been occupied since 870AD when the Nordic Vikings first spotted it. The country has a strong cultural connection to the Vikings and one which Icelanders are very proud of. Formerly a small fishing city, Reykjavik has grown to be a world class city with good trade links, services and a vibrant lifestyle. Reykjavik is a joy to visit and you’ll be able to take day trips to all the other significant parts of Iceland from the city. It is the perfect place to stay in Iceland and there is a wide variety of accommodation options available, from the impressive Hilton Reykjavik Nordica hotel to small hostels and guest houses. Plenty of other accommodation is on offer too if you wish to rent a holiday home, guest room or apartment.
Many Icelanders believe in elves
and certain roads have been re-routed to avoid disturbing areas where elves are thought to live.
Reykjavik is the world’s smallest capital.
65% of Icelandic children were born outside of wedlock!
is a national pastime amongst men and women.
Icelanders are enthusiastic drinkers of Coca-Cola and have made it into the Guinness Book of Records!
Sights and Attractions in Reykjavik
You’ll find lots of interesting things to see and do in Reykjavik. Make sure you visit impressively designed Harpa Conference and Concert Centre
, the Hallgrimskirkja Church
for great views of the city and the sea from the tower, the National Museum of Iceland
for a comprehensive summary of the island’s history and the Blue Lagoon
– Iceland’s most loved health spa. Traditional Icelandic cuisine such as dried fish and meat soup can be sampled in Café Loki
and the Vox Restaurant
inside the Hilton Hotel serves groundbreaking Nordic Cuisine containing no imported ingriedients!
Iceland is famed for its spas and the natural hot spring water that emerges from deep in the ground means there is plenty open air pools where you can relax. Many Icelanders start their day with a swim in one of these health spas and the geothermal water is said to have a good effect on your skin. Reykjavik means ‘smoky springs’ in Norwegian – a reference to the steaming pools of hot water everywhere.
The beauty of Iceland
Much of what Reykjavik has to offer visitors to the city is centered around the country’s love of nature and the unique location of the island. It’s a capital next door to nature
and as much as the city has to offer, it’s recommend you head for the countryside to explore. You can go horse riding, salmon fishing and walking in the beautiful hills and mountains. Tours of Reykjavik’s surrounding country taking in the best sights are popular with tourists staying for a short amount of time. The ‘Golden Circle Route
’ takes in Iceland’s famous geysers, the 73 foot high Gullfoss Waterfall
, one of Iceland’s impressive geothermal power plants and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Thingvellir National Park
Icelandic Culture and Events
The nature of life in Iceland also plays a big part in the country’s cultural scene. In the winter the country receives only 4 hours of sunlight a day, and in the summer the sun never goes down! In order to keep the city cheerful, the Winter Lights Festival
is held and is designed to stimulate and enliven the city and its habitants during the harsh winters. Reykjavik also plays host to the Iceland Airwaves rock festival
in October and the Food and Fun festival
in February, the Popular Culture Night
and the Gay Pride Parade
where the flamboyant Mayor of Reykjavik dresses in women’s clothes! Music from Iceland is internationally renowned and the island has produced several world famous acts including the Iceland Symphony Orchestra
, Sigur Ros
and Iceland’s most famous oddball singer Bjork
. Music from Iceland is said to have an almost other worldly quality to it and many musicians from around the world have moved and worked in Iceland in pursuit of such a sound.
Reykjavik is located 40 minutes from Iceland’s biggest airport – Keflavik International Airport
. This is Iceland’s main airport for international flights whereas Reykjavik Airport
, located closer to the city, operates domestic flights. The Flybus
will take you quickly and smoothly into Reykjavik city centre. Reykjavik is small enough to walk around on foot and you’ll be able to reach all the major sights and interesting parts of the city in a short space of time. Reykjavik has an extensive bus system if you’d prefer to not walk and the bus system also serves all parts of the island. Several ferries operate in Iceland and a summer-only ferry services takes passengers from Reykjavik to the island of Videy, where the ‘Imagine Peace Tower
’ is located. Iceland’s small population and general friendliness of its people mean that hitchhiking is a popular way of getting around the island – give it a go! You’ll also find plenty of domestic flights leaving from Reykjavik Airport that will allow you to reach other parts of the island quickly.