Reykjavik is a must-see destination for all ages and interests, and we’ve found that taking a trip between October and March is significantly cheaper in comparison to travelling during the ‘midnight sun’ summer months. Sterling has never been so strong against the krona, so it’s best to book a stay quickly before costs rise once more.
Flights to Keflavik airport take around 2.5 hours, and it’s around 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik. The cheapest way to get to Reykjavik is Flybus, which has a kiosk in the arrivals terminal of the airport. A coach transfer will cost around £20 return. The coach stops at most city hotels, as well as Reykjavik’s main bus terminus.
Even in the dark winter months, when the sun doesn’t rise before midday, Reykjavik stands out as a quirky and unique place to explore. Contemporary art is everywhere, from kitsch paintings on the sides of houses to the crammed walls of coffee shops and restaurants. And as for food, be prepared for some fairly shocking options. Many restaurants will list puffin and whale meat amongst their mainstream dishes.
It’s easy to arrange a tour from Reykjavik bus terminus to many of Iceland’s natural attractions. The Blue Lagoon is a year-round favourite, less than an hour from town. The bright blue geothermal pool is naturally heated by volcanic activity and is used for bathing or just floating around. The lagoon's clay is used worldwide for skin therapy. Further afield are breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir – a famous erupting pressure-point of steaming volcanic water. Many tours also go through Thingvellir National Park, home to the tectonic plates that are pulling apart and stretching Iceland by 2cm every year.
The Northern Lights are one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. This natural light phenomenon can only be seen on clear nights, and tours drive late into the night with a guide to seek out the best places to view the spectacle. Whilst a sighting is not guaranteed, the guides use detailed weather reports and tracking to find the clearest skies in the area.
We’ve seen some incredible deals for Reykjavik recently, including this 3-night break from Icelandair, with a free Northern Lights tour.