Reykjavik has always been a place that a) I've struggled to spell and b) I've wanted to go. Last May, I remember seeing a picture of the the Lego-like houses on Lonely Planet and the next thing, telling Ed I'd booked our flights. We went for 4 days over August Bank Holiday weekend and loved it.
We flew into Keflavik (KEF) from London – that's the international airport.
As soon as we arrived, we hired a car and I would strongly recommend anyone to do the same. Iceland's countryside is so rugged and barren, it needs to be explored. You'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out of Reykjavik centre and later learn what you've missed!
Iceland is an amazing country, that's really in the middle of nowhere. The landscape is stunning, the country's main attractions are its natural phenomenons, and Reykjavik itself is a completely whimsical place—tiny but charming.
An Icelandair hotel, about 15 minutes walk out of the centre of town. It overlooks the runway of Reykjavik Airport so you can have fun watching the mini-planes take off!
The Blue Lagoon was, although touristy, amazing. Spending 2 hours in a giant natural bath with a glass of Prosecco in your hand, then a full body in-water massage is heaven, I tell you.
Golden Circle Route: Basically a round trip of Mother Nature's awesomeness in Iceland – don't miss!
You can fit it into a day trip; expect to be blown away by erupting geysers, mammoth waterfalls and volcanic crater lakes. So impressive.
Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths: Another natural hot spring, we stopped here on our Golden Circle day trip. Far less blue (in fact not blue at all), it's a smaller version with multiple pools of differing temperature. If you don't like crowds, this is a better option. They also have a great lunch buffet, full of local dishes.
Kopar: An intimate, rustic little place overlooking the harbour.
MAR: A more contemporary eatery in Downtown.
Drinking & Nightlife
Lebowski Bar: a charming dive bar just off the main strip where, foremost, you can watch the football on a huge screen (the premise for many pit-stops on our travels), and secondly, serve great versions of Lebowski's favourite drink.
- The average summer temperature is 10 degrees. And it's windy. Pack thermals.
- It's expensive. Beer: £6. Wine: more. Cocktails: Bankrupt. Stick to Reykjavik's happy hours and you'll come back with change, and make the most of the breakfast buffets!