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- The Northern Lights
- A country of mythical creatures
- Geothermal heated pools
- Impressive Hallgrimskirkja Church
- Vibrant nightlife
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Reykjavik is a scattered city. Most of the urban area, which sits on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, is in the form of sparsely populated suburbs that extend mainly to the south and east of the peninsula. Houses are generally in the outskirts. The residential neighborhoods on the outskirts are scattered and the main traffic routes of the city run between them, leaving many empty spaces dedicated to green areas for aesthetic or recreational purposes. However, it also has a small historic center next to the port where many landmarks are based. In any case, this style of urbanism makes it a very quiet capital. Do you already know where you want to rent your apartment in Reykjavik?A wonderful stay in the capital of Iceland
Find the best Vacation rentals from a wide range of selected properties. From charming cheap rentals for 2 and 4 people in the historic center to beautiful country properties with a lot of charm decorated with great taste and equipped with a terrace, with space for the whole family. All of them are fully equipped to make your stay very comfortable. Almost all of them have a private garage, so you can park your car without problem in case you plan to rent one for your trips around the country. The windows will let the light in every morning as there are no shutters. Enjoy your evening by the fireplace and walk bare feet on wooden floors. Solo travelers can enjoy the city in individual Vacation rentals and shared options with other travelers. Pack your winter gear and always have a raincoat with you!
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The area and getting around
Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and a cosmopolitan capital, surrounded by the pristine energy of nature. A city of striking contrasts where you can see from traditional colored houses to impressive futuristic glass buildings, where we can see state-of-the-art facilities next to rugged volcanic terrain and where the most deeply-rooted Icelandic traditions intermingle with international influences, giving rise to a singular culture in a symbiosis between the past and the present. Its impressive monumental wealth, its many thermal centers and its wonderful natural environment make it a unique city for both history lovers and the more adventurous, who can choose from a wide range of active tourism activities.Explore Iceland
Reykjavik is a good base to discover several interesting tourist points of the island. Travel around Iceland by car, by bus or use package tours that include several days and nights with day trips to the most well-known landmarks of the island including the famous black sand beaches or the plane wreck in Sólheimasandur. In Reykjavik, it is easy to move on foot and visit the concrete cathedral, the museums, the National and Saga Museums and do not miss the opportunity of going to the geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa. During winter months be aware of the icy roads if you rent your own car and visit the waterfalls, the national parks and the stunning white landscapes of the glaciers.
Travelers and activities
Reykjavik is the Northern Lights capital of the world. When the skies are clear and the Aurora Borealis is active, you can see this natural phenomena that draws millions of tourists every year. You can also see them from the city center in the right conditions. To find the best spots to see the Northern Lights, you can check the Aurora Watch App to get the information about the skies and the most suitable times to see them, which is usually along the coast where the light pollution is minimal. A very popular spot is the Grótta peninsula, on the western tip of the island. You can get there by car but also by bus or a Northern Lights Tour that will take you to several spots to get the best chances of seeing the Aurora. Prepare your camera and bring warm clothes to face the sharp cold of the Icelandic nights.Reykjavik for nightlife lovers
This small capital city is an amazing destination with a vibrant nightlife, especially around the center, where pubs and a few nightclubs are open until really late. Go for some pub crawl including B5, Kaffibarinn or Kaldi. You can also join a beer tour! Moving from one pub to the other is really easy and within a few minutes walk. The city caters every traveller and covers your preferences regarding clubs, bars, pubs or traditional places. There are some festivals throughout the year such as the Iceland Airwaves held in November. The best thing about partying in Iceland is that there are no queues to get inside and no strict dress-codes required. Only a few clubs have a VIP area but you can enjoy a packed venue or a quieter bar right next door. So, get ready. It is party time!
Did you know that Iceland was the last place on earth to be settled by people and that 60% of its population lives in Reykjavik?
Top 5 travel tips in Reykjavik
The city with sloped streets is a unique capital with traditional and multicolored houses lining up the streets. The center of the capital is home to great museums, a vibrant nightlife, some great venues and unusual hidden attractions. Stroll along the promenade, stop at the Sun Voyager sculpture to take some pictures of this ode to the Sun. Keep walking until you reach the Harpa, the geometric modern building of the auditorium and the opera house with the square glasses reflecting the sea and the sunlight. Take a free walking tour and let the expert guides show you around the city on foot.2. Visit Hallgrimskirkja Church
The most prominent building dominating the Icelandic skyline is this astounding Lutheran church of Hallgrimskirkja Church, a landmark of 74 meters high that makes it the tallest structure in Reykjavik and it is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson. The architect of this wonderful creation was Samuelsson who got inspiration from the basalt columns, one of the geographical features of the country, the volcanoes and the glaciers. The facade of white granite covers the concrete underneath giving the church a color that reminds us of the raw Icelandic landscapes. The lateral jagged columns are inspired by Reynisfjara and Svartifoss.3. Go to the Elf School
Iceland has a dramatic landscape filled with volcanoes, glaciers, rivers but it is also a magical place for fantastic creatures like trolls or elves, known as Huldufólk. There is an Elf School run by Magnus Skarphedinsoon. He has spent over 30 years studying mythical creatures on the island and he can teach you all the different kinds of elves, gnomes, fairies and trolls on Friday afternoons for 3 hours. Do you believe in magic?4. Look for some street art
The center of the city is covered in several art murals and colorful graffiti. These artistic creations are part of a project called Wall Poetry where different musicians and artists take part to work together. If you walk along the streets you will find several magnificent pieces of street art on different walls around the city, showcasing the talent of these artists.5. Go for a swim
Don’t worry about the cold! Even in the winter, Icelandics go for a swim. You heard it right! Swimming is a big deal in the country. They have geothermal heated swimming pools, both outdoors and indoors. Some hot springs are in scenic locations like the Blue Lagoon, but then you can also go to the most well-known swimming pools: Laugardalslaug and Sundhöll Reykjavíkur. This is an ideal plan on a cold day to enjoy the steam baths. Pack your swimsuit and enjoy!
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At an average cost of $283.89 per night, Reykjavík lies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in Iceland.
Travelers who want to be budget-friendly should travel to Reykjavík in January, March, and February, which are the months that offer the most discount, with average prices of $195.89, $215.33, and $215.61 per night, respectively, based on data collected in 2020.
When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Reykjavík, the months when you will pay the most are, in order of highest to lowest, July, June and August, with average prices per night of $533.13, $413.61, and $326.54, respectively.
It is better to plan ahead in Reykjavík as only 45% of the accommodations remain available throughout the year, according to our 2020 data.
June, May and April are, in order of highest to lowest, the months offering the largest number of accommodations free, with respective average availability figures of 57%, 56.2%, and 55.25%.
According to data from 2020, the months when it is most difficult to find accommodation in Reykjavík are, in order, February (with 31.4% of available rentals), January (34%), and December (35.5%).
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