10 days in Reykjavík, Iceland

The last travel adventure of 2018 led us to Reykjavík, Iceland for 10 days. And what an adventure it was! I had absolutely no expectations and was completely blown away by the sceneries, landscapes and people. In a matter of a few days, Iceland has propelled its way up in the top three of my all-time favourite countries.

A scenic view of Iceland in the snow

How to get there

Iceland is quite easy to get to from all over Europe. Our flight from Manchester was with easyjet and took about 2.5 hours. The local airport is Keflavík, which is about an hour outside of Reykjavík, but there are shuttle services available who take you straight to your hotel. Ours cost us around £24 per person.

Where to stay

With plenty of choices, Reykjavík offers something for every budget, although yours shouldn’t be too low considering where prices start. We stayed at a small hotel called 22 Hill Hotel. A standard double room consisting of a small living space and an even smaller bathroom, without a wardrobe and with two single beds, cost us roughly £80 per night. There are two supermarkets as well as a few restaurants nearby and free coffee and tea stations on every floor, which is really handy (and the coffee is superb!).

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22 Hill Hotel Lobby

What to see

We booked guided tours to see the Northern Lights, Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and the Gullfoss waterfalls. Usually, my dad and I are explorers and avoid guided tours like the plague, but with so many stunning nature phenomena to see here (and them being widely spread out throughout the region), we decided to let someone show us around.

A three-hour-long tour to see the Northern Lights, for example, cost us about £40 per person (including the hotel pick-up, which costs extra); a six-hour-long Golden Circle tour for Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gulfoss waterfalls, was £50 per person (also including the hotel pick-up).

A photo of the Northern Lights shimmering green
Gullfoss waterfalls in the snow
A scenic view of snowy Icelandic landscape

Other places not to be missed in Reykjavík are:

  • Hallgrímskirkja
  • the National Museum
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s “Imagine Peace Tower” (but only between the 9th October and 8th December)

How to get around

Get on your walking boots and make your way around the city centre! Taxis are really quite expensive. To see the Northern Lights or other nature phenomena, I’d thoroughly recommend booking a guided tour. Another option is renting a car and driving around, possibly even around the whole island: The Ring Road, which wraps around Iceland, is about 1.330km long and I’m sure it would be incredible to do a summer roadtrip!

Have you been to Iceland? What were your favourite places?

’til next time x

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