Visit Reykjavik - Best of Reykjavik

The capital of Iceland and its largest city as well, Reykjavik and Reykjavik holidays charm their way into your life! It showcases best of both worlds- the spiriting modern life with wild nightlife and the pure village living.

The city houses many attractions for the visitors both natural and man-made, one thing common in both; they will leave you wanting more of Iceland! One can start the day by visiting many museums of Reykjavik some showcasing one of the earliest settlers, the open air folk museum that takes you back in time or the peculiar ones like the phallological museum displaying specimens of phallic parts. To get your shutterbugs clicking Reykjavik has some of the most picturesque locations – perfect for that postcard.

One can relax in one of the thermal pools and detox at the spa on a pleasant winter day or for a more adventurous being witness one of the most magical phenomenon "The Northern Lights". So during you will see yourself dangling your feet at the beach or basking at the beauty of Viking age and come night you will find yourself as a the part of a pub crawl or enjoying one of its wild Friday night music concerts.

Reykjavik Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Reykjavik tips for your visit

  • Reykjavik Time Zone -  Greenwich Mean Time Zone (UTC+00:00)
  • Currency – Currency in Reykjavik is Icelandic Krona.
  • Electricity – Reykjavik uses 230 V, 50 Hz alternating current as the power. Plugs and sockets have ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C) and have grounded / earthed 2 pin connections (Type F).
  • Languages – The official language of Iceland is Icelandic. Icelandic has been spoken in Iceland since the country was settled, in the 9th century, and has changed little since then.
  • Internet – 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. There are numerous Cafes providing free Wi-Fi to the tourists.
  • Security – Police:112, Ambulance: 112, Fire: 112, Medical Emergencies: 543-2000               
  • Tipping - Tipping is not compulsory, but like everywhere in the world, appreciated. If you wish to tip, you can tip about 10% to 15% of the bill for an excellent service.
  • The weather in Iceland is unpredictable and variable between regions. It is essential to pay attention to the weather forecasts. Remember to pack layers for all seasons.
  • Iceland has the supply of some of the most pristine and fresh waters in the world. It is not essential to buy bottled water. Tap water is just fine.
  • Make sure you camp in proper places whilst keeping the surroundings clean. Make sure you do not litter as it is frowned upon and is also harmful to the ecological balance of the area.
  • Off-road driving is strictly forbidden – and punishable with heavy fines.
  • The Icelandic moss is incredibly thick and soft and it’s tempting to lie in it – but it is also incredibly delicate and it takes hundreds of years for it to grow back. Do not tamper with it.
  • Don't throw coins into lakes or hot springs.
  • Don't jeopardize Icelandic nature or historical places for art.
  • Do not leave any articles such as phones, purses and wallets unattended.
  • Pickpockets are often attracted to crowded places. Be aware of someone who bumps, shoves or gets too close.
  • Get a Reykjavik welcome card, it allows unlimited access to the buses, along with free access to several museums, some discounts and free internet at the hostel.

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Facts and Stats for Reykjavik*

  • Pollution Statistics in Reykjavik

    Know the pollution level of Reykjavik before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 13.26 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 5.83 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 22.13 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 28.69 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 2.05 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.46 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28.28 (Low)
  • Reykjavik: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Reykjavik for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Reykjavik.

    • Burglary and Theft 21.73 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 10.8 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.08 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 36.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 14.2 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 22.71 (Low)
    • Attacks 12.4 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 34.23 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.98 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 76.53 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 11.43 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 31.01 (Low)
  • Living in Reykjavik - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Reykjavik is 185.44 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 78.79 (High)
    • Climate Index 68.81 (High)
    • Pollution Index 15.37 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26.78 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 104.23 (High)
    • Health Care Index 65.42 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.37 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 93.46 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Reykjavik

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Reykjavik

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.9 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 54.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 148.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 120.12 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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