Hedonistic Iceland Guide

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FLYING TO ICELAND
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GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT
 The best way to reach the city is to take the FLYBUS. It runs quite frequently so you shouldn’t have to wait long. The bus is waiting right by the exit and there’s a desk that sells tickets when you’ve passed the guards in the toll. The price is 1.950 ISK (approx. 12.50 EUR) and the bus ride is 45 minutes. Booking in advance gives a 10% discount according to the website so if you want, you can book tickets online in advance here.

REYKJAVIK The city center is quite small and can be explored by foot. The busiest streets are Laugarvegur, Austurstræti, Skólavörðustígur and Lækjargata. Laugarvegur is the main one and the other two lead from it into different directions.

The main sites in the centre are…

• Hallgrímskirkja church – at the end of Skólavörðustígur

• Harpa concert hall, turn right when leaving Laugarvegur before moving on to Austurstræti. Quite big and located in an open area, won’t go unnoticed!

• Austurvöllur square – it’s located in a side street from Austurstræti (to the left when walking down, away from Laugarvegur). There you’ll also find the Parliament and a statue of Jón Sigurðsson, who is recognized as a leading force in the fight for independance.

• City hall and the pond – located on Lækjargata.

• Kolaportið flea market – located on the right side of Austurstræti (when walking down, away from Laugarvegur). Only open saturdays and Sundays

Other things I recommend doing is checking out Perlan (“The Pearl”), which is a very famous building based on old water storage tanks. It’s quite close to the centre but further away than the other things. I’d also recommend going to a local swimming pool. There are tons of them and even if it’s freezing outside it’s super nice because the water is hot and it’s very popular all-year round. The biggest and most popular one is Laugardalslaug, which is accessible from the centre by bus. Another option to consider is Vesturbæjarlaug, closer to the center in a nearby neighbourhood.

EATING IN REYKJAVIK

BEER

• On a sunny day (which might be too late for in September ), the café’s and the grass fields on Austurvöllur square fills up with people. Perfect for having a beer or two. Micro bar, The English Pub, Nora Magasín and Skúli craft bar are all quite nice to name a few.

• K-bar in Laugavegur 74. I think it’s a hostel as well, or at least it used to be.

• Kex Hostel in Skúlagata 28 is good for a beer, coffee or food.

• Might be a good idea to get an app called “Reykjavik Appy hour” to follow which bars have happy hour

COFFEE

• Stofan Café in Aðalstræti 10, close to Austurvöllur square

• Reykjavik Roasters in Kárastígur 1 which you will pass by on the way to Hallgrímskirkja church.

• The Laundromat Café in Austurstræti 9, close to Austurvöllur square. Good for beer, brunch and dinner aswell.

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BRUNCH

I’d recommend Prikið at the bottom of Laugavegur, the main street.

DINNER

I’d recommend Vegamót at at Vegamótastígur 4, a side street from Laugavegur. If you wanna go for something fancy I would definitely recommend a place called Grillmarkaðurinn – http://www.grillmarkadurinn.is/en/. The interior is made from lava downstairs and moss, it serves super food – and is cheaper at lunch. It’s quite a special restaurant if your budget allows for it.

OUTSIDE OF REYKJAVIK – DAYTRIPS

Blue Lagoon

A geothermal spa located in the Lava field. It’s close to the airport so around 45 minutes away from the city. It costs 35 EUR to enter which is quite expensive but it’s a must for tourists. I suggest you check out more about special offers on Facebook!

The Golden Circle

The signature tourist circle in Iceland as it combines some of the top spots for tourists. Includes Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Þingvellir National Park. It’s suitable for one day and the furthest spot is around 1 hours drive from the city. There are also tons of tour companies that do this route. It’s a must for tourists.

South Coast

There a bunch of things to explore in this area, especially around the famous Eyjafjallajökull – the one that stopped air traffic in 2010.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If you go here make sure you also check out a nearby waterfall called Gljúfrabúi. If you’re standing in front of Seljalandsfoss just walk to the left along the rocks/mountain until you reach the camping site – it’s like a 5-10 minutes walk from Seljalandsfoss. There you can climb or jump some rocks into a small canyon and inside of that there is a waterfall coming down and it’s quite amazing. I would recommend a raincoat or a poncho or something for the water because you might get wet.

If you drive a bit further into the road at Seljalandsfoss (Þórsmerkurvegur road) for around 10-15 minutes you reach a turn to the right called Nauthúsagil which is a canyon you can hike into and then climb up some rocks to reach another beautiful waterfall.

Seljavallalaug swimming pool. It’s an abandoned pool at the roots of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, which I highly recommend. Google it. it’s a bit hard to find though without proper instructions. While driving on the main road (#1) away from the city you make a left into road 242 marked Raufarfell. You drive until you see a sign that says Seljavellir but if you follow that road you get to a new pool that was built later where you can park. That’s not the pool I’m talking about because from where you park you have to hike around 15 minutes towards the bottom of the valley and in the end, you will see the pool peaking behind a corner.

Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon)

It’s quite a long drive, 4-5 hours from the city along the south coast so maybe not ideal if you’re only there for a weekend. But a beautiful place. It’s the #1 attraction in the country according to Tripadvisor so it’s worth the drive if you have the time on your side. It’s possible to take a boat tour around the lagoon. 30-40 minutes for 4.000 ISK (26 EUR) and 1 hour for 6.500 ISK (42 EUR). Further info available here.

Þríhnjúkagígur crater

It’s very popular but very very pricey. You can read about it all here. 

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Of course there are bunch of other stuff you can do, both daytrips and activities. All of the ones I listed are on the south coast but you can also go up the west coast – and if you intend to I can send you some further stuff. There are a bunch of places to go horseback riding around the city, f.ex. http://eldhestar.is/, and river rafting, f.ex. arcticrafting.com and adventures.is

NORTHERN LIGHTS

The “season” is from October to March.  There are bunch of tour companies that offer tours to see them and I think they give you some odds based on the weather forecast – so there’s no guarantee.

You can read more about it here: The Ultimate Guide to Nothern Lights.

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Here are some more resources:

http://www.guidetoiceland.is

http://www.iheartreykjavik.net/

http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/

http://www.visiticeland.com

 

 

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