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Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, may be small, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character. The city is well known for its forward thinking music scene, its eclectic architecture, Viking history, geothermal pools, its legendary parties and some of the friendliest people and safest streets in Europe. Reykjavík also makes the perfect base for exploring Iceland’s incredible natural beauty, which you can enjoy through leisurely daytrips or action-packed multi-day adventures.
Get a budget hotel in Reykjavik and use your money to discover the beauty of the capital instead. Most of these budget hotels will provide you with maps and travel information, along with your clean comfortable bed. Some even provide breakfast. Well worth a visit is Hofdi House, famous for being the location where in 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev came together signifying the beginning of the end of the Cold War. For an even deeper look into history, check out the National Museum of Iceland and Reykjavik Art Museum.
There’s so much to do in Iceland, you can go horseback riding, kayaking and boating. You can also make that trek out to see the Northern Lights, though that natural phenomenon only happens between April and September
Your best bet on getting around Iceland is to hire a car at the airport. With a hire car you can travel all the natural wonders the country has to offer, including Snaefellsjoekull National Park and the Haukadalur Valley.
Perhaps you want to save some money for all the fantastic activities on offer, but would rather a little more comfort. Well, you’re in luck; the two star range is quite large with more than 20 hotels on offer. Most hotels are located in the old town (Miðborg) and the Kópavogur district, and most provide free breakfast and have wifi.
Most three star hotels in Reykjavik are geared up for family travel, with a buffet breakfast and extra beds on request. The hotels are mainly in the old centre of the capital, within walking distance of the popular shopping street, Laugavegur, and Hallgrimskirkja, the highest church building on the island.
There are around 20 four star hotels on offer, perfect for a romantic getaway or a pampering spa break, and most have a pool and gym. Some hotels even have a sauna and lounge bar. Most of these higher rated hotels tower over the city at several storeys high, giving you a breathtaking views over Reykjavík, the sea and the rest of the island. You better charge your camera.