Reykjavik Travel Guide

By | April 8, 2021

Sympathetic Reykjavik charms its visitors. The northernmost capital of the world, Reykjavik, is a colorful and idyllic little town.


Atmospheric Reykjavik is the capital with the atmosphere of a small village: everything can be reached on foot, and even during a week-long trip, it is easy to get to know the city.

Idyllic capital by the sea

The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, is the northernmost capital of an independent state in the world. Reykjavik has about 120,000 inhabitants and the metropolitan area about 200,000. This includes most of the total population of Iceland.

The colorful center of Reykjavik, built loosely, is a charming mix of urban and village atmosphere. Travel to Iceland is often done for the sake of nature, but its cities are also worth seeing for their uniqueness.

Due to its size, Reykjavik is suitable for a trip of a few days. If you are staying longer in the country, it is definitely worth exploring Iceland from outside Reykjavik as well.

According to Abbreviation Finder, the colorful houses of Reykjavik itself contain, among other things, a diverse restaurant life and, due to its small size, it is convenient to explore even on foot. The city’s most famous attractions include the impressive Harpa music house, the famous The Sun Voyager, the atmospheric Fríkirkjan and the massive Hallgrímskirkja.

Reykjavik’s best scenic location

Reykjavik’s best scenic location is located at an altitude of 74.5 meters on top of Hallgrímskirkja.

Rarely cold, rarely warm

Temperatures on the Atlantic coast of Reykjavik remain moderately mild all year round. Even in the warmest months, the temperature rarely rises above 20 degrees. The warmest months are July and August, when the average daily maximum temperature is about 13 degrees. The nightless night in Reykjavik is unforgettable.

While the northern location might evoke different images, Reykjavik’s winters are also mild. The average daily maximum temperature remains on the plus side even in the coldest months. Also, severe frosts are rare in Reykjavik.

In Reykjavik, it rains quite heavily in all seasons, but the heaviest rains take place during the winter months. Nevertheless, those traveling to Reykjavik should be prepared for rapid weather changes every season.

An urban destination as part of nature adventures

Reykjavik is rarely traveled purely for a city break, but is usually part of another trip to Iceland. The capital is also an excellent base for long weekend nature trips, as the famous golden tour, for example, is easy to do from Reykjavik.

A traditional city break is a great success in Reykjavik, and in a couple of days you can get away from it all in a small town. An excellent restaurant offer, an easy atmosphere and great cultural opportunities will make a city holidaymaker fall in love with the city.

The price level in Iceland is high even from the Finnish point of view, which is why few people go to Reykjavik for a shopping holiday. If the budget is extra, it’s worth spending on Peri -Icelandic gifts like traditional lopapeysa sweaters , for example . However, the high price level is not a reason not to make the trip to Iceland, because if necessary, Reykjavik also manages a low-budget holiday.

Easy and safe destination

For Finns, Reykjavik is a very easy cultural destination, as the cultures are very close to each other. However, don’t rely on minute-by-minute schedules or stress if the Icelander isn’t doing quite exactly as agreed. The relaxed island life is reflected in the customs and stress-freeness of the locals, from which it is worth drawing inspiration for your own holiday as well.

Reykjavik is a very safe destination and you can move around the city safely even at night. However, keep your common sense with you, especially at night rushes and keep a close eye on valuables in the crowds.

Attitudes towards sexual minorities in Reykjavik are very positive, and rainbow flags flicker on the city street matter little. The Pride Festival is celebrated in Reykjavik in August.