I love Reykjavik and have been there four times now with my wife, Leashia. [2009, 2017, 2018 and 2021]. Monique, my daughter joined us in 2017. When I return in the not too distant future I intend to drive the ring road around Iceland.

AN INTRODUCTION –

If you have never been to Iceland before you need to be prepared for extreme and sudden changes in weather. I have tips on airport transfers, car hire, what to wear and lots more HERE .

Reykjavik is not a big city but is charming and there is plenty to see and do- Museums, record shops, pubs and great restaurants. Oh yes- Icelandic music is great too- click HERE to find out more.

The newish Fly Over Iceland attraction has been getting good reviews so on our last visit to Reykjavik Leashia and I gave it a go. Our verdict- It was fun but the ride itself lasted only a few minutes and the short films that that you watched before the actual ride were well presented but were clearly aimed at kids. So do it if you want an Epcot style theme park ride, but we preferred a walk around Tjornin.

Click on the links at the bottom of this page for more info on exploring Reykjavik- things to see and do, Museums, excursions, eating and drinking and lots more.

THERMAL POOLS

The world famous Blue Lagoon is near the airport, not in Reykjavik, [more in the link at the bottom of this page]. The newly opened Sky Lagoon is just outside of the city. Both are wonderful, expensive and are aimed at tourists.

But there are cheaper options which I would recommend as Reykjavik also has several thermal pools of its own. The largest is Laugardalslaug which has an outside pool, several hot tubs and water slides, it’s also alot cheaper than The Sky and Blue Lagoons. Leashia and I loved our visit to Laugardalslaug despite the outside temperature being well below zero. The staff kindly allowed me to take the photos below [under escort] for my website as photographs are not allowed in the pool or changing rooms.

There is also the smaller centrally located Vesturbæjarlaug baths which are popular with locals and local celebrities as well as The Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach which is not far from Perlan.

POOL ETIQUETTE

YES- You do have to shower naked before entering pools in Iceland.

But both Laugardalslaug and Vesturbæjarlaug have private shower cubicles if you like to keep your privates private.

For more info on pools and swimming in Reykjavik click here.

NORTHERN LIGHTS and THE MIDNIGHT SUN

You can visit Iceland any time of the year but I prefer the winter which can be magical with just a few hours of daylight and it means you may get to see the Northern Lights and everything shrouded in snow. DO NOT go to Iceland just to see the Northern Lights, as they can be elusive. It’s a wonderful added bonus if you are lucky enough catch them. There are many tours that take you away from the city in order to chase the lights, or you can wander away from the city centre and see them yourself for free, maybe. If you are hoping to cath the lights The Icelandic Met Office have a rather good website that includes a Northern Lights forecast.

The summer is warmer, has long days, the midnight sun and it is easier to get around and this is when Reykjavik and major sights are at its busiest. The Mountain Roads are also open at this time of year.

OUTSIDE REYKJAVIK

Reykjavik is the perfect base to get beyond the city and explore-

The Golden Circle is a short drive away where you will find the mesmerising Geysir. Reykjanes Peninsular, where you can visit the site of the recent volcanic eruption and The Blue Lagoon. The road east of Reykjavik with its stunning scenery and beautiful glaciers and waterfalls are all within reach.

The road East of Reykjavik is wonderful- see photos below.

It’s bloody expensive of course but there are a few ways to keep the prices at a near sensible level. Read on, I have some tips for you – Just click on the links below…..

Quick Links:

Practicalities

Interesting places for free

Museums

Eating and Drinking

Shopping in Reykjavik

Record Shops and Music

New Years Eve

The Golden Circle

Reykjanes Peninsular

East of Reykjavik

West of Reykjavik

Further inspiration and Reading