Reykjavik travel guide

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You're Going to Love Reykjavik

Iceland's capital may be a city of 120,000 people, but it's as busy and dynamic as places 10 times its size. This friendly, creative, and beautiful city punches well above its weight, and always leaves tourists wanting more.

On one level, Reykjavik is made to walk around. Architectural highlights like the City Hall and the Hallgrímskirkja are a few minutes from bustling shopping streets like Laugavegur and cultural attractions like the National Museum of Iceland.

At another level, Reykjavik is a feast for the senses. Treat your taste buds to gourmet beef and fresh seafood at incredible restaurants. Gaze on the northern lights or spend an afternoon recharging your batteries in geothermal pools.

It may be compact, underrated, and hiding on a mid-Atlantic island, but Reykjavik is a fantastic place to visit and it's all within a couple of hours of America's Eastern Seaboard.

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When to Visit Reykjavik

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If you want to see the northern lights, head to Reykjavik between September and March and hope for some clear nights. For general sightseeing, July and August are ideal, with warm weather almost guaranteed. Many attractions shut down in the winter too, making summer probably the right time to visit.

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Where to Stay in Reykjavik

Reykjavik prides itself on its hospitality, and there are lots of excellent hotels and guesthouses to choose from. High-end options include the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Hotel Holt (known for its gourmet restaurant), and Hotel Borg, which is handily situated near the center of town. Lower down the price scale, check out Centerhotel Klopp, which is close to many of the city's best bars and clubs, or KEX Hostel, a welcoming modern hostel.

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Shopping Streets

Reykjavik has a dynamic fashion and crafts scene, and its epicenter is Laugavegur in the center of town. This is the place to visit if you want to check out fashion boutiques like Kiosk, vintage stores like Spúútnik, and homeware boutiques like Hrím. The flea market at Kolaportið is also not to be missed, offering vintage outfits, vinyl records, books, jewelry, and a vast selection of souvenirs for tourists to take home.

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Shopping for food and drink in Reykjavik can be expensive, but visiting local supermarkets like Bónus, Krónan, and Nettó will make it more manageable. Still, expect a gallon of milk to cost around kr560 and 12 eggs to come to kr630.

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Where to Eat in Reykjavik

Iceland is at the forefront of what has been christened the "New Nordic Cuisine" and it's heaven for foodies. Ace chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason cooks up typical New Nordic delights at Dill. Don't miss the plokkfiskur (fish stew). Grillmarkadurinn is the place to go for grilled meats, while Fiskfelagid shows off Iceland's incredible seafood. From Arctic Char to Salt Cod, their fish dishes are sublime. Dining out isn't cheap in Reykjavik, at around kr10,000 for three courses, but it's definitely worth it.