Metropolis break (noun): a brief vacation spent in a metropolis, akin to when on enterprise journey.
Earlier than there was bleisure journey, there was the metropolis break—the brief area of leisure time that grants you entry to the cultural and culinary facilities that massive cities provide. On this sequence from TripIt, we discover a number of the world’s greatest cities for planning a fast getaway or extending a piece journey.
Listed here are our ideas for benefiting from your metropolis break in Reykjavík.
The place to fly in
Reykjavík is served by Keflavik Worldwide Airport (KEF), the primary worldwide airport for all of Iceland. It’s situated 30 miles from Reykjavík.
As soon as on the bottom, vacationers have a couple of floor transportation choices to get to their last vacation spot. In case you favor to journey by bus, e-book a experience with Airport Direct or Flybus. The previous runs on a hard and fast schedule, whereas the latter has no mounted schedule, and can watch for you in case your flight is delayed. Each journeys take about 45 minutes to get to town heart.
There may be additionally a public bus service, referred to as Strætó, that runs common routes to and from the airport. Taxis are additionally accessible from KEF. Nonetheless, rideshares, akin to Uber and Lyft, are usually not accessible in Iceland.
Choose to get round by yourself accord? Your greatest guess is to lease a automobile. Service desks are situated contained in the arrivals corridor.
The place to remain throughout your metropolis break
In case you favor centrally situated lodging with a contact of luxurious, look no additional than The Reykjavík EDITION (pictured above), which boasts views of the harbor close by, in addition to Mount Esja and Snæfellsjökull glacier within the distance. The lodge can be dwelling to myriad eating and leisure venues, together with Tides—a seafood-focused restaurant from Michelin-star chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason.
Searching for extra budget-friendly digs? KEX Hostel, additionally situated simply minutes from the harbor, is a occurring place. In addition to providing a spot to put your head, KEX has cultivated one thing distinctive: an easy vibe that attracts locals and vacationers alike. Even if you happen to’re not planning to e-book a room, you’ll wish to spend a while there. Seize a chew at Flatus, order a beer or cocktail at DRINX, or peruse the spines of TEXT. No in a single day keep wanted.
Need to keep someplace that falls between 5 stars and shared areas with strangers? I get that! Listed here are a couple of to contemplate:
- The three-star Metropolis Heart Lodge is true to its title, situated proper in downtown Reykjavík and just some minutes stroll to main points of interest, eating places, and nightlife.
- Storm Lodge, additionally a three-star lodge, is certainly a welcome shelter from the infamous Icelandic climate. Considerate design and cozy lodging make this a sensible alternative in your metropolis break; it’s additionally centrally situated and strolling distance to most metropolis sights.
- 4-star Fosshotel Reykjavík is Iceland’s largest lodge, that includes 16 flooring and 320 rooms—many with spectacular views of town, harbor, and past. In case you’re in Reykjavík on enterprise, that is additionally an important place to host a convention or conferences; the latter may be held on the highest flooring of the lodge.
Trip leases, like these booked by way of Airbnb, are additionally accessible in Reykjavík.
Find out how to get round
A part of Reykjavík’s attraction is its straightforward walkability—sure, even in inclement climate. Town has invested in an underground geothermal heating system for its sidewalks and streets, saving the roads from harmful snow plowing, whereas additionally saving pedestrians from falling on slippery surfaces.
If strolling isn’t possible or fascinating, Reykjavík’s metropolis buses will take you to and from lots of the metropolis’s sights and points of interest. Pay for bus fare, plan your route, and see the place buses are in actual time with the Klappid app. Bus fare can be paid for through Klapp card or Klapp ten (a 10-pack of tickets). If you wish to buy a card, you are able to do so at these shops in Reykjavík.
As in your micromobility choices, you may lease electrical scooters by way of Hopp. Obtain the app to get began. On the time of publication, it prices simply 100 Icelandic króna (ISK) to unlock an e-scooter, after which it’s 33 ISK per minute to experience.
Taxis are additionally accessible for journeys in Reykjavík.
Whereas renting a automobile isn’t actually mandatory if you happen to’re planning to remain inside the metropolis limits, you want one if you happen to plan to discover extra of Iceland throughout your journey. (And also you positively ought to, in case you have the time!)
Professional tip: Use TripIt’s Navigator function to look transportation choices accessible to you. It would present you the estimated prices and journey occasions for every choice, so you may resolve which works greatest. For instance, if you happen to add a restaurant reservation to your itinerary (extra on the place to eat, beneath), Navigator additionally helps you discover the perfect transportation choices for attending to your desk. Yow will discover Navigator inside your plan particulars screens.
The place to eat
In case you solely have time for one meal in Reykjavík, dine at Snaps Bistro (pictured above). The dishes are delectable, the wine checklist is spectacular, and for a metropolis that’s typically brief on daylight, you’ll recognize the dining-in-a-greenhouse vibes. You’ll want a reservation, so e-book one as early as you may.
Choose extra informal eating choices? KEX Hostel’s restaurant Flatus (additionally talked about above) is a superb spot for pizzas and different informal fare. Icelandic Road Meals is one other good spot for informal eats. Simply need one thing you may seize and go (particularly after the pub)? Attempt “the perfect hotdog in Europe” at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur—open late (late!) night time, and notably, since 1937.
Talking of pub tradition, in Iceland, Prohibition on beer (however not wine or spirits) was in impact till 1989—and microbreweries have been making up for misplaced time ever since. You may strive native craft beers at lots of the metropolis’s bars and pubs, together with Microbar, Reykjavík’s first craft beer bar; Kaldi Bar; and Skúli – Craft Bar.
Tip: Alcohol is dear in Iceland, so stretch your króna at comfortable hour(s). Many pubs and bars provide discounted costs. Try their social media accounts for offers and hours.
Much less night time owl, extra early riser? For breakfast, head to Brauð & Co for freshly baked items, or Café Babalú for candy and savory crepes. The latter’s colourful exterior is tough to overlook, and the cafe can be among the finest locations for a cup of espresso within the metropolis. Different choices for a cup of joe embody Reykjavík Roasters, Mokka Kaffi, and Kaffibrennslan.
What to do in your metropolis break
In case you solely have a brief period of time in Reykjavík, make sure to tick the packing containers on a number of the metropolis’s most spectacular sights, together with Hallgrimskirkja (tip: climb to the highest of the tower to snap that iconic pic of the colourful buildings fanning out beneath); Harpa, town’s glass-windowed live performance corridor and convention heart; and the Solar Voyager, pictured above.
For a dose of the nation’s historical past, head to the Perlan, a museum—and an working geothermal water storage facility; it’s effectively value a go to. The fourth flooring encompasses a 360° commentary deck that lies on the highest of the recent water tanks, and presents a one-of-a-kind view of Reykjavík and the encompassing space.
Need to up your Nordic type? Head to Laugavegur, certainly one of Reykjavík’s oldest streets and its predominant procuring district, to peruse the myriad shops that includes the whole lot from high-end boutiques, classic clothes retailers, dwelling decor, cozy cafes, and rather more.
Planning to discover extra of Iceland throughout your journey? Most of the nation’s most stunning points of interest, together with the Blue Lagoon, Silfra (the place you may snorkel between two tectonic plates) in Thingvellir Nationwide Park, Gullfoss (waterfall), Strokkur (geyser), Reynisfjara (black sand seashore), Skógarfoss (waterfall), and Seljalandsfoss (waterfall) are inside a couple of hours drive.
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