Pick & choose which suits you best.
In recent years Reykjavik is becoming more and more popular. Initially, it was a city break destination and a base from which to tour the Golden Circle, as we did back in 2007.
However, fast forward to 2023, and I now feel the adventurous side is coming out more in people, and often time is limited in Iceland’s colourful capital.
Reykjavik is now frequently used as a landing point before heading off on a full Ring Road adventure around the rugged country. Or like us it was the last destination of our 12-day discovery in 2018.
For our accommodation in Reykjavik; we stayed at Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels.
The best things to do in ReykjavikSo, what can you fit in?
Where to stay in Reykjavik
In Reykjavik we chose to stay at the Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels, located in the city centre, just a short stroll to the main sites.
We had a few essential requirements from each of our overnight stays in Iceland, which were:
Breakfast included or available nearby.
Scooby snacks along the way can be expensive.
Parking is a requirement, as this is a road trip after all.
Nearby cafés/eateries, or onsite restaurant for the evening.
Preferably a close-by fuel station; they can be few and far between en route.
Discovering downtown ReykjavikThe heart of Iceland's capital
Icelandic Fact: Did you know?
A Reykjavik must seeThey’ve made it easy
Places to visit in ReykjavikHead to the harbour
Sightseeing in ReykjavikInto Town
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Eating in ReykjavikGot the munchies?
Point to Note
A top Icelandic attraction just outside ReykjavikThe Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon tip
Don’t be caught out, the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked online in advance during busy times. Otherwise, you may not get in or get the time you require. It’s become very popular.
The time slots early or later in the day have the cheaper deals.
The things to see in ReykjavikStreet Art
Love the Gorilla
Finding the right car for your Icelandic Road Trip
Discover Iceland’s enchanting Ring Road with its rugged landscape or the waterfalls and geysers around the Golden Circle for yourself.
If you want to explore Iceland's F-Roads, you must have a 4x4, but we'd recommend one anyway for the improved driving position, and if the weather turns, you have a touch of added protection.
We recommend Rental Cars as they search multiple well-known car hire brands and discovers the deals that suit you the best.
Where we stayed in ReykjavikOur stopover
For the one night, we were based in Reykjavik; we stayed at Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels. The hotel is modern, (you can’t currently find it on street view). It has underground parking, which was our main reason for choosing it and it was in a reasonably central location.
The buffet breakfast was probably one of the best on our trip, had a really wide range of food. I would stay here again.
Planning your trip to Iceland
So you're planning a trip to the Land of Fire and Ice? There is so much to see and do in Iceland that you'll wish you were staying longer. To ensure you make the most out of your visit, head over to the official website of Visit Iceland for a little help and guidance.
Our Iceland Road TripThe route
Useful tips for driving in Iceland
If you are planning a road trip around Iceland particularly over the winter months you need to be very aware of the ever-changing road and weather conditions. During winter, parts of the Ring Road may be impassable, and you may not get to areas of the country you intended to.
Regularly check the conditions by using these useful websites and apps, believe me, they will come in handy.
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