- Coastline A place apart
- Coast life Going to extremes
Located on the edge of the Arctic Circle and surrounded by a volcanic landscape, Reykjavík has developed its own fascinating and wonderfully idiosyncratic sense of style.
Far from being some remote and frozen outpost, visitors quickly discover that Reykjavík has nightlife every bit as hot as the city’s geothermally heated pools. The locals are also some of the warmest people you’ll ever meet. Many of them believe in the existence of elves and trolls, which we find weirdly charming. With a unique combination of glaciers, volcanoes, hip clubs and stylish bars, there's ample opportunity to explore the wild and untamed. If you're looking for something a little different, then Reykjavík is most definitely it.
Do go/Don’t go
In the height of summer the sun hardly slips below the horizon. If the mood takes you, the long hours of sunlight make it possible to play golf in the middle of the night. Winter is the complete opposite, with long hours of darkness, but perfect conditions for snowmobiling and dog-sledding.
Planes Keflavík airport is 35 miles from the city centre. The 50-min Flybus service meets incoming flights and costs ISK 1, 150. The driver will deliver you to the door of your hotel in Reykjavík. A taxi from the airport is an expensive option, costing at least ISK 7, 500.
Trains There are no rail services in Iceland.
Automobiles A car is an advantage if you want to explore the otherworldly volcanic landscape beyond the city. Roads are uncrowded but sudden severe weather conditions and unsurfaced dirt tracks can quickly turn an excursion into an adventure. It’s best to organise trips out of town with a local tour company; otherwise pick up a hire car at Keflavík Airport.
- Taxis The city centre is comfortably walkable. Taxis are relatively inexpensive for short journeys though they can be scarce in the small hours. The main taxi ranks are located on Lækjargata and opposite Hallgrímskirkja church.