There are four international airports in Iceland, with Reykjavík International Airport being the largest and busiest airport in Iceland. It is also rated as one of the best airports in the world, serving over three million passengers in 2013. The airport contains two terminals, both handling international and domestic flights.
How to get around
The airport is 50km away from Reykjavík and there are a few ways to get to the city centre.
The Flybus airport shuttle service brings you to the BSÍ bus terminal, the main bus terminal in Reykjavík. It takes around 50 minutes to get there. Fares start from less than NZD20 and they depart from the airport every 30 minutes.
There are no train services available from the airport. Other alternatives include taxis but they are expensive and Fares start from NZD140 for four passengers. Car rental is also another option. Want to travel in luxury and comfort? Stretch Limousine services or personal chauffeur services are available at the airport.
The most convenient method to travel around Reykjavík is via foot and bus. Reykjavík Welcome Card entitles you to unlimited travel on the Strætó bus system. There are also free entries to a few places of attractions. 1, 2 or 3 day passes are available for purchase from the drivers and they start from NZD29. A one-way ticket costs less than NZD4.
However, it is advisable to carry the exact amount as drivers do not have change. The central terminal is Hlemmur and it is located at the end of Laugavegur, the main shopping street. Other options include taxi services but taxis are costly in Reykjavík and unless you wish to travel out of Reykjavík, renting a car is not necessary.
What to see and do
Reykjavík, Iceland is the most northerly capital in the world. Most places of attraction are located in the city centre. Attractions include museums, galleries, a burgeoning nightlife and music scene and an abundance of geothermic pools.
If you are an early riser, drop by Reykjavík’s working harbour. Watch fishing boats come in and marvel at Mount Esja’s peak in the backdrop.
One of Reykjavík’s iconic landmarks is Hallgrímskirkja. Admire the grandeur of this concrete church. There is also a 75m tower that provides a splendid view of the city.
Reykjavík is also home to galleries and museums. The National Museum illustrates the history of Iceland and it also features a bronze model of Thor. Drop by Saga Museum as well, home to lifelike silicon models depicting Icelandic life. Another place for a great view of the city is at the hexagonal viewing deck at the Saga Museum.
Do not miss soaking in Reykjavík's geothermal pools and spas. If you are visiting in summer, drop by Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach, at Atlantic’s edge. Other outdoor activities include whale and puffin watching.
Icelandic waters is home to cetaceans like dolphins, porpoises and even humpback whales are also spotted during their migratory season. The whale watching season lasts between April and October and the puffin watching season is between May and October. If you are travelling in winter, catch the beautiful northern lights.
For a gastronomic experience, try local delights like bacalao (salted cod), smoked seafood and even stuffed seals!
Beer lovers should participate in the Rúntur, a bar crawl around Laugavegur area.