Flights to Reykjavik
Iceland’s capital and largest city is Reykjavik. Its northerly position makes this the world’s northernmost capital city, plus its quaint old buildings and friendly atmosphere makes this a great city to visit.
The Reykjavik Airport (airport code: RKV) may be conveniently located right in the city, but it’s for local flight service only. For a flight to Reykjavik from South Africa you’ll have to arrive about 50 kilometres outside the city, at the Keflavik International Airport (code: KEF) instead. The Flybus offers a regular bus service into the city. Flights to Reykjavik can booked with either Virgin Atlantic or British Airways, taking a 1-stop route through London. KLM also has a flight to Reykjavik, with a connection in Amsterdam instead.
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The Tourist Attractions of Reykjavik:
Reykjavik is the main centre for tourism in Iceland, even though the rest of the country has some great sights too. Many tourists visit Reykjavik to get a taste for Iceland and some of its fantastic scenery, and being such a beautiful little city it’s the kind of place that’s a pleasure to spend time in. The historic parts of the city are popular, though there’s more to Reykjavik than the quaint old buildings as this city is now developing into a cosmopolitan destination with nightlife, great restaurants, culture and more to enjoy too.
The Old Town
There’s no doubt that the Old Town of Reykjavik is where most tourists will begin their visit to the city. The old buildings here are simply constructed but beautiful in their own way, with brightly painted metal siding setting the apart from each other. With the water nearby too, Reykjavik’s Old Town is a very atmospheric place that’s a pleasure to walk around.
The perfect way to get a great view over all those quaint buildings in the Old Town is from Halgrimskirkja. This is the largest church in Iceland and right at the top of its tower is an observation deck that can be accessed via elevator. The views from up top are fantastic and the church itself is quite a sight, having been designed with inspiration from the basalt lava flows that are found across Iceland’s landscape.
Museums in Reykjavik
Once you’ve enjoyed the Old Town you can find out more about Reykjavik and Iceland as a whole by visiting the National Museum of Iceland. Exhibits and displays tell the story of Iceland and its people, plus the restaurant at this museum offers superb views over the city.
The Culture House is another interesting museum in Reykjavik. As the name suggest this one concentrates on the culture of the country and has some unique displays such as original manuscripts of old Icelandic Sagas.
Yes another place to find some great views over Reykjavik is the Perlan. Meaning Pearl in English this huge multi-purpose building includes a large glass dome that was constructed on top of three old hot water towers. Views from the observation platform are very good plus you can enjoy the shops, revolving restaurant and exhibition space here. The Saga Museum is also housed with the Perlan and this shows how Icelanders used to live.
When Should You Visit?:
Reykjavik isn’t exactly a warm weather destination, but for its latitude the city is far warmer than it should be, thanks to the Gulf Stream. For the warmest weather visit Reykjavik in the middle of summer – average highs are 14C in July and August, so still quite cool.