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Where to stay in Reykjavik

Where to stay in Reykjavik

You’ll find loads of accommodation options close to all the action but there are also quieter corners from which you can explore the city. Whether you prefer hotels or hostels, the quirky or the historic, Reykjavik has it all.

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Village buildings and houses with mountain covered in snow in background located in Reykjavik
  • Hotel stays

    The Reykjavik Residence offers self-catering suites, apartments and economy studios centrally located in downtown Reykjavik. A stay here will suit most budgets and needs – and how great to be within walking distance of many city attractions. Also close to where everything happens is the four-star Center Hotel Laugavegur hotel. With a selection of comfy rooms, there’s also an on-site bar and restaurant, a concierge service and free wifi.

  • Guesthouse stays

    Guesthouse Galtafell is a lovely big historical residence near the famous and impressive landmark of the Hallgrimskirkja Church in central Reykjavik. It offers a choice of bright, airy rooms and apartments. For a home-away-from-home feeling, the Reykjavik Treasure B&B really is a gem. A historic little house in the old town with only seven rooms, it’s known for great breakfasts and cosy creature comforts.  

  • Budget stays

    Sometimes all you need is a place to lay your head because you’re watching your budget. Luckily Reykjavik has several hostels and 2-star guesthouses, depending on your needs. The Loft HI Hostel is popular with visitors looking for a friendly, party vibe. Happy hour and a rooftop bar help things along! There’s also a bus stop close by, making it easy to get around and to do sightseeing. The quirky, colourful Butterfly Guesthouse is another budget-friendly option. You can’t miss it with the huge red butterfly painted on the façade, and as it’s family-run, you can be sure of that welcoming personal touch.

Frequently asked questions

When packing for a trip to Reykjavik, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some Icelandic Krona and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka plenty of layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and a good pair of jeans. Don’t forget a pair of bikinis or budgie smugglers for your dip in the Blue Lagoon!

Reykjavik is an incredibly walkable city, with buses available to take you anywhere that is further afar. With this in mind, travellers generally opt to stay in downtown Reykjavik, otherwise known as Midborg.

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Reykjavik offers travellers the chance to experience all four seasons, with crisp spring temperatures from March until May, warmth and midnight sun from June to August, pleasant but overcast weather between September and November, and a cold winter from December until March. When you choose to go depends on what you’re hoping to experience. It’s also worth remembering that winter months do have limited daylight, with the sun setting around 3:30 pm.

Helsinki is a travellers haven, with plenty of activities and experiences to keep you occupied for days. If you’re there in winter, it’s highly likely you’ll get a glimpse of the Northern Lights in between visits to Santa’s village. Those chasing the midnight sun and warmer temperatures can enjoy scenic drives through the Golden Circle, whale watching adventures, soaks at the Blue Lagoon and plenty of opportunities to learn about Viking history while setting up shop in a cosy cafe.

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