Q&A: What to do on an extended stopover in Reykjavik?

I’ve purchased an affordable flight to the US however have a hefty stopover in Reykjavik. What’s one of the simplest ways to spend my time?

A protracted layover is a chance so as to add slightly journey to your journey. Stopping over in Reykjavik gives many:

Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Spa, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Spa (c) Sharron Livingston

This can be a nice alternative to take a dip within the Blue Lagoon – one among Iceland’s best-known geothermal baths. It’s positioned about 20km south of Keflavik and several other bus firms can shuttle you there from the airport. Alternatively you possibly can choose up an tour on the airport kiosk. Entry is slightly costly (35 euros) however think about how good it could really feel to expertise the surreal nature of the wonderful blue-water. Its color is derived from the skin-brightening silica. Keep away from queues by reserving prematurely.

Learn additionally: Iceland Ring Street – Iceland’s highway to pure phenomena

Fish and chips

For lunch take the bus to Reykjavik and pop into Icelandic Fish and Chips on Tryggvagata 11, the place chips are roasted within the oven and fish is fried in spelt batter and down with natural beer.

Lamb scorching canine

Or head to the Outdated Harbour to Baejarins Beztu Pylsur the place they serve a beautiful lamb scorching canine (Invoice Clinton beloved his). You may eat it on the hoof as you stroll alongside the harbour the place vibrant boats bob on their lees. Maybe take a look at the street-art scene round Hvefisgata.

Whales of Iceland Museum

Whales of Iceland Museum, Reykjavik

Whales of Iceland Museum, Reykjavik (c) Milan Nykodym

It could be too chilly to go whale watching (or maybe you possibly can’t match it in) so the choice is to see 23 life-size mannequin Moby Dicks at Whales of Iceland Museum (24 our – get 15% low cost when reserving on-line).

Flea market

If you happen to occur to be there over the weekend you can take a look at the lined Kolaportid flea marketplace for a memento or a woolly jumper.

Espresso at Reykjavik Metropolis Corridor

The Reykjavik Metropolis Corridor in-built 1992 might look a bit drab however inside is a large 3D map of Iceland. You may seize a espresso right here whereas taking within the view over Lake Tjornin outdoors whereas the swans float throughout it.

The most effective view over town

View from Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik (c) Christine Zenino

Speaking about views the perfect is available at Hallgrimskirkja, the biggest – and most recognizable – church in Iceland. It took 38 years to construct the Expressionist styled constructing and from its 73-metre excessive spire you possibly can see an expansive view over town.


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