Temperature: With nearly non-stop daylight during the summer, Reykjavik is a contender for the title of ‘the city that never sleeps’. Temperatures range from an average maximum of 0 (°c) in January to 14 (°c) in August.

Best time to visit: The long days and midnight sun of the summer make it a great time of year to explore all of Reykjavik’s surrounding natural wonders. Winter is the best time to see the Northern Lights.


Outdoor lovers: Pull on your walking boots and pick your hiking route around Iceland’s incredible natural landscape.

Wildlife enthusiasts: See whales, dolphins, porpoises, puffins and a throng of seabirds posing for the camera, in and around Reykjavik.

Science / nature lovers: Explore sites alive with geothermal activity, lively volcanoes, gushing geysers, heart-stirring waterfalls and bubbling lagoons.


Language: The language spoken in Reykjavik is Icelandic

Currency: The currency used in Reykjavik is the Icelandic Krona (kr)

Local time: Reykjavik is the same as GMT/UK time

Fly to: Keflavik airport, around 50km southwest of central Reykjavik. 

Alternative transport: A weekly summer ferry service sails to Iceland from Denmark, via the Faroe Islands. A limited service continues into the winter months.

Flight time from UK: 3 hours

Tourist Information: Further Reykjavik tourist information can be found at 

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Reykjavik.


Local bus: See Reykjavik like the locals do, on the efficient and regular bus system. You’ll find the central bus station, Hlemmur, on the main shopping street, Laugavegur.

Self-drive car: So long as you get clued-up on all the rules and regulations before you set out, driving in Reykjavik can be pretty easy and convenient, giving you the freedom to see what you want to see, when you want to see it.

Scheduled coach: Take a scheduled coach service for an easy way to see all the sights you’ve planned into your itinerary.


Celebrating Iceland: If you’re in town on Iceland’s National Day, marked each 17th June, make sure you get involved in the festivities, from street theatre and concerts to bell ringing and puppet shows. 

Food / fun: Each spring, the Reykjavik-based Food and Fun Festival mixes the world’s finest chefs with fresh natural ingredients, the great Icelandic outdoors and Reykjavik’s famed nightlife.

Real fashion: Reykjavik Fashion Festival sees Iceland’s fashion A-list descend on the capital for three days of well-dressed events each March. Get tips from designers who use tones and textiles that reflect Iceland’s natural environment.