Reykjavik is the right leaping off level to discover the varied pure wonders of Iceland – from thermal baths to forested walks, classic procuring, quirky bars and classy eating places…
There’s something for everybody within the nation’s capital – and it’s one of many to not miss cities of Iceland!
After touching down in Reykjavik airport, it was obvious that Iceland adopted swimsuit with international locations that I had visited like Sweden and Germany – environment friendly, pleasant and simple to navigate as a traveler.
I purchased a FlyBus Plus ticket proper exterior Baggage Declare for about $20USD (you should purchase one on-line here). From the airport, the bus goes to the primary FlyBus terminal the place I then hopped in a minibus which dropped off on the door of my Downtown Reykjavik hostel… all inside about an hour and a half of touchdown!
Straightforward, breezy, seamless.
Staying in Downtown Reykjavik at Bus Hostel
Inside minutes of checking in to the ultra-chic Bus Hostel, I used to be out once more following the instructions of the useful entrance desk agent to discover Downtown Reykjavik on foot. Like many European cities, the town is ready up roughly round a central church which is an especially useful level of reference whereas strolling the town.
Cute classic outlets, tempting eating places and craft beer and wine bars line the streets of artsy Reykjavik. Avenue artwork is well known with many outlets and buildings boasting colourful murals and the town heart streets are often closed off to vehicles which makes for the right Sunday Purchasing Stroll or a Saturday Bar Hop.
The Lebowski Bar
My prime bar in Reykjavik is The Lebowski Bar, commemorating the cult basic (and one among my all time favourite films) The Large Lebowski. The bar makes a speciality of variations of “The Dude’s” favourite drink, White Russians. They’ve over 15 various kinds of White Russian impressed drinks to select from together with the White Chocolate Russian which is definitely made with white cocoa and the Tropical Russian made with Malibu Rum and coconut sypup. To any Large Lebowski fan and even simply vacationers keen on quirky bar experiences, The Lebowski Bar is to not be missed.
Reykjaviks thermal bathtub
A couple of fifteen minute stroll from Bus Hostel in the other way of downtown, (or a eight minute bike journey if you happen to select to make use of one of many free bicycles supplied by the hostel) there are pretty forested trails and the town’s native thermal bathtub. Set proper on the ocean, you possibly can chill out within the naturally heated spring water whereas watching children play within the sand. Even on a chilly and cloudy day (possibly particularly on a chilly and cloud day!) you will discover native households barbecuing, unwinding and spending time within the baths.
Bus Hostel is the very best spot on the town to actually get a really feel of Reykjavik and to plan the remainder of your Icelandic journey. With their useful workers, impeccably clear hostel, cozy beds and Black Out blinds (a should with the virtually 24 hour day mild in the course of the summer time) I used to be in a position to recharge and regroup after each lengthy day of adventures in a spot that felt ‘homey’ proper from the beginning.
One in every of my favourite issues in regards to the hostel (moreover the workers who had been phenomenal!) was the truth that each morning as my alarm went off, all I needed to do was shuffle to the kitchen which was centrally positioned on the higher flooring, flip on the espresso maker and shuffle again to my room in my socks and pajamas. By the point I had brushed my tooth and gotten prepared, there was a pot of espresso prepared to assist me begin my day- it actually felt similar to house!
The workers is incredible and in a position to assist visitors discover the very best issues to do within the metropolis in addition to arrange excursions and rental vehicles all through the nation. As we pulled loads of late nights and early mornings throughout our time in Iceland, it was additionally very nice to be greeted with a smile each time we walked within the door by the 24 hour entrance desk agent.
Whereas I used to be there, the bar hadn’t formally opened but however judging by the quantity of open area and the classic stylish really feel of the place, I predict that ‘Boogie Wonderland’ will certainly dwell as much as it’s identify.
Not matter what you do or the place you go when you’re in Iceland, funky downtown Reykjavik is totally price a day or two of exploration.
With distinctive bars, low key nature actions and pleasant locals, Reykjavik may grow to be one among your favourite stops in Iceland.