Quick visit to Reykjavík

By Deanna Palić
This item appears on page 17 of the January 2020 issue.
Many of Reykjavík’s buildings and homes are made of corrugated metal. Under the city streets, hot water running through pipes keeps the surface relatively free of snow in the winter. Photos by Deanna Palić

I had the opportunity to make a brief visit to Reykjavík, Iceland, in July 2019. 

For my transfer from Keflavík International Airport (KEF) to the city, I used Airport Direct, purchasing their Economy service for $34 one way. You can book online at airportdirect.is. (If you’re not sure your flight will be on time or how long it will take baggage to arrive, book a flexible ticket instead of reserving a specific time.)

The bus stops at a terminal outside the city, from which your transfer booking should also include a SmartBus connection to a stop closest to your hotel. The price I mentioned above reflects this connection, which I took to Bus Stop 1, requiring about a 3-block walk to the CenterHotel Plaza (Adalstraeti 4, Reykjavik), a 3-star property.

The CenterHotel Plaza in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Right in the city center, near restaurants and shops, the hotel was basic but adequate for my purpose. My single-occupancy room cost $209 a night, which included all taxes and a good breakfast buffet.

From the hotel, it was a short walk to where my 2-hour “History and Culture Walk” of the city, led by Nanna, began. I found this tour at CityWalk (citywalk.is). The tour is free, but be aware that it’s led by unpaid guides who live off tips.

For my return to the airport, I chose Airport Direct’s Premium service, which picked me up at the door to the hotel. One way, the cost was $48 — well worth not having to drag luggage to a bus stop!

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A 3-D topographical representation of Iceland inside Reykjavík's City Hall.