Information & Facts
The entire city is surrounded by jaw-dropping natural wonders of which there are many. Enjoy a dip in one of the city’s many thermal pools and spas, visit Reykjavik Old Harbour which is perfect for a romantic stroll or pay a visit to the Solfar Sun Voyager sculpture which is located along the stunning waterfront. Hofdi House, the Imagine Peace Tower, the Pearl and Hallgrimskirkja Church, Reykjavik’s most iconic landmark with its tower that can be spotted from anywhere in the city are not to be missed.
Visitors on cheap weekend breaks to Reykjavik from Ireland are in for a real treat as the Icelandic capital is home to a thriving culinary scene with many top-notch eateries dotted throughout the city which you definitely must try as well as an unbelievable cultural life with superb galleries, museums and theatres.
Outside of Reykjavik, check out the Blue Lagoon, Geysir, Gullfoss Falls and Thingvellir National Park - organised trips are available. If you are a keen hiker, a trip to Mount Esja is highly recommended. It is not a single mountain, but a volcanic mountain range. This 914 metres high mountain offers panoramic views of the city below. Come and enjoy last minute city breaks & short break deals to Reykjavik; one of the world’s most northerly capitals. Book with Abbey Travel today.
Despite its extreme north Atlantic situation, Reykjavik's climate is not as cold as might be expected, its average mid-winter temperatures being no lower than those in New York City. This is because the Icelandic coastal weather is tempered by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The city's coastal location does, however, also mean it is prone to wind, and gales are common in winter. Reykjavik is also a very wet city, having on average 213 rainy days out of the year, with spring having slightly more sunny days.
Icelandic, but English is widely spoken.
The unit of currency is the Icelandic króna (ISK), plural krónur, divided into 100 aurar. Iceland's three banks, Íslandsbanki, Landsbanki Ísland and Búnaðarbanki, all offer foreign exchange facilities and can be found in even the tiniest villages. Most have ATMs on their premises, available after banking hours, which are usually Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 4pm. Credit cards are widely used in Iceland for purchases and cash advances, and travellers cheques are accepted by all banks and most hotels. Travellers cheques in US Dollars get the best exchange rate charges.