Visitors to Reykjavík are thrilled by the pure energy at the heart of Iceland’s capital city - be it from the boiling thermal springs underground, the natural green energy, or the lively culture scene and fun-filled nightlife.
The world’s northernmost capital, it's framed by the majestic Mount Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxaflói Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier appears crystal-like on the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast.
||Reykjavík 127,000. Greater Reykjavík 214,000
||1 Icelandic Króna (ISK) = 100 Aurar
||Single Emergency Number: 112
||The Reykjavík Grapevine (www.grapevine.is)
Dagbladid Visi (www.visir.is)
||The opening hours of most businesses are from 9:00 until 17:00. Some companies and institutions change their work hours to 8:00 to 16:00 in the summer months.
Shopping hours are generally from 10:00 until 18:00 weekdays (Monday to Friday). On Saturdays, most shops are open from 10:00 until 16:00, while some are closed on Saturdays in summer. Most shops are closed on Sundays, but both shopping centres are open daily.
The following days are public holidays in Iceland. Most shops and businesses are closed on these days, but on many public holidays some food stores remain open.
• New Year’s Day: 1 January
• Maundy Thursday: the Thursday before Easter
• Good Friday: the Friday before Easter
• Easter Sunday
• Easter Monday
• May Day: 1 May
• Ascension Day: the Thursday 40 days after Easter
• Whit Sunday: the seventh Sunday after Easter
• Whit Monday: the day after Whit Sunday
• National Day: 17 June
• Summer Bank Holiday: the first Monday in August
• Christmas Eve: public holiday from noon
• Christmas Day
• Boxing Day: the day after Christmas
• New Year’s Eve: public holiday from noon.
||Reykjavík Official Tourist Information Centre:
Tjarnargata 11, Reykjavík
Tel: +354 411 6040
Open daily 8am-8pm
Here you will find detailed info for the whole country, a free booking service, maps, brochures and internet access.