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There are 2 main airports in Reykjavik: Reykjavik Keflavik and Reykjavik Domestic. On an international flight, you will be coming into Keflavik, but if you want to get to the north of Iceland you'll be taking a flight from the domestic terminal located in the city. Keflavik is 30km away from the city centre, but there are easy transfer services and taxis to Reykjavik.
How to get from Reykjavik Airport to Reykjavik City Centre
The Airport Express (flybus) departs around 30 – 40 minutes after each flight comes in, and it takes 45 minutes to get to the city centre. Buy your ticket in the arrivals terminal before alighting the bus. You can choose for it to drop you at your hotel, or the city centre's bus station. It costs upwards of 2,200 ISK (£11). They guarantee you a seat, and there's free Wifi on the bus.
Alternatively, jump into a cab when you arrive. It costs around 17,000 ISK (£92) for a trip to the city centre, and you can book taxis within the arrivals terminal.
Want to road trip around Iceland? Book your car hire at Reykjavik Airport before you go – in peak season, it can be hard to get the car you want if you haven't booked in advance.
When to go to Iceland for the Northern Lights
There are two 'peak' seasons for Reykjavik. The most popular is prime aurora hunting time between December and January. Christmas in Iceland feels like a real Christmas. This is when there are only a few hours of daylight (the sun rises around 11am, and sets about 3.30pm), and the skies are lit up with the Northern Lights.
Alternatively, you can visit during Iceland's summer for the eternal daylight – this is when there's very little darkness, and the light is perfect for road trips and photography. It's the best time to see the Perlan Dome restaurant and the Hallgrímskirkja in all their glory.
You may have heard of Iceland's music scene, and you're not mistaken. In November, Iceland Airwaves takes place, solely promoting Icelandic bands and musicians, and the biggest festival takes place on the last weekend in August: the Westman Islands Camping Festival. Numerous festivals take place over this weekend as it's a Bank Holiday, so if you fancy hedging your bets with tickets and going along for the ride, this is when to do it. Get the full low down on when to visit Iceland here.
What the weather’s like in Iceland
If you visit during Iceland's summer, you can expect an average of around 13°C, plenty of sunshine and occasional showers. The winter months, between November and February, are dark and cold rarely reaching over 5°C. Make sure you have somewhere to stay during this time – it's the worst time to be caught without a hotel in Iceland.
If you're after a road trip in Iceland, looking for cheaper prices and fewer crowds, April and May are great times to fly to Reykjavik. This is when the climate is fairly dry and bright, which makes for ideal driving conditions.
Make sure you book your hotel in Reykjavik in advance – especially for the winter months!
City guide: what to see and do
Day trip to the Blue Lagoon: This geothermal spa is one of the main attractions in Reykjavik, said to have health giving properties, especially if you go for a salt scrub in the water too. We can certainly attest to the relaxing effect, especially with a beer in hand in those incredible surroundings.
Learn in Reykjavik's best museums: Reykjavik has a strong cultural scene, often overlooked due to the beautiful natural surroundings. Start at the National Museum of Iceland, and continue to Reykjavik 871+2. These are the best for learning about Iceland's history. If you want a wild card, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is always an option too. Yep. A museum of penile art.
Go Geyser hunting: Luckily, The Golden Circle isn't a seasonal attraction, and you can enjoy it any time of the year. This is a 190 mile road trip looping round Iceland's best waterfalls, geysers, beaches and lakes – cost up car rental here.
GoT fan? You have to go and see the Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland.
Watch out for white walkers.
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