Best Areas to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

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Where to stay in Reykjavik – A guide to the capital of Iceland

Reykjavik is the capital city, economic and tourist epicentre of Iceland, located in Faxaflói Bay, on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula.

The city is classified as a European winter paradise, where geysers, large hills and natural paradises abound.

In addition, Reykjavik is surrounded by small islands, peninsulas and the famous Snafellsnes glacier.

Reykjavik is not a city full of historical monuments or ancient treasures, its most important building is the Hallgrímskirkja Church, an expressionist structure that stars in most of the tourist photographs of the Icelandic capital.

The Harpa concert and conference hall is a modern glass building that attracts thousands of tourists and visitors for hosting popular events such as the concerts of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.

Although the Icelandic capital is an extreme winter paradise, it offers a warm atmosphere on its famous geothermal beach Nautholsvik, which allows you to enjoy an artificial lake with temperatures similar to those of the Mediterranean.

Art is also present in Reykjavik, with sculptures such as the Sun Voyager, the Pufa and alternative murals, as well as museums such as the Einar Jónsson Museum and the Asmundur Museum.

Reykjavik experiences an average climate of 12°C in the summer, while in January it is -6°C. The best time to visit the city goes from July to mid-August.

The best way to reach the capital of Iceland is by air, thanks to the large Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport, the main air terminal in the country with flights from Spain, France, the United States and other important destinations.

To move around the city, you can opt for the taxi service and the bus system called Strætó bs.

The best area to stay in Reykjavik is the City Centre for its entertainment, architecture and good accommodation options. (See accommodation in Best Areas to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland City Centre).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Best Areas to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

The best areas to stay in Reikiavik

1. Our favourite area: Best Areas to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland City Centre

The central district of Reykjavik, also called Miðborg, stands out as one of the largest and best-located in the city.

Some buildings of historical-political value located in the centre are the Alþingishúsið (the national parliament buildings), the Stjórnarráðshúsið (the Council of Ministers), the Supreme Court of Iceland, the town hall and the heart of the City Centre: The Hallgrímskirkja church.

For culture lovers, Miðborg has the Harpa concert hall and the National Gallery of Iceland, home of the most important local art collection in the country.

If something makes the centre of Reykjavik attractive, it is the nightlife, concentrated on the east street, where the bars and clubs are located.

Miðborg is a fun area for activities such as live comedy, theatre, drag shows, cabaret performances, musicals, poetry, and jazz music concerts.

Most bus stops are located in Miðborg, but you can also walk to the attractions and enjoy the atmosphere of the central area.

The centre stands out as the best area to stay in Reykjavik for its entertainment and central location, as well as for having a great variety of accommodation.

Where to stay in Reykjavik, Iceland - City Centre

Where to stay in Reikiavik – City Centre

Accommodation in Reykjavik City Centre -

Accommodation in Reykjavik City Centre – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Reykjavik:

  • Heart of the city
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Harpa Concert Hall
  • Variety of hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

This eco-friendly hotel is located next to the peaceful forests of Öskjuhlíd Hill. There is free Wi-Fi and a fitness centre. The rooms at the Icelandair Natura are modern, soundproofed and have a fridge, desk and satellite TV.

from €120
Budget

Hallgrims Guesthouse

Located in Reykjavik, Hallgrims Guesthouse is 600 metres from Hallgrímskirkja Church, approximately 1.2 km from Laugavegur Shopping Street, 2.1 km from Harpa Conference Centre and Concert Hall, 2.6 km from Old Town Reykjavik harbour.

from €75
Luxury

CenterHotel Midgardur

CenterHotel Midgardur is located in Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping street, and features a bar, restaurant and free Wi-Fi. Hallgrímskirkja Church is 800 metres away.

from €162
 

 

 

2. East Reykjavik

East Reykjavik is a relatively central area, formed by the districts of Hlemmur and Norðurmýri, located 7 minutes from Miðborg by car.

It is, par excellence, the best commercial area of Reykjavik for its Laugavegur shopping street, where the largest shopping centres in the city, the Kringlan and the Smaralind Mall, can be found.

The first has shops, a pub and a theatre that are quite popular. While Smaralind Mall takes advantage of its coffee shops and restaurants that are open to the public until the wee hours of the morning.

The east side of Reykjavik is also well-supported by the public transport service and taxi companies.

In this area, prestigious brand hotels abound, making it one of the best areas to stay in Reykjavik to enjoy luxury and comfort.

Best areas to stay in Reykjavik - East Reykjavik

Best areas to stay in Reikiavik – East Reykjavik

Accommodation in East Reykjavik – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in East Reykjavik – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Reykjavik:

  • Best area for shopping
  • Luxury hotels
  • Relatively central

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Island

This hotel is located in the leisure area of Laugardalur Park, 600 metres from Reykjavik’s main street, Laugavegur. The wellness centre has a spa, sauna, beauty salon and yoga facilities. The hotel is 100 metres from a local bus stop.

from €94
Budget

Reykjavík Hostel Village

This family-owned hostel is located 100 metres from Reykjavik’s main shopping street, Laugavegur. It offers free Wi-Fi and parking. All accommodations are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities.

from €80
Luxury

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

This Hilton is located in the Reykjavik business district and offers a 5-star gourmet restaurant, buffet breakfast and very professional staff.

from €185
 

 

 

3. Vesturbær

Vesturbær is one of the largest districts of the capital of Iceland, located at the west end of Reykjavik and formed by residential neighbourhoods such as Gamli Vesturbær, Bráðræðisholt, Grandahverfi, among others.

The area is 25 minutes walk from the centre but shows the quiet side of the city, which is why it is considered the most exclusive and elegant district of Reykjavik.

Vesturbær is famous for public swimming pools, spas and hot springs, which attracts thousands of visitors, willing to escape the winter atmosphere of the city.

Within its limits, there are also attractions such as the National Museum of Iceland, the Marine Museum, traditional restaurants and golf clubs.

The Ananaust and Eidsgrandi avenues concentrate a large number of bus stops, ideal for moving to the City Centre in a few minutes, as well as to other corners of the city.

Vesturbær is a residential, quiet and peaceful area to stay in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

Best areas to stay in Reykjavik - Vesturbær

Best areas to stay in Reykjavik – Vesturbær

Accommodation in Vesturbaer – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Vesturbaer – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Reykjavik:

  • Peaceful area
  • National Museum of Island
  • Hot springs,

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Refurinn Reykjavik Guesthouse

Vesturbær is a great choice for travellers interested in tours, excursions and meeting friendly people.

from €94
Budget

Circle Hostel

The Circle Hostel offers private and shared rooms with individual décor, custom-made beds and multiple outlets.

from €29
Luxury

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is located in the famous neighbourhood 101 of Reykjavik Harbour and features free Wi-Fi.

from €190
 

 

 

4. Kópavogur

Kópavogur is considered a small city within Reykjavik because it has 30,000 inhabitants and a quite attractive tourist offer.

It is the neurological centre of museums in the capital of Iceland because here is the Natural History Museum, the Zoology Museum, the Gerðarsafn Museum and the Geology Museum.

One of its most striking attractions is the Perlan, a futuristic restaurant inside a glass dome, ideal for tasting gourmet cuisine and cocktails.

To get to the centre from this area, it is necessary to take a taxi or choose to use public transport. However, most visitors prefer to focus on knowing the attractions of Kópavogur.

The three-star apartments and hotels form the accommodation in Kópavogur and is one of the best areas to stay in Reykjavik for travellers on a tight budget.

Where to stay in Reykjavik - Kópavogur

Where to stay in Reykjavik – Kópavogur

Accommodation in Kópavogur – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Kópavogur – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Reykjavik:

  • Cheap hotels
  • Museum area
  • Perlan

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    First Hotel Reykjavik Kopavogur

    This Kópavogur hotel offers free parking, self-service check-in and rooms with free Wi-Fi. The property is a 9-minute walk from Smáralind Shopping Centre and 5 km from Lake Ellidavatn.

    from €132

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