Citytrip Reykjavik: 6 tips to do during a stop-over & VIDEO

30 January 2017

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I’m guessing that Iceland and Reykjavik are destinations that are on the bucket list of lots of people. So how great would it be to cross those off while you’re actually on your way to a different city? Making stop-overs… I LOVE IT! And that’s why I stepped out of the airplane in Iceland for the third time this past week. By now I’ve come to know Reykjavik pretty well and it’s always a joy to be there. Not only are the landscaps and nature impressive, this certainly also applies to the restaurant scene. You’ll find an elaborate Reykjavik City Guide full of hotspots you won’t want to miss during a visit to this extraordinary island.

I flew with Icelandair when I made a stop-over recently on my way to Chicago (another one of those great recommendations!). This time it was a stop-over of only one night and just over 24 hours. Curious as to what you can do in that time? In this blog I’ll give you my ultimate tips for a stop-over in Reykjavik! Also watch the video of our YouTube channel YOURLBB.TV to get a complete picture of the city.

make the most out of your stop-over in Reykjavik

When you’re short of time somewhere, you of course want to make the most out of it! We stayed in the Marina hotel during our flash visit in Reykjavik. Besides the Kex Hostel, this is one of the more modern hotels in the city. The location is very central, close to the harbour and lots of restaurants and bars are in walking distance. The area around the harbour is one of the upcoming districts, you can find the hotspot Coocoo’s Nest here for example.

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Day of arrival
Did you know that the Blue Lagoon is situated between the airport and Reykjavik? So put your bathing suit in your hand luggage and immediately cross one of Iceland’s most famous highlights off your bucket list. Personally I’ve been to the Blue Lagoon twice. And yes, it is packed with tourists. But also really fun! The warm has a lovely temperature and it’s the perfect place to relax. You can even get a drink at the swim-up bars! Smear yourself with the mud that’s full of minerals.

Extensively eat and drink
Going out for dinner in Reykjavik is really a treat! There are so many good restaurants. The fun thing is that you can get a tasting menu at lots of restaurants. In that way you’ll get several delicious dinners prepared with local ingredients. By now I’ve tested my fair share of restaurants in Reykjavik for you all. Delicious restaurants are Fish Company, Grill Market, Fish Market, Kol or Apotek.

If you want to have a drink after dinner you can get good cocktails at Apotek. Or choose craft beer and go to gastrobar Saeta Svinid.


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Depending on the departure time of your flight there are several options for things to do. I’ll line up a couple of tips for you!

Set eyes on Street art
There are lots of big murals by well-known street artists in Reykjavik. For example you can find several pieces by the London Police (recognizable by the white puppets).

Whale Tour
Do you still have a morning in Reykjavik? Then you can also book a Whale tour. I’ve did it a couple of times, but no luck… Didn’t spot a whale! If this if one of the things you definitely want to do, be sure to check the season so you’re there during the most appropriate time.

Golden Circle Tour
Would you like to see more of the island, but you’re lacking the time? Then you can also book a tour where you just have to get in and the rest is taken care off. I’m usually not really a fan of that, but when you’re doing a stop-over it is kind of convenient because you don’t have to waste timing with sorting out things, etc. I did the Golden Circle Tour as well and you get to see the highlights of the island in one day. Recommend if you have a full day on the island, because among other things you’ll get to see the geysers and the waterfalls.


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Kex Hostel, Reykjavik

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Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel, Reykjavik




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