Reykjavik Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Reykjavik, Capital Area, Iceland)

Picture showing mountainous backdropA pleasant and increasingly popular city to visit, the tourism industry in Reykjavik is still developing and continues to affect the local life, mostly in a positive way. A fairly compact city with very few tourist traps, Reykjavik is often given the name of Iceland's 'Little Metropolis' and boasts a highly developed infrastructure, with ferry connections serving much of the North Atlantic from the busy port.

This city is a great place to holiday and a large percentage of the resident Icelanders speak very good English, which is often extremely useful. Reykjavik is a particularly 'green' city and extremely conscious of its contributions to the environment, and boasts some truly beautiful natural scenery, comprising various islands, peninsulas and secluded bays.

Further view of the nearby mountains

Useful Contact Details

Situated within the very heart of the city, the Reykjavik Tourist Office is full of information about Iceland, including plenty of brochures about the city's main attractions. This is also a good place to book up your accommodation, theatre tickets, bus trips and also purchase both maps and postcards of the area.

Upplysingamiostöo Feroamála (Reykjavik Tourist Office)
Address: Adalstraeti 2, Reykjavik, IS-101, Iceland, IS
Tel: +354 05 90 1550
Fax: +354 05 90 1501
Open hours: April to October, daily - 08:30 to 19:00; November to March, Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 14:00

Language and Dialect

The language of Icelandic is spoken all over Reykjavik and is actually closely related to both English and Norwegian, with many locals being fluent in English. Written Icelandic contains many accents and unusual characters, although simple phrases are not difficult to pick up and will make your holiday in Reykjavik all the more memorable. Simple Icelandic phrases include:

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