Fly To Reykjavik, Iceland
Even though Iceland's entire population is about 300 000 people, Reykjavik, (where two-thirds of Iceland’s people reside), refuses to feel like a small town. The city has plenty to offer visitors, with a blossoming nightlife that’s earned it something of a reputation, a range of interesting outdoor spots (including a geothermal spa), lots to see and do, and some good shopping opportunities.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do need a Visa to enter Iceland. There are a number of Iceland Consulates in the country, including Durban (Phone: +27(0)31 581 2603; Johannesburg (Phone: +27(0)11 305 8900); Cape Town (Phone: +27(0)21 789 0053 and Port Elizabeth (Phone: +27 (0)41 364 1543).
- The Honorary Consulate of South Africa is situated at Borgartun 35, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland. Phone: +354 591 0355.
See and do
Attractions range from historic to cultural; quirky to scenic. Highlights to keep a lookout for include the National Centre for Cultural Heritage, Blue Lagoon Natural Spa, CIA.IS - Center for Icelandic Art, Heiðmörk forest and nature reserve, Perlan Dome, Rauðhólar volcanic craters, National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, National and University Library of Iceland, Reykjavík Open Air Museum, Vikin Maritime Museum, Tjörnin Pond and the nightlife area that surrounds Laugavegur in downtown Reykjavik.
Shopping options are varied with plenty of markets, boutiques and malls to explore (whether you window shop or splurge a bit). We suggest that you try Kolaportið Flea Market on the weekends to look for vintage clothing, traditional children’s toys and Icelandic morsels such as hákarl; Kringlan Shopping Centre for decently priced designer goods as well as general stores; Handknitting Association of Iceland for traditional knitted items (great to take home) and speciality shops such as Nornabúðin for Icelandic voodoo items.
Public transport mostly comprises buses. The central bus station is called Hlemmur, and is situated on Laugarvegur. Buses run throughout the city, with a hop on/hop off approach, making this a very easy way to get around for shopping, sightseeing and even after-hours if you plan to check out the famous nightlife. You will need to double check the exact amount for fares however, as they do not give change on buses. At the time of writing, one way tickets cost about ISK 350. You can also hire a car to get around if you’d prefer to take things at your own pace.
Reykjavik Airport – REK
Situated just two kilometres from the heart of the city, Reykjavik Airport caters to passengers travelling through Iceland and neighbouring Greenland.
Food and beverage: There is a small coffee shop where you can enjoy hot or cold refreshments at Reykjavik Airport.
Currency Exchange: There are some ATMs and currency exchange desks in each terminal.
Lost Luggage: Report lost luggage in the baggage claims area, at the Lost & Found office or at security.
Airport Hotels: The nearest hotels include Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Reykjavik Centro Apartments, Hotel Leifur Eiriksson, Hotel Holt and Travel Inn Guesthouse.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Budget and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Reykjavik Airport (code REK) is a hub for Air Iceland and Eagle Air, serving flights to and from destinations across Iceland as well as Greenland.