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About Reykjavik

Reykjavik offers its visitors a chance to educate themselves on the unique history of the region, explore the city’s thriving artistic and cultural scene, or indulge in its vibrant nightlife.. With just over 130,000 residents, it is one of the quieter capitals of Europe. Popular attractions include Hallgrimskirkja Church, Aurora Reykjavík Museum and the Sun Voyager sculpture.

And for a limited time, cheap flights to Reykjavik are now available; seize your chance to visit this beautiful city today! Reykjavik is home to Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which is a 45-minute drive from the city centre. Keflavik International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Scandinavian Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa. Popular international flights to Reykjavik depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Reykjavik is approximately 15 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit Reykjavik

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Arts and Culture

Share in Reykjavik’s cultural life and infectious love of the arts at its many museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas.

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Wild Nights

Lose yourself in the ever-pulsating nightlife of this often wild city’s night-time establishments. Icelandic nightlife is legendary.

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Immersed in Nature

Reykjavik is home to some of the most sensational natural scenery that sprawls for miles beyond the city.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Iceland
Currency Króna
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 8.55 ISK
Language Icelandic
Hub Airport Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Airline Icelandair
Time Zone GMT+0
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Reykjavik

Unsurprisingly, high season in chilly Reykjavik is from June to August, when the summer warmth kicks in and the temperatures hover around a still-chilly, but reasonably comfortable (if you’re properly wrapped up) 11°C. This time of year will offer the most manageable temperatures; but aside from heavy crowds and raised hotel prices, it’s also the time of the region’s famed “midnight sun”, when nights get extremely bright; newcomers unused to it may find their sleeping patterns somewhat disrupted. Later and earlier seasons, of course, will call for even more warm woollies; but aside from thinner crowds and cheaper rates, there’s a number of other advantages to stopping by outside of high season. Perhaps most notably, the world-famous aurora borealis are most visible in the post-summer months, from September until after winter; and if you can weather out the chills, it’s worth going just for that beautiful sight. There’s nothing else like them anywhere in the world. And of course, there’s also the little issue that certain Reykjavik attractions close for off-season, while others are only open for off-season. If you’re headed to Reykjavik for the sake of any particular attraction, be sure to do some research on whether it closes its doors at any point in the year.

Weather & Climate in Reykjavik

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -3°C -2°C -2°C 0°C 3°C 7°C 9°C 8°C 5°C 2°C 0°C -1°C
High °C 3°C 2°C 2°C 5°C 9°C 11°C 13°C 13°C 9°C 6°C 5°C 4°C
Rainfall (mm) 50 40 40 20 40 20 20 30 40 30 30 40

It may be one of Europe’s least populous capitals; but Reykjavik is nonetheless a vibrant city filled with life, offering its visitors a singular experience.

Reykjavik bears a profound love for the arts – a love which visitors can share in at the city’s numerous galleries, museums and theatres, which showcase everything from modern works of art, to the earliest days of Iceland’s rich history. Other visitors may prefer to partake in the vibrant nightlife that rocks the city’s many pubs, clubs and bars every evening. Others still may be looking to indulge themselves in the unique flavour of Icelandic cuisine at the city’s eating establishments; while those with more outdoorsy tastes might prefer to head out and explore the lush green wilderness beyond the city.

In Reykjavik, the experience is endless.

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South Africans require a visa to visit Iceland. Icelandic consulates are located in numerous major cities around South Africa, including Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Honorary Consulate-General Johannesburg

Address: Suite 167, Private Bag X 9924, Sandton, 2146

Phone: (+27) 011 305 8954

Icelandic Honorary Consulate in Cape Town

Address: TIR Southern Africa, First Floor, 9 Ruby Terrace, Noordhoek, 7979

Phone: (+27) 021 789 0053

Icelandic Honorary Consulate in Durban

Address: 16 Medical Towers, 162 Old Main Road, Isipingo Rail, 4110

Phone: (+27) 031 309 4126

Reykjavik is an impeccably run city, and health and safety risks to travellers are almost non-existent. Aside from being sure to practice simple common sense (such as not leaving one’s belongings alone in public), you need take almost no special precautions for your trip to Iceland.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Reykjavik
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 246.28
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 129.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.44 R 22.35 R 63.31
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 26.97
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.00 R 38.00 R 152.46

Reykjavik offers an extensive selection of hotels, apartments and guest houses for its visitors to choose from. Whether you’re opting for luxury, affordability, or ease of access, there’ll be a spot for you in this city.

Public transport in Reykjavik is almost entirely dominated by its highly regarded local bus system. Operating on 28 different lines, the buses (or strætó, as they are locally known) ferry passengers to and from most of the city’s major landmarks and hubs of activity, stopping regularly – although newcomers would be wise to study the routes on the service’s website in order to ensure that they board on the right line.

And, of course, given that Reykjavik is hardly the most expansive city in Europe – but is most certainly one of the safest – one should never wholly disregard the option of walking. Not only is it a bracing experience in the brisk Icelandic air, but it’s the best way of uncovering some of the city’s more obscure wonders.

Main attractions in Reykjavik

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis

Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja

Turfed Houses

Turfed Houses

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