BACKPACKER INDEX: US$68.43
Reykjavik hotel prices
Hotels in Reykjavik generally consider the period between May and September to be the high season, though prices can be even higher in June and July. Many hotels drop their prices significantly during the rest of the year, so if the midnight sun isn’t important to you then you can save money coming between October and April.
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Reykjavik is famously expensive, although it’s gotten a bit better since the 2008 currency crisis. Still, nearly everything you will want to do will cost more than almost anywhere else in Europe, or on the planet for that matter.
Hotels in Reykjavik can actually be reasonably priced if you shop early to find a good deal, or if you come outside of the main tourist season in summer. There are a few hostels in Reykjavik as well, which can keep from exploding your budget. Take note of the fact that most of the cheaper hotels and hostels are actually some distance from the city proper, so they may not be ideal even if they are cheap.
Food is quite expensive, as is any kind of alcohol. Think about the duty free shop on your way in and start off in your hotel room.
Most people only stay in the city for a day or two and then they circle the island in a bus or a rental car. Once outside Reykjavik prices do ease a bit, but the whole experience is so amazing that it’s hard to feel bad if you can afford it somehow.
Reykjavik attraction prices
|Blue Lagoon geothermal spa||Iceland's most popular attraction is this spa located closer to the airport, so you have to get out there by bus or car.||low season||42.54|
|National Museum of Iceland||This museum also has good views of the city.||adults||8.34|
|Whale watching boat trip||These 3-hour excursions take you out to see whales and dolphins.||adults||58.38|
Reykjavik Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||108.42 - 125.10|
|FlyBus from airport to city center||16.26|
|3km taxi ride in Reykjavik||10.01 - 15.85|
|Bus ride in Reykjavik||2.92|
|One day bus pass||5.84|
|Weekly car rental (high season)||308.59 - 625.52|
Reykjavik food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Breakfast will likely be included with your hotel. If not fast food is your best budget option.||4.17 - 10.01|
|Budget lunch||Hot dogs are excellent, fairly cheap, and abundant in Reykjavik, but other casual choices are there.||4.17 - 10.01|
|Budget dinner||If you want a proper sit-down meal the Icelandic cuisine tends to be pricey. Thai and other international options are cheaper.||8.34 - 16.68|
|Beer (pint)||Unless the exchange rate goes crazy again, beer prices are reasonable for tourists.||5.00 - 7.51|
|Pizza for one||Many places serve really good small pizzas that are worthwhile.||8.34 - 12.51|
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|Airports||Keflavík International Airport (KEF)|
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Even though winter temperatures in Reykjavík aren’t nearly as cold as most people would expect for a place near the Arctic Circle, it’s still not a good time to come. It can be very windy and the days are very short, even if you don’t get great snow pile-ups. Summer is the best time to come, of course, with warm days and reasonable nights. Spring and fall are fine as long as you are dressed properly.
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