48 Hours in Reykjavik, Iceland
Day One in Reykjavik: Morning
Hello Reykjavík! After a short flight from Edinburgh, we landed into Keflavik airport, which is around a 40 minute drive to the capital. Being budget savvy, I booked us onto a bus connection from the airport to the city centre. Greyline busses pick you up right outside the airport baggage drop and are one of the cheapest ways to get into Reykjavik. Settling into our accommodation, 105 A Townhouse Hotel, we eagerly excited our first day of exploring to begin.
As we visited in late November, winter was in full swing meaning the sun didn't rise until around 10:30am. Allowing for a lie-in first thing, as well as being treated to sunrise and sunset daily. Start your day with a fresh coffee or hot chocolate from Reykjavik Roasters, which you'll find in the city centre. Perfect for both waking up and warming up whilst you wait for the fresh cinnamon rolls at Braun to bake!
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Day One: Afternoon
After getting acquainted with the city centre, take a look around the many boutique shops and cosy bookstores before working your way towards Hallgrímskirkja. The church is free to enter, however that's not the best part - be sure to head to the top of the tower for the most amazing views across the city centre of Reykjavik. You can gain access to the lift to take you to the tower of the church from the gift shop, just left of the entrance. There’s only one lift which can take six people at a time so make sure to allow time to wait for busy periods. Entry to the tower for adults is 900ISK which is around the £6.50 in sterling. Be aware that the tower is closed on Sundays during mass services.
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Day Two in Reykjavik: Morning
Take a walk downtown towards The Sun Voyager sculpture, perfect for watching over sunrise. With frosty mountains and crystal clear water glittering in the sunrise, it's a romantic spot to sit and enjoy. Just a short walk from here you'll find the Harpa Concert Hall. It's free to explore and a perfect way to warm up from the cold. Check out the listings to see if any of the performances take your fancy for later in the evening. Outside of the concert hall there's a free shuttle bus that will take you directly to Perlan Museum. This runs every half an hour daily, so you won't be waiting long.
Day Two: Afternoon
Perlan museum is open 365 days a year from 9am until 7pm. So you’ve no excuses not to go and visit! Offering some of the best panoramic views across Reykjavik, it's definitely worth the journey to the museum and observation deck. You can pay to enter either the museum or observation deck, or both for a combined price. You can easily spend an afternoon here, which also includes a guided tour into the glacier ice cave in -10C temperatures!
The observation deck was my favourite part of our visit to Perlan, being so high up and able to pick out key focal points across the city as the sun sets was amazing. If the light is fading fast when you reach Perlan, be sure to head up to the observation deck first. The free shuttle bus will return you back to Harpa Concert Hall once you're finished, otherwise it's around a 45 minute walk back to the city centre, not advised in the cold!
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