As Reykavik has grown as a tourist destination the number of affordable places to stay has increased rapidly. The city is small enough to get from one side to the other in about 15-20 minutes by car, and so whichever Reykavik hotel you choose you will never be far from the main attractions.
Most of Reykavik’s high-end accommodation is close to the city centre, but it is also possible to find reasonably inexpensive accommodation in that area. If you want to be close to the city’s main recreational activities you should stay in Laugardalur, a low lying valley famous for its pools of hot spring water, situated north west of the city centre. From here you can walk to Laugardalur swimming pool, the Ásmundur Sveinsson museum, Reyjavík Zoo and Fjölskyldugarðurinn Family Park.
For those on a budget, there are many choices away from the city centre. Infact, the number of hotels in Reykavik increases as you go further from the centre. If you intend to stay further afield, the area of Þingvellir is a good option. From there you can visit the historic site of the ancient Alþingi as well as some spectacular geological formations including the world-famous spouting Geysir.
Half an hour’s drive from Reykjavik is Hveragerði, which is conveniently located for those who want to visit the tourist attractions in the southern part of Iceland.
Read more in our Reykjavik Guide.
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