What’s Doing in Reykjavik, Iceland

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One of Iceland's many gravel roads

One of Iceland’s many gravel roads

Finally, Reykjavik seems to have discovered the concept of the German Biergarten. Bjórgarðinn, located in the new Fosshotel Reykjavík, offers a variety of sausage dishes (try the dates, duck, and bacon sausage, with Port wine and honey sautéed dates piled on top of the sausage along with duck and bacon for a most satisfying taste treat), live music, and Icelandic Beer.

GETTING THERE

Icelandair, the country’s flag carrier, flies into Keflavik, the international airport 31 miles (50 kilometers) outside the city, offering service from 12 U.S. cities and four Canadian cities including Anchorage, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, and Seattle, four in Canada including Montreal and Vancouver, and onward flights to 31 cities in Europe.

There is no rail or other public transit service to the city from the airport. A taxi would cost between 16,000 to 20,000 Icelandic króna ($126 to $158 at current exchange rates) while the comfortable Flybus service will charge 1,100 króna but makes multiple stops at hotels en route.

An Icelandair 757-200 landing at Keflavik

An Icelandair 757-200 landing at Keflavik

BOTTOM LINE

Reykjavik is close enough to the United States to make a weekend trip worthwhile and English is spoken flawlessly by the majority of Icelanders. They are a hardy people (go during the winter, you’ll find out why, or watch the recent British drama Fortitude, filmed in Reyoarfjorour) and love sharing their favorite places to visit. Keep in mind that tourism is a relatively new phenomenon and Icelanders count on visitors to use common sense in maintaining their fragile environment.

The weather can change quickly, so it pays to be prepared for everything from rare sunny days to snow flurries and the cold. In addition, Icelanders preserve their country’s natural beauty without warning signs and railings, so applying common sense is critical.

A few days in Reykjavik will be far more rewarding than a weekend drive to the next state, so what are you waiting for?

Jonathan Spira contributed reporting to this story.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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