southern Iceland guide

S01– Reykjavik

Atmospheric capital on the Atlantic coast
Distance from Keflavik airport ~ 49 km (30 mi)
Travel time ~ 50 min.

From Keflavik, take road 41 which leads directly to the city.
The capital of the "ice country" Reykjavik is a modern and squeaky clean city. The proximity to the Arctic Circle and the North Atlantic Drift Current, which passes along the southern and western shores of the island, shape a relatively mild winter and cool summer. During winter, the amount of daylight drops to less than five hours, but in summer it is essentially permanent with the sun never setting below the horizon, thus contributing to a natural phenomenon of “white nights."
According to an old Icelandic legend, at the end of the 9th century, the Vikings sailed up to the western coast of the island and established the first permanent settlement. Steam from hot springs in the region greatly impressed the arrivals and is said to have inspired Reykjavík's name, which loosely translates as "Bay of Smoke."
I recommend strolling around the city center, peeking into souvenir shops, and trying local foods in one of the restaurants. Make sure you stop by to photograph the famous Lutheran parish church Hallgrímskirkja.

The Icelandic capital bursts with colors: like many inhabitants of other northern regions, in order to avoid bad mood and depression, Icelanders paint the walls and roofs of their houses in bright, cheerful colors.
Another fun interesting fact about Reykjavik: every Friday night, pubs and bars become the hives of activities. Icelanders have fun to the fullest: by midnight they get out of the drinking establishments to the narrow streets and continue celebrating the end of the week.