Good to Know
ere you’ll find the nitty-gritty nuts and bolts of life in the city. Although Reykjavík is a relatively small place, it may take some time to figure out how to navigate the city. Most of downtown can be covered by foot, but when you leave the centre things get a little trickier.
domestic air terminal
Air Iceland maintains a domestic network based in Reykjavík with destinations around the island and links to the Faeroe Islands and Greenland.
Reykjavík Municipal Airport
+354 570 3030 | www.airiceland.is
Take the bus to destinations all around the island. BSÍ is close to the city centre and there should be taxis waiting to take you to your final destination and some hotels provide shuttles from BSÍ.
Vatnsmýrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavík
+354 580 5400 | www.bsi.is
A free site used both by drivers looking for passengers and passengers looking for rides. Great for getting out of the city (or back) on the cheap. www.samferda.is
From & TO the Airport
The airport bus service is the straightforward option. You could also grab a taxi that takes you from door to door. Driving time through the glorious mossy lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula to the capital is about 50 minutes.
Buy your ticket online or in the arrivals terminal. When departing, buy your seat the day prior. Your hotel or guesthouse can normally help you with this.
+354 562 1011 | www.flybus.is
Takes you from Keflavík airport to BSÍ.
+354 540 1313 | www.airportexpress.is
Takes you from Keflavík to the centre of Reykjavík.
Taxis in Reykjavík
Taxis are normally summoned with a phone call or by going to a taxi stand; you can always pay with a credit card.
+354 588 5522
+354 561 0000
driving in reykjavik
Speed limits: On city streets the speed limit is generally 50kph/30mph, unless otherwise posted.
Seatbelts: Wearing seatbelts is mandatory and children under the age of five must be strapped into an approved child seat.
Parking: Free parking can be hard to find in the city centre, and violators are towed away literally within minutes. The city uses both parking meters as well as dashboard slips for metered parking.
Cell phones: If you get caught using your cell phone while driving, you’ll get a ticket.
Drunk driving: If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .05 then you will be charged and your car will be impounded.
Rush hours: Weekdays: 7:30 to 9:30 and 17 to 18:30.
Gas stations: Most gas stations are open every day from 8 to 23:30— many with 24-hour pay at-the-pump facilities.
CITY BUS (STRÆTÓ)
Bus maps are available at bus stations and tourist information centres. Most bus stops also include a route map. You can go to www.bus.is or download the Strætó mobile app and get precise directions about which buses to use.
Operating hours: Daily from 6:30 / 7 until midnight, except on Sun and most holidays, when it runs from 11:30 / noon until midnight. There is no bus service on Good Friday, Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Fares and tickets: Single trip costs 450 ISK and can be bought from the driver (who does not give change) or the mobile app. If you need to change buses remember to ask for a transfer or “skiptimiði.”
Dialling: When dialling internationally in Iceland, dial 00 to get out of the country, then select the country code, then the number. When dialling local numbers you don’t need to include the 354-country code, only the last seven digits.
Cell Phones / GSM: Cell phones work almost all over Iceland and you can get an Icelandic pre-paid (“Frelsi) SIM card and use a pre-paid. There are four service providers in the country: Nova (nova.is), Síminn (siminn.is), Tal (tal.is) and Vodafone (vodafone.is). You can top up your phone through the company’s service number or buy cards from convenience stores.
Phone Centre: There is a phone centre at the tourist office at Aðalstræti 2.
Internet Access & Hot Spots: The tourist office at Aðalstræti 2 offers Internet access on their own computers for a fee. If you have your own device, you can use WiFi at almost any café or bar downtown for free (sometimes you have to buy a coffee). Many hotels and guesthouses also offer free WiFi.
Phonebook & Online Maps: The Icelandic phone book lists people by their first names and offers an interactive searchable map. www.ja.is
Directory information & International assistance: Dial 1818 or 1819 the 24/7 service for information about: names, addresses and numbers, Yellow Pages; be connected to international numbers or make collect calls.
The emergency number in Iceland is 112. Use it in any emergency for ambulance, fire department, medical help, police and doctors.
Doctors on duty 1770
Dentists on duty +354 575 0505
Weather +354 902 0600
Police – Non-emergency Hverfisgata 113 | +354 444 1000
Public institutions: Mon-Fri 10 to 15 or 16. General office hours: Mon- Fri 9-17.
Banks: Most banks open Mon-Fri from 9 to 16. The Arion and the Islandsbanki bank branches at Kringlan shopping mall have longer hours and are open on Saturdays.
Shops: Vary, but are generally Mon-Thu 10 to 18, Fri 10 to 19 and Sat 10 to 16. Malls usually have extended hours on Thursdays.