I spent four amazing days in Reykjavik in January 2017 exploring the city and the beautiful landscape of Iceland. I hope you enjoy some of my tips and recommendations:
I stayed at the Loft Hostel right in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. The hostel was clean, had a nice rooftop bar and breakfast area, and was located right on the main shopping and dining street in the city. The FlyBus takes you right from the airport to this and many other accommodations.
Things to do in Reykjavik
Things to do outside of Reykjavik
Food in Iceland is incredibly expensive, so if you are looking for a nice (or even average) sit down dining experience be prepared to spend a good chunk of money.
Was it Cold?
The short answer is yes. I would advise you to pack some thermal leggings, some thicker socks and a large pack of the air activated "hand warmers" to put in your gloves or jacket. Overall, while it was a bit cold it wasn't much colder than it'd be in Washington D.C. during the wintertime. That being said, I have never experienced any place colder than Gulfoss waterfall! Because of the mist coming off of the waterfall my camera lens actually started to freeze over and within a matter of five minutes I could not feel my face or hands. Otherwise, the leggings and hand warmers made a huge difference and I was able to survive the cold.
**Special Shout Out to Donna Christine, Qin You, Leah Rosen, Greg Rosen, Sarah McConville, Philippa Anstey, Lady Sif and everyone else that made my trip to Iceland so much fun! And Melissa Darr for all of her great travel advice!