“IN 2010 only four airline services were flying to Iceland,” Sigurðarson says. “Today there are 25 airline services – 14 in the winter and 11 all year round – flying to Iceland, with direct flights to 80 destinations.
“With this change, Reykjavík has been developing as a meeting destination and is now one of most popular emerging international meeting cities. And more and more are realising that Reykjavík is closer than they think; only three-five hours away from mainland Europe and five-seven hours from North America.”
Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík Airport are the two portals facilitating this heightened influx of visitors to the country, but once there, public transport doesn’t carry anywhere near the same amount of importance as it does in most other major cities around the world.
For one, you can walk to most places if the mood (and the weather) suits. Even cycling isn’t beyond the realms of possibility as long as you don’t mind a few hills and a bit of wind.
Undoubtedly the most popular mode of transport if you’re looking to explore all corners – and even beyond the jurisdiction – of Reykjavík, however, is by car. Again, while not needed in the city centre, it is by far the best method to navigate what is a relatively small area in efficient fashion.
Trains are essentially non-existent and boats will of course be vital in terms of reaching one of the many islands, but job one for every traveller is to ensure that every inch of the Golden Circle is covered by road.
Surrounding all popular landmarks, the 300 kilometre stretch of road can either be done in a week or a day depending on your schedule and how much time you want to spend lazily gazing at each checkpoint; and provides visitors with the most formulaic and navigable route around Reykjavík’s star attractions.