Reykjavik

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Reykjavik Money-Saving Tips

Layover at the Lagoon

If you’re flying out of Keflavik (KEF), opt for a side trip to the Blue Lagoon by taking the Flybus to or from the airport. The four-hour tour is ideal for those arriving on early afternoon flights, as departure time from the airport to the lagoon is 4:30pm, and those leaving the country in the late afternoon (the bus departs the main terminal daily at 11am).

Dress to Impress

Even though the mercury hovers between 30s and 40s on average, when the sun hides behind the clouds, the wind chill can significantly drop the feel of the temperature. Pack layers, including a waterproof top shell, hat, scarf, water-resistant shoes and gloves. An umbrella always comes in handy, as many days see a brief rain shower.

Take an adventure tour

Booking a tour with a registered company is often the best and easiest way to get the most from Iceland’s natural attractions. From ice climbing to nature hikes, you can choose your own adventure from the Reykjavik tourist information center (City Center; Adalstraeti 2; 011-354-590-1550; www.visitreykjavik.is). Reykjavik Excursions (011-354-562-1011; www.re.is) has the most extensive menu of trips.

Driving Miss Daisy

Many roads aren’t paved and are further worn down by precipitation; loose gravel on shoulders is a big cause of accidents. Know your speed limits before you go as signs are rarely posted. Most bridges are single-lane, and the car closest to the bridge always has the right-of-way. Watch out for wandering livestock.

Reykjavik Tourist Card

For purchase in one-, two- or three-day increments, this card allows access to most museums and attractions. Available at many locations, including all tourist offices.

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