I don’t know about you guys but when it comes to booking accommodation for my travels I take forever. Before I will book a place I will research, research, and research some more. My Viking says I am a tad picky, I tell him I just like to be well informed before making my decision, I mean you don’t want to end up staying in some dodgy place far away from city center!
Maybe it is just me, but when it comes to finding information about the different neighborhoods in a city, I think this can be really difficult! All I want to know is how far away from the main attractions is it, how accessible is public transportation, is there food nearby, and what about the neighborhood, is it safe? I mean just a few simple tidbits of information, is that too much to ask?!
If you guys are like me and like to research the area you will be staying in before booking a place this post is one you will appreciate. And if you are planning a trip to Reykjavik anytime soon, (or just dreaming of one) save this post because I am about to break down those different neighborhoods of Reykjavik so you can choose which spot is the best one for you to look for accommodation in.
One thing to keep in mind when looking at the different neighborhoods in Reykjavik is that they are often labeled by just their postcode. I have included both the post code and the name of the neighborhood on this list so you will be ready for anything in your search.
Now lets talk about the three neighborhoods that are considered central Reykjavik. These three neighborhoods are the most common area for travelers to stay, as well as where the majority of hotels in Reykjavik are located. Keep in mind that these three areas will be a bit pricey as you are staying in central Reykjavik.
Miðborg – Downtown/City Center – 101
This neighborhood is what many consider to be the heart of Reykjavik. In this neighborhood you will find many of the main attractions and the majority of bars and restaurants. You will most likely be spending the majority of your time in Reykjavik in this area, 101 is full of things to do! From strolling the colorful streets to trying out all the great restaurant and bars, and if you are up for it getting a taste of the Reykjavik nightlife, this area is perfect for those who want to stay where the action is at.
An added bonus, the downtown area is small so you can easily get everywhere by walking so there is no need to worry about renting a car or taking public transportation.
Vesturbær – 107
Just west of downtown is the charming neighborhood called Vesturbær. This area is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Reykjavik. It is quiet, close to the sea, there is a cozy cafe and my favorite pool in Reykjavik is located there! The furthest part of this neighborhood is around a 30 minute walk to downtown and public transportation is easily accessible making it nice and quick to get from your accommodation to the city center. If you are looking for a quieter area to stay but still want to be close to downtown this is the area for you!
Hlíðar – 105
Similar to Vesturbær the 105 neighborhood is another option for those looking to stay close to downtown but not right in the middle of the action. This neighborhood is a short walk to downtown from the east side. While you won’t find any bars or restaurants in this area there are several bus routes nearby making it quick and easy to get downtown or anywhere else in the city.
What much of downtown Reykjavik currently looks like, making room for all those new hotels.
If you don’t mind being a bit further away from downtown and are looking to find cheaper accommodation the following three neighborhoods outside of city center are a great option. Each neighborhood below has something different to offer so you can be sure to find one that fits your travel needs!
104 – Laugardalur
This neighborhood is perfect to stay if you are traveling with young children and looking for things to keep everyone in the family entertained. Laugardalur is a residential neighborhood not far from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. While this area is outside of city center there are several attractions to keep you busy. Take a visit to the Reykjavik zoo and entertainment park, enjoy an afternoon at the large outdoor swimming pool, stroll through the botanical gardens and have lunch at the cozy cafe in the middle of the gardens. This location has a lot of outdoor activities to offer and is a great location to stay during your time in Reykjavik.
108 – Háaleiti og Bústaðir
If you are more interested in the Icelandic nature than the city life this neighborhood is the perfect area for you. In this neighborhood you will find Fossvogur valley, a popular outdoor area with lots of trails to explore. If not everyone in your group is a nature lover they can head over to Kringlan, the mall in Reykjavik, or easily take a short bus ride to downtown.
170 – Seltjarnarnes
Just outside of Reykjavik is the small town Seltjarnarnes. With the sea surrounding this area it is a beautiful place to stay. If you are visiting during the winter months with the hope of seeing the northern lights this is the place you want to stay with Grotta lighthouse nearby, offering one of the best places to see the northern lights in the city. The nature area in Grotta has a walking trail that is perfect for summer strolls by the sea. There are also several bus routes in the area making it easy to quickly get around town.
One thing is for sure whatever neighborhood you choose to stay in you will find charming colorful houses and beautiful nature to enjoy! So really there is no bad choice wherever you stay in Reykjavik, all the neighborhoods are a good option!
Question of the Day?
Do you like to research or just wing it when choosing accommodation? Which Reykjavik neighborhood would you choose?