Yes, Reykjavik…. I know that it’s impossible to spell out or pronounce. It took awhile to get used to it as well. But it’s pronounced “Rey-fla-vik” or something like that. I think the local people understand you if you’re close enough. The good thing is that almost all Icelanders understand English quite well as they’ve gotten used to the amount of foreigners particularly tourists who go to Iceland. You can’t expect a native population of 350,000+ to have foreigners/travelers to Iceland learn Icelandic. Not really going to happen. It’s probably better this way for Icelanders to know English as they can cater to the tourists (knowing that it brings in cash) and they’re subject to a lot of American and British culture thanks to being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and in-between Canada/United States and the British Isles.
When do you decide to go to Iceland, most likely you will fly into Keflavik International Airport, which is about a 30-40 minute ride from Reykjavik itself. You have different modes of getting into the city (or elsewhere) but you will likely have to take a taxi (very expensive) or take a bus. I recommend the bus option because you can also input your return trip as well, saving you the hassle of going back to the airport.
Tip: Note that this place is quite wallet-breaking as the prices here are quite high. Not as high as Copenhagen, but be ready to break a lot of large bills to make this trip to Iceland work. A good idea is to get some of the local currency from the ATMs or exchange your money. Some places in Iceland don’t accept credit cards; some might accept US dollars and/or Euros but don’t count on it.
Reykjavik in itself doesn’t have a lot of stuff to see. Instead, the capital is best used as a launchpad for doing some amazing tours. I could care less about whale tours or going pub crawling, but there are some tours that might interest you, especially if you’re into the outdoors scene.Follow me on Instagram: