Intro to Reykjavik

What’s there to do in Reykjavik, Iceland? Well, a lot. I have no doubt that Iceland is at the top of your “countries to visit” list. And, if it’s not, it’s most likely on a friend’s. Why? Iceland is a phenomenal country with extremely diverse nature – from glaciers to forests to black-sand beaches – kind, welcoming people, a form of government that seems to work more than most, and endless opportunities for adventures both near and far. In short, Iceland is a must-see country. And, if you’re going to Iceland, you’re most likely making Reykjavik your first stop. Whether the city is as awe-inspiring as you’ve heard is entirely up to you to find out.

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Beautiful streams shooting from above the Gljúfrabúi waterfall in Iceland
Beautiful streams shooting from above the Gljúfrabúi waterfall in Iceland

Where to stay in Reykjavik

Loft Hostel – After doing a quick search on Hostelworld, I quickly noticed, due to its ratings and photos, that Loft Hostel was a great place to stay. Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint. I stayed in an 8-bed room, and it was actually empty for most of the time I was there, which was nice. The hostel features a bar, a place to hangout and read, or get work done (inside and outside on a balcony), and a living room area to relax on a couch and watch some Icelandic TV (I watched the historic Iceland vs. Kazakhstan game here). It was also voted the “World’s Best Hostel” on Hostelling International in 2014.

Price: From $46 / night

Address: Bankastræti 7a, 101 Reykjavík

Hours of operation: Anytime

Time required:

Below is are a list of hostels I heard good things about, but didn’t stay in:

Below is a list of hotels for you to look at, if hostels aren’t your flavor:

A house covered in grass in Skáholt, Iceland
A house covered in grass in Skáholt, Iceland

Summary of Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the “Smoke Cove,” has been through a lot in order to get to where it is today. From Irish hermits to norsemen to the literal plague, the capital of Iceland has certainly earned its reputation as one of the most sought after destinations in the world, and it’s likely not to disappoint. Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious meal, fancy a night out on the town, or just want to use it as a starting point for your amazing Icelandic adventure, Reykjavik is the place to be.

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Mateo is a writer who quit his flashy job in NYC to live life on his own terms. He’s done everything from working at an orphanage in Nairobi to building a new university in Abu Dhabi to sleeping on volcanos in Guatemala. And right now, he’s writing his second novel. His writing has been featured internationally in publications including Matador Network, GoAbroad, Víkurfréttir, Caribbean News Now and Black & Abroad. Regardless of where he is, he’s always working. To keep up with him, follow him on Instagram & Twitter at @AskMateo and read one of his elaborate stories at



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