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From bus transfers to Reykjavík or to Iceland’s most visited destination, the Blue Lagoon, to trips and organised tours around the Golden Circle must-sees of Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and Geysir, getting around Iceland’s capital city and its surrounding areas is easy.
Organised tour buses run regularly throughout the year, and while in the summer you’ll have to share Iceland’s splendid wonders with everyone else, at least you know reaching them will be easy.
If you’re travelling on a larger budget, then it’s easy to hire a private guide to give you a more personalised tour of the sights. In Iceland, tours can range from taking a private taxi to your hotel – which, if your hotel is out of town, can be an experience in itself – to a helicopter tour around live volcanoes; the only limit is how much you’re prepared to spend.
It’s easy to arrange an airport transfer in Iceland, especially if you’re travelling between Keflavik Aiport (KEF) and downtown Reykjavík, and your hotel should be able to arrange a pick-up. Alternatively you could catch the Flybus – it takes 45 minutes to get to Reykjavík’s main bus terminal.
Most destinations in Iceland’s capital city can be reached on foot and the city’s compact nature makes it a pleasure to walk around. The only challenge you might encounter is your own laziness – or, as ever, Iceland’s weather. Gusts of wind strong enough to knock you off your feet are common, even during summer.
Taxis are available (and preferable) in the event of bad weather or the aforementioned laziness. But watch out if you’re on a budget – those cab fares can rack up quickly.
Elsewhere in Iceland, getting around is going to be tough without a car. Public bus routes outside Reykjavík are infrequent and expensive, and if you want to head out to islands such as Ísafjörður or the Westman Islands, you’ll need to catch a ferry – which will require a car.
The alternative is to stick to organised tours that will plan your itinerary in advance.