- By lisa
- On Nov 30, 2018
- Travel Tips
Reykjavík’s legendary nightlife is bolstered by year-round cultural and social events in addition to an abundance of first-class restaurants. The Reykjavik city centre is also compact enough to allow for easy navigation by foot.
Visit Iceland in different seasons:
Some visitors find it difficult to sleep with the light of the midnight sun, so eye shades may be helpful. It is also recommended to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. There are few insects in Iceland, but small midges do thrive in the summertime, especially by lakes and streams.
Those spending time in the Lake Mývatn area during summertime may also wish to bring insect repellent or fly masks/nets (especially useful for horse riding).
Temperatures do not often drop below freezing, but an insulated jacket is recommended due to the cool northerly winds (see our “Weather” section for average temperatures). And as sidewalks can get icy and slippery, you may want to bring ice cleats/ice grips/anti-slip soles to give your shoes better traction. These can also be purchased in Iceland at various shops, like outdoor clothing stores.
Several apparel stores and second-hand thrift shops can be found in downtown Reykjavík along with Tiger, a budget variety store with inexpensive accessories like sunglasses, gloves, ear plugs, batteries and more.
Another good option for toiletries, clothing and other general items is Hagkaup, a large grocery and department store located at Kringlan shopping mall (open 10:00 – 19:00 Mon - Wed; 10:00 - 21:00 Thu, 10:00 - 20 Fri; 12:00 – 19:00 Sun) and in the Skeifan neighbourhood of Reykjavík (open 24 hours every day).