A number of rooms in different categories have been pre-booked for Saga Conference participants, since Reykjavik could be quite crowded during the conference period. To secure the accommodation of your choice, we recommend that you submit your registration with hotel booking as early as possible.
Bookings are made directly via the registration form: CLICK HERE.
If you have submitted your registration without hotel booking and wish to add hotel booking, please send e-mail to Ingibjörg Hjálmfríðardóttir at CP Reykjavík: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full hotel payment is required upon booking, but individual accommodation bookings will be refunded, except for an administration fee of ISK 11,000, if cancellations are made no less than 72 hours (working days) before the arrival date. Full payment for the first night will be charged if cancellation is not received in time.
All hotel reservations, especially after June 1, 2018, will be subject to availability.
All listed prices are per room per night and include breakfast as well as taxes. Breakfast is normally served at hotels between 7:00 and 10:00 every morning. The check-in and check-out times at hotels are mostly as follows: check-in time from 14:00 and check-out time before 12:00. Please note, however, that this can vary from one hotel to another.
Radisson Blu Hotel Saga****
A four-star hotel located close to the city centre (10 min. walk) with 209 well equipped and spacious rooms, including 8 junior suites and 1 master suite offering stunning views of Reykjavík city. Facilities include direct dial telephone, pay-per-view TV, high speed wireless Internet connection, mini bar and free access to a spa and fitness studio on the ground floor. The hotel also offers hairdresser, flower shop, souvenir shops and a bank.
- Single standard room: ISK 32,200, breakfast incl. – EARLY BOOKING
- Double standard room: ISK 34,900, breakfast incl. – EARLY BOOKING
Early booking price for Radisson Blu Hotel Saga until 31 May. After that the price will increase by 20%.
Address: v/Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavik
Hotel Holt ****
Hotel Holt is a small 4-star boutique hotel located on a quiet street in Reykjavík city centre. At Hotel Holt, dedicated guest service team does its absolutely best to make your stay in Iceland an unforgettable one. All rooms and public areas are adorned with classic paintings and artwork from some of Iceland’s most famous artists. Hotel Holt houses Iceland’s largest privately owned art collection that creates an unique atmosphere of quiet elegance and comfort in the heart of the city. Gallery Restaurant is Iceland’s premier dining experience with options to fit every palate. At Hotel Holt, rooms are to fit all tastes and budgets. The standard single and double rooms are of European size but if you prefer more space to relax in, please book a Superior room type or even a Suite with a separate living room.
- Single standard room: ISK 36,700, breakfast incl.
- Double standard room: ISK 44,400, breakfast incl.
Address: Bergstaðastræti 37, 101 Reykjavík
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura****
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura is located in the beautiful surroundings of Öskjuhlíð hill and Nauthólsvík beach. The hotel is certified as a Green Hotel and operates accordingly. With birds singing just for you, and fresh ocean air all around, it’s nice to know that you’re still only a short walk from Reykjavik center. After a refreshing morning walk or a full day on the town, our in-hotel spa awaits you to relax and unwind. For dinner, our restaurant, Satt, offers fresh, local produce and flavors that are as good for your soul as they are for your body.
- Single standard room: ISK 30,000, breakfast incl.
- Double standard room: ISK 34,600, breakfast incl.
Address: Nauthólsvegur 52, 101 Reykjavík
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina ****
Marina is a 155-room hotel located in the up-and-coming downtown harbour district, the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is not just another hotel in Reykjavik. Instead, this hotel delivers a more authentic Reykjavik experience by synthesizing the city’s rich maritime history with its vibrant present day culture. The hotel is probably the only hotel in the world where you can almost touch the huge vessels in the dry-dock as the main entrance of the hotel is located directly in front of the main dry-dock of Reykjavík harbor.
- Single standard room: ISK 38,900, breakfast incl.
- Double standard room: ISK 43,300, breakfast incl.
Address: Myrargata 2, 101 Reykjavík
Alda Hótel ****
Alda Hotel Reykjavik is located on the main shopping street, Laugavegur, in the center of Reykjavik, Iceland’s vibrant capital city. Meet and mingle with friends and the locals in the hotel lobby at our Barber Bar, grab a sweet or healthy snack from our 24/7 Grab-n-Go station or relax in the lounge.
- Single standard room: ISK 34,500, breakfast incl.
- Double standard room: ISK 41,100, breakfast incl.
Address: Laugavegur 66, 101 Reykjavik
Hotel Frón is located on Reykjavík’s main downtown shopping street. This four-floor, 94-room hotel, with elevator, provides its guests with a selection of accommodation, such as single and double rooms, studio apartments as well as larger apartments. All rooms have a bathroom, mini bar, telephone, television and a safe. All apartments have kitchen facilities, a refrigerator, microwave oven and a cooking stove. The hotel offers a remote internet connection and DVD players.
- Standard room — single use: ISK 26,900, breakfast incl.
- Standard room – double use: ISK 31,400, breakfast incl.
Address: Laugavegur 22a, 101 Reykjavik
Hotel Leifur Eiríksson***
Hotel Leifur Eiríksson is set in an old respectable house right in the center of Reykjavík. The hotel is on Skólavörðustígur which is one of the most sought-after streets in Reykjavík where you will find numerous galleries as well as designer and specialty shops. Across the street from the hotel is the magnificent church Hallgrímskirkja, the most famous landmark of Reykjavík. Hotel Leifur Eiríksson has 47 rooms. The hotel and its setting in the old center of Reykjavik welcome you throughout the year. The staff at Hotel Leifur Eiríksson are very knowledgeable about Reykjavik and will gladly help you to get to know the heart of the city. We will provide all the information you need in order for you to make the most of your stay in Reykjavik. It will be unforgettable.
- Single standard room: ISK 28.000, breakfast incl.
- Double standard room: ISK 28.500, breakfast incl.
Address: Skólavörðustígur 45, 101 Reykjavik
A modern, family owned guesthouse in a “country hotel style”. Well located in the old city centre. Across the street from the church Hallgrímskirkja and the beautiful sculpture garden of the National Einar Jónsson Gallery. Only a few minutes’ walk away from the busy streets with popular cafes and restaurants, good variety of shops, museums and art galleries. All rooms and public areas have Wi-Fi, free of charge.
- Single room with private facilities: ISK 26,000, breakfast incl.
- Double room with private facilities: ISK 33,300, breakfast incl.
- Single room with shared facilities: ISK 21,000, breakfast incl.
- Single superior: ISK 31,600, breakfast incl.
- Double superior: ISK 39,600, breakfast incl.
Address: Þórsgata 26, 101 Reykjavik
Travelling to Iceland
Tourist information sites
- The official travel guide to Iceland: www.visiticeland.com
- The official tourist website of the Reykjavík Capital Area: www.visitreykjavik.is
- Check the weather in Iceland: www.en.vedur.is
- Blue Lagoon Spa In Iceland: www.bluelagoon.com
- Iceland Review — What’s on in Iceland: www.whatson.is
- Icelandic Directorate of Immigration: www.utl.is
- Keflavik International Airport in Iceland: www.airport.is/english
Various excursions are available. For scheduled tours from Reykjavík you can check following websites:
- Reykjavík Excursions: www.re.is
- Iceland Exursions: www.icelandexcursions.is
- Air Iceland: www.airiceland.is
Founded in 1786, Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital city in the world. Reykjavik is a vibrant city offering most of the conveniences and attractions usually associated with major capitals of the world. Its amazing array of possibilities is why Reykjavik is sometimes called the biggest little capital in the world.
In Reykjavík you have opportunities for historical sites, natural beauty, museums and galleries, public parks, excellent shopping, a wide range of leisure activities, hotels, restaurants and a remarkably lively artistic scene.
VISIT REYKJAVÍK — The official tourist information site of the Reykjavík Capital Area is: www.visitreykjavik.is
ICELAND was settled by Nordic people in the 9th century. Tradition has it that the first permanent settler was a Norwegian, named Ingólfur Arnarson, who made his home where Reykjavík is situated today.
Iceland is an island of 103,000 km2 (39,756 sq. miles), about one-third larger than Scotland or Ireland. It has a population of just over 300,000, almost two-thirds living in the capital Reykjavik and its neighboring towns in the southwest.
VISIT ICELAND — The official tourist information site is:
A few facts about Iceland
- OFFICIAL NAME: Iceland
- FLAG: Blue with a red cross outlined in white. The colors are symbolic for Iceland: red is for the volcanic fires, white recalls the snow and glaciers, and blue is for the skies above and the ocean around.
- POPULATION: 329,100 (January 2015). Median age is 37.5 years.
- CAPITAL CITY: Reykjavík. The largest municipalities are Reykjavík* (121,822); Kópavogur *(33,205); Hafnarfjörður* (27,875); Akureyri (18,191); Reykjanesbær (14,924) (*cities in the capital region).
- GOVERNMENT: Parliamentary constitutional republic.
- LANGUAGE: Icelandic, a North Germanic language. English is widely spoken and understood.
- RELIGION: Predominantly Christian.
- CURRENCY: The Icelandic “króna”, (plural “krónur”) — ISK
- TIME: Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year.
- SIZE: 103,000 km2 (39,756 sq. miles), slightly bigger than Hungary and Portugal, but slightly smaller than Greece.
- GLACIERS: Glaciers cover 11,922 sq.km (4,600 sg.miles) of the island’s surface. Iceland is home to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe.
- HIGHEST POINT: Hvannadalshnjúkur peak 2,110 m.
- DISTANCE: From USA 5–6 hours by flight and 2–4 hours from Europe.
- EMERGENCY NUMBER: 112
Business, Shopping and Banking hours
Office hours are generally 09:00–17:00. Shopping hours are Mon–Fri 09:00–18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 16:00. Some supermarkets are open until 23:00 or even 24/7. Banking hours are Mon–Fri 09:15–16:00.
Climate and Clothing
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate ocean climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. The average temperature in Reykjavík in May and June is around 6–9 degrees Celsius/43–48 Fahrenheit. However, the weather is very changeable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected. When travelling in Iceland you should bring along lightweight woolens, a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weatherproof) coat and sturdy walking shoes.
Credit Cards are widely accepted in Iceland. The major cards in Iceland are EUROPAY/MASTERCARD and VISA. Diners and American Express are also accepted. Cash can be obtained at every bank branch as well as in all ATMs throughout the country. Please note that there might be a difference between the official currency exchange rate in Iceland and the exchange rate that the credit card companies charge.
The Icelandic monetary unit is the “króna”. Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10 kr., 5 kr and 1 kr. Bank notes are in denominations of 10.000 kr, 5.000 kr, 2.000 kr, 1.000 kr, and 500 kr All Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange. 1€ is equivalent to 143,68 Icelandic Krona based on the exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland on 17 September 2015: http://www.cb.is/statistics/exchange-rate/
The electric current in Iceland is 220 volts, 50 HZ AC. Plugs are Euro Plug and Schuko Plug (CEE types).
Health, Pharmacies, Emergency and Medical help
Water is safe to drink throughout Iceland. Pharmacies are called “Apótek” and are open during normal business hours. Many are open at night. There is a medical center or a hospital in all major cities and towns in Iceland.
The emergency phone number (24 hours) in Iceland is 112.
Shopping and Tax free
The shops in Iceland are of international standard, and carry a wide variety of merchandise. Local specialities include woolen knitwear (e.g., sweaters and cardigans), handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewelry. Also available is a great variety of high-quality seafood.
A refund of local Value-Added Tax (VAT) is available to all visitors in Iceland. The refund will result in a reduction of up to 15% of the retail price.
Telephones and Mobile phones
The code into Iceland from overseas is +354 + seven-digit number. Direct long-distance calls can be made to Europe and the USA by dialing 00 plus the country code, and the number you wish to reach.
GSM: There are four GSM operators in Iceland: Siminn, Nova, Tal and Vodafone. These companies both sell pre-paid GSM phone cards and offer GSM/GPRS services. Pre-paid cards are available at petrol stations around the country.
The Midnight Sun
During summer the nights are bright in all of Iceland. In the month of June the sun never fully sets in the north. Keep in mind, however, that the sun at midnight is not as warm as at midday, so bring along a sweater.
Service and VAT are invariably included in prices in Iceland.
For information on passport and visa requirements as well as the Schengen area regulations, please view the website of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration (www.utl.is)
Air travel to Iceland
The easiest and fastest way to travel to Iceland is by airplane. Iceland is 5–6 hours away from USA and 2–4 hours from Europe. There are three Icelandic Airlines operating all year round and many others which fly to Iceland during the summer time.
- Air Berlin — www.airberlin.com
- Air Greenland — www.airgreenland.com
- Austrian Airlines — www.austrian.com
- Delta — www.delta.com
- easyJet — www.easyjet.com
- Edelweiss Air — www.edelweissair.ch
- Evelop Airlines — www.evelop.com
- Germanwings — www.germanwings.com
- Icelandair — www.icelandair.com
- Lufthansa — www.lufthansa.com
- Luxair — www.luxair.lu
- Niki Luftfahrt — www.flyniki.com
- Norwegian — www.norwegian.com
- Primera Air — www.primeraair.com
- Scandinavian Airlines System — SAS — www.flysas.com
- Sun Express — www.sunexpress.com
- Transavia.com — www.transavia.com
- Vueling — www.vueling.com
- WOW air — www.wowair.is
Find flight connection: www.dohop.com
The international airport in Iceland—Keflavík International Airport (KEF)—is about 50 km from Reykjavík and there is around 50-minutes bus ride from the airport into Reykjavík center.
- Reykjavík Excursions Flybus: https://www.re.is/flybus/
- Grayline Airport Bus: http://grayline.is/airport-transfer/
Note that there are no trains in Iceland.