Options for Singles Vacation in Reykjavik Are Wide Open, Even On A Budget
Being single and wanting to take a fun and exciting vacation, or just a little quiet getaway can sometimes seem challenging. Here are some ways you can travel to Reykjavik and have fun, without breaking your budget. You shouldn’t have to spend years saving every cent, or worry about maxing out your credit cards just to experience life, meet new people, or soak your stress away in Iceland. With proper planning, and a little savvy shopping, you can enjoy a wonderful, well-deserved vacation on a limited budget.
Full Speed Ahead
If your idea of a rejuvenating vacation is to kick up your routine a notch or two, a long weekend in Reykjavík for shopping, dancing, and fine dining can get your blood pumping again and even introduce you to some new friends.
Partying in Reykjavik in the summer time often feels like being in a one gigantic nightclub. People go on a pub and club crawl and a lot of people stand and chat in the streets.
Four essential party places to go for singles
B5 - for the “peacocks”.
Mon – Thu: 11:00 pm – 0:00 am. Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Sun: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Bar11 – for the “rockers”.
Open: Thu: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am, Fri – Sat: 8:00 pm – 5:00 am.
Prikid – for the bohemians.
Open: Mon – Thu: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am. Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 4:30 am.
English Pub – for everyone.
Open: Mon – Thu: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am. Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 5:00 am. Sun: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am.
If you are looking for other general clubs, check out the Reykjavík Nightlife.
You should know that Icelanders do not have the open flirting culture in the middle of a weekday as many other nations do. Although picking someone up in the gym can be achieved, it is more common that people find company in the “jungle” downtown Reykjavik, after 1AM. If you’re in Reykjavik in the end of October, don’t miss the Airwaves music festival, it’s almost impossible not to make new friends that share the liking of you’re type of music genre.
When you are done partying, you can eat “street” food, the subs and pizza places that are open out to the streets. ‘Hlölla Bátur’ (subs) are really popular as a night snack.
Even though you wouldn’t call Reykjavik the cheapest destination, there are plenty of deals to be found. Search the internet for coupons and deals. The ‘Groupons’ of Iceland are Hópkaup.is and Aha.is. – Yes, they are in Icelandic. If you see something interested, use either Google Translate or ask the staff in the lobby at your hotel.
Plan one event and wrap a few smaller events around it and your itinerary will fill up fast. That four day vacation will feel like a week before you know it, perfect for the jet-setter.
Reduced Speed Ahead
If your idea of the perfect vacation is one where you can slow the pace down and enjoy quiet moments, then a long weekend in a spa may be right up your alley. Check out the fantastic spas in Reykjavik for a quick getaway spa package. You might also consider going to the spas outside of Reykjavik for a total tranquility. Four days in the warm water and cool nights will do you, and your nerves, wonders.
Few spas to check out in Reykjavik
Laugar Spa – a health and spa resort in the Laugardalur Valley. Seven differently themed saunas and steam rooms (eg. bird song or sunrise), Jacuzzi, relaxation room and a restaurant. Massage and beauty treatments available.
Reykjavik Spa – at Grand Hotel you can relax your senses with massage therapies, facials and body treatment.
Soley Natura Spa - offers exclusive beauty and massage treatments, along with completely re-designed facilities that have been created to soothe both body and mind. Located in the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura.
Nordica Spa - Facilities include a relaxation pool, aroma steam rooms, an outdoor sauna and a relaxation area. A selction of treatments include massage and beauty treatments, amongst them the all-Icelandic Volcano treatment and Ice & Fire therapy. A luxurious spa located in the modern Nordica Hotel.
Mecca Spa - Egyptian-themed health paradise in the Radisson SAS Saga Hotel. Facilities include a Jacuzzi with sea minerals, a sauna and steam bath. They offer various spa treatments and have two locations, one in Reykjavik and the other in Kópavogur.
If you don’t mind driving for 30 minutes outside of Reykajvík, the famous Blue Lagoon is also ready to give you a great spa experience.
If you’d like to met new people but would like to avoid bars and clubs, you could ask some locals if they know of any ”single-preferred” parties in Reykjavik. Sometimes individuals organize these kind of events and registration can happen on Facebook or other websites.
Or, take a tour. We’re not talking about the kind where you’re stuck on a bus. There are many tours that are relaxing, fun, and even educational. History tours are great examples of touring in a nice atmosphere that is easy-going with beautiful scenery and, of course, with the excitement of walking in the trails of the vikings. Sign up for cooking classes, dance classes or walking tours through the historic buildings in Reykjavik.
Of course, if you just need quiet time, spending your days at the Nauthólsvík beach in Reykjavík (there is actually a warmed pool outside in the beach, free of charge) or walking the mountain Esja may be perfect for you. Bring along the books you’ve been meaning to read, or the cross-stitch, or even that great novel you’ve been working on writing. Time away from the hustle bustle of your life, even if only a few days, can work wonders to restore your energy.
If you are wondering how to stick to your budget, read sticking to your travel budget when in Reykjavik.
Years ago the tourism industry catered completely to families. Now, the single traveller has taken front stage. Whether young or old, single people want the freedom to choose a vacation destination to suit their needs, either alone or with a group. Inexpensive options are everywhere, when you take the time to look.