Where to See the Northern Lights in Reykjavík

Northern Lights in Iceland

Seeing northern lights is a dream for many. In Iceland, the lights are usually green but sometimes purple, red and white. They can be seen on dark nights if their activity is high and the skies are clear. The northern lights have a schedule of their own and can be quite unpredictable. But if you’re in Iceland between September and April, remember to look up when the skies are clear. Like stars, you can best see these wonders away from the pollution and city lights; the darker the surroundings, the better. If you’re staying in Reykjavík, you don’t need to go far. Here are some of the best places to see the northern lights more clearly.

Northern lights in Iceland
Photo: Golli.

Grótta in west Reykjavík

Grótta is an area in the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, about six kilometres [3.7 mi] west of Hallgrímskirkja. As it’s the tip of a small peninsula, there are minimal city lights and pollution, giving you a higher chance of seeing the northern lights. Grótta’s lighthouse adds to its picturesque coast, creating a tranquil experience as you gaze at the lights.

You can take bus route 11 from Reykjavík city centre and get off at Hofgarðar. It is a 1.3 km [0.8 mi] walk from the bus stop to the vantage point.  You can also travel by car, bicycle, ride-share, scooter, or on foot.

Grandi harbour district

This area of Reykjavík is about two kilometres [1.24 mi] from the city centre. This neighbourhood has been growing in recent years, and you will now find various boutiques, restaurants and museums in the Grandi area. Due to its location on the waterfront, it is an excellent viewing point away from the city lights. You can get there by foot, car, bicycle or scooter, or take bus route 14 to Grandi bus stop. The best vantage point is on the northern tip, so walk up Eyjaslóð street along the water.

Perlan Sightseeing Platform in Iceland
Photo: Perlan’s 360° sightseeing platform offers great vantage points.

Perlan sightseeing platform

Perlan museum is in Reykjavík, just two kilometres [1.24 mi] south of the city centre. A large sightseeing platform wraps around the glass dome, where you have a 360° panoramic view of Reykjavík and beyond, which offers a great, unobstructed vantage point to see the Aurora.

To get to Perlan by bus, you can take bus routes 13 or 18. You can also travel by foot, ride-share, bicycle, or scooter. You can buy tickets to the sightseeing platform at Perlan’s reception for ISK 2,990 [$22, €20]. The observation deck is open until 10 PM, giving you ample time to observe the lights.

Northern lights and the peace tower in Iceland
Photo: Golli. The Northern Lights Yacht Cruise invites for beautiful views of the bay.

See the Aurora from a yacht

The Northern Lights Yacht Cruise will give you incredible views and the ability to see the Aurora more clearly. The two-hour cruise leaves from the old harbour in Reykjavík at 10 PM and is for those aged seven and older. As of 2024, the price is ISK 14,700 [$107, €99] per person, including blankets, Wi-Fi and a guide.

For an even better vantage point, there are more northern lights excursions, many of which depart Reykjavík city centre. You can also rent a car and chase the Aurora on your own.

No luck?

If you are not fortunate enough to catch the northern lights while in Iceland, you have other options. You can opt for a virtual experience by going to Perlan and experiencing them in the planetarium or to the Aurora Northern Lights Center in the Grandi harbour area, where you can admire the lights through VR goggles.

Northern lights exhibition in Perlan
Photo: The northern lights show in Perlan’s planetarium.

To keep track of the best times to see the northern lights in Iceland, using apps such as My Aurora Forecast & Alerts can better your plans. You can also visit the Icelandic Met Office’s website, where you can see the Aurora forecast. Note that on their map, the white areas indicate clear skies and a higher chance of seeing them. You will find their activity level in the upper right corner.



Fourth Sunniest Reykjavík Winter in Recorded History

Reykjavík at dawn

This winter was the fourth sunniest one in the history of Reykjavík since recording began. Only 1947, 1966 and last winter were sunnier, Vísir reports.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office recorded 313.5 sunny hours this winter, which is 106.5 hours above average. March was particularly sunny in Reykjavík, with 68.2 hours of sun more than the average of 1991 to 2020. Akureyri was also sunnier than usual, with 134 hours of sun, 15.4 hours above the average.

Nicer March than usual

The Meteorological Office also reported that March 2024 was sunnier, drier and warmer than usual. In the northwest, however, the weather was colder with more precipitation. Heavy snow in the north and east at the end of March, in addition to windy conditions, caused traffic issues and a number of avalanches to boot.

The average temperature in Reykjavík was 1.5 degrees Celsius, which is half a degree warmer than the average over the last few decades. In Akureyri, the average temperature was negative 0.3 degrees Celsius, lower than average. The warmest conditions were to be found in the south and southwest of Iceland, with the north and northwest colder.

Hottest day in Húsafell

The highest temperature measured was 12.4 degrees Celsius in Húsafell, inland from Borgarfjörður in the west of Iceland. The lowest temperature was negative 22.3 degrees Celsius in Mývatn and by Setur to the south of Hofsjökull glacier.

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Enjoying Iceland as a Couple

Something that can be said unequivocally about Iceland is that it is an exceptionally cozy place for couples. The small, intimate streets of Reykjavík, the numerous swimming pools and hot baths and the hotels and lodges in remote and breathtaking nature, all work together to make Iceland feel like a couple’s own private playground. Whether going on a honeymoon or simply a romantic getaway, Iceland is an ideal destination, making up for sandy beaches with raw, natural charm and unforgettable scenery. 

Romantic Reykjavík

It’s not necessary to plan a big trip around Iceland in order to have a romantic vacation there, Reykjavík is big enough to offer numerous activities and restaurants while it’s small enough for the natural elements to never seem far away. A perfect start to the day on a weekend would be to head to one of the many bottomless brunches around the city, for example at Brút Restaurant. Brút offers a delicious buffet of unconventional brunch courses that are a great way to try out some of the best of Icelandic cuisine. There’s also a separate dessert buffet and a self service bar of brunch drinks classics like mimosas and bloody mary’s. Afterwards, it’s nice to walk around down to the harbour or wander into Harpa music hall to enjoy the views of Esjan mountain that’s right off the coast. 

Photo: Golli. Beautiful scenery in the harbour area of Reykjavík

There are numerous museums in Reykjavík that are worth a visit, but The Einar Jónsson Museum, up by Hallgrímskirkja church, is one that stands out and would be a perfect addition to a couple’s visit to the city. The museum was designed and built by sculptor Einar himself, and he lived and worked there most of his career. As a result, it has a homey feel to it while also displaying Einar’s beautiful art in a distinct way. After a stroll to the museum, it’s a must to go up to Hallgrímskirkja tower for a stunning view of Reykjavík.

Soaking in Luxury 

While Reykjavík has no shortage of public swimming pools and hot tubs to soak in, for a special treat on a couple’s visit we recommend heading out to the Sky Lagoon in Kópavogur, a short 20 minute drive from Reykjavík. It’s a newly built, adult’s only, geothermal retreat with a special seven step spa type ritual that is designed to relax and rejuvenate visitors. 

Photo: Golli. Soaking in a natural pool is a great way to spend time together in Iceland for a couple

Going on a treasure hunt for a good natural bath is a great way for a couple to explore the country. In the vicinity of Reykjavík there are some good options, like Hvammsvík Hot Springs, which was opened in 2022. The Hvammsvík experience is similar to Sky Lagoon, with its man made, luxurious feel, but for a more authentic adventure, there is the Reykjadalur Hot Spring, an all natural river flowing down Reykjadalur Valley, close to the town of Hveragerði. There’s about an hour long hike to get to the hot spring but the reward of a soak in the unique landscape is priceless. Also in Reykjadalur is a newly installed zip line for thrill seekers looking for unconventional views of the land.

Seeking Adventure

In the fall and winter months, it’s possible to spot the Northern Lights from within Reykjavík but to make an event out of it, there’s no better way than on a cruise around Reykjavík Bay. A boat trip will take visitors far from the city lights and a nice, heated, café area inside the boat makes for a cozy, romantic outing. To get a glimpse at the power of Icelandic nature, the Golden Circle is a classic, taking visitors on an exciting trip to the iconic Gullfoss waterfall and Strokkur geysir. It’s the cherry on top for couples that are looking for an Icelandic experience they’ll never forget.

Photo: Golli. Catching the Northern Lights is an unforgettable experience

The possibilities for a couple’s getaway in Iceland are endless, and certainly not limited to Reykjavík. Some might enjoy renting a camper van and going rogue out in the rugged countryside while others might enjoy a more contained experience like the dreamy Highland Base on the Kerlingafjöll mountain range or a cozy cabin in the magnificent Þakgil canyon. Whichever route is chosen, Iceland is sure to deliver a romantic wonderland full of special moments that will last long after the trip is over.

Skiing in Iceland: Bláfjöll Ski Resort

Skiing resort Bláfjöll, skiing in Iceland

Iceland is famously referred to as the country of fire and ice. Fittingly, there are also some great ski resorts to discover. Luckily, the biggest ski resort in Iceland “Bláfjöll”, is right next to Reykjavík. We have compiled everything you need to know before heading on the wintery journey, from ‘How can I get there?’ & ‘Where can I find the best equipment?’ to ‘What slopes can I expect?’

The best thing about skiing in Iceland? – The ocean view!

As most ski resorts are (naturally) close to the island’s shores, it is likely that you can enjoy the most beautiful ocean view while gliding down the powdery mountains. If you are used to skiing or snowboarding in the European Alps, this is something quite peculiar! In total, Iceland has about 9 skiing resorts, with most of them located in the northern part of the country.

Bláfjöll Ski Resort: Wintersport adventure close to Reykjavík

Iceland’s biggest ski resort, Bláfjöll (“The Blue Mountains”), is just a 30-minute drive away from Reykjavík and perfect for a sporty pit-stop in between exploring Iceland’s sights. During the season from late November to early April (depending on the weather), skiers and snowboarders alike can enjoy 15 kilometres [10 mi] of slopes and 14 ski lifts. 

Bláfjöll ski resort opened in 1970, according to operating manager Einar Bjarnason, and has been the place where many Icelanders stood on skis for the first time in their lives, as the resort started out as a ski school. Just in the fall of 2023, the resort got two new chairlifts and snow-making machines in the hopes of making the season longer and more predictable.

Skiing resort Bláfjöll
The view from Bláfjöll mountain, photo: Alina Maurer
What you can expect?

Generally, when it comes to skiing in Iceland, don’t expect huge resorts with hundreds of kilometres of slopes, like in popular skiing areas in Austria and Switzerland. The views do make up for it, though! 

Most slopes in Bláfjöll are blue (easy), there are some red slopes (intermediate level) and even one black slope – which was actually fairly easy to ski on. The area is, therefore, perfect for beginner and intermediate ski enthusiasts and more than enough for just a day out on the slopes!

Skiing resort Bláfjöll, skiing in Iceland, Einar Bjarnason, operating manager
Einar Bjarnason, operating manager at Bláfjöll ski resort; photo: Alina Maurer

Before planning your visit, you should always be prepared and check the resort’s website or Facebook page. Icelandic weather can be unpredictable, so they make their decision whether to open the area on a day-to-day basis. On the weekends, the slopes are open from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM. During workdays, you can ski from 02:00 PM until 09:00 PM in the evening with floodlights, which is a pretty cool experience. If you’re racing down the slopes is a bit too adventurous, you can also head on a cross-country-ski adventure at the foot of Bláfjöll.

If you are lucky, you can even watch the sunset right above the ocean as you’re skiing down, which is pretty unique! Many Icelanders make use of the long opening hours during the week to cool off after work on the slopes and send their kids to ski school in the evenings.

Skiing resort Bláfjöll, skiing in Iceland
Skiers shredding down the Bláfjöll slopes in the dark with floodlights, photo: Alina Maurer
How can you get there?

If you’re renting a car, you take the ring road (No 1) in the direction East to Hveragerði. After about 20 minutes, you will see the sign “Bláfjöll 11 km”. You take a turn to the right side, and then it’s only about 10 minutes until you reach the slopes.

There is also a bus commuting directly to the ski resort from the N1 Gas station, close to the BSÍ central bus terminal in Reykjavík and from other locations in the Reykjavík suburbs. The return ticket costs about ISK 4,000 [€ 26 / $ 28].

Where can you get the best equipment & ski passes?

Whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, you can rent all of your gear on-site, including ski helmets and snowsuits. A pair of skis, boots and poles costs about ISK 7,000 [€ 46/$50] per day. A snowboard and boots are the same price. Cross-country skies run for ISK 6,230 [€ 42/$45] per day. You can always get a helmet for free—which you should definitely wear safety-wise!

An adult ski pass for one day runs for about ISK 5,940 [€ 40/$ 43] – when compared to American prizes, that is a definite bargain! 

Children’s day passes are ISK 1,320 [€ 8.85/$ 9.61].

Skiing resort Bláfjöll, skiing in Iceland
Snowboarders at the peak of Bláfjöll during sunset, photo: Alina Maurer
What should you wear?

The simple answer is layers

While you tend to be moving while skiing or snowboarding, you should still make sure that you are dressed warm enough! It can get pretty frosty on top of the mountain, especially with strong and ice-cold winds blowing straight in your face. Make sure to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. 

Generally, it is great to wear long woollen undergarments, thick wool socks, a fleece or woollen sweater, a ski mask, ski goggles for visibility, snow pants, gloves, and a thick anorak. During our visit to Bláfjöll, the temperatures reached about -18 °C [-0.4°F] on the top and even with many layers of clothing and a ski mask, the adventure got a bit chilly after a while. Luckily, the resort has a small restaurant right next to the ticket hut, where you can get some treats to warm up!

Skiing resort Bláfjöll, skiing in Iceland
Photo: Alina Maurer, the restaurant at Bláfjöll ski resort
What can you eat at Bláfjöll Ski Resort?

The small restaurant right at the bottom of the slopes is the perfect spot to warm up and gather more strength for the next descent. You can buy sandwiches, traditional Icelandic flatkökur (pancakes) with smoked lamb meat and butter, bagels, fries, hotdogs and sweet pastries. They also offer sodas and hot drinks from a vending machine, which tasted pretty good and helped to warm up quickly again. 

The prices are quite affordable, with a hotdog costing ISK 700 [€4.70/$5] and a hot chocolate running for ISK 500 [€3.35 / $3.64], which is even cheaper than in some downtown Reykjavík places.

More winter sport adventures in Iceland

If skiing or snowboarding in a regular ski resort isn’t enough adrenaline for you, you can always head on a guided winter expedition to one of Iceland’s many mountain tops for the ultimate endorphin rush. After an exhausting but thrilling 9 to 13-hour hike to Rótajallshnúkur, you are awarded by descending the mountain by skiing back down. If that sounds like the right adventure for you, make sure to check out this tour here.  If you are a cross-country ski enthusiast, make sure to check out our magazine feature on our expedition to Kerlingarfjöll in the midst of the Icelandic highland. 

Skiing resort Bláfjöll, skiing in Iceland
The ocean view from Bláfjöll, photo: Alina Maurer

Where Can I Store Luggage in Reykjavík?

Luggage storage Reykjavik

Travelling around Iceland, but you need to store your luggage somewhere until you catch your flight? Where are the best and safest luggage-lockers around Reykjavík? And what does it cost?

Don’t worry; we have compiled all of the storage lockers around town for you, so you can still enjoy your adventures here in Iceland – baggage-free. Here are some of the most accessible and reliable luggage storage options around Reykjavík.

All Luggage Lockers Around Reykjavík

Luggage lockers at BSÍ Reykjavík Bus Terminal - 24/7

The location comes in handy as this is also the main bus station of Reykjavík, where all the buses leave for the International Keflavík Airport. So, if you want to stroll around town and then head straight to the airport afterwards without spending too much time picking up your luggage, this might be the best option for you!

At BSÍ, multiple different storage options are available. You can store your belongings for a maximum of 5 days during the summer months (June 1-September 14) and 30 days from September to May. The lockers are open 24/7.

Here are all of the locker sizes and prices for 24h:

  • X-Large Locker: 64x57x95cm (25×22,4x36in) – ISK 3990 / €26 / $29
  • Large Locker: 64x42x95cm (25×16,5x36in) – ISK 2490 ISK / €16 / $18
  • Medium Locker: 47x37x68cm (18,5×14,5×27,5in) – ISK 1490 / €10/ $11
  • Key Locker: 14x22x50cm (5,5×8,6×19,6in) – ISK 490 / €3.30 / $3.50
 
Keflavík International Airport - 24/7

If you are travelling around the Reykjanes peninsula before catching your flight, storing your luggage directly at Keflavík Airport might be a smart option!

The lockers are located outside in the “Bike Pit” on the arrival side of the terminal. 26 lockers are available in 3 different sizes. In total, you can store your belongings for a maximum of 4 days during the summer months (June to August) and 30 days from September to May. The lockers are open 24/7.

Here are all of the locker sizes and prices for 24h:

  • X-Large Locker: 64x57x95cm (25×22,4x36in) – ISK 4490 / €30/ $32
  • Large Locker: 64x42x95cm (25×16,5x36in) – ISK 3490 / €23/ $25
  • Medium Locker: 47x37x95cm (18,5×14,5×27,5in) – ISK 1490 / €10/ $11
 
Traðarkot Car Park & Vesturgata Car Park

Hverfisgata 20, 101 Reykjavík

This luggage storage is right in the heart of downtown Reykjavík and is a great option if you need to check out of your hotel and want to explore the city for the day before flying out later in the evening. You can access these lockers between Laugavegur 5 and 7 from Laugavegur street itself, but also from Hverfisgata, the street behind. The lockers are on two different floors, levels -1A and -2A. You can store your belongings fro a maximum of 30 days in 52 lockers of 3 sizes. Opening hours are every day from 07:00 AM – 12:00 AM.

Here are all of the locker sizes and prices for 24h:

  • X-Large Locker: 64x57x95cm (25×22,4x36in) – ISK 2990 / €20/ $22
  • Large Locker: 64x42x95cm (25×16,5x36in) – ISK 1990 / €13/ $15
  • Medium Locker: 47x37x68cm (18,5×14,5×27,5in) – ISK 990 ISK / €6/ $7
Reykjavík Domestic Airport

In case you plan to continue your travels to other places in Iceland via plane or of you are heading to Greenland, you can also store your luggage in the lockers at the Reykjavík Domestic Airport. In the Icelandair domestic passenger terminal, you can find 12 different lockers in 2 sizes, where you can store your belongings for a maximum of 30 days. Opening hours are from 30 minutes before the first flight in the morning until 30 minutes after the last arrival in the evening. 

Here are all of the locker sizes and prices for 24h:

  • X-Large Locker: 62x59x95cm (24x23x36in) – ISK 2990 ISK / €20/ $22
  • Large Locker: 62x39x95cm (24x15x36in) – ISK 1490 ISK / €10/ $11
Reykjavik Terminal / Bus Hostel - 24/7

Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavík

Close to the popular natural history museum Perlan and Reykjavík’s Green Lungs Öskuhlíð (the city forest), you can find the luggage lockers in the Bus Hostel. You can store your belongings for a maximum of 30 days in 30 lockers in 3 different sizes. The storage option is open 24/7!

Here are all of the locker sizes and prices for 24h:

  • Large Locker: 64x42x95cm (25×16,5x36in) – ISK 2990 / €20/ $22
  • Medium Locker: 47x37x68cm (18,5×14,5×27,5in) – ISK 1490 / €10/ $1
  • Key Locker: 14x22x50cm (5,5×8,6×19,6in) – ISK 490 / €3.30/ $3.60
Mjódd Bus Terminal - The Budget Option

Þönglabakki 4, 109 Reykjavík

The luggage storage in the Reykjavík suburb Breiðholt is a great option for all budget travellers! Right by the bus terminal, you can find 14 lockers of 2 different sizes inside the terminal building. You can even store your belongings for 30 days. This is a great location if you are planning to continue travelling Iceland by bus, as many buses to the countryside leave from Mjódd. Opening hours are on weekdays from 07:00 AM – 06:00 PM, Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 PM – 06:00 PM.

Here are all of the locker sizes and prices for 24h:

  • X – Large Locker: 64x42x95cm (25×16,5x36in) – ISK 990 / €6.60/ $7.20
  • Large Locker: 47x37x68cm (18,5×14,5×27,5in) – ISK 490 / €3.30/ $3.60
 
Reykjavík Campsite

Sundlaugavegur 32, 105 Reykjavík

The Reykjavík campsite in Laugardalur is open all year round and also hosts luggage storage. Additionally to 20 regular lockers in 3 different sizes, they also offer free storage for up to six weeks for flattened bike boxes – perfect for bike travellers that want to explore Iceland’s wilderness by bike, but need to leave behind the transport boxes. They also offer long-term storage for bigger luggage for a fixed rate per day/week of 1.200 ISK/5.800 ISK.

Opening hours for public access are from 07:30 AM – 10:00 PM. If you are staying at the campsite you can access the lockers 24/7.

Here are all of the locker sizes and prices for 24h:

  • X-Large Locker: 64x57x95cm (25×22,4x36in) – ISK 1700 / €11/ $12
  • Large Locker: 64x42x95cm (25×16,5x36in) – ISK 1150 / €7.70/ $8.40
  • Medium Locker: 47x37x95cm (18,5×14,5×27,5in) – ISK 800 / €5.30/ $5.80
Other options: Hotels, rental cars & pools

If none of the suggested luggage lockers fit your plans, you can also ask in your accommodation whether it is possible for them to store your luggage for some time. Most hotels, guesthouses, and Airbnb’s are quite happy to provide this extra service.

If you’re planning to relax and soak in the Blue Lagoon before leaving the country, you can also use the lockers at the facilities. For a fee, you can find bigger storage spaces right outside the entrance for suitcases and smaller (in the ticket price-included) lockers inside the changing rooms for your personal belongings. Public pools in Reykjavík and the surroundings officially do not offer luggage storage.

Otherwise, if you have a rental car, you can store your luggage in the car while you enjoy the last moments of your travels around Iceland. Iceland is generally quite safe, and car break-ins tend to be unusual (no guarantee, though). To be safe, make sure not to leave valuables behind—better safe than sorry!

How To Travel Around Reykjavík 

Reykjavík from above, housing crisis Iceland

Knowing how to get around Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city, is essential for those hoping to truly maximise their visit. So what transportation options are available, and how much do they cost? 

Despite being home to over two-thirds of Iceland’s population, Reykjavík has a reputation for being a small capital city. This assessment is not entirely unfair; compared to the majority of other capitals around the world, the city could hardly be described as a metropolis. 

With that said, it still covers 232 sq km [144 mi,] often surprising those who bought into the misconception that Reykjavík is little more than a “quaint fishing town.”

A child rides a segway through Reykjavík
Photo: Golli. There are many creative ways to explore Reykjavík.

Thankfully, many of the most beloved attractions, be it the Sun Voyager sculpture, Harpa Concert Hall, or Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran Church, are all within easy walking distance from one another. 

However, other notable stops, like Perlan Museum, Árbær Open Air Museum, and Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach require a little more research into the transportation possibilities. To mention it briefly, City Sightseeing Reykjavík offers a hop-on, hop-off service that will take you to many of the best sites across the city.

Without further ado, let’s delve into the many ways you can travel across Reykjavík without breaking the bank!   

All About Public Transport Buses in Iceland 

Public bus in Reykjavík
Photo: Golli. Buses in Reykjavík are recognisable thanks to their bright yellow colour

Without trains or an underground tube service, Reykjavík’s residents must rely on city buses to get from A to B. The country’s only public transport company is called Strætó. They operate several bus lines throughout the city. As an aside, Strætó is an abbreviation of the word Strætisvagn, which translates to ‘street car.’ 

Hlemmur bus terminal is the major interchange for Strætó. The majority of bus lines pass through here. In 2017, the terminal’s building was transformed into a popular food hall, Hlemmur Mathöll, and is easily accessible at the bottom of Laugavegur. 

This renovation has been something of a blessing, having transformed what was once one of the more run-down areas of the city into someplace quite special. Why not make the most of it by grabbing a tasty bite while waiting for your next bus? 

A man using the klapp app in Reykjavík
Photo: Golli. A man waits for the bus in Reykjavík

It is always wise to check their website regularly to keep up to date with timetables and disruptions (many of the city’s residents will be happy to tell you that Strætó does not have the greatest reputation when it comes to reliability.) 

You can also use the app’s route-planner to help strategize your journey and see at which stops you might have to change buses.

You’ll instantly be able to recognise Strætó buses thanks to their canary-yellow colour. There are a vast number of bus stops across the city and beyond, with some being shelters, while others are a mere signpost. 

If you need to contact the company directly, you can reach their customer service by email at [email protected], or by telephone at +354 540 2700. 

How much does public transport cost in Reykjavík? 

public transportation iceland
Photo: Golli. Bus fares will cost more starting January 8 2024

If you have the cash handy, you can buy tickets on the bus directly. But, in an age where cards over coins has become the new standard, securing your route this way can often be more hassle than it’s worth. 

Naturally, one would think that a bus fare could be bought directly through Strætó’s app, but this is actually not the case. In fact, tickets are most widely purchased through a separate app, Klappið.

As of January 8, 2024, a single adult bus fare costs 630 kr [$4.60, €4.20]. Children between 12 – 17 years old, and adults above 67 years old, only have to pay 315 kr, while those 11 years old and younger are permitted to ride for free. Also, travellers with disabilities have a discounted rate at 189 kr when paid through Klappið. 

Both the Klappið and Strætó apps can be downloaded through the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you’re planning on staying in the capital for a while, another option might be the Reykjavik City Card. Not only does it permit you entry into the city’s museums, art galleries, and swimming pools, but it allows you unlimited rides on Strætó. The Reykjavik City Card comes in three varieties; 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours. 

What is Hopp in Iceland? 

Hopp scooters in front of Mount Esja in Reykjavík
Photo: Hopp Reykjavík. Scooters in front of Reykjavík’s Mount Esja.

Founded in Reykjavík in 2019, the micro mobility company, Hopp, provides its residents and guests a means to travel across the city by way of shared electric scooters, cars, and taxis. 

With a focus on sustainable travel and ease of access, Hopp is perfectly suited for travellers hoping to keep their trip to Iceland as carbon neutral as possible. 

Hopp vehicles of all shapes and sizes are now as common a sight around the city as souvenir stores, and have quickly become part of the fabric that makes up the Reykjavík tapestry. 

 

Renting a Hopp scooter costs ISK 115 up front, then ISK 39 a minute afterwards, making it a very affordable way of travelling short distances. Payment is all done through the app. 

As mentioned, Hopp also operates a taxi service, following a similar model to Uber in other countries. While this is a new operation, visitors to Iceland can check their driver’s rating before booking a ride. 

The Hopp app can be downloaded through Google Play or the Apple Store.   

Should I Rent a Car in Reykjavík? 

Renting a car can be a great way to get around Reykjavík
Photo: Golli. Renting a car is a good option for exploring Reykjavík city.

For the greatest freedom, renting a car remains the optimum choice. Not only does it allow you to set your own schedule, but also change your plans on the fly should the need arise.

There are a variety of vehicle options available depending on your requirements. If you’re planning on leaving the capital to head out to the Highlands during summer, do note that a 4X4 will be necessary so as not to become stranded on loose gravel, or midway through a deceptively deep river. 

Read more on driving in Iceland:

How to park in Reykjavík? 

Aerial view of Reykjavík city traffic during winter
Photo: Golli. Aerial view of Reykjavík city traffic during winter

As is often the case with capital cities, finding a place to park in Reykjavík can often be challenging. Fear not, for there are ways of mitigating this frustration, saving you unnecessary circles around downtown, and the predictable spilling of curse words.

What’s important to realise is that Reykjavík has four parking zones, each with different rates and time slots depending on where they are. Designated by signs stating, P1, P2, P3, and P4, it’s good to know that Parking Zone 1 is the most expensive, and the most central to the city. From each number out, the respective charge becomes less, but the distance furthers. 

When using a ticket machine to pay for parking, make sure to keep your licence plate number on hand. Note that not all parking machines will print a ticket, but this does not present an issue; parking attendants scan licence plates to check that a fare has been paid. 

However, oftentimes, finding a ticking machine is unnecessary. Actually, the easiest way to pay for parking in Iceland is through the mobile application, Parka. You can download the app on both the App Store and Google Play. 

Can you travel around Reykjavík by foot? 

Reykjavík walking district laugavegur
Photo: Golli. Pedestrians walking down Reykjavík’s busiest street, Laugavegur

Another great option is simply traversing Reykjavík by foot. For those remaining central to the city, Iceland’s capital is a fantastic place for walking, not only for its cleanliness and pleasant ambience, but for the way major port-of-calls are laid out. 

This is particularly true of Miðborg, the city’s downtown district, which is undoubtedly the cultural hub given its concentrations of shops, restaurants, and museums. 

Reykjavík’s most popular shopping streets are Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, both found in Miðborg. 

Skólavörðustígur leads right up to Hallgrímskirkja church, and is better known as “Rainbow Street” due to the vibrant colours painted along its lower section. You’ll find a variety of easy going cafes and restaurants as well, as well as kitsch souvenir and grocery shops.

Pedestrians outside of Hallgrímskirkja church.
Photo: Golli. Pedestrians enjoy a walk in Reykjavík.

Laugavegur is the street most dense with foot traffic; for all intents and purposes, it begins at Hlemmur bus terminal and ends at Lækjartorg intersection, just a short way away from Harpa Concert Hall. Over recent years, vehicle traffic has been restricted on large sections of Laugavegur to help incentivise residents and travellers to walk.

Walking from Miðborg to neighbouring Grandi, home to the picturesque Old Harbour, takes approximately twenty minutes. This is a lovely stroll in itself, allowing great views of Reykjavík’s coastline and residential districts. 

Over recent years, efforts have been made to popularise Grandi among visitors, hosting such interesting stops as FlyOver Iceland, and the museums,  Whales of Iceland and Reykjavík Maritime Museum. There are also supermarkets, restaurants, and ice cream parlours nearby, as well as the iconic Kaffivagninn, Iceland’s oldest cafe. 

How to take a Taxi in Reykjavík? 

Taxi in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík
Photo: Golli. Taxis in Reykjavík

Sometimes, you’ll want to avoid the stress of planning your journey and instead leave it to those who know the city like the back of their hand. Fortunately, there are several taxi companies that operate 24/7 in Reykjavík. 

While this is by far the most expensive option from getting from place to place, it can sometimes be a useful option, especially late in the evening, or when no other transport options are available.

The two most respected taxi companies in Reykjavík are Hreyfill, founded in 1943, and BSR, which was founded in 1921. 

Hreyfill +354 588 5522

BSR +354 561 0000

In Summary 

A bridge in Reykjavík during summer.
Photo: Golli. However you travel, Reykjavík is a fantastic city to explore!

However you choose to explore Iceland’s gorgeous capital, you are sure to quickly fall in love with the city. The pace of life is slower here. And despite it very much being a city, travellers will pick up on its laid-back atmosphere. 

While transportation is an important facet of every vacation abroad, spend your time here at a leisurely pace. Still, remember that there are many options for how you choose to get around Reykjavík. But make sure to pick those that best suit your itinerary. 

Reykjavík – Iceland’s Amazing Capital City 

Miðborg Reykjavíkur - tekið úr byggingakrana

What is there to see and do in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík? How many people live there, and how was the city founded? Let’s learn all there is to know about Iceland’s only major settlement, Reykjavík.

Reykjavík is a city like no other on earth. For one thing, most people would not describe it as a city at all – rather, it resembles a pleasant coastal town with landmarks of noteworthiness. Its diminutive population only reinforces this point, as does its lack of urban infrastructure, transport networks, and twisting highways.

Ultimately, Reykjavík is the perfect city for those who long to appreciate the lively epicentre of a nation without subjecting themselves to the incessant noise, lurking danger, and hustle and bustle so apparent in many other capitals around the world. 

Reykjavík skyline
Photo: Golli. Reykjavík from the water.

And, if you might excuse this frankly disruptive personal interjection – as a foreign resident living in Iceland’s capital, I believe wholeheartedly that it is one of the greatest cities on earth, if only for the fact that it defies what is so expected of one. In many ways, if you were to look up the opposite of a city in the dictionary, you may find Reykjavík to be the definition, at least in terms of its gentle ambience and relatively slow pace of life. 

Still, a city is what Reykjavík is. Given this fact, it is obvious that Reykjavík is where most visitors to Iceland will stay, utilising it as a go-to homebase for taking tours and excursions around the country. There are so many hotels, Air BnBs, and hostels to choose from, and at a relatively competitive price, that picking otherwise does not make budgetary sense given the high cost of vacationing in Iceland. 

Basic Facts About Reykjavík 

Photo: Golli. Reykjavík at dusk.

Reykjavík translates to ‘Smoky Bay,’ named because of how its surrounding geothermal areas produce pillars of white steam. While these outpourings are not anywhere near as noticeable to residents today, it must have been quite the surreal sight to the city’s early settlers. 

For anyone interested in observing these geothermal sites that are still in action, there are many locations on the adjacent Reykjanes Peninsula, such as the Martian-like landscape of Gunnuhver hot springs.  

As of 2024, the population of Reykjavík is approximately 139,849 people, meaning that around two-thirds of Iceland’s entire population calls the capital home. If there was any fact that demonstrates just how remote and, ultimately, wild Iceland actually is, it should be this. 

Biker crossing a busy road in Reykjavík.
Photo: Biker crossing a busy road in Reykjavík.

Since 2016, the population of the city has increased around 1.62% each year, but this can be hard to notice given the fact that almost every single tourist who visits Iceland will pass through it at one point or another during their holiday. In fact, its density of people is, almost, tribute to just how popular it is, and is not particularly a reflection of the city if it were left to its own devices. 

But then again, as much is true of any urban centre that so happens to be a beloved tourist destination… 

The Capital area of Reykjavík covers 273 km2 (105 sq mi), and so it is considered Iceland’s only major city. Akureyri is often called ‘Iceland’s Northern Capital City,’ but with a population of only 17,693, it should more accurately be described as a town rather than a major urban settlement. Still, this gorgeous settlement boasts its only cathedral, and a domestic airport should anyone want to hop on a flight between Reykjavík and Akureyri. 

Reykjavík’s connection to nature

 

Reykjavík is considered to be among the cleanest and most environmentally friendly cities on the planet. This comes down not only to how the city’s residents care for their home, but also the simple fact that so much of Iceland’s heat and electricity is geothermally, and hydrothermally, sourced. 

Saying that, Reykjavík is as much of a party city as many other places, so early mornings on a Saturday and Sunday might make you think twice about the idea Reykjavík is particularly clean – but rest easy knowing that whatever litter might be left over from the night before is quickly discarded by local services. 

If one thing can be said for the Icelanders, it is that they are extremely house proud, and they take their relationship with nature very seriously.  

Puffin Iceland
Photo: Golli. Nesting Atlantic Puffins

Speaking of the city’s connection to nature, guests should be aware that whales and puffins can often be seen from the city. Both animals have become bonafide mascots of the country – whether they are aware of it or not – thanks to the great many wildlife tours on offer here. 

One of the most popular spots from which to take whale-watching and bird-watching tours is Old Harbour, a beautiful district marked by its many boats and restaurants. 

Weirdly enough, dogs were banned from Reykjavík until the 1980s; something at odds with how Icelanders view their love of animals. However, the presence of our canine friends is now a staple part of capital life, second only to the many cats seen roaming the streets. 

A Brief History of Reykjavík 

Viking Festival Hafnarfjörður

If you were to look at the Reykjavík City Crest, you might notice that it depicts two logs. This symbolises the ancient Norse method of deciding on where to settle. Aside from Irish monks, or Papar, who were said to have lived in a monastery on Papey Island, Ingólfr Arnarson was the first person to have officially discovered Iceland. In fact, it is said that the Irish left Iceland because they did not like the presence of Norse settlers. 

Who was Ingólfr Arnarson?

 

Originally from the Rivedal Valley in West Norway, Ingólfr Arnarson arrived in Iceland in the year 874 AD. He arrived after fleeing from a blood feud that he had become embroiled in. His escape from Norway focused on a mysterious island discovered by fellow Vikings, Garðar Svavarsson and Hrafna-Flóki, some years beforehand. 

Upon spotting land, Ingólfr tossed two wooden logs over the side of his longship, observing where they beached. These logs – or polished wooden poles – were known as Öndvegissúlur (High-Seat Pillars.) So it might seem strange to us today, this method of deciding on where to set-up a permanent farmstead was common practice among the Norsemen at the time. 

Reykjavík statue
Photo: Golli. A statue in Reykjavík

And so it was that Reykjavík’s location was decided upon. You can read more about Ingólfr Arnarson and the settlement of Reykjavík in the Landnámabók, otherwise known as the Book of Settlers.   

If you want to learn more about Reykjavík’s earliest days in a more fun and practical way, then the Settlement Exhibition 871±2 is a fantastic place to visit. This historic site was built around the excavated ruins of one of the first man-made structures ever built in Iceland. And, it can be found right downtown! The ruins date back to somewhere in between 900 – 1000 AD. Ancient and mysterious, they expose details of how Reykjavík’s earliest settlers would have lived and worked.

Since Iceland became a sovereign nation in 1918 – breaking away from Denmark with the Act of the Union – Reykjavík has held the position as the northernmost capital in the world. 

Famous Landmarks in Reykjavík

Hallgrímskirkja lutheran church in Iceland
Photo: Golli. Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík

The columned steeple of Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church is the city’s most recognisable landmark, towering over the tin roofs of downtown. While the ground floor of this historic building is free to explore, ascending to its high-level will require an extra fee. You will find this fantastic cultural landmark at the top of Skólavörðustígur – known colloquially as rainbow street – making for fantastic urban photographs right up to its bronze double doors. 

Another of Reykjavík’s more iconic buildings is Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, located on the rocky embankment of Faxaflói Bay. This award-winning structure is a great place to catch any one of the local or international acts to grace its many stages. These include the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavík’s Big Band, and the Icelandic Opera. 

Photo: Golli. Harpa concert hall.

What are some lesser-known landmarks in Reykjavík?

 

The circular dome of Perlan Museum and Observation Deck is a little way outside of downtown, but is more than worth a visit. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the Wonders of Iceland exhibition. It includes artificial ice caves and bird cliffs, as well as a cinematic Northern Lights experience. To top it off, you will have access to amazing panoramic views of the capital, and its surrounding nature. That’s right… from the 360 degree viewing platform that sits atop the museum. 

When it comes to famed monuments, stop by the Sun Voyager sculpture, nearby to Harpa Concert Hall. This beautiful and artistic representation of a Viking longship is a truly unique metallic specimen, and provides a brilliant subject for those looking to photograph the table-top prominence of Mount Esja, Reykjavík’s nearest mountain. 

Perlan Öskjuhlíð haust autumn
Photo: Golli. Perlan on Öskjuhlíð

If there was any place to dwell on how Iceland was discovered by courageous sailors braving the unknown ocean, it is the Sun Voyager. 

If you’re hoping to see as many of Reykjavík’s landmarks as possible, your two best options are to take a pleasant walk around the capital, or better yet, hop on a city sightseeing bus tour!

Shopping in Reykjavík

Shopping in Iceland
Photo: Golli. Make sure to plan your budget for shopping!

Reykjavík provides fantastic opportunities for shoppers. Albeit those who are willing to pay more for products than they might do elsewhere. Unfortunately, Reykjavík is an expensive place to visit, let alone enjoy retail therapy. But if you have cash and a predilection to shop, you’ll find a fantastic array of clothes, music, ornaments, and food. 

Laugavegur is the most popular street for shopping in the capital. Strolling along it, you’ll find plenty of establishments to tickle your interest, be they galleries, book shops, or cute cafes. 

Despite this now being Reykjavík’s most well-trodden street, Laugavegur was not always so attractive to visitors. In fact, it translates to hot spring road. Locals used to wash their clothes in a trickling geothermal stream that ran directly where people walk today. 

A man reading in a book shop corner.
Photo: Golli. A man reading in a book shop corner.

You’re sure to notice the many souvenir shops around the city. Locals know these as Puffin Shops. On the other hand, guests see them as perfect places to grab an I <3 RYK t-shirt, or perhaps, a keyring or mug emblazoned with Hallgrimskirkja or the city’s crest. Whatever you choose for a memento of your stay, you will be spoiled for choice. The right souvenir shop for you is right around the corner. 

Are there good clothing stores in Reykjavík?

 

Icelanders also happen to be fashion-conscious people. But with the relatively high price of clothing items, and a lack of variety, second-hand shops are the obvious choice. 

Places like Spúútnik and Fatamarkaðurinn second-hand market offer a diverse mix of attire, much of which is inspired by the funky psychedelia of the sixties and seventies. So, make sure to stand out against Iceland’s landscapes by dressing your special for holiday photos 

Lucky Records in Reykjavík music
Photo: Golli. Lucky Records in Reykjavík

What music stores are in Reykjavík?

 

Also, the Icelandic people love their music. You will find many record stores across the city, including the likes of 12 Tónar, Smekkleysa, and Lucky Records. Browsing their collections of new and vintage music is the perfect way to spend some time in the city. It provides you with a great opportunity to gain a deeper insight into local artists. 

It’s also cool to know that many of these record stores also moonlight as indie record labels. Thus, visiting gets you even closer to the musical talent that Iceland is known for. Look out for small-scale concerts regularly held at these locales during your visit. 

Restaurants and Bars in Reykjavík 

Cocktails in the making at Tipsy, Reykjavík.
Photo: Golli. Cocktails in the making at Tipsy, Reykjavík.

Foodies will find so much to love about Reykjavík that their stomachs might demand they never leave.

Not only are there plenty of spots that dedicate themselves completely to authentically Icelandic dishes – like the scrumptious plokkari (potatoes and white fish) or, of course, roasted lamb – but there are countless other restaurants and takeaways focused on their own takes on international food, be it Thai or Italian.

What are Reykjavík’s best known foods?

 

This article would be remiss not to mention the most famous spots to sample the best Iceland has to offer. 

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is the one-stop you need to pay attention to regarding Icelandic hot dogs. Their sausages are made of a mix of lamb, beef and pork. The meat is topped off with fried onions and a generous slathering of mustard, ketchup, and remoulade.

More adventurous travellers may want to try the famous – or, in fact, infamous – Hakarl, or Icelandic Shark. 

(If you’re planning on putting yourself through this culinary ordeal, expect a rapid and severe taste of ammonia. Hopefully, the awed and giggly cheers from those around you make biting down worth the effort!)

Two people eating ice cream in the snow.
Photo: Golli. Two people eating ice cream in the snow.

Does Reykjavík have a fun nightlife?

 

Enjoying alcoholic delights is as diverse and entertaining as the food on offer in Reykjavík. Different establishments offer different types of scenes. Depending on your mood, you might find yourself sampling delicious whiskies in the city’s rock joints. Or enjoying sunset from one of the classier rooftop bars. 

Might you be more inclined to the former, the likes of Dillon Whiskey Bar or Gaukurinn Drag Bar are your bet. More sophisticated sippers might prefer SKY Bar or Petersen svítan. 

Despite the great variety of bars and restaurants on offer, guests might find the city lacking in the large-scale chains that are accustomed to at home. For example, neither Starbucks nor McDonalds operates in Iceland, though local alternatives fill the gap – like Te & Kaffi cafe for coffee, and Aktu Taktu or Metro for burgers. 

Art and Culture in Reykjavík 

A nighttime pool party in Iceland
Photo: Golli. Not all parties happen at the bar!

Icelanders – or, more particularly, Reykjavík residents – are a creative, somewhat absurd, and wildly experimental bunch. Unafraid to push the boundaries in whatever arena they choose, be it cuisine, fashion, music, or art. 

This will likely be obvious walking through Reykjavík. Many walls and houses are painted with stunning murals that add welcome and eccentric colour to an otherwise grey cityscape. 

With that in mind, art-lovers will find many eclectic galleries, exhibitions, and vibrant stores throughout the capital. Here, they can appreciate Iceland’s contributions to the creative scene. 

Read our full article: What is Icelandic Culture?

Where can you see art in Reykjavík?

Reykjavík Art Museum, for example, covers many such centres of display across the city:  Hafnarhús, by Old Harbour, focuses on modern art, while Kjarvalsstaðir in Klambratún park and Ásmundarsafn shift the focus towards sculpture and experimental contemporary works. 

Hafnarhús art museum
Photo: Golli. Hafnarhús is one of the museums in Reykjavík

On top of these museums, there are many sculptures to be found, including the likes of The Unknown Bureaucrat, located by Lake Tjörnin. 

Another interesting instalment is the Imagine Peace Tower, which is found on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður. Dedicated to the late-Beatle, John Lennon, this powerful spotlight was unveiled by Yoko Ono herself. It brightens up the winter night between October and December every year. 

For those historically inclined, there are also a great variety of museums where you can learn more about Iceland. More than that – about how Reykjavík has developed throughout the centuries.

These include the National Museum of Iceland, which displays countless artefacts related to the country’s cultural history. Then there is Árbær Open Air Museum, where you can appreciate beautifully replicated homes from the Iceland of old. 

Reykjavík Old Harbour
Photo: Golli. Outside of Reykjavík Maritime Museum

What are lesser-known museums in Reykjavík?

 

There are many other options depending on your subject of interest. For example, the Reykjavík Maritime Museum focuses on Iceland’s historic fishing industry, as well as its relationship with the sea in general, while the bizarre but fascinating Icelandic Phallological Museum dedicates exhibition space to the male reproductive organ, boasting an enormous collection of phalluses sourced from animal species across the country. 

Another recommendation would be the Museum of Photography, which has over 6 million photographs in its collection, many of which have perfectly captured how Iceland’s capital city has grown from a tiny Norse settlement into the burgeoning economic and cultural hub it is today. 

In Summary 

Skólavörðustígur Reykjavík pride LGBTQ+
Photo: Golli. A pair snaps a selfie with the Skólavörðustígur rainbow as a backdrop at the 2019 Pride Parade in Reykjavík

As you’ve surely cottoned onto by now, the city of Reykjavík is a special place through and through. 

It is the sort of place that inspires great literature, engaging nights, and breathtaking art. The sort of place where friends are made as easily as memories. Where visitors transcend the typical experiences one has come to expect of a much beloved tourist destination.   

Surrounded by mountainscapes and oceans, this exciting young capital draws is as great for immerseing oneself in nature as it is for others seeking urban delights. 

Plans for New National Arena Announced

Laugardalur, Reykjavík

A new National Arena for sports will seat 8,600 attendees and be opened to the public in 2027 or 2028. At a press conference yesterday, Minister of Education and Children Ásmundur Einar Daðason announced an open competition for the design and construction of the building, which is to be located in Laugardalur in Reykjavík.

The National Arena will cost an approximate ISK 15 Billion [$110 Million, €100 Million] and will be in 55% ownership of the Icelandic state and 45% by Reykjavík city, Mbl.is reports.

Handball championship dreams

Iceland has a joint bid with Denmark and Norway to host the 2029 or 2031 World Men’s Handball Championship. When asked about the arena’s capacity, Ásmundur said jovially that that he could see the arena being completely packed with people “when Iceland becomes world champion”.

The design competition will be open to teams that include an architect, an engineer and contractors. Qualifying teams will receive funding to prepare a design proposal and a bid in accordance with specs and cost projections.

Football, track and field next

Two other sports-related construction projects are still in the early stages, a National Stadium for football and a National Stadium for track and field. Ásmundur said that the arena was being prioritised as it could be completed more easily and service youth sports and local sport clubs as well.

February Marks Highest Ever Traffic Levels in Capital Area

Renting a car can be a great way to get around Reykjavík

February experienced the highest traffic volume on record in the capital region, with a 6.7% increase from the previous year. Predictions by the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration indicate a potential 4% rise in traffic for the current year.

Slow Sundays, busy Thursdays

February saw an unprecedented volume of traffic in the capital region, marking the highest levels ever recorded for this month. Traffic increased by 6.7% compared to February of the previous year, based on three key measurement points of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration in the capital area.

The most significant rise in traffic occurred on the Vesturlandsvegur road above Ártúnsbrekka in East Reykjavík, while the most minor increase was noted on Reykjanesbraut near Dalvegur in Kópavogur. According to the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration’s website, cumulative traffic (the total amount of vehicle movement or traffic flow recorded over a specific period) has grown by 5.2% so far this year.

Traffic peaked on Thursdays in February but was lowest on Sundays, although the most significant year-on-year increase was seen on Sundays. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration’s calculations suggest that traffic in the capital area could rise 4% this year compared to the last.

“With only two months into the year, the traffic division’s forecasting model of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration suggests that there could be an increase of just over 4% in traffic in the capital area, based on the mentioned measurement points, compared to last year.”