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Living in Reykjavík, Iceland:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

seven local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Reykjavík, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Reykjavík what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It’s expensive, but not in an over-the-top way for things like dining out (though hold the alcohol) or even groceries. Reykjavik is a pleasant place to live for a while – it’s like an American college town with fjords and embassies, and there is decent cultural and nightlife. It’s also not easy or cheap to leave for short trips, and the political correctness atmosphere can be suffocating given that every transgression will be noted and shared in your personal and family circles if you marry a local. Indeed, marrying a local is essential to living here as an expat because the locals, while fluent in English, don’t love to socialize in it but will do so in deference to your local spouse.

In Reykjavík you will have access to clean water and warm swimming pools. The houses are strong and warm. The weather is extremely fluctuating but mild, often windy with regular rain, without any temperature extremes. It is an expensive country but very safe with lots of space and interesting nature close by.

Thorsteinn, says: 2023

Natural beauty, unique and cool open-minded people. Great working rights and conditions for making a living and finding a job.

When moving to Reykjavik, please take some warm clothes with you! It can get incredibly cold here. Apart from that, the weather is highly unpredictable, therefore you never know what you’re signing up for when going outside. Arrive here with an open mind and willingness to embrace the quirky and cold!

Dominic, says: 2020

Reykjavík is an extremely expensive city, so it is imperative to have a certain extent of financial security to enjoy living here. The downtown area is fairly drab and does not quite resemble the bustle of a big city. Opportunities for work and professional development are sparse due to the fact that many fields do not exist here yet.

Prodhi, says: 2020

Reykjavik is a small, diverse, inclusive community. A fantastic place and work and the opportunity to experience the pure and transformative nature that Iceland offers is just a short drive from the centre. Being a foreign national living here, I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a unique lifestyle choice.

In general, the country is very expensive to live in. Apartment prices in Iceland are extremely lavish in Reykjavík mainly. Reykjavík has a big variety of consumer products. It is a small city with more than two thirds of the country’s population residing there.

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