Conference is Postponed
We regret to inform you that due to the aggressive spreading of the coronavirus worldwide, after lengthy consideration and discussions, we have come to the conclusion that we have no choice but to postpone the conference: “Extreme Galaxies and their Extreme Environments as Probes of Galaxy Formation”. Please see the main home page of the conference for more details.
To and from the airport
The suggested option is to use one of the two companies that have direct bus shuttles to Reykjavík:
Flybus Airport Transfer: https://www.re.is/tour/flybus/
Airport Direct: https://airportdirect.is/
For many hotels (including the conference hotel), these companies offer to take customers to the hotel as well. The way it works is: the shuttle takes passengers to the main bus terminal of the company, located near the city centre, and from there, small buses take the passengers to the respective hotels. As an alternative, passengers can take a taxi from the bus terminal to the hotel.
We would not recommend a taxi from the airport, since it would be quite expensive (around 25,000 ISK).
The cheapest option is public transport (bus 55), but the time table is very limited: https://www.straeto.is/uploads/files/R-55-pdf-a75790e6da.pdf
Taxis in Reykjavík are quite expensive (the absolute minimum is 1000 ISK, and regular cost of a drive within the inner city is around 3000 ISK), but they are of course convenient and quite fast/reliable to reach out. The company our LOC members have used is: Hreyfill (http://www.hreyfill.is/). If you are travelling with a child, is important you tell them to have a car seat for the taxi, not all have one and by law they can only drive you with one.
Stræto (https://www.straeto.is/) is the bus public transport, which has many lines that conveniently cover the city centre and the region around. The price per ticket is around 490 ISK (one way, valid for 90 mins., i.e. if you request a ticket to the driver, it is valid for 90 minutes and you can change buses within this time frame). Notice that drivers only accept exact fare in cash. There is a convenient app that you can download in your phone to pay for the tickets with your credit card.
Some local attractions
Harpa Concert hall is one of most distinctive landmarks of the City of Reykjavík, and the finest example of modern architecture in the city (~20 minutes walk from the conference venue, or 5 mins by bus, line 11 from Hótel Saga stop).
Perlan is another distinctive landmark, which consists of water tanks that originally were used to distribute hot water to the city, but is now a series of exhibitions (including a planetarium, and an actual indoor ice cave museum), and observation deck and a restaurant. It is more easily accessible by car, but is possible to reach it by bus (line 18). From the conference venue, take line 11 to Hlemmur station and then 18 to Perlan.
Hallgrímskirkja is perhaps the most famous building in Reykjavík, and given its location in a hill, it offers great views of the city from its tower.