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6 Stops to Make on Iceland's Most Memorable Street

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Though it’s only a five-minute walk end-to-end, central Reykjavík’s steep and narrow Skólavörðustígur street is a mix of urban and folksy that could take hours to explore.—Andrew Evans, this appeared in the March/April 2017 issue
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Barónsstígur 45, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Sundhöllin might be the oldest public bathhouse in town, but it’s also the most stylish, with its brash art deco facade, a natural steam bath, and outdoor hot tubs bubbling with natural spring water.—Andrew Evans

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Skólavörðustígur 40, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Inside the cozy, wood-and-leather decorated walls of Kol Restaurant, chef Kári Þorsteinsson conjures up Viking-era flavors in Nordic comfort foods with an Icelandic twist, including braised ox, duck-fat soaked and deep-fried potatoes,...
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Skólavörðustígur 19, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Skip the tourist shop imports and hunt for handmade knitwear at the Handknitting Association of Iceland. “Traditional Icelandic sweaters are knit using yarn made from undyed sheep’s wool —brown, black, gray, and white—in designs with simple...
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Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
You can’t miss Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík’s 240-foot-tall, rocket-shaped church, which soars above the city skyline and is illuminated at night. Designed by famed national architect Guðjón Samúelsson in...
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Skólavörðustígur 15, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Plush parlor chairs, free espresso, and countless turntables with headsets solidify 12 Tónar’s reputation as a music lover’s paradise. The indie label and record shop encourages long hours of free listening to the delightfully...
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Skólavörðustígur 38, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
A rambling shop packed with pretty throw pillows, teacups, and old-fashioned light fixtures, Magnolia highlights cool, clean design for your home. Its real specialty is artsy glass and austere handmade ceramic ware, and half the fun is hunting...