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Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Reykjavík Art Museum was founded in 1973 and is the largest visual art institution in the country. There are actually three locations: Hafnarhus (pictured) Kjarvalsstadir, and Asmundarsafn (Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum). Hafnarhús has a...
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Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The National Museum of Iceland is a great spot to find out about the nation's fascinating past. The permanent exhibition stretches right back to the first settlement and comes up to the present day, and contains some 2,000 objects plus around...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
The weather outside may be frightful, even in summer, but the waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland are always delightful. We visited the Blue Lagoon Spa during an 8-hour layover in Reykjavik. All inclusive round-trips are available...
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Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
As soon as we got to Iceland, the first thing we did was go out and wander around Reykjavik. We soon found ourselves at Hallgrimskirkja and decided to go up to the top and were rewarded with a great view of the whole city. But it was so cold and...
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Geirsgata 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
They call it The Sea Baron, but ironically it's as cozy as you could wish for. This tiny restaurant is one of the oldest on Reykjavík's harbor, and serves the world's best lobster soup. Stay and rub elbows with fellow seafood lovers at the...
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Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa is the new concert hall recently completed. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with irregular-shaped glass panels of different colors. It is located near the Old Harbor of Reykjavik.
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Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Despite its name, The Laundromat is anything but. This cafe has a high energy vibe, great food, and (my personal staple) coffee! On Austurstræti, just a short walk from the main shopping district, it's a perfect place to stop and refuel. It...
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Hafnarstræti 20, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The first tour we did after arriving in Iceland was Grayline Tour's "Taste the Saga," billed as a brewery tour, but really giving you so much more bang for your buck. "Taste the Saga" was unlike any brewery tour I've ever been on. Usually you...
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Aðalstræti 10, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The oldest house in Reykjavik (built in 1762) is home to the latest in Icelandic design, from books, clothing, and jewelry to a stool upholstered with lamb’s wool and a Blue Lagoon–like glass bowlby Kristín Sigfríður Garðarsdóttir.
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Tryggvagötu 19 , Old Harbour Grófin Reykjavik Kvosin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This indoor flea market sells everything from funky vintage threads to jewelry made from the frozen lava of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. It’s also a great place to try fermented shark, a putrid-smelling Icelandic favorite that has been...
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Skólavörðustígur 3A, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Inhale the tantalizing smell of waffles and smooth arabica at the city’s oldest coffee shop that has been serving up espresso since 1958. This local hangout is so cool that hip US musician John Grant featured it on the cover of his album Pale...
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Brattagata 3b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The eclectic architecture in this part of the city has created a patchwork of bright colors and textures, with cheery houses in rainbow hues. Starting at the shores of Lake Tjörnin, walk the city's oldest streets, some of which date back to the...
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Skólavörðustígur 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
With a chic clothing line inspired by Nordic city life and the country’s history of craft and design, it's pretty much impossible to leave this store empty handed. Located on one of Reykjavík’s most enchanting streets, Geysir’s mission is to...
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Tryggvagata 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s creative scene is home to an ever-swelling number of emerging and established artists. Although the city’s galleries come in all guises, i8 remains the hub for top-quality local and international work. Past exhibitions include...
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Located in the middle of the city, this unlikely—but beloved—green spot is where locals come to find inner city peace. Explore the winding forest paths lined with wildflowers, catch a glimpse of frolicking wild rabbits, wade in the splashing river...
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Skólavörðustígur 19, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This is the go-to-spot for traditional and oh-so-warm knitwear made from the top-quality wool of Icelandic sheep, including the much-loved Lopapeysa sweater with zig-zag patterns around the collar. The association was started in 1977 by local...
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4, 110, Kistuhylur, Reykjavík, Iceland
A deliciously nostalgic ode to a simpler time, the open-air museum was created in 1957 out of a fear for the loss of 'old Reykjavík' and its rural charms. Constructed from the remains of abandoned farm buildings, the museum features guides...
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18B, Laugavegur 18, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Icelandic design truly sings. Whether you're hunting for stunning furniture, stylish clothing, original jewelry or quirky children's toys, Kraum is the place to look. Located inside Reykjavík’s oldest building, which dates back to 1752, the more...
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Norðurmýri, Reykjavík, Iceland
Coffee roasted in-house and brewed by friendly baristas draws a young crowd into the old stone building near Reykjavik’s imposing Lutheran cathedral. Share one of the seven tables with a regular patron and catch up on local gossip while vinyl...
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Mýrargata 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

As we approached midnight, everyone was out on the decks to view the midnight sunset. Yes, our clocks read 11:30 p.m. and the sun was still out. The days before that, as we sailed from Halifax to Reykjavik, we experienced an eerie increase in...

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Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Meet the KEX Hostel, possibly the hippest hostel you’ll come across in your travels—well, at least, in Iceland. Formerly a biscuit factory, it’s now a haven for hipster travelers and impossibly cool locals. You know that band Of Monsters and Men?...