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Skólavörðustígur 15, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
12 Tónar is one of Iceland's longest-serving record stores and is also a local record label. Housed in a traditional wooden house in downtown Reykjavik, it's the best place to find all kinds of Icelandic music—from classical and pop to rock and...
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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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Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bæjarins beztu pylsur, which humbly translates as "the best hot dog in town," is a simple stand in central Reykjavík whose popularity over the decades has given it a kind of cult status. Almost everyone in the country has eaten...
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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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Tryggvagötu 19 , Old Harbour Grófin Reykjavik Kvosin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the best places to feel the local side of Reykjavik life, the Kolaportid Flea Market is set in a spacious industrial warehouse close to the city’s old harbor. Open at weekends only, you can find anything from wool jumpers and vintage...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Most visitors to Iceland see the sites along the “Golden Circle,” the name for a roughly 200-mile loop from Reykjavik into central Iceland. The Iceland Hangout, however, will venture beyond that familiar circuit to the less-visited wild western...
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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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Þórsgötu 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Chef Melsted's bistro in Hotel Odinsve is a great place to get acquainted with Scandinavian cuisine, and a comfortable place to unwind after a day exploring Reykjavik. The decor is warm and inviting - I spent a surpringing amount of time reading...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
At the center of Öskjuhlíð, a hill planted with more than 176,000 trees, is the spectacular glass dome of the Pearl. This stunning feat of architecture can carry up to a million gallons of geothermal water—the lifeblood of the city's energy supply...
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Vesturgata 2a, Grófartorg, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Fiskfélagið’s Around the World and Around Iceland menus are sure to tantalize the taste buds with their playful and adventurous dishes inspired by the sea. Diners can expect their meals to feature everything from jellies to crumbles to purées.
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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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Founded in 1981, this independent bookshop offers a tempting selection of art, coffee table and children’s books—predominantly in English—as well as niche nonfiction hardbacks. Look hard enough and you’ll find everything from a Polish translation...
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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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Vagnhöfði 6-20, Reykjavík, Iceland

We all recognize Iceland as the country with the world famous Blue Lagoon, but its cities are atop the list of places with top notch air quality. A big factor contributing to the excellent air quality is that Reykjavik is sparsely populated,...

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Nauthólsvegur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Fridgeir Ingi Eiriksson is perhaps Iceland’s most famous chef, a native of the country who honed his culinary skills during stints in Luxemburg and France. Guests on the Iceland Hangout will take the short ferry ride from Reykjavik to Videy Island...
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Þórsgötu 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Warm, welcoming, and sleek - all at the same time. Hotel Odinsve in central Reykjavik made for a comfortable base of exploration, and served as an excellent introduction to Icelandic hospitality. Our room was very well appointed, the staff were...
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4, 110, Kistuhylur, Reykjavík, Iceland
This impressive open-air museum was once a functioning farm as well as a popular resting place for people on their way to and from Reykjavík. It was transformed into a museum in the 1950s in an attempt to preserve something of an old...
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Lokastígur 10, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Björk may be Iceland’s most famous musical export, but she’s only, if you will, the tip of the iceberg. The country has a remarkably rich and varied musical scene and when you explore it with Jacob Edgar (seen here), you won’t have to sit through...
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Laugavegur, Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik is well known for its fishing-village atmosphere, cutting-edge art, fashion and design scenes—and also its excellent nightlife. Though generally quite quiet through the week, the city comes alive on the weekend as locals and visitors...
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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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Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
we didnt stay at KEX hostel but we went there twice for burgers and coffee and cool people watching. The interior is an instagrammers dream and the abbreviated menu is a good mix of American heartiness (cheeseburgers) and delicious Scando fare...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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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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Hverfisgata, Reykjavík, Iceland
There's an old tale they tell the children in Iceland about these little elf-like creatures called the Jule Lads who live in the volcanic lands outside of Reykjavik. Traditionally, around Christmas time, they come down and cause all sorts of...
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Nauthólsvegur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Riding a strange, shrunken horse into a mossy canyon outside Reykjavik on a bright, bracing day with winter rolling in and a plate of minke whale waiting for you at day's end is tops. Doing so on three days' sleep deprivation is, in fact,...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
We got to Reykjavik on a rainy night, and the first thing I saw and heard was a lot of people in the street partying and Cher's "Believe" blasting from some club, loud enough to hear it everywhere. I though then that this place was crazy, but then...
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Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s Laundromat Café is one of the city’s most casual and upbeat places to hang out, whether you want to drink a fine craft beer, enjoy brunch, or—yes—do your laundry. The sister enterprise of the...
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Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Strolling through beautiful Reykjavik with my husband on a chilly January night, I loved to watch the people tucked away in the town's many restaurants, warm and cozy and enjoying a delicious dinner. One of the best restaurants we came across in...
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Háaleiti S, Reykjavík, Iceland
Iceland is gorgeous but it isn't cheap. For those looking for a reasonable and delicious place to eat, SushiBarinn is a great choice. With a before-6:30pm daily special of 10 pieces of sushi and soup for $11 and incredibly fresh fish, it was a...
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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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Suðurlandsbraut 2, 108 Reykjavík, Iceland
Lobster House is a very nice restaurant in downtown Reykjavik in a beautiful historic building. They offer a horse course, one of which includes a horse and lobster split plate. When eating it, you wish that the dish would not go away, it is so...
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Geirsgata 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Even in summer, Iceland is cold enough for warm soup. The food and hospitality draws locals and tourists to Sægreifinn, which means Sea Barron, and the retired fisherman who runs the place is almost always there, greeting people and chatting....
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Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s Dill restaurant, run by chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason and sommelier Ólafur Örn Ólafsson, is the first venue in Iceland to win a coveted Michelin star. It specializes in New Nordic...
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Kárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik Roasters is a relatively new coffee shop in Reykjavik serving the best coffee in town. It's owner, a native of Iceland, was trained to roast his beans at The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, easily that city's premier coffee house. He's...
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Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This craft beer joint set on the high street Laugavegur might be small in terms of size, but it's big in personality. Having grown from the local Kaldi brewery—famous for creating a tasty line of less chemically laden Czech-style beers,...
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Skólavörðustígur 40, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Kol is an upscale but not pretentious place with good food and drinks and a lovely ambiance; if you're trying to go for dinner, I definitely suggest getting a reservation. My friend and I couldn't get in for dinner one night, but ended up there...
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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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Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Icelandic birch liqueur and schnapps called Bjork (which means birch in Icelandic) is the best spirit available in Iceland. While other options such as Brennivin (also called black death, for a reason) are notorious for the hangover you'll...
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Klapparstígur 27, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
If you find yourself in Reykjavik wondering what do, there's one sure bet for dinner and entertainment—Cafe Rosenberg. It's like the Cheers of Reykjavik. The place where everybody comes to know your name, and you always feel at home. The...
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Vegamótastígur 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Because Reykjavik is such a small city, in high tourist season like the summer--and when everyone is eating at 8pm or later because all the daylight throws off their internal clocks--it can be very hard to get a table at a decent restaurant...
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Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Not so long ago, Reykjavík’s restaurants focused almost exclusively on meat and fish dishes. Nowadays there are a growing number of vegetarian and even vegan spots, plus several places with a focus on healthy eating—such as the...
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Tjarnargata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bring your appetite, because the food is plentiful and delicious. Bring your kids, because they'll have a ball playing in the basement playroom. And bring your laundry, because the three-washer/dryer machines in the basements are the only way to...
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Laugavegur 27, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Tiu Dropar (Ten Drops) is a little hidden coffee shop gem in Laugavegur, Reykjavik. After a long day shopping, this is a good place to reset your bearings, relax and have a snack and some tea or coffee to warm you up on a cold winter day. Within...
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We were wandering in the streets after dinner looking for a good bar to pop into and heard live music spilling out into the street. We paid the small cover fee (a few kroner) and drank pints of Viking while watching some local punk bands.
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Skólavörðustígur 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
There are two Geysir stores in downtown Reykjavik—both on Skólavörðustígur, the attractive road that stretches upwards towards Hallgrimskirkja. Specializing in high-quality wool garments and outdoor products, both...
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Ingólfsstræti 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
I visited Reykjavik, Iceland on a solo trip January 2013. This was truly one of the best experiences of my life! Waking up everyday to crisp, clean mountain air, and being able to view them directly in front of me was magical!
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Hverfisgata 64a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
My favorite Indian restaurant in Reykjavik is Hradlestin where the festive, Bollywood decor is as fun as the Indian street food they serve. Meals are delivered in the metal tiffin boxes that the dabawallas of Mumbai carry to deliver lunches...
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Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Really really delicious pizza. and cocktails. and wine. in a dimly lit supercozy chic dark wood interior. The placemats double as the menu and everything we had was excellent.
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Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Opened in 2011, Reykjavík's Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is not only the most significant classical music venue in Iceland (home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera), but also one of the country’s...
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Laugavegur 36, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
bleary-eyed and starving and in desperate need of coffee, we stumbled onto Bakari Sandholt (hugely famous, and easy to find. we were just jet-lagged and trying the 'let's see what we find' way of doing things) Delicious cappuccinos and a simple...
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Lokastígur 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
We immensely enjoyed our experience here. Good simple food, good beer. They also have skyr based desserts. Also, they have good vegetarian options. A must visit.
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It was an adventurous trek, to say the least, in wintertime through snow and wind, crossing an icy river hand-over-hand on a cable wire … but it was worth it to reach a view of one of the highest waterfalls (some say *the* highest) in Iceland:...
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If you can't pronounce the name and the website has no "translate to English" button, it must be authentic. The best of Icelandic and Nordic design. Highlights include Omnom chocolate and Villi Berja Salts.
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Vesturgata 2a, Grófartorg, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
What makes the FishCompany (also called Fiskfélagið ) stand out is their concept of an adventure around the world through food. The menu features Taste of Iceland and Taste of the World, two very unique sets of selections created using local...
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Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
After walking around Reykjavik for a few days, I realized that my knowledge of Viking history was lacking, so I headed over the the Saga Museum to learn more. I did not expect to find a museum full of wax figures replicating important moments in...
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Feels like having tea at your Icelandic grandmother's.
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This geometric glass facade on the edge of the old harbor blends sea and sky and city. Designed by visual artist Olafur Eliasson, it serves as a hub of many cultural events, though the experience of being in the space is primary.
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Aðalstræti, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
For those who set up office wherever there's a wifi signal, Stofan in the spot in Reykjavik to do so. Respond to emails and choose the perfect saturation for that photo among The Most Interesting Man in the World, Game of Thrones characters, and...