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The Best of Reykjavik

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I've traveled to Iceland over 25 times, watching the nation transform from a place where no one but those in search of extreme adventure sought out to a popular tourist destination on the top of everyone's list. Its natural beauty defies explanation and over the years, its restaurants, shops, and pubs have evolved to places worthy of a visit in their own right. Reykjavik is the place where most journeys begin & end. Here's a guide featuring the best the city has to offer.
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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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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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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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Reykjavík, Iceland
When you need a break from exploring Reykjavik on foot, the best thing to do is hire one of the pilots from the Icelandic Flight Academy to take you on an adventure in the sky. The planes typically seat four and offer the ideal vantage point to...
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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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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...