Collected by Katie Nikkel
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20, Hafnarstræti, 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...
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...
Sculpture & Shore Walk, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Good luck sailing this ship back to Asgard. Contrary to popular belief, Reykjavik's most iconic statue is not Viking in origin; sculptor Jón Gunnar Árnason's Sólfar is actually a poetic lamentation to the sun. Árnason died before Sólfar was placed...
Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bæjarins beztu pylsur gets plenty of press, and plenty of attention from locals and visitors. I first read about this hot dog stand right here on AFAR, and made it my mission to visit my first night in Reykjavik. And my second. And my third... No...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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