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Being a native Icelandic foodie, living in San Francisco, I couldn't help noticing recently that TripAdvisor's restaurant rankings for Reykjavik are pretty bad. So, I figured I would share my alternative top ten list of restaurants in Reykjavik.
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Have you ever wondered what the people of Reykjavik do on their off days? Here's your plan on how to spend the day in the charming capital of Iceland like a local.
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If you happen to be visiting during one of these 10 major festivals in Iceland, you're in for a treat! Music and local cultural events leaving lasting memories.
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The best way to start a day in Reykjavík? With a kleina, snúður, or flatkaka. This guide to local bakeries highlights some of the best places to find Icelandic breads and pastries.
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One of the most insightful overview articles about Reykjavik I've come across. Simply put, read it!
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The Fimmvörðuháls Trek is one of Iceland's most popular hiking trails. In this article, I explain how to hike this 13 mile long trail on your own in just one day.
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It is hard not to notice Mt. Esja when you're in Reykjavik. This beautiful mountain is a favourite amongst locals and it's a surprisingly easy and fun to hike. The view from the top isn't bad either.
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The locals in Iceland love their swimming pools, and you can be sure to find one in every neighborhood of the city. Here's how to choose between them.
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While some of these "hidden gems" are gaining popularity fast, this article provide some great ideas of places to visit in Iceland where you still won't see any big-tour busses!
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No matter what day it is, there is always a great chance that you’ll find an exciting music event in Reykjavik during your stay. We chose some fantastic ongoing music events in the city that you should definitely check out when you are in town.
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Beer was prohibited in Iceland until 1989, but since then the beer-culture has been blossoming. Craft beer has been gaining popularity the past years and is sold in many bars.
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Considering visiting Iceland in November and join the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival? This personal travel story gives you a great sense for what it's all about.
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Looking for ways to save money in expensive Iceland? How about not spending any. Here are ten good ideas of what to do for free in the capital, Reykjavik.
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Hiking and backpacking in the remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is nothing short of spectacular but its also a logistical challenge. Here's my take on how to do it over 4-6 days in June or July.
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If you're headed to Iceland, you better try some of the delicious (and some not as) local authentic and traditional food. This article focuses on four really awesome things we love and urge you to try!
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The area around Skagafjordur on the way from Reykjavik to Akureyri is often overlooked by visitors - yet the area has so much to offer. Here are a few great ideas.
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This tour takes you through scenic landscape, riding the Icelandic horse. The tour finishes with beer tasting in one of the best micro breweries in Reykjavik, Micro Bar. I guess that a happy ending is guaranteed!
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Being familiar with the local culture of the place you are traveling to makes your journey much more interesting. Here's a selection of ideal Icelandic movies to watch during your stay in Iceland.
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Hvannadalshnjúkur is Iceland's tallest summit. The peak, which is 6900 feet high, is located in Vatnajökull Glacier in southeast Iceland. Climbing Hvannadalshnjúkur is challenging and a professional guide is needed.
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When I'm in Reykjavik, I tend to work from various coffee shops in the city. I also like to mix things up a little bit and not always work from the same place.
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There are several hiking routes around Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, and each has it’s own appeal. In Skaftafell you are guaranteed to have a memorable hike, and here are some of our favorite routes.
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Although flights to Iceland are getting cheaper, the food and accommodation is still expensive. This article offers some advice on how to save money during your trip to Iceland.
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A short guide to finding the right gym to get your regular workout, or a completely new one, in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital.
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Excellent list of bars in Reykjavik if you're looking for a trendy cocktail places, microbreweries or the most hip bars in this bustling city.
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The mountain view from Reykjavík is simply stunning. The capital is surrounded by mountains you can hike from nearly all sides—Mt. Esja and the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier...
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Looking for a good spot in Reykjavik to have lunch? In this article, I've selected some Reykjavik restaurants that won't disappoint you.
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Running in Reykjavik is surprisingly nice and a great way to explore the city. If you are a runner travelling to Reykjavik, here are a few suggestions for you how to plan your 5k route.
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Located in the Highlands of Iceland, Kerlingarfjöll Mountains are a unique destination. There are various options for hikes and there are several geothermal pools to bathe in in the area.
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Friðheimar is a wonderful organic vegetable farm, focusing on tomatoes. Inside the greenhouse there is a fabulous restaurant which is open during lunchtime. Friðheimar is located very close to the attractions of the Golden Circle Route.
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Icelanders have a deep affection for coffee. As a result, there are a lot of places in the city where you can get high quality coffee. Here's a list of the 5 best places in Reykjavik to get your daily dose of caffein.
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If you are looking for some of the freshest - and claimed best by many - langoustine in Iceland, you should definitely stop by at Höfn on the southeast corner.
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Here are some excellent suggestions for destinations that are a great alternative to the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.
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There is so much more that South Iceland has to offer other than the Blue Lagoon and the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. If you want to experience something more unique, this article might help you to find the right places to visit.
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Are you a vegan travelling to Reykjavik? Read this review of Reykjavik's only all vegan restaurant by the bloggers Lauren and Justin.
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If you're looking for what you need to be aware of prior to Airwaves, or where to drink, or how to prepare. This is your survival guide.
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Do you dare? Sea swimming is a surprisingly common activity amongst locals in Iceland and if you're up for an adventure, it's worth trying at least once!
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A few great ideas about how to get to know Icelandic music and explore the vibrant scene while visiting Reykjavik.
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Berry picking is probably not on top of most visitors's to-do list. However, you'll find many locals picking berries in the fall and its a unique activity.
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A local's guide describing nine great hiking options in and around Ásbyrgi Canyon in North Iceland, ranging from one hour to two days.
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Autumn leaves are not a common sight in Iceland, but there are a few great options. Most people go to Thingvellir, a national park rich in history and tourists, but the alternative is Heiðmörk which is closer to Reykjavik.
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If you’re the type of person that looks for good bookstores in every city you visit then you’ll not be let down by Reykjavik.
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List of the top nightclubs in Iceland and tons of pictures of what to expect when you go out!
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Few great ideas for good bars to check out in and around Reykjavik.
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Don't forget to bring your running shoes if you're going to Iceland. This article includes some suggestions for running routes and races in Reykjavík.
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Reykjavik has got a lot of fabulous restaurants but the price tag is often way too high. Here's a helpful article if you are looking for a decent restaurant in the capital without having to break the bank.
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Eating is an essential part of a good vacation and it's also a way to get to know the culture of each place a little better. Here's a list of a few irresistible Icelandic treats you should absolutely try during your stay.
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The hike to Glymur is an excellent half-day hike in Hvalfjordur, only about an hour outside of Reykjavik and a short-detour from the ring road.
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There was a change in the landscape in the Holuhraun area after the eruption in 2014. New lava field was formed and a geothermal pool emerged.
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If you're looking for a few relatively easy winter day-hikes near Reykjavik, here are a few great options.
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If you're looking for a guide on what's noteworthy in Reykjavik in terms of architecture and design, this article is exactly what you are looking for.
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Looking to spend a day (or many more) exploring the North East of Iceland? This article gives a good overview of some of the things you shouldn't miss.
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If you're looking to learn where the fashionable hipsters in Iceland dress up, this guide has all the best local spots in Reykjavik.
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A fun, insightful and helpful guide to help you navigate through top restaurants, shops and places of interest while walking down Reykjavik's main shopping street.
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A few great options to explore local and authentic Icelandic cuisine, focused on smaller local gems both in the capital and the countryside.
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Don't miss out on these 10 Icelandic contemporary artists which all are worthwhile checking out during your trip.
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Heiðmörk is a forested parkland just 30 minutes away from Reykjavik. The area is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities and hasn't been discovered by tourists yet.
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For visitors and residents alike, social dancing provides an entertaining and energetic night out. The Reykjavík swing dance scene, along with salsa and blues, is open to dancers of all levels.
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Few awesome choices to dine and wine while in Reykjavik!
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Ten great natural hot springs that are more authentic and natural than the most famous tourist attraction in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon.
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While Iceland may not have large ski resorts like the ones you'll find in the Alps, the country boosts some great spots to ski, frequented by locals.
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Right next to the more popular Esja, you'll find the mountain Móskarðshnjúkar - Loved by many locals who prefer a less crowded hike on a good day.
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A good guide about the Kjölur highland road for a summer drive. Tips on where to stop along the way and what you need to know beforehand.
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Most blogs that tell you what to pack for your Iceland trip forget to mention that the dress code in Reykjavik is quite different from what goes in the wild. That's why we have chosen a few essentials you should consider to bring with you for the city.
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It's just fantastic to get to know places by running. Here are my favourite 10k running routes in central Reykjavik, in case you're bringing your running shoes to Iceland.
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Here's an inspiring blog posts that will make foodies order a plane ticket to Reykjavik right away.
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Here's a comprehensive guide to the thrift stores of Reykjavik including a review about each store.
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Icelanders are known to be very keen on all kinds of snacks, candy and quick bites. Here's an article about the best authentic snacks you can get in Iceland. They are all yummy, we promise!
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Eating out in Reykjavík is a great experience but it can also empty out your wallet pretty quickly. If you have access to a kitchen you should definitely consider cooking "at home". Here's a guide to Reykjavik's supermarkets and grocery stores.
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Reading Icelandic novels during your vacation can enhance your experience and give you more insight into Iceland's society, culture and history. Here are a few Icelandic novels that in our opinion are an ideal travel companion.
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Reykjavik as a whole is renowned as one of the most gay friendly cities in the world, however here are a few great picks by Pink Iceland for visitors.
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Spending New Year's Eve in Reykjavik? New Year's Eve is probably one of the craziest nights in Reykjavik with fireworks being shot the whole night and parties everywhere.
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Kjalvegur is a higland hike that is no less interesting than the Laugavegur with stunning landscape and gorgeous glacier view.
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If you plan to spend December in Iceland, here are some of the must-know local traditions and activities, starting from the first days of December and all the way through Boxing Day.
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A detailed guide with everything you need to know about hiking up to Reykjadalur, a hot spring river perfect for bathing in the nature!
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Akureyri, the second biggest town in Iceland, has so many things to offer. If you are spending time in this charming town, this article by Dísa—who lived in Akureyri for several months—is a fantastic read.
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If you're staying in Iceland for more than a couple of days, changes are you'll encounter some rain. This travel blog has some great ideas about what to do.
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A solid overview of the nightlife in Reykjavik with some helpful tips about opening hours and good bars for happy hour.
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It takes six days to ride the Kjolur trail in the Icelandic highlands and it's absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out this blog post to learn more about this adventurous trail.
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The Husafell area is surrounded by beautiful nature and is in close proximity to Langjokull Glacier. Here is a good overview of 7 things to see and do in the area.
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The tap water in Iceland is as clean and pure as you could imagine. Why waste your time and money on buying bottled water, that is basically the same water you'd get from the tap?
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Do you want to get familiar with some Icelandic Christmas traditions? Then it's a good start to learn about the traditional Icelandic Christmas food.
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Fun, witty and most of all a hilarious list of weird things about Icelanders in recent times. You really can't make this stuff up!
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Want to learn the basics about local food in Iceland? Read about local food including Skyr, Minke Whale, Hot Dogs, Sheep's Head, Lamb, Puffins and Pancakes.