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.
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.
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.
If you haven't heard about the Golden Circle day tour yet, you'll hear about it soon! Here's a little article for those who intend to drive the Golden Circle route themselves want to make interesting stops on the way.
The Westfjords of Iceland are largely off the tourist radar, perhaps due to lack of public transportation and pretty poor road conditions. If you are driving a rental car, it's actually not that much trouble to visit the Westfjords.
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.
Reykjavik Classics is a concert series featuring live classical performances at Harpa two times a day for the rest of the summer. Each concert is only 30 minutes long—a perfect addition to the mandatory visit to Harpa.
This one-day itinerary takes you around Snaefellsnes Peninsula. You'll be stopping in places that are significant, both historically and culturally but the tour also includes some hiking and sight-seeing outdoors.
Some think of the Westfjords as a massive detour from the regular ring road trip and end up not going there at all. I think a separate trip to the Westfjords, exploring the whole area, is well worth your time. Here are the reasons why:
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.
It was a hard task selecting only five places in the Highlands to feature in this article. I have to point out that there are numerous other destinations in the Highlands well worth checking out, but here are five of my favourites!
I can’t think of a better long weekend than trekking in remote wilderness areas with a group of good friends. In that vein, I recently went trekking in the Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Range, right in the middle of the Icelandic Highlands. What a weekend.
Skydiving is one of the most amazing experience you can try. It is also a great way to see the country you are visiting from a "different" perspective. Iceland is no different whereas you have views of glaciers, mountains and islands on the way up.
Most of the usual activities are available in March, including, day tours to natural phenomena, northern lights tours, etc. Reykjavík is also active during March and here are some of the highlights of March-specific Reykjavík things to do.
Visitors in Iceland often drive the full ring-road during their trip. However, if you are short on time or want to spend more time on excellent detours, here is one of my favorite ways to explore the North, East and South of Iceland in one go.
Iceland celebrates the Carnival right before the 40 day Easter fast. Although most people have given up the habit of staying abstinent to meat or fish during this time of year, the tradition of celebrating Carnival lives on.
Thorrablot is a big event in Iceland that takes place in January each year. The Thorrablot is basically a great feast where people come together and eat traditional Icelandic food—which is by some considered the strangest food in the world.
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.
Since the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland in 2010, my friends in the US have been asking me about recommendations for things to do and see in Iceland. Here's the original Google Doc I started which eventually turned into Travelade!
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.
The Westman Islands are an archipelago just south of Iceland. With its large population of puffins, magnificent cliffs and volcanoes, The Westman Islands rank among the most beautiful and interesting places in Iceland.
Most people that travel to Iceland don’t make long stops in Reykjavík. If you can tear your eyes from the beautiful mountains surrounding the city, you will notice that downtown Reykjavík is literally covered with outdoor art.
Although some might consider Snæfellsnes peninsula nothing but a detour on the traditional Ring-road road trip, it is well worth exploring. The region is a favorite amongst many Icelanders due to its magical and diverse landscape.
Iceland is considered one of the safest countries in the world, and consistently tops the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index. However, there are dangers in Iceland you need to be careful about.
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.
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!