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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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Here's my selection of five exciting, and somewhat atypical, destinations to visit this summer. Enjoy!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hellulaug is a hidden gem in the southern part of the Westfjords. My advice to you is to visit the pool soon – while it's still off the tourist radar!
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The Ring Road trip could be an adventure of a lifetime if you do it the right way. Check out these helpful tips to make the most of trip.
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If you have an Instagram-account, you will be posting a lot while you are in Iceland. There's something truly unique and picturesque everywhere you look so it was difficult to choose the best spots.
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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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There are numerous famous waterfalls in Iceland, not all easily accessible. When my girlfriend was visiting Iceland for the first time I took her to one of my favourite secret locations.
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If you're lucky, you might experience some sun while travelling in Iceland. I decided to share my go-to places in Reykjavik when the sun is shining.
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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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Music lovers know that no vacation is complete without a musical experience. I gathered some of the best music festivals that take place during the summer in Iceland.
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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.
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Seljavallalaug is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland and is easily accessible from the ring road. With hot water flowing from the cliff it makes it the perfect spot to stop and enjoy!
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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.
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Gudrunarlaug is one of many "hidden" geothermal pools in Iceland, located in the western part of the country. I visited the pool for the first time on a sunny day in early June.
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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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Here's a comprehensive guide to the thrift stores of Reykjavik including a review about each store.
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Whale watching is a popular activity but that doesn't necessarily mean it's for everyone. This article helps you evaluating whether whale watching is worth your time and money.
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After visiting Kerlingarfjöll mountain range for the first time, I decided to write a very thorough article about my experience. I hope you'll find it helpful!
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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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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.
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Reykjadalur hot spring is close to Reykjavik and can very easily be done without a guide. This hot spring is without a doubt one of my favourites and the hike is very scenic.
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Latrabjarg is one of the biggest bird cliffs in the world. Hiking along the edge is truly amazing, especially for bird-lovers.
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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.
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Knowing the basics of how to pronounce Icelandic can make life easier while travelling.
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Keilir is a unique volcano in Reykjanes peninsula, just forty minutes away from Reykjavik. If you are interested in hiking Keilir, here's a helpful article.
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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:
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Impress your travel companions by learning these super-easy phrases in Icelandic. The locals will appreciate your effort too!
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Here's my selection of Reykjavik's most remarkable buildings, both in terms of architectural and historical significance.
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Here is my recommendation for a seven day itinerary around Iceland. I hope you enjoy it!
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This itinerary is based on a road trip I went on in early June. I decided to focus on natural geothermal pools and hiking during the trip.
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Here's my selection of 5 ideal things to do with your kids while you are traveling in the western part of Iceland. The best part is that these activities won't bore the parents either!
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Falling into tourist traps is probably the most annoying thing about of travelling. I hope this article will teach you a thing or two about the most common tourist traps in Iceland.
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If you are looking for a cheap but reliable car rental in Iceland, this one is your best option. Nothing fancy but great price - all you need for your trip.
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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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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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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!
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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.
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The Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is not for everyone but if you are looking for a demanding bucket list challenge this run is worth checking out ;)
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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.
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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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Exploring the hot pools of Iceland is one of the most unique experiences the country has to offer. Here are five hot pools that are open all year, and easy to reach in a day’s drive from Reykjavík.
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Ready for an Iceland road trip in winter? Great! Here are the essentials to prepare for a safe and fun journey, and some resources to help you along the way.
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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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The stunning and the strange combine in the buildings of Iceland's capital. A walk around the downtown area shows off some unusual designs and hidden gems of Reykjavik's architecture.
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A trip through the terrain covered by Njáll's Saga, one of the most famous, and most colourful, of the Icelandic Family Sagas, brings visitors through some stunning places in Southwestern Iceland.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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!
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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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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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All the essentials; Practical information you need to know on your Iceland trip, such as where to find the cheapest groceries, road information, currency and much more.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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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For a 5 day trip to Iceland in October, I would recommend spending only 1-2 days in the capital Reykjavík before heading out to the countryside! Here's one itinerary idea.