Grillmarkadurinn (Laekjargala 2A, Reykjavik) – this is a uniquely-decorated high-end restaurant which uses locally-sourced ingredients and farm produce to serve a variety of internationally-influenced dishes, such as roasted garlic soup, roasted scallops, grilled lamb loin. Minke whale steak, prime of lamb, and breast of duck (among other meals).
Grai Kotturinn (Hverfisgata 16A, Reykjavik) – this basement level diner (whose name is Icelandic for “gray cat”), is a cozy eatery whose interior resembles a book store, and serves adequate breakfast food, such as American pancakes, as well as coffee.
Fjörukráin – Viking Village (Strandgötu 55, Reykjavik) – this is a Viking-themed restaurant which serves Icelandic and international dishes, such as Grilled minke whale with creamy blueberry sauce; tenderloin of foal served with red vine sauce and caramel glazed figs; Braised lamb shanke with glaced vegetables and mashed potatoes; traditional Icelandic meat soup; as well […]
Einar Ben Restaurant (Veltusund 1, Ingólfstorg square, Reykjavik) – named after one of Iceland’s well-regarded poets (Einar Benediktsson), this restaurant’s menu is inspired from French & British cuisine. Great emphasis is put on the quality of the ingredients and food preparation. The decor in the Icelandic room is characterized by the Icelandic flag’s colors, the […]
Dill Restaurant (Nordic House, Sturlugata Sturlugotu 5, Reykjavik) – this restaurant focuses on “new Nordic” cuisine – using new approaches to traditional Scandinavian dishes (complete with an ever-changing menu and a star chef – Gunnar Karl Gislason). First-time visitors to Iceland tend to try the Skyr (Icelandic dairy product similar to yogurt) and rhubarb.
Caruso (Þingholtsstræti 1, Reykjavík) — this Mediterranean restaurant is located in a charming old building right in the centre of town. The restaurant, which is on three floors, is for individuals and groups alike. There is a varied menu with specialties being Mediterranean and Icelandic cuisine (including fresh fish, Icelandic lamb, pasta dishes and pizzas).
Reykjavík Welcome Card – for tourists who are spending much of their stay in Iceland within Reykjavik, it may be advisable to purchase this card. It provides unlimited bus rides for a given period of time (from 24 to 72 hours). During the lifespan of the card, tourists can also free entry to a great […]
BUS – unlike other European countries, there is no rail system anywhere in Iceland, not even the capital city, Reykjavik. Thus, locals rely entirely on bus transportation – both to get around within Reykjavik, as well as to connect to other parts of the country. Reykjavik’s local bus system is called Straetó (www.straeto.is). A […]
TAXI – fortunately for tourists, taxis in Reykjavik are metered, with the fare posted in each cab. They can be hailed off the street, or reserved via phone. Upon request (and for a negotiated fee), many taxis will provide tours of the capital and outskirts For those wanting to call for a taxi, the following […]
Vikin Maritime Museum (Grandagarour 8, Reykjavik) – located in Reykjavik’s busy fishing harbor (10 minutes walking distance from the city center), this museum details the Icelandic people’s long interaction with the sea (given its dependence on maritime fishing trade for its economic survival). The main exhibitions illustrate the development from rowing boats to modern trawlers […]