Iceland Air is offering a stopover in Iceland on their international flights, which I reckon would be totally worth taking advantage of! However, if you have a chance, take more time than just a day or few and go explore around Iceland! During my 2 weeks in Iceland, I only spent a day in Reykjavik, which left me craving for more. Reykjavik might be one of the smallest capitals in the world, but it definitely has plenty to offer.
Here are a few of my snaps of Reykjavik, and some tips on what to see and do (and which coffee to drink!) while you're there.
Downtown Reykjavik is easily walkable. Most of the interesting things are around the main shopping street Laugavegur, and it is easy to pop into the side streets to admire some cool street art.
One of my favorite parts about Reykjavik is, that there are so many quirky buildings and nice details everywhere. It has a small town vibe to it, combined with cool hipster and design lifestyle.
When you start to get thirsty, tired and want to rest after walking, stop by at Reykjavik Roasters for some delicious coffee roasted on-site.
Reykjavik Roasters is an institution, and they definitely know what they're doing when it comes to coffee. You can choose from 4 different beans to have your coffee of choice: I went for a Guatemalan Finca Garcia, from the Huehuetenango region. Along with my (old school) cup, I got a card explaining the profile of the coffee. Aside from coffee, Reykjavik Roasters has some treats available, and yoghurt with granola for breakfast, but nothing healthy.
After coffee, you can walk to the Hallgrímskirkja church which is just around the corner. Supposedly the views are the best in the city, but I opted out due to the flocks of tourists queuing to the elevators.
Iceland may not be known for its' culinary traits, but it is possible to find good food, especially in Reykjavik. If you feel like skipping the hot dogs, opt for Icelandic Fish&Chips, which makes this traditional comfort food with a local and healthy twist: they coat their fresh-caught fish with spelt flour (no milk, no egg), and lightly fry them in rapeseed oil. Their dip sauces are made with Icelandic protein-packed yoghurt-like skyr instead of mayonnaise, and instead of fries, you get cute baked potatoes, with garlic and rosemary butter if you will. Icelandic Fish&Chips, Tryggvagata 11, 101 Reykjavik.
If you are after some healthy food, go for organic, mostly vegetarian Gló, which offers raw food but also has some chicken in the menu. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to visit Gló, so I can't speak from my own experience; I will leave the review for my next visit. Gló, Laugavegur 22b, 101 Reykjavik.
For dessert, go for Joylato ice cream.
Joylato is very different from all the ice cream places I've been to (and believe me, I have experience); they make the ice creams fresh with nitrogen, and while this might not be not new and exotic, Joylato approaches their ice cream making with a Buddhist attitude. There is coconut milk version for vegans, and all of the ingredients are well thought of and paired. With you cup you even get a homemade vegan gluten free cookie!
After ice cream, wander around a bit more, maybe to the harbourside where the famous Harpa concert hall is located. If you make your way to Harpa, I definitely suggest you go get yourself some delicious Omnom chocolate from their factory shop. You will not regret it.
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