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Iceland

Iceland is a captivating Nordic island country situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, known for its dramatic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanic fields. Its capital, Reykjavik, runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland's Viking history.

Despite its chilly name, Iceland boasts a surprisingly mild climate for its latitude and a rich cultural heritage, with the mystical Northern Lights enhancing its awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Reykjavik

morning:Start with a visit to Hallgrimskirkja for breathtaking views of Reykjavik. Consider grabbing a quick bite at Sandholt Bakery for a delicious start to your day. Check out the unique street art in the city center.

afternoon:Head to the Reykjavik Art Museum for a cultural afternoon. Stop at Cafe Loki for traditional Icelandic cuisine and stunning views of Hallgrimskirkja. Wander along the waterfront for beautiful scenery.

evening:Join a local pub crawl for a fun night-out experience.

day 2

Golden Circle Adventure

morning:Embark on a journey to the Golden Circle, starting with Thingvellir National Park. Breakfast at FriĂ°heimar greenhouse for a unique dining experience among tomato plants. Explore the Geysir geothermal area.

afternoon:Discover the impressive Gullfoss waterfall and enjoy lunch at Gullfoss Kaffi near the falls. Continue to Kerid Crater for a scenic walk around the volcanic crater lake.

evening:Relax in the Secret Lagoon for an evening of natural hot spring bathing.

day 3

South Coast Beauty

morning:Drive along the stunning South Coast, making a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall for a refreshing start to the day. Opt for a cozy brunch at nearby Humarhöfnin restaurant. Visit the Skogafoss waterfall and its scenic trail.

afternoon:Explore the unique black sand beach at Reynisfjara and witness the impressive basalt columns. Enjoy a seafood lunch at the charming SuĂ°ur-VĂ­k restaurant. Take a walk at the DyrhĂłlaey promontory for breathtaking views.

evening:Experience the captivating northern lights on a guided tour.

day 4

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

morning:Embark on a journey to the picturesque Snaefellsnes Peninsula, beginning at the iconic Kirkjufell mountain. Enjoy breakfast at Bjargarsteinn MathĂşs for a delightful start to the day. Visit the charming village of Arnarstapi.

afternoon:Hike through the otherworldly landscapes of SaxhĂłll crater and take in the panoramic views. Indulge in a seafood lunch at the Ă“lafsvĂ­k restaurant, offering fresh catches of the day.

evening:Witness the mesmerizing sunset from the DjĂşpalĂłnssandur beach before dining at a local seafood restaurant.

Iceland Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Hákarl

Fermented shark meat, considered a delicacy. Available at specialty food stores and some traditional restaurants like ĂžrĂ­r Frakkar in Reykjavik.

Must-Try!

Plokkfiskur

A hearty fish stew made with boiled fish, potatoes, onions, and béchamel sauce. Found in many traditional Icelandic restaurants.

Lamb Soup (Kjötsúpa)

A comforting soup made with lamb, root vegetables, and herbs. Available in most local cafes and eateries.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Reykjavik Flea Market

Offers a variety of local snacks and street food like kleinur (traditional Icelandic fried pastry) and kleina, a doughnut-like treat.

Hlemmur Mathöll

A modern food hall in Reykjavik with stalls offering diverse cuisines from Icelandic seafood to vegan options.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Most restaurants and cafes offer vegetarian and vegan dishes, with Reykjavik having a growing number of dedicated vegan eateries like Kaffi VĂ­nyl and GlĂł.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Many establishments have gluten-free alternatives, and it's advisable to inform staff about any dietary restrictions as they are generally accommodating.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Iceland

Dill Restaurant

A Michelin-starred restaurant showcasing New Nordic cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients.

Braud & Co

An artisan bakery in Reykjavik famous for its sourdough bread and pastries, with vegan options available.

Matur og Drykkur

Known for its innovative take on traditional Icelandic dishes and wide selection of local beers and spirits.

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