Reykjavik, Iceland

Now boarding Icelandair Flight 852, a six hour flight from Chicago to Keflavik, Iceland…
and 40 minutes later, we are on our way to Reykjavik thanks to Reykjavik Sightseeing.

Hotel Fron

3* Hotel Fron - Reykjavik
Studio Apartment – Hotel Fron

Hotel Fron is located directly on Laugavegur (the main street in Reykjavik) and is walking distance to many city sights i.e., 7 minute walk to Hallgrimskirkja, 9 minute walk to Harpa, and 4 minute walk to the grocery store. I would recommend getting the studio apartment that has a kitchen included. If you haven’t heard, food and drinks in Reykjavik are VERY expensive! If you are trying to figure out where your money should go toward your trip, I would recommend spending the extra money to get a hotel or airbnb with a kitchen so you can cook your own food. Hotel Fron provided pots, pans, utensils and plates and we packed a bag full of noodles and mac & cheese that helped us when we were hungry and didn’t want to spend $20 on a burger, fries and soda. Reykjavik isn’t really a foodie city, so next time i’ll be visiting one of my free suitcases that Icelandair allows will be full of food!

City Sights

The city of Reykjavik reminds me of Bourbon Street – where you can walk around for hours and continue to find new sights every day. The best part about it too, everything is easy to find! Here are some of my favorite things that I discovered while walking around.

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Street art on Laugavegur

Walk down the street of Laugavegur and look at the sides of the buildings and you can find street art all over.

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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Down by the harbor, go inside the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre – beautiful glass design, and also at night it lights up with colors and reflects off the water. Also, check who might be in town playing – when I was in town Jason Mraz was having a concert!

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View of Mt. Esja from Reykjavik Harbor

Walking along the harbor, you have an amazing view of Mt. Esja – such a beautiful sight.

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A must-see sight is Hallgrimskirkja – the tallest building in Iceland. Pay the $8 to go to the top to catch the best view of the city!

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Shopping in Reykjavik

There are a lot of cute boutiques around the city that are all walking distance TIP: If you spend over $60 USD at most of the stores in the city, you are able to claim back your tax when you go to the airport. Just fill out the form they provide, and within two weeks the money can be added back to your account.

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Icelandic Horses at Laugardalur

If you’re like me and didn’t get a chance to catch the Icelandic horses in the wild, have no fear – you can still pet these cute horses at the city zoo, Laugardalur. Also, don’t call them ponies!

Food and Drink

Like I said before, food and drinks are very expensive but there are still so many good spots to check out! 4-6pm will be your new favorite time of the day because that means HAPPY HOUR! Take advantage of these hours for half off drinks! There are so many good food options that we unfortunately didn’t get to check out, but if you do your research on what type of food you like – they have it all!

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Cinnamon Rolls at Braud & Co.

 

 

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Icelandic Hot Dog at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur (Bill Clinton visited)
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Viking Beer at SKY Restaurant & Lounge
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Fermented Shark, Puffin, Whale, Cod at Islenski barinn
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Flight of Icelandic Beers with Black Death at English Pub
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Crepes at Eldur and Is

 

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Drinks at Kex Hostel
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Public House Gastropub
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Check out the full menu of white Russians at Lebowski Bar
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Quick and easy breakfast at Café Haiti

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Ramen at Ramen Momo

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Lobster Hut

 

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Sushi at OSushi The Train
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