Where locals wine and dine
Reykjavik proudly showcases farm fresh food options for every mood and palate. Geiri Smart, for example, a downtown restaurant with a chic interior and local art, serves seasonal cuisine, along with a divine ribeye burgers — a welcome break from the seafood and game options on offer elsewhere.
Coocoo’s Nest, meanwhile, is a laid back eatery housed in the old fish warehouse at Grandi, about ten minutes away from the city center. It serves modern comfort food created with high quality local ingredients.
Slippbarinn, an arty restaurant ideally situated near Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, is known for its rotating menus of cocktails and fresh local fare.
Snaps is a French-style bistro and local hangout, particularly after work. Come Friday evening, a buzzy atmosphere is guaranteed, with groups of friends indulging in the famous moules frites and bubbly. After dinner everyone flocks to Kaldi Bar, named after local beer Kaldi, and the ideal spot for kicking back, relaxing and enjoying a few drinks.
Dill, the first restaurant to receive a Michelin Star in Iceland, embraces new Nordic cuisine and offers a tasting menu created by Gunnar Karl Gíslason and focusing on fresh Icelandic ingredients. In the same building, there’s also a gourmet pizza place, so hip it doesn’t even have a name, and Mikkeller & Friends bar offering twenty craft beers on tap.
Where to rest
Canopy Reykjavik City Centre Hotel, the home to Geiri Smart restaurant, and is an ideal choice for every traveller with excellent taste, and is ideally situated in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. Other options include Reykjavik Marina Residence, with sophisticated and spacious suites. Reykjavik Konsúlat Hotel is a classically designed option, with bags of history as well as modern comforts.
Above and beyond
For all those wanting something even more special, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is a five star hotel boasting 62 guest rooms with floor to ceiling windows and balconies or terraces looking out over the dramatic volcanic landscape. Enjoy rejuvenating minerals, silica and algae in the spa, followed by a culinary celebration of all things Icelandic.
With the summer’s white nights, experiencing Iceland from above in a chopper is the ideal way to do it, and a helicopter tour with Nordurflug is the best of the best. Expect sensational views over the land of fire and ice, and a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget.