Take a 2 000 km round trip and experience the stunning natural beauty of Iceland.
Jet into Reykjavik (“Smokey Bay”), the country's capital and largest city. It's home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Explore the city and its public parks and green areas on foot, feast your tastebuds on the fantastic local and international cuisine, feast your eyes at the numerous galleries and museums, experience its vibrant nightlife and relax at one of its many swimming pools - it truly caters for every taste ! If you visit during winter, see the amazing northern lights.
SLEEP AT HOTEL BORG
Hotel Borg offers luxury and style in the heart of Reykjavík. The building is a historic landmark and faces the iconic Austurvöllur square across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, and the cathedral. Hotel Borg has long been known for its luxurious and signature art deco style that characterizes the hotel throughout and appears in the smallest of details. Decorated with custom furniture and fittings, each room has its own individual charm.
SLEEP AT ICELANDS GUESTHOUSE
Iceland´s Guesthouse has 6 large rooms. The house is surrounded by wonderful serene and extreme nature for all kinds of outdoor activities. There is a hot tub in the garden, the perfect place to be at during the winter to enjoy the Northern Lights. It is located in Hveragerði, a small friendly town 45 km/28 miles from Reykjavík (35-40 min to drive).
EAT AT ESSENSIA
The idea behind Essensia was to open a restaurant in Iceland where people can come together, have a good time, enjoy high quality cuisine in a casual atmosphere and have a chance to taste a selection of courses. They offer a variety of courses at a fair price, not to fancy or decorated, but rather let the ingredients shine. A concept of honest cuisine and style which will have people wanting to visit them again and again.
EAT AT FLATEY PIZZA
Flatey retrieves Naples's traditions when it comes to pizza making. The simplicity is dominated by taste and the dough only contains flour, water, salt and yeast. At Flatey there is an open house and therefore no table reservations, except for large groups. You can order a take away but they recommend eating in the restaurant. The raw ingredients are all fresh and the pizza bakes at a temperature of 500 degrees in one minute.
EAT AT TOMMI'S BURGER JOINT
It all began back in 1981 when the good folk of Reykjavík, Iceland still thought fish and chips was exotic foreign food. Along came Tómas Tómasson, or Tommi as we know him, and taught them to worship a new kind of sustenance: the mighty burger. After falling in love with burgers as a student in the US, he returned home, ready to elevate the burger to its rightful place as man’s must-have food. And so, driven by a true passion, he opened Iceland’s first fast-food chain and quickly became one of the main cool cats of Iceland’s restaurant scene, running more new restaurants in the years that followed.
PLAY AT YOUR FRIEND IN REYKJAVIK
Your Friend in Reykjavik is a small family run tour company. They offer tours for smaller groups, never exceeding 12 people, because they like to keep it personal and get to know each and everyone. There is always room for more friends in life and they want you to feel welcome and give you all the attention you deserve.
PLAY AT REYKJAVIK OUTVENTURE
Reykjavík Outventure was founded in 2018 by Jóhann. After having been at sea as a captain or first mate for the last 12 years it was time for something new. After countless talks and brainstorming with colorful characters on the trawler about the trips of their dreams an idea was born. A company that specializes in offering opportunities and unique personal experiences to those who like to have fun in an informative way. Reykjavík Outventure is exactly that!
PLAY AT CREATIVE ICELAND
Meet, explore, make, learn with the people that make Iceland a unique place. Experience Iceland participating in workshops, classes, city walks and much more, all offered by local experts. Travelers can book activities and experiences on their website.
Magical Iceland do Food & Wine Tours in Reykjavik and surroundings. Meet the “Fantastic 4”! Every single Private Gourmet Tour is a unique adventure. They are humble, happy and proud of what they do. Their “job” is to have fun and make sure that everyone else has great fun!
VIK I MYRDAL VIA THE GULLFOSS FALLS
Vík í Mýrdal is a remote seafront village in south Iceland 187 km from Reykjavik. Travel to Vik via the must-see Gullfoss waterfall (photo above). Vik sits in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the Katla volcano. Reyniskirkja is a wooden church dating to 1929. Reynisfjara beach has black pebbles, basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar offshore rock formations. Located just north of Vík í Mýrdal is the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier which stands at 1,493 m in height and covers the upper part of Katla, an active volcano which has a history of erupting every 40 - 80 years. It last erupted in 1918, therefore it is actively being monitored especially after the disruption the Eyjafjallajökull volcano caused when it erupted in April 2010. There are some amazing hiking routes in the area, through breathtaking scenery, so don't forget your walking boots.
SLEEP AT PUFFIN HOTEL
Puffin Hotel is a family owned hotel located in the village of Vik. The hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from the black sandy beaches of southern Iceland. There are 22 simply furnished rooms at Puffin Hotel Vík and each has a private bathroom with toiletries and a shower. Free private parking and free WiFi are available. Daily buffet breakfast is served in the modern dining room.
EAT AT SOUP COMPANY
The Soup Company is a small family owned restaurant, located in the heart of Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland. They serve various sorts of delicious soups, pannini's, exciting dishes and freshly baked bread and desserts. They started The Soup Company because they simply love soups.
PLAY AT ICELANDIA LAVA SHOW
Icelandic Lava Show is a new and exciting entertainment choice, completely different from everything you have ever experienced. It is the only show in the world where you can feel the heat from actual flowing lava in a safe environment. The show recreates a volcano eruption, similar to what Eyjafjallajökull and Katla volcano are famous for, by pouring molten lava into a room full of people.
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country 272 km from Vik. It lies near Hornafjörður fjord. The town is the second largest in the southeastern part of Iceland and its setting is stunning; on a clear day, wander down to the waterside, find a quiet bench and just gaze at Vatnajökull and its guild of glaciers.
PLAY AT GLACIER ADVENTURE
Glacier Adventure is a small family run company. The company revolves around Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. All of their tours are operated on and in the glacier. The company has its own Base Camp, only 12km east of the Glacier Lagoon.
Seyðisfjörður is a town and municipality in the Eastern Region of Iceland 280 km from Höfn at the innermost point of the fjord of the same name. A road over Fjarðarheiði mountain pass connects Seyðisfjörður to the rest of Iceland; 27 kilometres to the ring road and Egilsstaðir. Seyðisfjörður originated in the mid-19th century when Danish merchants started trading in the fjord. The community grew when Norwegians set up a herring fishery between 1870 and 1900. Over time the herring fishing facilities expanded, and Seyðisfjörður grew into a thriving town.Today, the people living here still rely on fishing as their primary economy. Take the Waterfall Lane trail from town and view several breathtaking waterfalls.
SLEEP AT HOTEL 1001 NOTT
Hotel 1001 nott is a family owned luxury hotel, beautifully situated in a quiet area by Lake Lagarfljót, approximately 4 km (3 miles) from Egilstadir. The hotel offers comfortable large rooms (22m2), each with a private entrance from the hotel garden. The rooms are beautifully decorated with comfortable furniture, double or twin beds, private bathroom with a shower, and a mini-bar. There is free wi-fi in all rooms.
Akureyri is a city at the base of Eyjafjörður Fjord in northern Iceland 274 km from Seydisfjordur. In the center, the 1940 Akureyri Church has stained-glass windows portraying scenes from Icelandic Christian history. There are views of the fjord from the forecourt. Nearby, the Akureyri Art Museum displays contemporary art from Iceland and farther afield. The Botanical Gardens, with specimens from across Iceland, are to the south. Do not miss the stunning Godafoss waterfall (photo above) just 35 km outside the city.
SLEEP AT LAMB INN
Lamb Inn is a family business located in the countryside with lovely views over neighbouring farms and mountains and only 10 km south of the town Akureyri. Lamb Inn can accommodate up to 38 guests. All the rooms have en suite bathroom facilities and comfortable beds. The restaurant at Lamb Inn is in a converted barn, where guests can enjoy the chef’s speciality, traditional Icelandic lamb dishes. Guests can also order various fish courses such as cod and char along with other quality courses made with local ingredients. Homemade bread is served with breakfast.
From Akureyri you can head back to Reykjavik - 388 km, but when will you be in Iceland again? Ísafjörður is a town in the Westfjords region of northwest Iceland 556 km from Akureyri and 454 km from Reykjavik. It's known for its dramatic landscapes. The old town has wooden houses with corrugated tin roofs built by fishing merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Westfjords Heritage Museum has exhibits on the town’s maritime history, including a collection of old fishing boats. The old hospital, now a cultural center, contains archives and photography.
SLEEP AT LITABYLI GUESTHOUSE
Litlabýli is a cozy guesthouse in the center of Flateyri. For many years it was a family home and the owners want to provide visitors with a comfortable stay in the village. The family lives just up the road and they are always happy to answer questions about traveling and activities in the area. Litlabýli have space for up to 10 guests in a comfortable home with beautiful views of the mountains and fjord.
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