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Iceland’s Viking Past: The Settlements and The Sagas

Iceland's Vikings contributed to their history, language, and culture
Iceland is a unique place for many reasons. Not only is it a small island with fiery, active volcanoes and frosty glaciers, it also has a fascinating history. To me, one of the most interesting things about Iceland is that the modern-day inhabitants descended from the Vikings. This is not hyperbole. These Nordic conquerors settled the island in the...

Whale Watching in Iceland – Gentle Beasts in Arctic Waters

Whale tail in Arctic waters in Iceland
The whale watching pursuit has begun. You're out on a boat in the middle of Húsavík’s Skjálfandi Bay and your eyes are peeled. When will the gentle beast poke its head out of the water? Is that a tail over there to your right? Whale watching in Iceland as one of the coolest, most fun activities you can do...

Reykjavik Sightseeing: Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran Church

Sunset view from the back of Reykjavik's iconic Hallgrímskirkja
One of Reykjavik's most iconic structures is the Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran parish church. Sitting atop a hill at the end of Skolavordustigur street in downtown Reykjavik, this holy place has come to symbolize not only Iceland's capital but the country itself. Standing proudly at 74.5 meters (240 feet), it is the tallest church in Iceland and one of the country’s...

24 Hours in Reykjavik: How to Spend Your Evening

Harpa Concert Hall lit up at night during 24 hours in Reykjavik
So you're on a layover in Reykjavik, and you only have 24 hours in Iceland. What's the best way to spend your time during your stopover? There's a lot to cram into your day if you want to see everything. Hopefully, we gave you some ideas and pointed you in the right direction with our two posts on what...

24 Hours in Reykjavik: How to Spend Your Afternoon

People walking in downtown Reykjavik during a 24-hour layover
Let's continue our adventure-packed 24 hours in Reykjavik. In part one, we started off the morning with breakfast at one of Reykjavik's best bakeries and continued on with some sightseeing and outdoor activities. Now it's lunchtime, and you're hungry. Let's grab a quick bite to eat in one of Iceland's most iconic hot dog stands and then either head...

Iceland for Foodies: Best Bakeries in Reykjavik

Baker preparing bread in one of Reykjavik's best bakeries
Visiting an Icelandic bakery is a must on your trip to Reykjavik. When you stroll down the streets of our charming capital, smells of freshly baked bread waft through the air. A quick walk downtown can result in your taste buds salivating and your stomach rumbling. Reykjavik has an ever-growing food and beverage scene that is perfect for foodies...

Must Eats for Foodies in Reykjavik: Hlemmur Food Hall

Lights illuminate Hlemmur Food Hall, a destination for foodies in Reykjavik
In recent years, Reykjavik has undergone a significant culinary transformation. This change is undoubtedly a reaction to the tourism boom. Innovative chefs and restauranteurs are changing the city’s gastronomic landscape every day. So, this raises the question: if you’re a foodie and you find yourself in Reykjavik looking for a genuinely salivating culinary experience, where should you go to...

Reykjavik’s Four Best Coffee Shops & Cafés: Get Warm and Toasty

What are Reykjavik's best coffee shops and cafés?
I feel like we owe a collective debt to coffee. I know coffee isn’t everyone's cup of tea, but for my fellow coffee addicts out there, we live for it. Don’t get me wrong; caffeine is dangerous, and even lethal when over ingested. However, I think it is safe to say that there are those among us depend on...

Icelandic Fashion: Reykjavik’s Best Fashion Boutiques

Shopping in Reyjavik: Iceland's capital has some really cool fashion boutiques
Boutique prices aren’t for the faint of heart. But can you really put a price on fashion? Reykjavik has grown significantly over recent years, and it shows in the continued success of our more expensive stores and boutiques. If you find yourself taking an autumn stroll, and you suddenly get a burning desire to burn some cash while looking...

Iceland’s Premier Cultural Festival: Reykjavik Culture Night

Reykjavik Culture Night ends in fireworks
Saturday throughout the whole day, and into the night, Iceland's capital city is going to come alive when this year’s Reykjavik Culture Night officially kicks off. If you are from here, you know it's going to be a blast. But if you happen to be in the city for your first time this weekend, you are in for a...

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