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The special Icelandic Rye Flatcakes

RYE FLATBREAD: ICELAND’S TOP TEN FAVOURITE FOODS

Rye Flatbread is a traditional Icelandic food and definitely one of the top ten foods to try in Iceland. Every time I ask Valur if he needs anything from the store, the answer is always flatbread. He loves it, and actually, so do I and our three year old. It‘s a part of our everyday diet. We have...
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REYKJAVIK’S FAVORITE FLEA MARKET = KOLAPORTIÐ

If you like strolling through markets and seeing people from all walks of life, then the Reykjavik flea market or Kolaportið flea market is for you! Kolaportið is the biggest flea market in Reykjavik and is very popular among the locals. It is right in the centre of town at Tryggvagata 19 (right by the famous hot dog...
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Icelandic Fermented shark in plastic cans

The Fermented Shark of Iceland

Everything you need to know about the fermented shark of Iceland Icelanders had to find ways to store food during long and cold winters for centuries. That was before refrigerators and modern technology. One of those “delicacies “, and one of Iceland’s national dishes, is the fermented shark or kæstur hákarl. Which we, of course, offer a taste...
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A gravel road in the middle of nowhere in Iceland

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN ICELAND

It is great to drive around on your own time without dependence on pre-fixed schedules or destinations. You can just enjoy the unique landscape of this rugged island in your own time. If that is what you have decided, I’m guessing you are an independent traveller. That’s great; just make sure you know all about driving in Iceland...
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Kids playing, Helgi Halldorsson

Traveling with Children in Reykjavik

It can be stressful traveling with children if you are unsure what to expect. We don’t want you to be stressed, so here are a few tips on what to bring and what to do in Reykjavik as a family. What to bring when traveling with children in Reykjavik While traveling with children in Reykjavik, you probably want to walk around...
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The Reykjavik pond looking at Hallgrimskirkja and Frikirkjan churches

FREE THINGS TO DO IN REYKJAVIK

It is no secret that Iceland is an expensive country. It consistently ranks in the top 5 of the most expensive countries in the world. But even if it is expensive, it doesn’t mean that everything costs a fortune. Many things are free and we have put together a list of the best free things to do in...
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The Icelandic licorice

ICELANDER’S LOVE OF LICORICE

Icelanders have always had a thing for licorice. To many travellers’ surprise, many sweets contain some licorice. We don’t really know why except that it’s just so good! A few decades ago, foreign sweets were unavailable due to import restrictions, which explains why many of our sweet treats are local products. Opal and Tópas – as pills or...
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Different versions of cans

WHAT IS SKYR?

IcelandicProvisions, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons So Skyr to us is what cheese is to you (at least if you’re European)! We have it for breakfast, lunch or afternoon snacks. It has been a part of the traditional Icelandic diet since the country was settled in the 9th century and is mentioned many times in the...
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A puffin dessert

HAVE YOU TASTED THE ICELANDIC PUFFIN?

We just added a delicious Puffin taster to The Reykjavik Food Lovers tour Iceland is the largest Atlantic puffin colony in the world with around 66% of the total puffin stock. They have been hunted for centuries by Icelanders and have been an important food source. We like them best when they are smoked but they can also be salted or...
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IF SPENDING EASTER IN ICELAND REYKJAVIK IS NOT THE PLACE, BUT ISAFJORDUR IS

EASTER IN ICELAND – SPEND IT IN ISAFJORDUR

There really is just one place to be at Easter in Iceland – and that’s Isafjordur. Isafjordur is a small town in the Westfjords. It can get pretty hard to get to this time of year, but somehow people do get there and create the best rock festival in the country. And it’s all for free. Photo: Jonathan...
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Icelandic lamb soup dish

THE ICELANDIC LAMB SOUP

The Icelandic lamb soup or Kjötsúpa is known as a cure for all, and of course, it’s a part of our Reykjavik Food Tour. Cold, the flu, hangover, winter blues that come with dark days and even a broken heart. It warms you from within and tastes delicious, reminding you of the basic joys of life. Seriously, I‘m not...
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Hilda hiking up mount Esja

HIKING UP MOUNT ESJA

It‘s fair to say that for those of us living in Reykjavik, we have a particular love affair with Mt. Esja, which dominates the skyline to the north of the city. We look to it to predict the weather; we go there for hikes and runs, talk about it and even sing about it. Mt. Esja is a...
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The Blue Lagoon geothermal SPA in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon Private Transport (Extended Stay)

Bridge at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon Private Transport

A day’s hike in the Nature Reserve – Hornstrandir Hike

The highlights of the Ring Road tour in Iceland

6-Day Around Iceland Adventure

A morning visit to Hesteyri

Boat ride from Aðalvík

Boat ride from Hesteyri

Boat ride from Hornvík