Hanna Kr – Your Friend in Reykjavik

Get to know Your Friend in Reykjavik! When you join us for a walking tour, you will meet your special friend in Reykjavik, but getting to know them a little bit beforehand could be fun.

Be sure also to check out our interviews with Barði, Esther, and Guðni!

Hanna Kristín was born in Akureyri, the capital of the north but has been living in Reykjavik since she was in her early 20s. She is a member of the Flugbjörgunarsveitin air rescue team and also likes cycling, running, walking, hiking, and skiing. She has a kayak and loves fishing on the boat.

Hanna Kristín graduated from the Guidance School in 2022.

Hanna is Your Friend In Reykjavik

Let’s Ask Your Friend in Reykjavik a Few Questions!

If you could choose only one thing from Iceland, what would it be? Wool! In Iceland, we say “ull er gull,” or wool is gold. The Lopi, Icelandic lopaeysa, is a must to have.

Would you change anything about Iceland if you could? I wouldn’t be opposed to slightly higher temperatures over the summer months.

What is your favorite place in Iceland? Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, and all the glaciers; I love hiking on glaciers and mountain skiing. 

What is your favorite traditional food? The Icelandic Meat Soup

The Icelandic Meat Soup, or kjötsúpa, is a favorite of many Icelanders. It is one of those “cozy” or “hygge” things to get when cold. It’s good for colds, 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, no exaggeration. It really makes everything better.

But what is your favorite national drink? Jólaöl – Christmas ale, that is, malt and appelsín. That is only for special occasions like Christmas and Easter.

What is the best thing about Reykjavik? The diversity, the museums, the history, the “green areas,” high-class restaurants, and cool cafes. 

But what is best about Iceland? Nature, water, the wide open spaces, the mountains, diversity – Fire and ice, of course. The highlands are an absolute favorite!

What is your favorite Icelandic music? For example, Kaleo – I walk on water and Mugison – Stingum af.

What is your favorite clothing brand? Fjallraven. 

What is your favorite restaurant? Apotekið in downtown Reykjavik. 

Austurstræti 16 Reykjavik
Austurstræti 16 – Photo: jaari

The restaurant is in a historic building in downtown Reykjavik, built after the Great Fire in 1915. It is one of the first buildings of Guðjón Samúelsson designed, the man who designed Hallgrímskirkja church and the National Theatre.

What Icelandic food is most often eaten at home? Cod, fried on a pan. I also love breaded fish and plokkfiskur. 

Plokkfiskur, or fish stew, is a favorite of many in Iceland. You can make your own with our recipe here, and if you want to try breaded fish, check our recipe here

What is your favorite candy? Popcorn and Omnom Chocolate. 

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