WAY TO GO

Pride Life Magazine - - TRAVEL -

GET­TING THERE

Ice­landic Air (ice­landair.co.uk) have reg­u­lar flights to Reyk­javik (Ke­flavík International Air­port) from all ma­jor UK air­ports. Tourist info: visitice­land.com

GAY INFO

gay­ice.is is a good source for in­for­ma­tion and the lat­est news. sam­tokin78.is also keeps one up to date with what’s go­ing on.

LO­CAL INFO

ex­pats­blog.com/por­tal/Ice­land Set up by Brits re­sid­ing in Ice­land, this English lan­guage website pro­vides a news ser­vice for ex­pats as well as var­i­ous fea­tures on life in the coun­try. Reyk­javik Pride is 8 - 13 Au­gust 2017. Go to: hin­seginda­gar.is/en

TOP TIP

Pur­chase a Reyk­javik City Card ei­ther on­line or once you’ve ar­rived in town. It gives you com­pli­men­tary en­try to over ten mu­se­ums and free un­lim­ited travel by bus within the Reyk­javik Cap­i­tal Area.

WHERE TO STAY Hó­tel Arnarhvoll

One of a group of six es­tab­lish­ments op­er­ated by Cen­ter Ho­tels. As the name im­plies, these mod­ern, comfy venues are all ideally lo­cated in the mid­dle of town.

Ingólf­sstraeti 1, cen­ter­ho­tels.com

Hotel Borg

Built in the 1930s, this Art-Deco won­der is Reyk­javik’s old­est hotel. Its 56 rooms, which are exquisitely dec­o­rated in cream, beige and black decor, also con­tain par­quet floor­ing, Philippe Starck fit­tings, and Bang and Olufsen flat screen TVs. Pósthússtraeti 11, hotel­borg.is

Hlem­mur Square

This stylish, mod­ern five-storey ed­i­fice in­tro­duces a novel con­cept, as it com­bines a smart hos­tel and a lux­u­ri­ous hotel un­der one roof. Lau­gave­gur 105, hlem­mursquare.com (pow­ered by hostel­world.com)

WHERE TO EAT

Ice­landic cook­ing largely re­volves around dairy, seafood and lamb. The lat­ter is an es­pe­cially scrump­tious, high-qual­ity op­tion, as sheep are left to run free and graze in moun­tain pas­tures all sum­mer. Reyk­javik has a note­wor­thy ar­ray of bistros and restau­rants, pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing from “new Nordic” cui­sine to sev­eral va­ri­eties of international fare.

Fljótt og got

This homey eatery is sit­u­ated in the BSÍ bus ter­mi­nal. They serve a wide range of sand­wiches, hot dogs and burg­ers at rea­son­able prices, and, if you’re a brave soul, sheep’s head for 1650 króna (about £12). Vatns­mýravegi 10, fljot­tog­gott.is/English

Kopar

Over­look­ing the ar­rest­ing old har­bour, el­e­gant leather seat­ing, wooden floor­ing and mood light­ing give this place a unique ap­peal. Kopar of­fers up tan­ta­lis­ing na­tive grub, in par­tic­u­lar fo­cus­ing on fresh qual­ity, lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents from the land and sea. Geirs­götu 3, kopar­restau­rant.is

Sjá­var­gril­lið

Classy, at­mo­spheric seafood restau­rant in the heart of the city, that’s got a quaint out­door ter­race. One of their stand­out dishes is grilled lan­gous­tine and beef breast with cele­riac root, pearl onion, ap­ple and es­tragon. Skólavörðustíg 14, sjavar­gril­lid.com

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