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