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November 2019

in Reykjavík

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Admission Adults 1000 isk. Children 160 isk. Thermal pools and baths in Reykjavik are a source of health, relaxation and pureness. All of the city´s swimming pools have several hot tubs with temperatures ranging from 37˚ to 42˚C (98˚–111˚F). The pools are kept at an average temperature of 29˚ C (84˚ F)

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CONTENT LIST What’s On Reykjavík City Map

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Aside from the stunning landscapes of Iceland, one of the top reasons most people give for visiting Iceland is that they’ve fallen in love with an Icelandic musician. Sóley, Of Monsters and Men, Kaleo, Sigur Rós, and Björk of course. If any of these names mean anything to you, you just might be one of them. So what makes such a tiny country produce such an astounding amount of artists? I don’t know. If I did, I would definitely have bottled and sold it by now and built myself a luxurious ice palace on top of Vatnajökull glacier. But if I had to guess, I’d suggest that months like November have something to do with it. Think about it – it’s getting colder and darker outside and most of the earth is frozen solid anyway, so what are you going to do besides stay indoors, entertaining yourself and others? I suggest you follow in these footsteps by finding a local concert or five to attend while you’re here. Lucky for you, the Iceland Airwaves festival is just around the corner so there’s plenty to look forward to. Who knows, you just might discover the next Björk! If you can tear yourself away from the lively cultural scene of the city, don’t forget to get out of town as well! Iceland’s landscapes only become more dramatic once winter arrives, and let’s not forget, the northern lights!

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THE WHAT’S ON CHECKLIST Staying active is the best way to keep warm during November in Iceland!

Discover your new favourite musician at the Iceland Airwaves festival! Try a brew from hotshot local brewery Malbygg. Galaxy IPA and Massaður Kjúklingur (Muscular Chicken) come highly recommended.

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Get out of the city lights so you can see the northern lights!

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Go snowmobiling on a glacier! Try the Icelandic chocolate milk Kókómjólk, a local favourite. Keep warm with a hat or a sweater made from Icelandic wool! Head to Vesturbæjarlaug swimming pool and grab a delicious burger next door from Hagavagninn Read some crime fiction by a local author! While you’re checking things off the list, we encourage you to take photos, and tag them with #whatsonrvk, of course!


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SKYR Legend has it that the Vikings introduced Skyr to Iceland when they settled in the country some 1.100 years ago. Travel back in time to any farm and Skyr would be on the table – essential nourishment for young and old. Generations past may not have been able to measure the nutritional content in the way we can now, but the life-expectancy of the average Icelander was proof enough that something good was going on. Icelanders have ever since loved the smooth texture of this incredibly healthy dairy product and today

ICELAND’S SECRET TO HEALTHY LIVING it plays a big role in the modern lifestyle diet. Skyr is high in protein and a virtually fat-free dairy delight. Thick and creamy in consistency, it is also rich in calcium and other nutrients. Skyr can be found at almost every home and workplace. Enjoyed at breakfast, lunchtime, pretty much anytime, it has also become a healthy “fast-food” for active people on the go. Delicious in smoothies or energy-boosting drinks, it even features on the dessert menus of many top restaurants, which are bringing a contemporary twist to this established favourite.

MS SKYR – PLAIN Skyr was originally only available as plain and was made at every farm in Iceland. Nowadays, there is a huge variety of flavours available but many still prefer the plain one, especially served with sugar and/or cream.

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KEA SKYR WITH VANILLA Kea skyr comes from the northern part of Iceland and this is one of the most popular flavours available. The taste is full and creamy with zero fat. It’s mild and creamy flavour also makes it popular as a base for desserts.

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ÍSEY SKYR WITH BLUBERRIES Ísey skyr is a remarkable dairy product unique to Ice­land. High in protein and naturally fat free, Ísey skyr is delicious, rich in flavour with a thick and creamy tex­ture. Ísey is a beautiful Icelandic female name, meaning ice (ís) and island (ey), in honour of the women who passed on Iceland‘s secret to healthy living from generation to generation. ÍSEY SKYR WITH DARK CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA Skyr producers have been experimenting with new flavours in Ísey skyr while still keeping it as nutritious as possible. One of the more recent additions is Ísey skyr with dark chocolate and vanilla flavour. ICELANDIC PROVISIONS SKYR If you find yourself in the US, craving skyr, don’t panic! This is the only skyr available in the US that’s made with traditional Icelandic skyr cultures, passed down through generations of Icelanders. Rich in protein but low in sugar, with flavors that have a Nordic twist, such as Strawberry with Lingonberry. Icelandic provisions skyr is only available in the US and is a sister brand of Ísey Skyr. #icelandicprovisions


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Nr. 1 Attraction in Reykjavik

Perlan is a Must-Visit Landmark and Nature Exploratorium Perlan – Wonders of Iceland is an exploratorium in Reykjavík. Experience a real Ice Cave, Icelandic Glaciers Exhibition, Guaranteed Northern Lights Planetarium Show and more.

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Perlan – Wonders of Iceland is an enchanting interactive journey through Iceland’s nature, on five floors.

Kaffitár Café

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I C E L A N D I C VO LC A N O E S

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AN ICELANDIC VOLCANO IS THE REASON FOR DEMOCRACY AS WE KNOW IT The 1783-4 eruption of Laki was history’s biggest volcanic eruption. When it erupted, the ash darkened the sky over all of Europe for years. The ash’s toxicity caused widespread crop failures and the resulting famine all over Europe was almost certainly one of the causes of the French Revolution in 1789, ultimately resulting in the first modern democracy as we know it.

NOT JUST ONE, BUT TWO OF THE BIGGEST ERUPTIONS IN THE RECORDED HISTORY OF THE WORLD, OCCURRED IN ICELAND! Not only was Laki the biggest eruption in recorded history, measured by volume of lava, but Iceland was also the site of the second biggest emission in recorded history, the 2014 eruption of Bárðarbunga. In just six months, Bárðarbunga produced enough lava to cover the island of Manhattan – 85km2. It still isn‘t close to matching Laki. That eruption produced 370km2 of lava in only 50 days!

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1/3 OF ALL THE EARTH’S FRESH LAVA ORIGINATED IN ICELAND! When you’re discussing volcanoes, all concepts that have something to do with time get a bit skewed. For instance, fresh lava means lava emissions on earth since the year 1500. The reason for this impressive amount of liquid rock spewing to the surface is because not only does Iceland sit on a crack between two tectonic plates, it’s also on top of a geological hotspot. Even so, for such a small island, that’s a pretty impressive amount of lava.

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ICELAND HAS A VOLCANIC ERUPTION EVERY 4-5 YEARS! This isn’t surprising considering the island has somewhere around 150-200 volcanoes, split into different volcanic systems. About 30 different systems are still considered “active” in Iceland, and 13 of them have erupted since the Viking Settlement in 874. Not all the eruptions

WANT TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE VOLCANOES OF ICELAND? For more information on volcanoes and geothermal activity in Iceland, go visit the Volcano House by the old harbour. Its attractions include a mineral exhibition and an hour-long documentary on volcanoes, which is shown every hour, on the hour. As an added bonus, there’s also a What’s On desk over there, in case you need any information.

are on the same scale as the Eyjafjallajökull eruption though; some are small enough to be considered tourist attractions and some happen underneath glaciers and never even see the light of day.

ICELAND HAS AN ISLAND SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBSERVE AND DOCUMENT FROM THE MOMENT OF ITS CREATION: SURTSEY Surtsey was formed by a volcanic eruption at the bottom of the ocean and emerged from the water on January 14, 1963. It was immediately granted protection by law and no one was allowed to set foot on the island. To this day only scientists are allowed to go there, and even they have to get special permission. This means that we have been able to monitor how life settles on a brand-new land from the beginning, and the information gained has been invaluable to scientists.


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ICELANDIC DIVERSITY Get in touch with Icelandic nature on horseback and taste the treasures of the nearby sea. Tour 2G

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GlAcIeR IcE CaVe & SnOwMoBiLe

Come with us inside the Glacier Experience a snowmobile tour from Gullfoss Café to our new Glacier Ice Cave in Langjökull. Daily departures: 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 www.mountaineers.is ice@mountaineers.is +354 580 9900


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GLJÚFRASTEINN

THE LAXNESS MUSEUM Gljúfrasteinn was the home of writer Halldór Laxness (the winner of The Nobel Prize in Literature 1955) and his family for more than half a century. The house is now a museum, where the author’s home is preserved just as it was when he lived and worked there. A number of events are hosted throughout the year. Every Sunday during the summertime there are concerts in the living room at 16:00. The museum is open on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00–16:00. Audio guides of the house are available in Icelandic, English, German, Swedish, and Danish, as well as an illustrated guide in French. Gljúfrasteinn-Laxness museum is located in the valley of Mosfellsdalur on the way to Þingvellir National Park, only a 20-minute drive from Reykjavík. For more information, go to www.gljufrasteinn.is.

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What to Do in Iceland if You Only Have One Day If you only have one day in Iceland, the first advice I will give you is to change your flight and stay for at least a week more. If that’s not an option, my next suggestion would be to use the time you have to the fullest, since Iceland is a unique destination.

IF ICELANDIC GEOLOGY INTERESTS YOU No country does volcanoes like Iceland, there’s a reason it’s called the land of Ice and Fire. The Reykjavík Erupts! volcano hike takes you to a geothermally active area where the effects of the extreme heat underground are clearly visible on the surface. The colours of the earth are akin to a rainbow and there are bubbling cauldrons of mud everywhere. Lava Tube Caving tour, on the other hand, allows you to visit a cave that was formed during a volcanic eruption. The rock formations alone make this tour worth the trip.

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IF YOU JUST WANT TO SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS It’s no coincidence that The Golden Circle is the most popular day tour from Reykjavík. There are three stops on the way that just happen to be three of the most captivating destinations in Iceland, and as an added bonus, the tour doesn’t take up more than half of your day. The stops are Þingvellir, the national park where the Icelandic Parliament congregated since Viking times, Gullfoss, the awe-inspiring waterfall which lends its name to the Golden Circle, and Geysir, an erupting hot spring, guaranteed to wow visitors.

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IF YOU WANT TO SEE A GLACIER Since you’re visiting ICE-land, you might want to check out some icy tours and it doesn’t get any icier than hiking on a glacier. Glacier hikes are relatively easy and professional gear is provided so the tour should be accessible for most people. You get to walk on a glacier, with guides who know everything there is to know about glaciers and Iceland in general, what more could you ask for?

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IF YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR A LITTLE LUXURY What’s better than having a spa day? Krauma is a natural geothermal spa in West Iceland, next to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. The water of the natural hot spring is mixed with cool glacial water for perfect temperatures. It has five hot tubs and one cold bath, a relaxation room and two steam baths. If you’re in South Iceland, then head to the Secret Lagoon. It’s situated in a geothermal area with plenty of hot water streaming naturally from the ground and steam rising into the air around you. The beautiful location really lets you feel at one with the Icelandic nature. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN ADRENALINE RUSH Looking for a thrill? Then go on a buggy ride. A buggy is a fast, sturdy and stable ATV, perfect for everybody who loves the outdoors. When

going on a buggy tour, you better be ready to get dirty, with water splashing up on the side of the tires and dust being blown around your head. Driving a buggy through rough Icelandic terrain, with mud pools, dusty roads and sometimes snow, offers an exciting adventure!

IF YOU READ MOBY DICK AND LIKED IT Marine life abounds in the ocean around Iceland. Of all the creatures that live in these waters, the most spectacular ones have to be the whales. If you’re interested in seeing these immense creatures for yourself, take a whale watching cruise. Even the smallest Icelandic whale you could spot is still the size of a full-grown man, and the largest can reach up to 30 metres in length! If you have a few hours to spare before or after the cruise (or if you get seasick and a cruise is out of the question), check out the Whales of Iceland exhibition for some extra information on these gentle giants.

Whether you are going on tours or staying within city limits, you can be sure of one thing: you won’t have seen enough of what Iceland. The next time you’re in Iceland (we’re pretty sure you’ll be back) stop by the What’s On information centre, or send us an email, info@whatson.is, and ask the staff to help you plan an unforgettable vacation.


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What to Do in Reykjavík with Kids

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Though the birth rate in Iceland has dropped in the last few years, it remains higher than the European average, and you could say Icelandic society is family-oriented. That’s good news for those travelling with kids and teenagers, as there is plenty to keep them entertained year-round. Here are a few suggestions of activities with kids in and around Reykjavík. All are accessible by foot, public transportation, private vehicle, or pickup service. None take longer than four hours total and driving time is minimal.

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GO SWIMMING Age range: 0-99 Season: year-round

GO ON A WHALE WATCHING CRUISE Age range: 0-99 Season: year-round

Reykjavík’s thermal pools are mostly outdoor and water temperature in the pools and hot tubs ranges from 27 to 42°C to keep you warm even on the coldest days. They’re a popular activity among local families as they’re fun, healthy, and affordable. The showers have kiddie bathtubs and child seats to make washing up easy for the littlest members of your family, there are floaties for those who are learning to swim, and pool toys for the young (and young at heart). Most have shallow kiddie pools and many have water slides as well.

Being out on the water with the chance to see wildlife is exciting for all! Though summer is the high season for whale watching (and the only season to see the popular puffins), whales can be seen off the coast of Iceland year-round. Ships have heated indoor areas for chilly days and provide warm overalls and blankets as well.

FEEDING THE DUCKS Age range: 0-99 Season: year-round Every Icelander has fond memories of childhood trips to the downtown pond to feed ducks with breadcrumbs. Feeding the ducks bread is actually not good for them but birdfeed is easily available. Though ducks are the popular draw, you’ll also see swans, geese and seagulls. When you start to get cold, you can step into the City Hall to check out the large topographical model of Iceland built to scale.


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GO RIDE AN ICELANDIC HORSE Age range: 6-99 Season: year-round The Icelandic horse may be small, but don’t call it a pony! These friendly purebreds are a national treasure and love to meet people. Laxnes Horse Farm provides a riding tour for families that is short enough for the young’uns and appropriate for all levels of experience.

GO CAVING Age range: 5-99 Season: year-round Explore a 2000-year-old cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption. The lava is no longer active, but you and the kids will be as you venture in to experience the unique and colourful stone formations firsthand. Kids must be able to walk on their own and keep pace with the group.

GO TO THE VOLCANO HOUSE Age range: 0-99 Season: year-round

GO SPEND A DAY IN LAUGARDALUR Age range: 0-99 Season: year-round The Laugardalur Valley has several activities for the whole family. The Family Park and Zoo house specimens of most of Iceland’s animals, such as sheep, cows, horses, reindeer, and seals. There are several rides open in the summer and

GO TO A MUSEUM Age range: 0-99 Season: year-round Many of Reykjavik’s museums are child-friendly, housing activity rooms and interactive exhibits. For example, the National Museum of Iceland has a children’s room on the second floor where kids can dress up in Viking attire, including trying out swords, shields, chain mail, and helmets. There are historical objects and models they can play with and a reading section where they can read or listen to stories in English and Icelandic. The Maritime museum also offers a chance to board a National Guard ship from the fifties and Árbær Open Air Museum, a collection of old Icelandic houses, is always popular. If you’re spending a day or two exploring Reykjavík’s museums and swimming pools, consider the Reykjavík City Card. Available for 24hr, 48hr, and 72hr periods for kids and adults, it gives you access to museums, swimming pools, public transport, and more, at one low price.

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Iceland is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. The exhibit of volcanic rocks and minerals at the Volcano House is hands-on, giving you a break from saying “don’t touch that!” The documentaries about Iceland’s most recent eruptions and their effects on the country are short enough to accommodate the attention spans of the youngest while exciting enough for the most bored teenager.

play areas are open year-round. Laugardalur also houses ice-skating and roller-skating rinks, the largest thermal pool in the city, and the Ásmundarsafn sculpture collection, which includes an outdoor sculpture garden (for those who can’t handle the decorum of an indoor museum… no matter their age).

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Five Untranslatable Icelandic Words In 1995, the government of Iceland decided that every year, on the 16th of November – on the birthday of Jónas Hallgrímsson, the Icelandic naturalist, poet, and author – would be Icelandic Language Day (Dagur íslenskrar tungu). On the occasion, What‘s On has culled five Icelandic words that are certifiably untranslateable.

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#1 VESEN (VEH-SEN) “Vesen” is difficult to translate but means something along the lines of “a hassle,” “a bother,” or “an inconvenience.” Some people claim that an even more accurate translation is “something that has been made more difficult than it has to be, usually on account of some person being difficult.” A recent Twitter post offers some context: “I’m one of the few vegans that dines at the office cafeteria and have just discovered that I’m soy intolerant (there’s tofu, oomph, or soy mince in most of the vegetarian dishes). Should I make vesen or should I give up?”

#2 SKREPPA (SCREPP-AH) This is a word that roughly means, “slip out for a little while.” It is often used in the context of Icelandic workplaces when employees – needing to execute some undisclosed errand – put their coat on, a bit furtively, and declare that they must “skreppa.” Considering that most Icelanders work long hours, such decampment is entirely acceptable. And so, if you’re at work, but must run a quick errand, “skreppa” is the linguistic equivalent of a prison-cell poster, providing adequate misdirection to your escape tunnel. #3 NENNA (NEN-AH) There’s a theory about “Nenna,” namely that it is just like the Engilsh “can’t be bothered” – except the exact opposite. Allow me to explain. “Nenna” means that you CAN be bothered to do something, i.e. that you can, want, and are able to, but, being in a peculiarly Icelandic state of laziness, don’t “nenn” it. If Shakespeare had been born Icelandic, Hamlet’s famous soliloquy would have revolved less about living and dying, and more


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about, well, nenning. “To nenna, or not to nenna, that is the question.” Halmet’s monlogue would not have ran any longer. Obviously.

#4 JÆJA (YI-YAH) “Jæja“ is an infamous Icelandic interjection that can, depending on the speaker’s inflection, mean almost anything or absolutely nothing. In some circumstances, it means “Well then,” as in “That’s enough of that, let’s move on to more serious things.” Or, conversely, uttered in a more defeatist tone – as when you realise you must do something that you don’t want to do – “Well, okay, then.” Pronounced yet another way and “jæja” can mean “Imagine that!” To enumerate all the various shades of “Jæja”

would require a phone-book sized tome.

#5 DUGLEGUR (DOOG-LEG-UHR) Duglegur is really just a vague, catch-all term suggesting that someone is hard-working, diligent, determined, gritty, resilient, etc. etc etc. The word “duglegur” derives from the verb “duga,” meaning that something will “do” or is “sufficient,” and some find this odd: that the word for being “hard-working” is the same as being “good enough” (Iceland’s work culture is unreasonably extreme). The word was sometimes used in the context of the Icelandic men’s football team qualifying for the World Cup in 2018 (Iceland is the smallest nation by population ever to clinch a FIFA World Cup berth). Our boys were really quite “duglegir,” meaning whatever you want it to mean.

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Notable Events in the History of Iceland 16-18 MILLION BC: The Formation of Iceland. Volcanic eruptions form the landmass known as Iceland. 871 AD: The Settlement of Iceland. Ingólfur Arnarson killed a man in Norway and fled to Iceland. 930 AD: Alþingi (the Icelandic Parliament) established. Alþingi is the oldest parliamentary institution in the world that is still extant. 1000 AD: Conversion to Christianity, discovery of America. Parliament decided everyone would be Christian or at least pretend to be. Leif “the Lucky” Eiriksson got lost and found America, didn’t like it and went home. 1262 AD: Iceland submits to Norway. Civil war between powerful clans was finally resolved by forfeiting independence and submitting to Norwegian rule. This eventually led to Iceland winding up under Danish rule. 1550 AD: Reformation. A violent conflict between Catholics and Lutherans ended with the beheading of Catholic bishop Jón Arason.

1944 AD: Independence. Iceland declared independence while Denmark was too busy being invaded by Germany to protest. 20TH CENTURY: The World Wars and modernisation. The turn of the century saw the first motorboat and car. The World Wars and American occupation resulted in the first serious urbanisation and foreign cultural influence. 1955 AD: Nobel Prize. Halldór Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. 1980 AD: First female president. The world’s first democratically elected female head of state, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, took office. 2008 AD: Crash and miraculous recovery. Iceland’s banking system went spectacularly bankrupt. Since then, things have picked up surprisingly well.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

2009 AD: First openly gay prime minister. The world’s first openly lesbian head of government, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, took office.

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1602: Monopoly (not the fun kind). The king of Denmark decided Icelanders could only trade with particular Danes, resulting in economic stagnation until the monopoly was abolished in 1786.

THE 1750S: The Enlightenment and the birth of Reykjavík. Industrialisation and modernisation started when “Sheriff” Skúli Magnússon started wool manufacturing at Aðalstræti 10.

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Icelandic Movies to Watch Before Coming to Iceland Once upon a time, there were no Icelandic films. We know, it’s shocking. Things have changed though, now there are lots of them, and good ones, too! Read our recommendations of movies you should watch before coming to Iceland.

UNDIR TRÉNU (2017) d. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

MÝRIN (2006) d. Baltasar Kormákur

Icelandic films tend to be heavy on angst and Undir trénu (Under the Tree) is filled to the brim with it. It’s about neighbours fighting over a tree that is causing shade. It doesn’t sound too crazy, and even relatable to some, but things get pretty insane quickly and we, the audience, never really know what will happen next. The shining star of the film is Edda Björgvinsdóttir, a celebrated Icelandic actress mostly known for comedy who proves a deft hand at drama as well. She manages to portray a character that is simultaneously an insane caricature of a hostile old lady, and a true to life portrait of someone you know.

You might not think that Iceland has too many murders, and you would be right. Instead, we have books about murder mysteries and the most famous series is about detective Erlendur and his adventures solving crimes in modern Reykjavík. The first, and only, film adaptation of an Erlendur story is Mýrin (Jar City) and by golly, it’s good. Ingvar E. Sigurðsson was born to portray the permanently-resentful Erlendur. In fact, most of the casting is pitch perfect and the result is a fantastic Nordic crime tale.

HRÚTAR (2015) d. Grímur Hákonarson Two brothers live on farms next door to each other. The only problem is that they’ve been estranged for years. Dark comedy Hrútar (Rams) is a triumph for everyone involved, especially famed comedian Sigurður Sigurjónsson who portrays one of the brothers, and it made people really fall in love with the idea of stubborn old kooks living in misery somewhere out in the countryside.

Edda Björgvinsdóttir in Undir Trénu

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DJÖFLAEYJAN (1996) d. Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

KARLAKÓRINN HEKLA (1992) d. Guðný Halldórsdóttir

During World War II, the UK, and then the US, occupied Iceland and they built over 7,000 steel huts – barracks. When they left, the barracks were used as housing for less-fortunate Icelanders, who lived in terrible conditions. Djöflaeyjan (Devil’s Island) takes place in the 1950s in one of these neighbourhoods. Baddi goes with his mother (who married a US soldier) to America. When he comes back to Iceland, you better believe that he has been turned into a greaser (like those guys in the film Grease). Hilarity and drama ensue.

Karlakórinn Hekla (The Men’s Choir) is one of those movies that everybody (in Iceland) has seen at some point. It’s about a men’s choir in a small town outside of Reykjavík. One day, the most beloved member of the choir, Max, has a heart attack and dies, so the remaining choir members do the most logical thing possible: they decide to have a statue of him raised in his birth town in Germany. The group (most played by noted 80s comedians) decide to head to Germany, accompanied by Max’s girlfriend, and everything goes as well as you might expect.

101 REYKJAVÍK (2000) d. Baltasar Kormákur

NÓI ALBÍNÓI (2003) d. Dagur Kári

In many ways, Hlynur, the protagonist of 101 Reykjavík, is a loser. And by “many,” we mean “all.” He lives with his mom in a small, cramped, apartment in downtown Reykjavík and spends most of his time at the local bar. When his mom brings home a girlfriend, things get complicated, especially when the girlfriend and Hlynur have sex. Most of the film is the daily struggles of a suicidal man that does nothing, but as the story progresses, so does Hlynur. Will he find his place in the world? You have to watch the movie to find out! Also, yes he does.

The bluest hues you will ever see on the big screen! Nói, the albino, is a socially inept smartarse living in a remote fjord in Iceland (most fjords in Iceland are remote). He dreams of a better life elsewhere but escaping the fjords can be a difficult task. He falls for a girl from the city (there is one city in Iceland) and sees a chance of a better future with her, but he is socially inept so, you know. The film is funny and all around a great watch.


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A GUIDE TO READING THE SAGAS OF THE ICELANDERS

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The Sagas of the Icelanders, written in the 12th and 13th century and telling the stories of the early settlers of Iceland from the 10th century, are an amazing treasure trove of historical knowledge about the early years of settlement in Iceland. Better yet, they’re also impressive examples of literary excellence that still hold their own when it comes to enthralling storytelling. The sagas might be several centuries old and originate in a society with completely different values to our own, but the stories they tell are universal and timeless. Just like modern literature, they deal with love, loss, honour, adventure and everything in between. If you want to start reading the sagas but you’re just not sure where to begin, here’s our guide to reading the sagas.

IF YOU LIKE ROMANCE NOVELS AND SOAP OPERAS – START WITH LAXDÆLA SAGA Laxdæla is the thrilling story of bonds of friendship torn asunder for the love of a woman. The love triangle of the formerly inseparable friends Kjartan and Bolli, and the beautiful and clever Guðrún has far-reaching consequences in this heart-wrenching story of honour, destiny, love and betrayal. Will Guðrún follow her heart or her pride? Are they all mere pawns of fate? Will her efforts to overturn destiny prove fruitful… or fatal?


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IF YOU’RE INTO FANTASY – START WITH VÖLSUNGA SAGA Völsunga saga has it all, dragons, sleeping beauties, magical swords, revenge and a dash of incest. It’s basically Game of Thrones for the 13th century! It’s the story of the Völsungs, a dynasty of kings and heroes. The best-known story from the saga is the story of Sigurður, the slayer of the dragon Fáfnir. After he kills the dragon, he eats its heart, because magical birds told him to do it. What more do you need to know?

IF YOU LIKE ACTION MOVIES AND ADVENTURE STORIES – START WITH EGILL’S SAGA Egill’s saga tells the story of the fascinating antihero Egill Skallagrímsson and his adventurous travels all over the north of Europe. With a fierce fighter and clever poet with severe anger management issues as main character, Egill’s saga weaves together the stories of the first time Egill killed a man (at the tender age of 7 years old), his impending beheading which he escapes with the aid of some seriously great poetry, and a drunken feast turned massacre (where our hero at one point cuts off a man’s head before vomiting down his neck), to name a few.

All the sagas are available in English in bookstores in Iceland. Additionally, if you’re travelling outside the city limits, we recommend seeking out areas where the events of the sagas took place. Borgarnes and Hvolsvöllur, for example, each have a museum dedicated to the sagas taking place in the area, Egill’s saga and Njáll’s saga respectively.

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IF YOU’RE A FAN OF LEGAL DRAMAS AND GREEK TRAGEDIES – START WITH BRENNUNJÁLL’S SAGA Njála, as this saga is affectionately known, is the most revered of all the sagas in Iceland and its main character, Gunnar of Hlíðarendi, is probably the most idealised hero in all Icelandic literature. Familial obligations, honour and, most importantly, love, throw him, his best friend Njáll and everyone they hold dear into a whirlwind of theft, lawsuits, murder and punishments. His fate is marked from the moment he lays eyes on the woman he loves and not even Njáll’s sage advice can save him. As an added bonus, Gunnar’s wife, Hallgerður, happens to be arguably the best female character in all medieval literature.

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NEW WAYS TO GET AROUND REYKJAVÍK!

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Anyone who has recently strolled up Laugavegur (or down for that matter) will have noticed an electric scooter or a bicycle whizzing up the street (or down for that matter). It is not only that such conveyances are becoming more popular among private citizens: It is also that two ride-sharing companies have begun offering their services in downtown Reykjavík. These days, even the briefest of errands can be made even briefer with one of these vehicles.

HOPP (ELECTRIC SCOOTERS) Hopp is an electric-scooter sharing company based in Reykjavík. The company’s aim is to “reduce traffic for short-distance transportation and leave behind a cleaner and healthier planet.” Renting a scooter is simple. Download the app. Connect your credit card. Scan the bar code – and ride (remember to push off before pressing the ignition). The scooter itself, called “the Hopper,” is a durable vehicle tailor-made for Icelandic weather conditions. DONKEY REPUBLIC (BICYCLES) In 2015, Donkey Republic founder Erdem Ovacik – inspired by a roommate who put bikes around Copenhagen for his friends to

share (using combination locks) – created an electronic lock and an automated, self-service bike-sharing system from a Copenhagen home basement. Since then, Donkey Republic has been exporting its system to cities around the world. The aim is to turn the bicycle into the hero of public transportation and a catalyst for greener, more liveable, and less traffic-congested cities. Like Hopp, it’s simple to use. Download the app. Link your credit card. Find your bike. Unlock the bike. Ride. Return.


The Settlement Exhibition

Step into the Viking Age Open daily 09:00–18:00 Aðalstræti 16 101 Reykjavík www.reykjavikcitymuseum.is


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I C E L A N D A I R W A V E S Ever since the first festival in 1999, Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier showcases for new music, whether Icelandic or international. Known for its intimacy and party spirit, Airwaves features many local and visiting artists playing venues all around downtown Reykjavík. Local artists include Eurovision bad boys Hatari, the dreamy pop trio Vök and rapper Aron Can. Among the visiting artists this year are American songwriter Cautiousclay, Norwegian songstress Anna of the North, and Canadian neoclassical composer Alexandra Stréliski.

Tips & Tricks

Don’t plan too much The great thing about a festival like Iceland Airwaves is discovering something new and unexpected. That band you’ve never heard of that is playing next could be the next big thing. Of Monsters and Men were discovered at Airwaves.

Use the app

Most of the bands performing at the festival are up-and-coming artists as opposed to established acts. We recommend familiarising yourself with the music beforehand to know which artists you want to see.

The official Iceland Airwaves app is your best friend during the festival. Check out background info on bands, follow recent news, discover new artists, and, most importantly, tailor your schedule to your own preferences.

Dress accordingly

Tag your photos

The festival is held in Iceland at the beginning of November, so no doubt it will be cold. Seeing as the concerts are inside and the venues are usually packed, no doubt you’ll also be hot and sweaty. The key is to wear layers.

There are two key hashtags you’ll want to use during your stay in Iceland. The first one being #WhatsOnRvk, which is us right here. The second one, of course, is #Airwaves19, which is the hashtag for Iceland Airwaves.

Don’t miss the off-venues

Do something during the day

Don’t have a ticket? Off-venue concerts are open to everyone. Are two of your favourite acts playing at the same time? Check out if either one of them is playing an off-venue gig as well and go see them both.

Nobody’s saying you must wake up early and go worm hunting with the early birds, but when you do manage to roll out of bed, check out a museum, the Secret Lagoon, or the Golden Circle. They’re worth it, we promise.

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— Visiting Artists You Must See — Mac DeMarco

Cautious Clay

The 29-year old Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco is known for his charming on-stage persona. His first album, Rock and Roll Night Club, was recorded in his Montreal-based studio Jizz Jazz and received generally favourable reviews. It was his third album, Salad Days, however, which won the hearts of critics and listeners alike.

Cautious Clay is the alias of American singer, songwriter and record producer Joshua Karpeh. Born in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio, Cautious Clay is a multi-instrumentalist whose debut EP, Blood Type, was released this year. The album contains Clay’s most popular song to date, Cold War, which Taylor Swift samples on her seventh studio album, Lover.

Anna of the North While Iceland Airwaves usually showcases up-and-coming talent, established acts are also a mainstay of the festival. This year, Anna of the North is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest names to grace the festival’s marquee. Born Anna Lotterud, in 1991, AOTN is an Oslo-based Norwegian singer-songwriter from Gjøvik. Her debut single Sway was an internet hit in 2014.

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Amanda Tenfjord

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Tenfjord is a 22-year old Greek-Norwegian singer-songwriter who started writing her own music at 16. Tenfjord has yet to release an album, but the singles that she has released are catchy. It may be too facile of a comparison, but Tenfjord’s music bears some semblance to the synth-driven pop music of her compatriot Sigrid.

Alexandra Stréliski Stréliski is a Canadian neoclassical composer. Her songs have appeared in several films and TV shows: Dallas Buyers Club, Demolition, Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects, e.g. Stréliski’s sophomore album, Inscape, was released last year and was the number one classical album on Apple Music at the end of 2018.

Tiny Ruins Tiny Ruins began as the alias of singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. In 2010, Fullbrook recorded a collaborative EP with singer-songwriter Lieven Scheerlink under the name Tiny Ruins. Following the release, they toured Europe with Ana Franco from Coffee & Wine. Tiny Ruins has opened for Fleet Foxes and toured internationally with Calexico and Beach House. Tiny Ruins


GDRN GDRN has a song called Af og til that hasn’t been officially released, but it’s the bee’s knees: a soulful, g-funk-ish, pop masterpiece. GDRN released her debut album, Hvað ef, in 2018. A year later, she came away from the Icelandic Music Awards with four awards: best pop album, best pop song, best female singer, and music video of the year.

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— Local Artists You Must See —

Moses Hightower GDRN

Named after Police Academy’s famed florist-turned-police-officer, Moses Hightower was formed in 2007 and is based out of Reykjavík. The band has released three critically-acclaimed full-length albums: Búum til börn (Let’s Make Babies), Önnur Mósebók (The Second Book of Moses), and Fjallaloft (Mountain Air). They’re an absolute treat live.

Vök Vök released its sophomore album In the Dark in March of this year. On the album, some have argued, Vök manages to live up to the huge potential that their debut (Figure) promised. Vök was formed in 2013 by singer Margrét Magnúsdóttir and saxophonist Andri Enoksson.

Hatari

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Bríet

Aron Can

Bríet is a 19-year-old Icelandic pop artist, born and raised in Reykjavík. She burst onto the Icelandic pop scene in early 2018 with the release of her debut EP album 22.03.99. Bríet has collaborated with a long list of Icelandic artists, including Aron Can, Steinar, and Friðrik Dór.

Like everyone else, we’ve been mildly captivated by the young Auto-Tune crooner ever since Enginn mórall—a sparse and somewhat spooky Trap earworm—was released in 2016. Three years, and loads of impersonators, later, the Can-man remains one of Iceland’s most popular rappers.

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Part performance art, part political satire, Iceland’s favourite bondage-pop trio Hatari stirred up controversy at this year’s Eurovision by waving Palestinian scarves during the contest. Hatari was formed in mid-2015 by cousins Klemens Hannigan and Matthías Haraldsson. The band released its debut EP album Neysluavara (Consumer Product) in 2017.

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THINGS TO DO ON A RAINY DAY

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If it’s raining outside, and you’re not sure what you should do with yourself, here’s a short list of some activities and places you could visit on a rainy day in our lovely country. Enjoy!

countryside from the comfort and warmth of a bus or a car, however, is extremely enjoyable. Be sure to blast some great Icelandic music on your drive, it can only enhance the experience.

MUSEUMS Reykjavík is a veritable feast of cultural treats. Whether it’s art, history or science you’re after, the museums in this small Nordic city offer an array of interesting and diverse exhibitions all year round, guaranteed to pique your interest. When it starts to drizzle, try visiting the Volcano House or Reykjavík Art Museum. It has three locations, Hafnarhúsið, Kjarvalsstaðir and Ásmundarsafn and purchasing admission to any one of these automatically grants you access to the other two.

SWIMMING You may think that it sounds strange to go for a swim in the rain, but swimming in Iceland is particularly enjoyable in bad weather. Thanks to the geothermal heat, you’ll be nice and toasty in the hot tubs, chatting with the locals, while the rain offers a welcome, cooling contrast.

COFFEEHOUSE It’s hard to explain why Icelanders have such a deep love for coffee, considering it doesn’t grow anywhere near this Nordic island. Maybe it has something to do with those long dark winter mornings, but whatever the reason, the sheer quantity of cafés in downtown Reykjavík is proof positive of Icelanders’ affection for the black stuff. The cafés range from small holes-inthe- wall with take-away coffee to places with plush couches on which you could stay sitting comfortably for several hours. DRIVE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE The Icelandic landscape is amazing whatever the weather, but hiking in the rain is a recipe for a cold toes and grumpy moods. Zooming past the dramatic landscapes of the Icelandic

MOVIE AT BÍÓ PARADÍS Bíó Paradís keeps up an ambitious schedule of internationally acclaimed movies from all over the world. It hosts several film festivals and airs Icelandic movies with English subtitles all year round. It’s also the only cinema in downtown Reykjavík and a great place to keep dry and out of the waterworld outside. Not only is it a great place to watch great movies, it also has a place to sit down, get some coffee or a beer, before or after the movie.


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The days grow shorter and colder as winter gets settled in but for visitors to Iceland, that’s good news! You need darkness so you can see the northern lights properly.

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Seeing the lights is a magical experience and we recommend seeking them out while you’re in

Iceland. However, there are a few things every northern lights hunter should keep in mind. The northern lights aren’t a reliable attraction and seeing them can be a matter of being in the right spot at the right time. It’s not all down to luck, however, as there are a few things you can do to maximise your chances of seeing the ethereal lights.

Different ways to see the Northern Lights: GOING BY COACH:

GOING BY BOAT:

Cheap and effective. A northern lights tour by bus or minibus is a good way to see the lights if you’re not too concerned about being surrounded a lot of people and simply travelling by bus. Perhaps not the best time if you don’t see anything – but it’s the cheapest option to see the lights, and it gets the job done.

A great experience regardless of lights. Going by boat and seeing the city from the sea at night, is in itself a great experience. The boat ride is a very good choice for those who want to ensure they get something out of their tour even if no lights are found.superjeep


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To p 8 tip s fo r th e no rth er n lig ht s The city lights block the northern lights!

2 MAKE SURE IT’S DARK

Daylight and northern lights don’t go hand in hand!

3 MAKE SURE THE SKY IS CLEAR

The northern lights appear way above the clouds!

4 GIVE IT TIME AND BE PATIENT!

The northern lights don’t come out by order – be patient and you might get lucky!

5 SIGHTINGS CAN NEVER BE GUARANTEED

So we’d recommend a tour that includes some great activity as well as northern lights hunt – so you won’t feel disappointed!

6 WEAR SOMETHING WARM

It can get seriously cold, especially when the sky is clear and you’re waiting for a long time.

7 KNOW YOUR CAMERA!

Taking photos with a flash won’t work. Ever. A tripod and long exposure are your friends!

Lie down on the ground. Look up. Enjoy!

Book your northern lights tour now online or at the What’s On tourist information centre, at Laugavegur 5. GOING BY SUPER-JEEP: Exclusive and thrilling. Going on a hunt for the lights with a specially modified superjeep is a thrilling experience that’s fun and exciting. Sights can of course never be guaranteed, but the off-road action of a superjeep makes for a great adventure, the lights are just an added bonus.

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DOs AND DON'Ts

DO have a relatively good camera with you that allows for easy and quick change of settings. DON’T rule out taking a photo on your phone’s camera. DO have your ISO set to at least 800 and your aperture as low as it goes. DON’T forget your tripod. However little you think you move while waiting for your camera to take your picture, believe me, you always move and it’s enough to make your photos blurry.

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DO keep your shutter speed anywhere between 5 to 30 seconds, although the optimal would be between 5 and 20 seconds (30 seconds is only for very faint lights, basically).

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DON’T go by boat – if you’re intent on getting photos, at least. The movement of the boat makes taking good photos nearly impossible. DO consider using continuous shooting, so that while shooting the lights, you don’t have to keep staring at them through your camera. DON’T focus solely on your photographs and forget to be in the moment. You don’t see the northern lights every day! If you need any more information, check out www.whatson.is or stop by the What’s On information office at Laugavegur 5, Bankastræti 2, and Tryggvagata 11.


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How To Read the Northern Lights Forecast The northern lights forecast can be found on en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora/, but it is a little hard to decipher if you’ve never seen it before. Our handy-dandy guide should make things a little bit easier.

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THE COLORS WHITE means NO CLOUDS, while DARK GREEN means VERY CLOUDY. The different shades of green then mean more, or less, cloudy.

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THE NUMBERS The numbers are a combination of how likely it is for the lights to be active and how active they will be. Don’t be discouraged if the number is low, it’s actually very rare for the number to be higher than five. Also, take the scale with a grain of salt; a low number doesn’t mean that they won’t come out or won’t be impressive, and a high number isn’t a guarantee that they will be glorious all through the night. GOING ON A TOUR? There are many tours taking you far from the bright city lights for a better chance of seeing the aurora. These tours will be cancelled if there is no chance of seeing the lights. All major operators can be

trusted to do this, first of all, because there is a high standard of professionalism in Iceland, but more importantly, because they lose money if they take you out needlessly – most of them promise to take you out again for free if you don’t see anything.


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R E Y K J AV Í K SIGHTS TO SEE Reykjavík sightseeing has something for everyone! The city is filled with things to do, places to go, and stuff to see, but some things are just a little bit more important than others. Check out the map in the centre of the magazine to find the exact location of these Reykjavík sights.

1 | HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA Hallgrímskirkja church is one of Reykjavík’s most iconic buildings and is visible from almost anywhere in the city. It’s the largest church and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. The church tower offers a fantastic view of the city. It’s named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Petursson, author of the Passion Hymns. The architect, Guðjón Samúelsson, designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape. Construction started in 1945 and was finished in 1984.

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2 | PERLAN Standing at 25m, Perlan is one of Reykjavík’s most striking

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buildings. Built on top of the city’s hot water tanks, Perlan is known for its unique architecture. Inside Perlan, you can visit Wonders of Iceland, an exhibition spread over multiple levels. A visit to a real ice cave, planetarium shows, exhibitions on Iceland’s history, glaciers, volcanoes, and water, and a spectacular 360° viewing platform are all included in a ticket. On the top floor, a restaurant and coffeehouse for guests in need of refreshment. Surrounding Perlan is the Öskjuhlíð area, one of the many green spaces in Reykjavík, perfect for a walk on a sunny day.

3 | TJÖRNIN Tjörnin (The Pond) is the heart of the city centre and offers some of the most amazing views in Reykjavík. There is no better place in the city to enjoy a beautiful sunset and you can watch or feed a huge variety of birdlife that calls the lake home, while you’re at it. When the lake freezes over in winter, geothermal water is pumped in to defrost an area for the birds and feeding them is a popular family pastime all year round. Those who can handle the cold take to the lake on ice skates.

4 | AUSTURVÖLLUR When the sun is shining, Austurvöllur is the place to be. Surrounded by cafés and restaurants, this public square is a popular spot for locals to dine outside, soak up some sunshine or recline on the grass with picnics. In fact, whatever the season, Austurvöllur is the place to be. It’s used for celebrations on holidays and in December, the city’s biggest Christmas tree is located there. Due to its proximity to The House of Parliament, Austurvöllur is also a popular gathering spot for political protesters. At the centre of it all stands a statue of Jón Sigurðsson, the renowned figure who is credited with leading Iceland to independence.


fermented shark, purchase a bag of Icelandic candy or browse through thrifted clothing, Kolaportið, an indoor flea market, open on the weekends between 11:00-17:00, is your best bet. The atmosphere is unique, and the old industrial building is usually filled with people hunting for books or antiques, grocery shopping at the food court, selling their old garments, buying music and DVDs, or digging through piles of stuff in search of hidden treasures. We recommend bringing cash, or visiting the ATM at one of the entrances, as the majority of stalls don’t accept cards.

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5 | KOLAPORTIÐ Whether you want to sample dried fish and

6 | HARPA The whole 28,000m2 of Harpa stand at the edge of Reykjavík Harbour. It houses Iceland’s biggest concert hall, suitable for a broad range of concerts and cultural events, a conference centre with meeting facilities and in-house catering, as well as a couple of fine restaurants. Harpa also hosts promotions, plays, and public events. It’s open to everyone, and you should definitely visit Harpa, whether it’s to take in a show, buy souvenirs, go to a concert or have a lovely dinner in one of the fabulous restaurants. Harpa was designed by a Danish firm in cooperation with Ólafur Elíasson, an Icelandic artist, and opened to the public in 2011.

7 | THE OLD HARBOUR It’s the first lasting harbour in Reykjavík, although it’s no longer the city’s busiest one. The most-visited area is the eastern pier where you’ll find a community of shops, galleries, electric bike and scooter rentals, and guided tour operators. You will also find numerous whale watching companies willing to take you out to sea on unforgettable excursions. The area is filled with excellent restaurants (pizza, seafood, burgers, etc.) and cafés. The atmosphere at the old harbour is friendly, the air is fresh and salty and there are plenty of interesting activities to check out.

8 | THE SUN VOYAGER A beautiful sculpture of a Viking ship located

9 | HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT Founded in 950 AD, Iceland’s Parliament, Alþingi, is the oldest extant parliament in the world! For centuries, the Parliament gathered in the open air (on the aptly named Þingvellir, Parliament Fields) but in recent years, they’ve met in Reykjavík. The House of Parliament is a modest classical building of hewn Icelandic dolerite, and it gives Austurvöllur square a dignified look. The Parliament garden behind the building is small but lovely in the summertime.

10 | LAUGARDALSLAUG Every country has traditions when it comes to leisure. Icelanders’ favourite pastime is going swimming. Laugardalslaug is the city’s largest pool with extensive facilities, located in Laugardalur valley. Its facilities include a 50m outdoor pool, an outdoor children’s pool and a paddling pool, two waterslides, numerous hot tubs, a steam bath, gym, and a mini golf course. There really is no better place to be on a sunny day, or a cold one for that matter. Right outside you will find a hot dog stand where you can buy traditional Icelandic hot dogs.

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by the ocean on a small peninsula by Sæbraut, close to downtown Reykjavík. The sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason symbolises the Viking past of the Icelanders and is an ode to the sun. It serves as reminder of our history and heritage when the first Viking settlers came sailing to Iceland. The Sun Voyager looks its best when the sun is setting, at whatever time that may be. The unforgettable view of the sculpture with a backdrop of the ocean and Mt. Esja is every photographer’s dream.

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Reykjavík’s history reaches more than a thousand years back and the city has a rich cultural heritage. History buffs, art afficionados and budding natural scientists should all find something to pique their interest in the museums of the city centre.

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VOLCANO HOUSE Get to know Iceland’s fascinating geology by exploring their mineral exhibition and watching their documentaries on some of Iceland’s most interesting volcanic eruptions in recent history. 1

REYKJAVÍK MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY The museum presents both historical and contemporary photography in an artistic, social, and cultural context. Showcased are family photographs, photos from portrait studios, industrial and advertising photographs, press photography, landscape photographs, and more.

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THE SETTLEMENT EXHIBITION In 2001, archaeological remains of a hall from the age of settlement were excavated and The Settlement Exhibition is built around these findings, the oldest relics of human habitation found in Reykjavík. 5

REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM The Hafnarhús location of the Reykjavík Art Museum serves as the museum’s institute of contemporary art. Pop artist Erró’s works are as fascinating as the museum’s temporary exhibitions.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND The museum, established in 1863, houses some of the nation’s most beloved treasures. The permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation is an engaging way to get to know Iceland’s history. Visit the Culture House’s exhibition Points of View as well for an introduction to the country’s cultural heritage.

THE MARITIME MUSEUM The fishing industry is the cornerstone of Iceland’s economy and The Maritime Museum is the best place to learn more about it. At the museum, you also have a chance to board Óðinn, a former Coast Guard vessel.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ICELAND The National Gallery’s art collection consists mainly of 19th and 20th century art. In its possession are many of the keystones of Icelandic art history, as well as a growing collection of works from other countries.

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N E W I N TOW N PÜNK Pünk is a new restaurant located on Hverfisgata 20 in downtown Reykjavík. The building has undergone significant renovations. According to entrepreneur Ásgeir Kolbeinsson, the restaurant will, as the name suggests, be “a little wild,” uniting various trends and styles but with the emphasis being on atmosphere (Pünk will serve as a venue for various events). The menu will offer a variety of small dishes, along with cocktails and red wine.

DILL The famed Icelandic restaurant Dill closed last summer, much to the disappointment of local and international food enthusiasts. The only Icelandic restaurant to have earned a Michelin star, Dill fortunately hasn’t closed for good, announcing that it will be opening its doors again in November – this time in a different location, on Laugavegur 59

MICHELSEN 1909 After 26 years on Laugavegur 15, Michelsen watchmakers closed its doors last September (it had been on Laugavegur for a total of 76 years). The good news is that it didn’t go far. The new store, Michelsen 1909, is located in the Hafnartorg shopping centre (Tryggvagata 25). Michelsen’s watchmaking workshop will be the best of its kind in Iceland. Michelsen is an official retailer of Rolex, Tudor, TAG Heuer, and Longines, to name a few.

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SAILS, LIGHTS, AND WINTER NIGHTS On this brand-new tour by North Sailing, passengers on the electric-powered schooner Opal (zero emissions) will be afforded a view of the northern lights, the Reykjavík city lights, Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower, as well as nearby islands and lighthouses. Onboard, guides will relate interesting tales from the past. Travellers can assist the crew with rigging, enjoy refreshments, have a beer in the on-deck hot tub, or savour a nice glass of of wine by the below-deck fireplace.

(Reykjavík’s main shopping street). Just as before, Dill will serve one tasting menu based on nordic and local ingredients, but this time around, there’s an increased focus on sustainability.

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NOVEMBER 6-9 The annual music festival is for many the highlight of the city’s music scene. The festival typically spans four days and focuses on showcasing new music from up-and-coming artists, whether Icelandic or international. The first Airwaves festival was held as a one-off event in an airplane hangar at the Reykjavík airport. Since then, the likes of Björk, Robyn, Florence and the Machine, Sigur Rós, Beach House, and Bombay Bicycle have performed. This year, Anna of the North, Vök, Hatari, Alexandra Stréliski, Of Monsters and Men, among others, will perform.

OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 3 The third edition of Reykjavík Opera Days will take place from the 30th of October until the 3rd of November. Last year, the festival won the “Music Festival of the Year” at the Icelandic Music Awards. The theme of this year’s festival is “Odes to the Climate,” the main focus being on climate change. All around town, new and old arias will be performed, poems will be recited, and everyone will be encouraged to join in and sing, recite, yell, whisper, scream, hum, call, and, or, perform any kinds of odes to nature, youth, Mother Earth, and existence in its whole.

D IE H ARD – C HRI ST M AS PA RTY SCREENI NG NOVEMBER 15 In 1989, Die Hard was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. It is, according to some, one of the very best action movies ever made. On Friday, November 15th, at 20:00, Bíó Paradís (on Hverfisgata in downtown Reykjavík), will invite guests to celebrate Christmas preparations with a festive screening. There will be loads of great offers at the bar. Patrons may also bring snacks and beverages into the screening room.

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NOVEMBER 21-23 Despite its initial failure, Swan Lake, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is today one of the most popular ballets. Premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on March 4th, 1877, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the ballet tells the tale of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. On three nights in November (21st, 22nd, 23rd), St. Petersburg Festival Ballet in collaboration with Iceland Symphony Orchestra will be performing Swan Lake at the Harpa theatre in Reykjavík.

NOVEMBER 10 On November 10th, the Schola Cantorum Chamber Choir will hold its annual All Saints concert at Hallgrím‘s Church. The title of the concert this year is In Paradisum, in reference to one of the texts of the Requiem mass. In the concert, the choir will perform a diverse collection of religious compositions and arrangements by Icelandic and foreign composers alike. All the works will be performed a cappella.

D OOMCEMB ER NOVEMBER 22-23 It may be called Doomcember but this time, it’s in November! For the second year in a row, on November 22nd and 23rd at Gaukurinn (Tryggvagata 22), Doomcember will return to celebrate the heaviest, grooviest, and slowest bands in Iceland and abroad. Performers include SUNNATA (Poland), Saturnalia Temple (Sweden), Katla (debut concert in Iceland), Plastic Gods, and Godchilla.

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VOLCANO HOUSE Wonders of the Volcano The Volcano House includes a hands-on mineral exhibition featuring different mineral samples, such as lava from the 2014 eruption of Bárðabunga and ash from the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. A documentary in English is screened every hour, on the hour, from 9:00 to 21:00. It focuses on some of the most famous eruptions of Iceland and covers the causes and effects of Icelandic volcanic activity in general. The show is also available in different languages by arrangement. The Volcano House is fun and educational for people of all ages, and kids are especially welcome (free for 0-10 years old).

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The Volcano House is a great stop on your museum day. After standing and reading for hours, it’s nice to sit down and watch a movie.

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The Volcano House is a great latenight activity (the last show is at 21:00), a good replacement if your tour is cancelled, or if the weather is bad (it’s always nice and warm inside). Drop by anytime! For more information, see www.volcanohouse.is.

AURORA REYKJAVÍK Catch the Aurora Borealis All Year Round There is perhaps nothing more magical than witnessing the beauty of a Northern Lights display. However, those unpredictable, ever dancing lights don’t always show up on cue – and fade away during the summer months. So, it is with great joy that we welcome Aurora Reykjavík – The Northern Lights Center, where the Northern Lights are always on display.

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Aurora Reykjavík’s pull and ace up its sleeve is its fantastic 4k timelapse film of the Aurora Borealis. Aurora Reykjavík’s latest addition are virtual reality goggles featuring the world’s first 360°movie of aurora displays entirely shot in Iceland. If you can’t catch the Northern Lights yourself, this utterly realistic experience is definitely the next best option to witness the beauty of this truly amazing phenomenon.

Capturing the Northern Lights with your own camera can be challenging, but, at Aurora Reykjavík, you get taught by the experts: bring your camera and try the right settings at the Northern Lights Photo Simulator. In the exhibition you will find an entertaining selfie booth – have fun looking all fabulous under the Northern Lights! For more information, see www.aurorareykjavik.is.


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The exhibition Korriró og Dillidó offers an ideal opportunity for the entire family to experience the unique supernatural world of elves in their finery, and terrifying trolls, as depicted with passionate sincerity by Ásgrímur Jónsson. The emphasis is on the visitor’s own imagination – offering the opportunity to enjoy this aspect

R E Y K JAV I K ART MUSEUM K JA RVA L S S TAÐ I R Ólöf Nordal: Úngl Ólöf Nordal (b. 1961) often references Icelandic folktales, national heritage and cultural motifs which she places in a modern context. She is also preoccupied with nature and our connection to the land. Ólöf studied textile art at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, and later in Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. In 1993, she graduated from the sculpture department of Yale University. In her work she attempts to explore and examine the structural material of mythical tales, she looks for things that fall outside the traditional framework and thus become a source of museums and religion. Ólöf‘s work often cast a new light

on the events of the present, as well as referencing both the past and the future.

Jóhannes S. Kjarval: Can’t Draw a Harebell The artist Eggert Pétursson (b. 1956) has assembled an exhibition of the floral works of Jóhannes S. Kjarval. Upon taking on this project for Reykjavík Art Museum, Eggert decided to examine the floral factor in Kjarval’s work and approach it from an artistic viewpoint. According to Eggert, Kjarval’s flower works are more extensive than his own, Kjarval traverses all over. He does not limit himself to botany but paints and sketches flowers around him, be it ornamental plants, potted plants or wildflowers, and last but not least he paints the flora of the mind. Eggert resolved to categorise the works by their elements and figurative connection and display them as he would his own work. His selection is intended to create a coherent exhibition rather than as a historical overview of Kjarval’s floral works.

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KORRIRÓ OG DILLIDÓ PICTURES OF FOLKLORE AND FAIRY TALES BY ÁSGRÍMUR JÓNSSON Step into magic! The visual world of Icelandic folklore and fairy tales created by Ásgrímur Jónsson in his art is a truly enchanted realm. Elves, trolls and ghosts were given a clear form in Ásgrímur’s art. He first exhibited such pieces in Iceland in 1905. Ásgrímur’s works on folklore themes were well received; in the press, reviewers expressed delight that the folktale heritage was being addressed, for the first time, by an Icelandic artist.

of the cultural heritage, which can throw light upon the fears, dreams and desires of former generations – and their relationship with awe-inspiring Icelandic nature.

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R E Y K JAV I K A R T MUSEUM Á S M U N DA R S A F N Ásmundur Sveinsson: Under the Same Sky – Art in Public Spaces The sculpture garden at Sigtún is dedicated to the works by Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982). It is also the point where the exhibition Under the Same Sky extends its view to some of the numerous outdoor pieces that the late sculptor has created and installed in places around and outside Iceland. The works in the exhibition are more meditative in comparison to the outdoor sculptures: smaller in scale, made of different materials, and three-dimensional studies to the enlarged works that Ásmundur realised in the end. Helgi Gíslason: Where the Boundaries Lie Helgi Gíslason has many works of art in the public domain of the capital area, across the country and abroad. The sculptures in this exhibition reflect outdoor pieces from different periods of his career. Gíslason has created works in a wide range of materials, highlighting the qualities of each and mastering their potential. Metal, wood, glass, plaster and textiles are all as clay in his hands. The works are strong in their form but their interpretation is fluid, alive and open. Time acts as a chisel remoulding the interpretation of the works so that each generation may approach them anew.

R E Y K JAV I K ART MUSEUM HAFNARHÚS Erró: Maó’s World Tour The series Chinese Paintings is fiction, where the staging and the presence of Mao in various locations is a sarcastic reference to the wave of Maoism which seized groups of Western artists, intellectuals and politicians following the student riots in Paris in May 1968. The series objectifies both the utopian dream

Maó’s World Tour

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of the future and the fear of the Chinese Cultural Revolution spreading around the world. The Chinese Paintings made Erró famous internationally. The exhibition in Hafnarhús contains paintings, collages and engravings from the Reykjavík Art Museum’s collection.

SOMETHING from NOTHING: The Visual Realm of Magnús Pálsson Magnús Pálsson´s career has been remarkable for the breadth of his activities and his influence. As a teacher, he has had an immense effect on generations of artists. In

theater he has created innovative stage sets and experimental plays. As a performance artist, Pálsson is unquestionably a pioneer. In visual art, he is a key player in the great changes that occurred in the field in the sixties and seventies. Revising the nature of artistic creation, a new imagery came about based on a critical stance towards art history up until then, but at the same time opening new ways to the future. Pálsson introduced works that, in some ways, were in the spirit of fluxus, pop and conceptual art, but have proven to be quite unique.


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SIGURJÓN ÓLAFSSON MUSEUM

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A Story Unfolds A variety of sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson, from his student years at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen, till the year he died, 1982. Also to be seen are the sketches for some of his key works that have been enlarged and installed in public areas, e.g. Footballers (LSÓ 247) erected in Akranes, Mask (LSÓ 011) at the Reykjavík City Theater and the Viking (LSÓ 162) which Sigurjón also carved in dolerite and stands in the front of the National Gallery of Iceland.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ICELAND Violin Power I The advent of portable camcorders in the early 1970s heralded a new era of freedom for filmmakers, who could now record audio and video in real time. Lightweight Sony equipment gave a boost to the experimental work of artists who applied this technology, inter alia in order to integrate different art forms.

Treasures of a Nation In the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland there are over eleven thousand works of various kinds, from various countries and from various periods. In the exhibition Treasures of a Nation a fair selection of works from the collection displays the evolution of art in Iceland from the early nineteenth century to our times. The exhibition features the variety of media and styles distinguishing

this short but eventful history. During the first decades, from 1884 to 1911, the collection was exclusively based on the generous donations of foreign artists, mostly Danish and other Scandinavians, but in the early 20th century Icelandic art became more prominent. Today only one of every ten works in the collection of the National Gallery is foreign despite the fact that foreign artists are still slightly more numerous than Icelandic artists.

SOLILOQUY The National Gallery of Iceland holds a retrospective of the work of Jóhanna Kristín Yngvadóttir (1953−1991), who made a memorable entrance onto the Icelandic art scene in the early 1980s. Jóhanna Kristín‘s expressionistic works were received with enthusiasm, and critics were united in their praise of the young artist, whose work was considered mature and refined. In her art, she expressed her internal and

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external emotional world with sincerity, with dynamic brushstrokes and colour planes; she made unsparing use of dark tones and brought out diverse symbolism, creating powerful works. The artist said of her work: “I deal with my interaction with people. People have the greatest effect, they cause joy and sadness.”

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Violin Power I is Steina‘s first autonomous work, shown in the early days at The Kitchen, a gallery/ theatre/laboratory run by Steina and her husband Woody Vasulka in what had been a kitchen in the basement of the Broadway Central Hotel in New York. She made the work in 1970-78.

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TA L E S F R O M ICELAND Just one block off Laugavegur shopping street, near Hlemmur Food Hall, is Tales from Iceland, a one-hour audiovisual fun experience. Opened in the fall of 2017, Tales from Iceland offers several stops where you get to know Iceland in an innovative manner. You can fly over Iceland like a bird in a virtual reality setting, stand up-close to a simulated eruption or play around and learn about Iceland’s recent history in augmented reality. There are several photo opportunities, including a photo booth where you can create and e-mail yourself pictures shot on green screen with various backdrops from Icelandic nature.

Tales from Iceland

The main exhibition, “Iceland in a nutshell” consists of several 4-min humorous and inspiring documentaries on Iceland and Icelanders. Narration and subtitles is in English, no headphones are needed. Comfortable sofas and chairs are provided, so you can sit back and rest your legs. You can also enjoy coffee, sodas, and Icelandic cookies, all included in the admission fee! Tales from Iceland offers free Wi-Fi as well as luggage storage for travellers carrying their suitcases around. For more information, see www.tales.is

EINAR JÓNSSON MUSEUM This is a museum in the heart of Reykjavík that houses the work of Iceland’s first sculptor Einar Jónsson. The museum contains close to 300 artworks spanning a 60-year career: carvings from the artist’s youth, sculpture, paintings and drawings. A beautiful tree-clad garden adorned with 26 bronze casts of the artist’s works is located behind the museum. The task of the

Einar Jónsson Museum

museum is to collect, preserve and display the work of Einar as well as to conduct research on his life and art.

MUSEUM OF DESIGN AND APPLIED ART

Paolo Gianfrancesco

URBAN SHAPE Paolo Gianfrancesco Architect Paolo Gianfrancesco invites us to this celebration of the city. Using data from the open-source project Open Street Map, coding allows him to include certain kinds of information, while excluding others. His objective is to capture the essence of the city

landscape through the flow of information. Over the course of the exhibition six cities will be highlighted by dinners infused with storytelling. A fascinating selection of Reykjavík local inhabitants with foreign roots will be invited to share their stories, and those of their city of origin, through food, music, and more.


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Settlemen Exhibition

THE SETTLEMENT EXHIBITION

Encounters

REYKJAVIK MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY Encounters – Nordic Photography Beyond Borders The exhibition includes photographic- and videoworks by five Nordic contemporary photographers/artists: Bára Kristinsdóttir (Iceland) Johannes Samuelsson (Sweden) Miia Autio (Finland) Nanna Debois Buhl (Denmark)

and Sandra Mujinga (Norway) The works are characterised by social and/or political overtones; in the works ways are explored of visualising “encounters“ between subjects, thus drawing attention to major issues in social discourse today – whether immigration, changes to land- and cityscapes, or local impacts of globalisation.

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The Settlement Exhibition An open excavation where Viking ruins meet multimedia technology. Just below ground in downtown Reykjavík, this open excavation uncovers the city’s Viking Age history. Discovered during building work in 2001, these archaeological remains turned out to be the earliest evidence of human settlement in the city, with some dating to before AD 871±2. Careful excavation revealed a 10th-century hall or longhouse, which is now preserved in its original location as the focal point of the exhibition. Interactive technology immerses you in the world of the Reykjavík farm at the time of the first settlers, including information on how Viking Age buildings were constructed and what life was like in the hall. The Settlement Exhibition is part of Reykjavík City Museum.

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T H E N AT I O N A L MUSEUM OF ICELAND A Rainbow Thread The Rainbow Guide is a queer guide to The National Museum of Iceland’s permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland. It deals with queer history in Iceland. The term queer refers to sex, gender and sexuality that don’t coincide with the traditions and customs of a particular time period, including people who would today be called trans, intersex, non-binary, or homo-, bi-, pan- or asexual. The Rainbow Guide is created by The National Museum of Iceland and Samtökin ‘78, The National Queer Organization of Iceland, to mark Samtökin’s 40 year anniversary. A pamphlet and an audio guide in English and Icelandic takes museum guests through the exhibition and sheds a light on various queer sides of Icelandic history and nationality.

The Making of a Nation Heritage and History in Iceland The National Museum of Iceland’s permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland, is intended to provide insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the settlement to the present day. The aim is to cast light on the Icelanders’ past by placing the cultural heritage preserved by the National Museum in a historical context, guided by the question: what makes a nation? The exhibition includes about 2,000 objects, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as about 1,000 photographs from the 20th century. The exhibition is conceived as a journey through time: it begins with the ship in which medieval settlers crossed the ocean to their new home, it ends in a modern airport, the Icelanders’ gateway to the world..

Making of a Nation

Discovering Iceland’s Monasteries The exhibition is based on research done by Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir, professor of archaeology at the University of Iceland and the National Museum of Iceland. The research aimed at finding clues on monastic activities in Iceland from the foundation of the earliest one in 1030 to the dissolution of the last in 1554.


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C U LT U R E H O U S E Points of view This exhibition gives visitors the chance to delve into the collections of six different cultural institutions. A unique journey through Iceland’s visual legacy, offering an innovative guide to a nation’s cultural history.

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The Icelandic Punk Museum is located at Bankastræti 0, an underground location that served as public toilets from 1930 to 2006. The museum honours the music and the spirit that has shaped musicians and bands to this day; people who dared to be different. Objects, photographs, videos, posters, etc. from roughly 1978 to 1992 are on display with texts in Icelandic and English, and the main music from the period is available to guests.

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ÁRBÆR OPEN AIR MUSEUM

THE SETTLEMENT EXHIBITION

REYKJAVIK MARITIME MUSEUM

REYKJAVÍK CITY MUSEUM Reykjavík’s only open air museum, where you can stroll through the past and experience the way we lived Fun, fascinating and full of surprises, this living museum takes you on a journey through time. Guided tours at 13:00 all year round.

REYKJAVÍK CITY MUSEUM An open excavation where Viking ruins meet digital technology Just below ground in downtown Reykjavík, this open excavation uncovers the city’s Viking Age history. Guided tours on weekdays in February at 11:00.

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REYKJAVÍK CITY MUSEUM A harbour museum exploring Iceland’s dramatic relationship with the sea. The survival of a nation depended on generations of brave fishermen heading into the unknown. Exhibitions and artefacts bring our ocean history to life, from battling the waves, to the ‘Cod Wars’ and beyond. Guided tours of Óðinn Coast Guard Vessel: 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00. Grandagarður 8, Reykjavík | 411-6340 www.reykjavikcitymuseum.is

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EINAR JÓNSSON MUSEUM

HAFNARBORG

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A museum with indoor and outdoor exhibitions dedicated to the work of Einar Jónsson, Iceland’s first modern sculptor (1874-1954). The museum was built in the early 1900’s when Einar Jónsson offered all of his works as a gift to the Icelandic nation.

FREE ENTRY Hafnarborg has a collection of Icelandic art and regular exhibitions presenting leading Icelandic and international artists. Collection exhibitions are a regular part of the program. Around exhibitions are workshops and guided tours.

Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavík 411-6100 | borgarbokasafn.is Hours: Mon-Thu 10-19, Fri 11-18, Sat & Sun 13-17

Hallgrímstorg 3, Reykjavík 551-3797 | www.lej.is Hours: Tue-Sun 10-17

Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður 585-5790 | www.hafnarborg.is Hours: Wed-Mon 12-17

VIÐEY ISLAND

WHALES OF ICELAND

REYKJAVÍK CITY MUSEUM An island, where art, history and nature lie just beyond the city shore The combination of stunning views, historical ruins and contemporary art pieces make Viðey island something special. Just a short boat-ride takes you to another world. Ferry Schedule: Weekends only.

An exhibition in Reykjavík consisting of 23 life-size whale models - fun to touch and explore. Learn more about whales with indepth multimedia and interactive information displays, videos and audio guide in several languages mixed with soothing whale sounds and underwater ambient lighting.

REYKJAVIK MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Viðey Reykjavik 411-6356. www.reykjavikcitymuseum.is

Fiskislóð 23-25 , Reykjavík 571-0077 | www.whalesoficeland.is Hours: Daily 10-17

REYKJAVÍK CITY MUSEUM Reflecting the contemporary, while archiving the past – this is Reykjavík’s home of photography. Reykjavík’s main photography museum offers an ongoing programme of contemporary and historical exhibitions, and an onscreen archive of thousands of images from the past. Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavík | 411-6390 reykjavikcitymuseum.is | Hours: MonThu 10-18, Fri 11-18, Sat & Sun 13-17


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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND

SIGURJÓN ÓLAFSSON MUSEUM

Iceland's leading art museum, established in 1884. Its collection consists mainly of 19th, 20th and 21st century art. The National Gallery possesses a coherent array of Icelandic works and a fine collection of international art. Together they constitute around 11.000 items.

Offers a state-of-the-art exhibitions on the cultural history of Iceland. The permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation - Heritage and History of Iceland, gives a comprehensive picture of Iceland’s cultural history through the ages to the present day.

A museum that Icelandic sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson’s wife founded as a tribute to his life and work in 1984. She had his studio in Laugarnes converted to an exhibition space to house his collection of works, including sculptures, sketches, drawings and biographical material.

Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík 515-9600 | www.listasafn.is Hours: Tue-Sun: 11-17

Suðurgata 41, Reykjavík 530-2200 | www.nationalmuseum.is Hours: Tue-Sun: 10-17

Laugarnestangi 70 553-2906 | www.lso.is Hours: Tue-Sun 13-17

THE ICELANDIC PHALLOLOGICAL MUSEUM

One of the pioneers of Icelandic art and the first Icelander to take up painting professionally. Having died in 1958, he bequeathed all his works, as well as his studio home to the Icelandic nation.

Probably the most unique museum you’ll visit on your trip, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is a one of a kind. Here you’ll find a collection of more than two hundred penises and penile part belonging to almost all land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland.

The Northern Lights Center, Aurora Reykjavik, allows you to experience the Northern Lights in a completely different way, both if you saw them, but as well if they escaped you while in Iceland. The centre features information, education and of course stunning visuals of the elusive lights that’ll get your heart racing.

Laugavegur 116, Reykjavík 561 6663 | www.phallus.is Hours: Daily 10-18

Grandagarður 2, Reykjavík 780-4500 | www.aurorareykjavik.is Hours: Daily 9-21

PERLAN

VOLCANO HOUSE

TALES FROM ICELAND

This peculiar building, built on top of six water tanks on a hill overlooking the city, houses two exhibitions, The Wonders of Iceland and Water in Icelandic Nature. In addition, Perlan has a recently-opened planetarium, a great restaurant, and an observation deck with a 360¨view of the city and its surrounding nature.

Shows documentaries that give a good idea of real life in Iceland, where volcanoes and earthquakes are a constant threat. There’s also a mineral exhibition, giving a brief overview of Iceland’s geological history and volcanic system, and a boutique, with Icelandic designs, artwork, lava rocks, pumice, bottles of ash and Lava Jewellery.

Tales from Iceland offers visitors a onehour audiovisual experience through virtual and augmented reality, an eruption simulation, a photobooth and “Iceland in a nutshell”, a series of 4-min humorous and inspiring documentaries on Iceland and Icelanders. Comfortable sofas and complimentary coffee-bar with cookies complete a one-of-a-kind experience. No headphones, English only.

Tryggvagata 11, Reykjavík 555-1900 | www.volcanohouse.is Hours: Daily 9-22

Snorrabraut 37, Reykjavík 518 4000 | www.tales.is Hours: Mon-Sat 9-18

Varmahlíð 1, Reykjavík 566-9000 | www.perlan.is Hours: 9-19

AURORA REYKJAVIK

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ÁSGRÍMUR JÓNSSON COLLECTION

Bergstaðastræti 74, Reykjavík 515-9625 www.listasafn.is Hours: Tue-Sun 13-17

ART & CULTURE

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ICELAND

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ART & CULTURE

KJARVALSSTAÐIR

ÁSMUNDARSAFN

HAFNARHÚS

Mainly devoted to paintings and sculpture by well established Icelandic and international artists. Kjarvalsstaðir offers a permanent exhibition of key works by one of Iceland’s most beloved landscape painters, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, as well as changing exhibitions that explore various thematic and historical aspects of Icelandic art.

Opened in 1983, the collection is housed in a unique building designed and constructed mostly by the artist himself from 1942-1950. The original building served Sveinsson as studio and home; behind it he built a crescent-shaped structure as a workand exhibition space.

The old harbour warehouse, Hafnarhús, offers a progressive exhibition program with local and international contemporary artists. The work of current notables, art canons and newcomers are presented in six galleries. Hafnarhús is also home to the works of Erró (b. 1932), a significant player in the international pop art scene.

Flókagata 24, Reykjavík 411-6420 | www.artmuseum.is Hours: Daily 10-17

GLJÚFRASTEINN LAXNESS MUSEUM Halldór Laxness is arguably the most famous Icelandic writer of all time, and the only Icelander to have won a Nobel Prize, which he received for literature in 1955. Gljúfrasteinn was his home until his death, and today it is a museum dedicated to his life and work.

Sigtún, Reykjavík 411-6430 | www.artmuseum.is Hours: Daily 13-17

THE NUMISMATIC MUSEUM

THE LIVING ART MUSEUM

FREE ENTRY A selection from the numismatic collection is on display on the ground floor of the Central Bank’s main building in Kalkofnsvegur 1, Reykjavík.

An active exhibition space that has organized many exciting exhibitions throughout the years. They put an emphasis on introducing young Icelandic artists, as well as showcasing work by better-known Icelandic and foreign modern and contemporary artists.

Kalkofnsvegur 1, Reykjavík 569-9600 www.sedlabanki.is Hours: Mon-Fri 13:30-15:30

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Gljúfrasteinn, Mosfellsbær 586-8066 | www.gljufrasteinn.is Hours: Tue-Fri 10-16

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Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík 411-6400 | www.artmuseum.is Hours: Daily 10-17, Thu 10-22

The Marshall House Grandagarður 20, Reykjavík 551-4350 | www.nylo.is Hours: Tue-Sun 12-18, Thu 12-21

GERÐARSAFN

THE CULTURE HOUSE

THE NORDIC HOUSE

A progressive modern art museum in Kópavogur, dedicated to sculptor Gerður Helgadóttir; the only museum in Iceland dedicated to a woman. Its collection consists of more than 1400 works by Gerður, as well as the works of the most celebrated Icelandic artists of the 20th and 21st century.

Artifacts and works of art from the varied collections of six institutions provide a reflection of Iceland’s visual art history and cultural heritage in the exhibition Points of View, a journey through the Icelandic visual world of past and present.

Iceland maintains strong ties to other Nordic countries, and the center of this cooperation is the Nordic House, designed by acclaimed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in 1968. The Nordic House is the venue if you want to enjoy the best of Icelandic culture as well as experiencing rich culture of the Nordic countries.

Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur 441-7600 | www.gerdarsafn.is Hours: Tue-Sun 11-17

Hverfisgata 15, Reykjavík 530-2210 | www.culturehouse.is Hours: Daily 10-17

Sturlugata 5, Reykjavík 551-7030 | www.nordice.is Hours: Sun-Tue 10-16, Wed-Sat 9-21


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12 TÓNAR

Inside their spacious shop in downtown Reykjavik, Michelsen Watchmakers offer you to browse one of Iceland’s best selection of watches. Along with their own design they also have a wide selection of well-known brands including Rolex, Tag Heuer, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Diesel, Movado, Swiss Military and more.

The Icelandic music scene is extraordinarily vibrant, considering the size of the nation. Is there a better souvenir to take home than music from your new favourite Icelandic musician? This shop is a friendly place where you can sit down, listen to a selection of music, enjoy a free espresso, read magazines, or browse their juicy collection of rock literature.

Hafnartorg, Reykjavík 511-1900 | www.michelsen.is

Skólavörðustíg 15, Reykjavík 511 5656 | www.12tonar.is

GEYSIR HOME

FLÓ OG FRANSÍ

GEYSIR

The Geysir stores have been selling beautifully designed clothes for years but the recently opened Geysir Home focuses on quality design items for the home, everything from candles and linens to ceramics and posters by Icelandic artists. Don’t miss the downstairs art & design gallery, Kjallarinn.

Fló og fransí is a cosy shoestore right off Laugavegur main street. It has quickly become a go-to store for shoe addicts in Reykjavík. The store has one of the best children’s shoe selection in the country, along with shoes in all shapes and size for adults.

Rustic, vintage interior, intertwined with the latest fashion in outdoor and woolen clothing. Add some puffin, reindeers and other iconic animals and you‘ve got one of the coolest shops in town. This is one place you‘ll have to visit, if only for the experience.

Klapparstíg 44, Reykjavík

Skólavörðustíg 7, Reykjavík Skólavörðustíg 16, Reykjavík 519-6000 | www.geysir.com

EPAL

KRINGLAN

Epal’s goal is increase Icelanders interest and respect for fine design by introducing and providing top quality design products from all over the world, particularly Scandinavia. Epal has always been very supportive of Icelandic designers and done what they can to help them promote their design around the world.

Kringlan Shopping Centre is conveniently located close to downtown Reykjavik. Standing at 50.000 sq.m. and equipped with 150 shops and services, including a multiplex cinema, a seven-outlet food court and three themed restaurants, it has something to suit every need.

Laugavegur 70, Skeifan 6, Kringlan & Harpa Reykjavik, Keflavík Airport 568-7740 | www.epal.is

Kringlan 4-12, Reykjavík 517-9000 www.kringlan.is

Skólavörðustígur 8 and Laugavegur 23 (our new shop) 832-0567 | www.mjukiceland.com

Skólavörðustígur 12, Reykjavík 519 6033 | geysir.com

THE HANDKNITTING ASSOCIATION OF ICELAND Renowned for its excellent products and quality. Offering the widest selection of traditional hand knitted Icelandic sweaters, the range of products also includes special designs and a variety of woolen products from leading Icelandic manufacturers. Borgartún 31, Reykjavík Skólavörðustígur 19, Reykjavík 552-1890 | www.handknit.is

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MICHELSEN

MJÚK means SOFT in Icelandic. SOFT TEXTURES, MODERN DESIGN, ICELANDIC SPIRIT... Local family, who design, produce and sell stylish blankets, hats and scarves from the purest country in the world. Get special shopping experience and meet the designers at:

SHOPPING & STYLE

MJÚK ICELAND

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SHOPPING & STYLE

ANNA MARÍA DESIGN

HRÍM

LITTLE CHRISTMAS SHOP

For over twenty years, jewelry designer Anna Maria has created her things of gold and silver, a design that is both pure and timeless. Exceptional attention to detail and craftsmanship create the elegant simplicity that shines through Anna Maria’s products.

Icelanders are known for being a stylish people, whether you judge from their clothes, their homes, or just their lifestyles. At the heart of their stylishness is Scandinavian design, whether it‘s Icelandic or from our neighbouring countries. The Hrím stores offer you the chance to decorate your home (or even yourself) with the classic style of the Scandinavians!

On Laugavegur, in the heart of Reykjavík, you’ll find the very unique Little Christmas Shop—which is dedicated to the spirit of Christmas, all year round. There you’ll find Icelandic decorations and everything needed for that festive spirit. Should not be missed as it is definitely one of the most special and fun stores to visit.

Laugavegur 25, Reykjavík 553-3003 | www.hrim.is

Laugavegur 8, Reykjavík 552-2412

LISTVINAHÚSIÐ

FARMERS MARKET

METAL DESIGN

The oldest ceramic workshop in Iceland established 1927. Three generations of artistic potters. Unique handmade ceramics, Viking masks and various ceramic potteries decorated with lava, made by Gudmundur Einarsson. Located right next to Hallgrímskirkja and the statue of “Leif the Lucky”.

An Icelandic design company and clothing brand, founded in 2005 by a young artist couple, designer Bergthora Gudnadottir and musician Jóel Pálsson. With strong ties to the vibrant Icelandic music and design scene, the Farmers Market design concept and inspiration draws from Icelandic roots, combining classic Nordic design elements with chic modernity.

The jewellery forms which Metal design is known for are inspired by the Icelandic flora. But what stands out the most is the shape “The Coast” that is inspired by the waves of the Icelandic coast.”The coast silver jewellery line is for ladies and gentlemen.

Skólavörðustígur 3, Reykjavík 551-0036 www.annamariadesign.is

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Skólavörðustígur 43, Reykjavík 551-2850 | www.listvinahusid.is

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Laugavegur 37, Reykjavík 552-1965 | www.farmersmarket.is

Skólavörðustígur 2. Reykjavik 552-5445 www.MetalDesignReykjavik.is

JÖKLA

SMÁRALIND

CINTAMANI

If you‘er interested in getting some Icelandic design to take back home , be sure to stop by Jökla on your way down the Laugavegur shopping street. You can get Icelandic design for you, your children, or your home and the best thing is that you‘re buying straight from the designers

With over 90 shops and businesses spread over three floors, Smáralind is Iceland’s largest shopping centre. Located only a 15-minute drive from downtown Reykjavík, there’s a great selection of famous brands at the mall, as well as local labels. With plenty of food options available, from restaurants to bakeries, coffee shops to ice cream parlours, you will not go hungry while shopping.

Nowhere in the populated world does the weather change as fast, or as often as here. Thus Icelandic designers have to meet the requirements of consumers who have to go out all year long in harsh conditions. That‘s where the label Cintamani comes to the rescue. Their goal is to keep us warm, dry and comfortable, whatever the weather may bring.

Laugavegur 90, Reykjavík 696 6604

Hagasmári 1, Kópavogur 528-8000 | www.smaralind.is

Laugavegur 20b, Reykjavík 533-3800 | www.cintamani.is


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LEBOWSKI BAR

MICROBAR

A sports bar named in honour of commentator Gummi Ben; internet famous for his commentating on Iceland’s 2-1 victory over England in EURO 2016. The décor is fancy, while you’ll find a beer specially brewed for the place as well as a selection of sports bar grub.

If you are visiting Iceland for the first time then you must stop by the Lebowski Bar. Open every day from 11AM, happy hour from 4-7PM, food served until 10PM, Quiz every Thursday (free entry), live sport events on 5 HD screens and Reykjavik nightlife every Friday & Saturday.

Beer enthusiasts look no further! In a cellar underneath Restaurant Reykjavík, just off Ingólfstorg square, you will find Micro Bar. This ambitious bar serves only beer from microbreweries! Carrying an impressive 140 different kinds of beers from all over the world, this is definitely the go-to place for beer fans.

Tryggvagata 22, Reykjavík

Laugavegur 20a, Reykjavík 552-2300 www.lebowski.is

Vesturgata 2, Reykjavík

DRUNK RABBIT

PORT 9

VEÐUR

Every city needs to have a friendly neighbourhood Irish pub and in Reykjavík, that bar is the Drunk Rabbit. It doesn’t matter if you’re going in for a snack, to enjoy the live music they have every night, people-watching in the lively bar, or just enjoying a beer or five in good company, the Drunk rabbit has got everything you need.

Port 9 wine bar is a hidden gem just off the main shopping street. Serving selected wines and a unique blend of appetizers made with the freshest seasonal ingredients, Port 9 is one of the best spots in the city to stop by for a glass of quality wine in a relaxed atmosphere.

This cozy little bar is named after the Icelandic word for weather, Icelanders’ conversation topic of choice in most situations. Offering a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails, Veður is a great spot for hanging out with friends, and the large windows make it ideal for people-watching over a drink.

Austurstræti 3, Reykjavík 553 1041

Veghúsastígur 9, Reykjavík 897 8212 www.port9.is

Klapparstígur 33, Reykjavík www.vedurbarinn.is

KIKI - QUEER BAR

PABLO DISCOBAR

This hostel café/bar is bright and spacious; the perfect place to start the night. The hall hosts events most nights and on summer afternoons, the balcony is the best place in town for a beer in the sun. Last but not least, Loft has the best foosball table of all the bars in the city centre.

Kiki is the only queer bar in town these days but it is also the best one! If you’re worried you won’t find the place, don’t be. The rainbow coloured street entrance, stream of people in a dancing mood, and the far off sound of dance-heavy beats should lead you where you want to go!

Cocktails, dancing, and a tropical atmosphere, what more can you ask for? Climb up a flight or two of stairs from the central Ingólfstorg square and you’ll find Pablo Discobar, one of the best places in town to get a cocktail and dance the night away.

Laugavegur 22 www.kiki.is

Veltusund 1, Reykjavík 552 7333 www.discobar.is

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LOFT HOSTEL

Bankastræti 7, Reykjavík 553 8140

PUBS & NIGHTLIFE

GUMMI BEN BAR

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PUBS & NIGHTLIFE

THE IRISHMAN PUB

KALDI BAR

AMERICAN BAR

A new addition to the thriving pub & bar culture in Reykjavík. Happy hour every day from 12PM to 7PM! Guests can enjoy a game of darts, listen to live music Thursday to Sunday evenings, spin the wheel of fortune and you can even book a private karaoke room! Sláinte.

One of the coolest bars in Reykjavik these days is Kaldi Bar. In close cooperation with north-Icelandic micro-brewery of the same name, Kaldi offers you a selection of craftbrewed beers on tap. Great happy hour and great fun, Kaldi is a place not-to-be-missed!

American Bar is named appropriately since it’s an American Bar in Reykjavík, of the kind you’re probably familiar with from other countries: there are dudes, chicks and random university students partying to the latest MTV tunes. They specialize in American culture and entertainment.

Klapparstígur 27, Reykjavík 581-2020 www..irishman.is

Laugavegur 20b, Reykjavík 581-2200

Austurstræti 8, Reykjavík 571 9999

PETERSEN SVÍTAN

MIAMI

DEN DANSKE KRO

Built in 1926 as an apartment, the Petersen Suite is one of Reykjavík’s hidden gems. Take the elevator up to the third floor above the historic Gamla Bíó concert hall to reveal an elegant bar with one of Reykjavík’s best views. On sunny days, you need to get there early, the sunny patio fills up quickly!

The 80s style cocktail bar Miami is colourfully decorated on Hverfisgata. Downstairs, you’ll find a ping pong stadium where punters can take on challengers. Miami comes alive at night when the colours pop out, such as the neon-lit bar. There are G&T and Cuba Libre on tap and try to find the Möet switch for all your champagne needs.

This homey pub with a Danish theme is popular among locals. Happy hour every day from 4-7pm and live music with talented Icelandic musicians every night. Beer bingo every month and other fun events! Located in the heart of the city centre.

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Ingólfsstræti 2a 3rd floor, Reykjavík 563-4000 | www.ktf.is

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Hverfisgata 33, Reykjavík 699 1250

Ingólfsstræti 3, Reykjavík 552-0070 www.danski.is

KAFFIBARINN

BAR ANANAS

THE ENGLISH PUB

Best known as Damon Albarn’s hangout place back in the days, this most famous bar in Iceland is a popular destination for the artsy crowd. During the week it‘s more of a café, but on the weekend the volume rises and KB becomes one of the hottest bars in Reykjavik.

Ten seconds from Laugavegur, you'll find a Beach-Bar/Tiki Bar in downtown Reykjavík. The tropical atmosphere is best enjoyed with a fruity cocktail in hand. At weekends city's best DJs will make guests feel sunny while they enjoy some of the best cocktails in town.

A popular pub in city centre. The English Pub offers happy hour every day from 4-7pm, live music every night, wheel of fortune and all major sport events are shown on 6 HD screens. Special events: Open Mic Tuesday, Guinness Thursday and Whisky Sunday.

Bergstaðastræti 1, Reykjavík 551-1588 www.kaffibarinn.is

Klapparstígur 38, Reykjavík

Austurstræti 12, Reykjavík 578-0400 facebook.com/enskibarinn


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NAUTHÓLL

GRANDI MATHÖLL

A restaurant opposite the old harbour that offers traditional steak dishes along with some exciting and fairly unorthodox choices. The pride and joy of The Steakhouse is the Mibrasa charcoal oven, a rare oven that is designed to cook the perfect steak by mixing modern technology with ancient tradition.

Looking out over the Nauthólsvík beach, this charming Scandinavianinspired bistro is the perfect oasis from the stress of the everyday. Whether you’re there for a light lunch, a glass of wine on a sunny afternoon, a cup of hot coffee on a cold one, or a lovely dinner with a loved one, Nauthóll is the place to go.

Grandi Mathöll is a must visit for foodies. Situated in the hip Grandi area, the European style food hall has everything from fresh salmon ceviche to Vietnamese spring rolls and Korean tacos. Right next door is one of Iceland’s busiest harbours, and visitors can see a feed of live ship arrivals.

Tryggvagata 4-6, Reykjavík 561-1111 | www.steik.is

Nauthólsvegi 106, 101 Reykjavík 599 6660 | www.nautholl.is

Grandagarður 16, Reykjavík 577 6200 | www.grandimatholl.is

JOE & THE JUICE

THE ICELANDIC BAR

THE LAUNDROMAT CAFE

Joe & The Juice is an on-trend coffee shop / juice bar. The concept answers today’s busy people’s needs for a quick pick-me-up in the form of great espresso drinks, freshly pressed juices, and variety of sandwiches prepared on the spot.

The Icelandic Bar is very aptly named: it is an Icelandic bar. But more than that, it is a bar that aims to preserve the essence of being Icelandic by combining the historical and cultural heritage of this ancient land with the very hip and cutting edge culture of modern times.

Situated right downtown in Austurstræti, Laundromat houses laundry facilities and a familyfriendly environment. A spacious recreational room downstairs will keep your children busy while you’re chomping on the bistro menu. Whether it’s brunch, board games or beer you’re looking for, Laundromat should have you covered.

Laugavegur 10, Reykjavík; Smáralind, Kringlan, World Class Laugum, Keflavík Airport www.joeandthejuice.is

Ingólfsstræti 1a, Reykjavík 517-6767 www.islenskibarinn.is

Austurstræti 9, Reykjavík

KAFFITÁR

SPÁNSKI BARINN

Italian restaurant Hornið is a Reykjavík restaurant institution at this point, having opened in 1979. Situated in downtown Reykjavík, it was the first Italian restaurant in town and is as strong as ever. Expect fresh pizza, made right in front of the guests in the open kitchen. The cozy place is also a decent spot for people watching, with its large windows.

A chain of cafés and espresso bars with over 30 years of experience in serving and roasting high-quality coffee. They operate cafés in 7 locations in Iceland, promising a highly knowledgeable staff and a great cup of coffee procured in a responsible and fair way.

Situated just off Laugavegur, the Spanish style bodega Spánski barinn offers fresh tapas and a quality wine selection. In a dim and cosy basement, guests can enjoy a quality happy hour chock full of wines from Tempranillo to Rioja, as well as a house red on tap.

Bankastræti 8, Reykjavík 420-2700 www.kaffitar.is/en

Ingólfsstræti 8, Reykjavík 832-8881

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HORNIÐ

Hafnarstræti 15, Reykjavík 551-3340 www.hornid.is

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WINING & DINING

FORRÉTTABARINN

TE OG KAFFI

JÓMFRÚIN

Tasty tapas with an Icelandic twist. With a new spin on traditional Icelandic cuisine and an extensive selection of local beer, Forréttabarinn – “The Starters Bar” – is worth seeking out when you need a bite to eat or a place to start your night out in Reykjavík. Whatever you choose from the refreshingly creative menu, you’re in for a treat!

Passion, expertise and craftsmanship are the main characteristics of Te & Kaffi, a family owned chain of coffee houses and speciality coffee roasters. Highly skilled and amicable baristas, exciting and tasty drinks in beautifully designed coffee houses makes Te & Kaffi a must visit.

An open-sandwich restaurant in the Danish tradition offering authentic Danish smørrebrød along with a selection of hot dishes. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city centre and seats 80 guests. It is a popular lunch venue, especially with people from the business sector.

Laugavegur 27, Reykjavík 527-2880 www.teogkaffi.is

Lækjargata 4, Reykjavík 551-0100 www.jomfruin.is

KRYDD RESTAURANT

FJÖRUBORÐIÐ

EARLY IN THE MORNING

KRYDD is an à la carte restaurant that offers a dinner and lunch menu, along with appetizers and a state of the art cocktailbar. On sundays, it offers a brunch buffet between 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

What’s the only thing that’s better than a feast of Icelandic langoustine? A feast of Icelandic langoustine in a charming restaurant by the seaside in a tiny, picturesque fishing village. Their langoustine soup alone is well worth the 45-minute drive from the city.

BREAKFAST Early in the Morning is the perfect start to your day, whether you're going hiking on a volcano or just strolling around Reykjavík. This breakfast/brunch spot is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, so stop by for a tasty breakfast in a relaxing atmosphere!

Nýlendugata 14, Reykjavík 517 1800 | www.forrettabarinn.is

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Hafnarborg, Strandgötu 34, Hafnarfjörður www.kryddveitingahus.is Open: M-T 11-23, F-S, 11-01, S 11-23

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Eyrarbraut 3A, Stokkseyri 483-1550 www.fjorubordid.is

Veghúsastígur 7-9, Reykjavík 695 1021 Open daily 07:00-10:00

HLEMMUR MATHÖLL

REYKJAVÍK MEAT STEAKHOUSE

BÆJARINS BEZTU

Hlemmur Mathöll is a European style food hall featuring global delicacies alongside tasty Icelandic dishes. A former bus station, Hlemmur is now the new home for gourmands and fast food lovers alike in Reykjavík. Hlemmur brims with life on both weekends and weekdays alike, so head on down to see what the fuzz is about.

As the name suggests, Reykjavík Meat is the city’s newest new steakhouse. The food is cooked over coals giving it a delicious flavour, and crowning their menu is the award-winning sashi marbled beef. They also offer seafood, lamb and vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as delicious cocktails!

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur literally means The Town’s Best Hot Dogs. A must try while visiting, it is the perfect on-thego food. We dare you to time the hot dog artists at Bæjarins Beztu after you order ‘ein með öllu’ (one with everything). They are incredibly quick to make a concoction of raw onions, fried onions, ketchup, remoulade, Icelandic mustard and the dog itself.

Laugavegur, Reykjavík 787 6200 | www.hlemmurmatholl.is

Frakkastígur 8, Reykjavík 557 7665 | www.rvkmeat.is

Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík 511-1566 | www.bbp.is


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TOUR BOOKING Grandagarður 2 | 101 Reykjavík Tel: +354 780 4500

MOVIE THEATER

GIFT SHOP AND GALLERY

open daily 09:00 - 21:00

www.aurorareykjavik.is

Trip - Booking Agency & Tourist Info | Laugavegur 54, Reykjavík | trip@whatson.is | +354 537 8100 Open Mon-Sat 9:00-21:00, Sun 9:00-18:00 | Located directly opposite Bónus Supermarket, on the main street


LÆKJARBREKKA

THE LOBSTER HOUSE

One of Iceland’s most treasured restaurants has made a comeback. The Italian delicacies of La Primavera are here to stay. Situated in the Marshall building, a former fishing warehouse, the building is also home to an art gallery, an art studio and the Living Art Museum.

This elegant Icelandic bistro in the heart of the city centre serves delicious food from Icelandic ingredients in a historic environment. A light lunch or a delicious dinner is perfectly accompanied by people watching in this lovely old building, part of the oldest street façade in Reykjavík.

If you want to enjoy gourmet French cuisine with a nordic twist, then The Lobsterhouse is the right place for you. Our langoustine, “the Icelandic lobster“, is widely know for it’s great taste and one of our most favourable dishes. Dining at The Lobsterhouse is an experience full of warmth and history.

Bankastræti 2, Reykjavík 551-4430 www.laekjarbrekka.is

Amtmannsstígur 1, Reykjavík 561-3303 | www.thelobsterhouse.is

KOPAR

GRILLHÚSIÐ

BREWDOG

Kopar is a restaurant by the old harbour in Reykjavik which has an emphasis on adventure and experience in a brasserie setting. Their menu is composed of various locally sourced ingredients from sea and land, and aims to give you a taste of Iceland in a single evening.

A fun restaurant, with the look and feel of an American Diner. Reasonably priced, offering delicious food and a very good service, you‘ll definitely get great value for your money here. They put a special emphasis on using only high quality ingredients, making for a terrific meal.

Hop lovers, rejoice! UK’s Craft Beer Phenomenon just opened a bar and restaurant in downtown Reykjavik, located at the corner of Hverfisgata and Frakkastigur. Featuring 20 taps including BrewDog’s headliners, seasonals and one off brews as well as great local Icelandic craft beers. Highly impressive food menu and a very cosy atmosphere.

Grandagarður 20, Reykjavík 519-7766 | laprimavera.is

Geirsgata 3, Reykjavík 567-2700 www.koparrestaurant.is

Tryggvagata 20, Reykjavík 527-5000 www.grillhusid.is

Frakkastígur 8, Reykjavík www.brewdog.com

FISH COMPANY

BRAUÐ & CO

Bryggjan Brugghús is lively restaurant/ brewery, featuring fresh Icelandic brews and an ambitious menu. Whether you are looking for seafood or some quality pub grub, Bryggjan has something for you. If you are a beer enthusiast, you can also hop on a brewery tour.

Quality, fusion and fun are the Fish Company’s main characteristics. The interior is stylish and the quirky tableware fits in wonderfully. The menu is a world of adventures from starters to deserts. It’s designed to take you on a seafood journey and not only a journey of the Icelandic culinary waters but a trip around the world.

Head out to Brauð & Co. to get your hands on the scrumptious sourdough bread and tasty cinnamon buns. The early bird gets the worm, so don't be late! Keep in mind that the queue can get quite long, but it's well worth it.

Vesturgata 2a, Reykjavík 552-5300 | www.fiskfelagid.is

Opens early, closes at 18:00. Frakkastígur 16, Reykjavík Hlemmur Mathöll, Reykjavík Fákafen 11, Reykjavík www.braudogco.is

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BRYGGJAN BRUGGHÚS

Grandagarður 8, Reykjavík 456 4040 | www.bryggjanbrugghus.is

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GET TO THE AIRPORT Iceland’s international airport is located in Keflavík, about 50km from Reykjavík. If you rent a car or take a cab, it will take about 45 minutes to get to Reykjavík. A cheaper but just as reliable option is taking a bus to and from the airport. They connect to flights and will drop you off or pick you up at bus stops close to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

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GET MONEY Iceland has its own currency, the Icelandic króna (ISK). It’s best to get króna at any bank (open monday to friday, 9-4), including the one at the Keflavík International Airport (open 24/7). You can either exchange money or go to an ATM to get cash. You don’t need piles of cash, though, as credit card and debit card payments are widely accepted in Iceland. PARK IN THE CITY CENTRE There are different parking zones which charge different rates. Look for a parking sign (a big P on a blue and white sign) indicating zones 1-4. Look for the nearest black terminal to pay, with cash or card. Street parking is limited so consider parking in one of the many parking garages in the city centre.

MAKE CALLS Getting an Icelandic SIM card is easy, you can get them at the airport, phone companies, and of course the What’s On tourist information centre at Laugavegur 5. TAKE THE BUS Strætó is the Icelandic bus company, and their yellow buses are easy to spot around the city. You can only buy a ticket on the bus if you have the exact amount in cash. Tickets can also be bought in 10-11 supermarkets, What’s On and by using the free Strætó app, which also has the latest bus schedules. GO SWIMMING There are 18 swimming pools in the capital area and if you have the time, you should try them all. Swimming is great, but don’t miss relaxing in the hot tubs – this is where the community gathers and socialises. If you haven’t packed a bathing suit, you can rent one at the pool. If you need any more information or want to book a tour while you’re in Reykjavík, visit What’s On at Laugavegur 5 or contact us at info@whatson.is.


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Learn how and why Iceland hosts so many volcanic eruptions.

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