REYKJAVIK’S LEADING GUIDE TO ENTERTAINMENT, EATING OUT, MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES.
Reykjavík Art Museum
Open daily One admission to three museums
KjarvalSStaðir Flókagata Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
HafnarHúS Tryggvagata 17 Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
8.2.–18.5. 2014 Harro 8.2.–18.5. 2014 Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir jónsson: Core 1.2.–13.9. 2014 the Seasons in Kjarval’s art
26.4.–11.5. 2014 iaa’s annual Graduation 2014 24.5.–7.9. 2014 Your Compound view – Selection from the collection 1970–2010 12.10. 2013–24.8. 2014 Erró: the World today
ÁSmundarSafn Sigtún Open daily 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 10.5.–31.8. 2014 Selection from the Ásmundur Sveinsson Collection www.artmuseum.is firstname.lastname@example.org +354 590 1200
Ragnar Kjartansson, God 2007.
Jóhannes S. Kjarval, First Snow, 1953.
Ásmundur Sveinsson, Sigh, 1948.
Erró, Storm, 2011.
CONTENTS MAY 2014
ON THE COVER: MAY IN ICELAND
As this month’s cover strongly implies, summer is upon us! Regardless of the fact EXPERIENCE 6-23 that summer days, as the one depicted, are very rare and hard to come by – these are the days that make up the memories of summer – the days that get us through the EVENT CALENDAR 24-35 bleakest months.
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Iceland has a very peculiar relationship with summer. Last April the 24th we celebrated the “First Day of Summer”. Yeah – that’s a real holiday here in Iceland, when people get a day off work and kids frolic around and play with their summery toys. This is a very random celebration to be honest, as most people would agree that it’s quite premature declaring summer as arrived in April. The exact date of the annual “First Day of Summer” is the first Thursday after the 18th – so while it does great things for morale…it’s quite overly optimistic. But what that means to you, a visitor and a reader, is that you can safely head into your day knowing that for all intents and purposes, summer is here. If the weather agrees or not is completely different thing of course, but luckily, in Iceland, weather is just a state of mind. Enjoy your stay in Iceland and take care!
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CHECKLIST You’re in Iceland – now go enjoy Iceland! Here is a list of things we think you should do this month! Tag your photos with #WhatsOnRVK as you check items off the list and stop by at the What’s On House with final proof that you’ve done ‘em all! Have fun!”
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The Wonders of Volcanoes Volcano House Cinema – Dramatic and Informative Striking documentaries on eruptions in Iceland in amazing Emmy nominated footages. Shows every hour on the hour in English, from 09.00 – 22.00. German and French version upon request.
Volcano House Café – Healthy and Volcanic The Volcano House Café presents the only volcanic menu in Iceland. Breakfast Lunch Meal of the day Light meals Happy Hour Deserts Volcanic Coffee.
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THE REYKJAVIK COFFEE EXPERIENCE
Iceland may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of coffee, but Icelanders are actually big coffee drinkers. You will find plenty of small coffee shops or cafés on nearly every street corner in downtown Reykjavík. We know of at least five places where you will get great coffee.
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Café Paris is one of Reykjavik city’s most beloved restaurants and cafés, and has been for twenty years. It’s ideally situated by Austurvöllur square, where Icelanders go to celebrate the sun in the summertime. Inside Café Paris, you’ll be able to relax in a calm and casual atmosphere while enjoying a warm cup of coffee. They have a wide selection of coffee drinks but their Frappuccino “à la Café Paris” deserves the highest praise. You can’t go wrong with any of their cakes if you’re in the mood for a luxurious refreshment as well.
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One of Reykjavik‘s oldest cafés, located in a hidden basement on Laugavegur that is frequented by avid loungers, coffee addicts, happy families and hungry travelers. There’s nothing pretentious about it, it’s just a lovely old-fashioned house with homelike atmosphere and generous coffee refills. If you want to try something really Icelandic with your coffee you should order flatkökur, rye pancakes with sliced smoked lamb, or pönnukökur, traditional Icelandic pancakes with sugar, or with jam and whipped cream.
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A small and intimate coffee shop in the city center where you’ll find first class coffee and refreshment. Their coffee is roasted in their own roasteries by their own roasting masters. When you walk in you’ll notice their beautiful La Marzocco espresso machine and two Mazzer grinders, and realize that coffee at Kaffismiðjan is serious business. If you like your coffee, which you probably will, you can purchase whole beans in 300 gram bags or have them custom grinded for your coffee maker.
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It may be the smallest coffee shop in the country but it’s definitely one of the most popular ones too. Kaffifélagið offers a wide selection of coffee drinks made from Italian espresso beans that are grown in Ottolina, Milan. If you want to awaken your senses and make your mouth to foam with delight and deliciousness, Kaffifélagið is where you should go. The place is usually filled with busy locals getting their take-away coffee. You can also stock up on coffee beans, DVD’s and Icelandic music while you’re there.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to sit down, order a cup of coffee and watch people go on with their daily lives outside the window, Café Sólon is the place for you. The oversized artwork and sleek furniture definitely add to its appeal. Café Sólon is located in an old beautiful building in the city center with big windows and a lot of history. Their aromatic coffee will send any coffee lover over the edge, and it will taste even better if it’s accompanied by their delicious vegetable pie.
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A PARADISE FOR THE HIKER If you‘re on the way to Iceland you better bring your hiking boots because you‘re in for a treat. Iceland is a beautiful place to hike for a number of reasons. As you probably know, Iceland is a volcanic island filled with mountains and natural wonders which many are very accessible. The beauty is that you’re never far away from a great hike. A SHORT DRIVE OR EVEN A BUS RIDE There are many beautiful trails around Reykjavík. If you have a car then Mount Esja, Reykjavik’s favorite trail is only 30 minutes away. You could even take the bus there! Other fun hikes within or around an hour away, include the waterfall Glymur which is the highest in Iceland, Mount Hengill where you can overlook Þingvellir and the highlands and Keilir, on the way to the airport. These are all fairly easy and accessible. GUIDED, OR NOT
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If you’re based in Reykjavik there are numerous of companies that will take you on a guided hike. I would always recommend a guided hike, especially if you’re going somewhere out in the wilderness for a longer trip. First of all the hikes can be dangerous, particularly for people untrained in Icelandic conditions. Second of all it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know your way. But your guide can also be an endless source of information and he or she will no doubt enrich your experience.
If you’re doing shorter hikes, like Mount Esja, you probably won’t need a guide. A local travel partner might be a good idea though because… THERE’S ALWAYS A STORY! Icelandic history is rich with folklore and through the years stories of trolls, elves, bandits and hidden people have been passed along. Each mountain has its own story and each trail will be guarded by a patron. Hell, even the hill near my house is inhabited by elves and other beings! Many of the longer trails have weird names such as Leggjabrjótur (e. Legbreaker), which is a 17km trail from Hvalfjörður to Þingvellir, and takes its awful name from a part of the journey that is very rocky so in the old days it was very hard to travel there by horse. TIPS FOR HIKING IN ICELAND:
If you know any locals, especially out in the country, ask them to join you for your hike and they will doubtless be full of information you wouldn’t hear otherwise. THERE’S ALWAYS A MOUNTAIN You’ll have a hard time to get away from them, which is good if you’re a hiker. One time I drove the ring-road around Iceland, stopping my car at the side of the road whenever I saw a hike I wanted to try. I literally just stopped the car and started walking. Wherever you go, you’ll find a good hike. ALL THE VARIOUS WALKS What I love about my country is all the different places you can go. If you were to stay for a few days you could do a different walk every day, and each trail would be different. You can do guided glacier hikes, walk through lava, go waterfall hunting, climb perilous mountains and bathe in hot springs – all in a small radius. So bring your boots, you’ll need them.
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»» Always bring a jacket. The weather changes without notice
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»» Fill your water bottle with water from a stream
»» Have a working cell phone on you
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A VERY BRIEF 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: PARLIAMENT ESTABLISHED. Iceland is arguably the oldest still extant democracy in the world. 1000 AD: CONVERSION TO CHRISTIANITY, DISCOVERY OF AMERICA. Parliament decided everyone would be christian or at least pretend to be. Leif “the Lucky” Ericson got lost and found America, didn’t like it and went home. 1262 AD: ICELAND SUBMITS TO NORWAY. Civil war between powerful clans resulted in making peace by submitting to Norway. Later, Iceland somehow wound up under Danish rule. We are more than a little confused about it.
1550 AD: CIVIL WAR AND LUTHERANISM. The violent conflict between Catholics and Lutherans ended with the beheading of bishop Jón Arason. 1602: MONOPOLY (NOT THE FUN KIND). The king of Denmark decided Icelanders would only trade with particular Danes, resulting in abject poverty 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 in Aðalstræti 10. 1944 AD: INDEPENDENCE. Iceland declared independence while Denmark was too busy being invaded by Germany to protest.
20TH CENTURY: THE WORLD WARS AND MODERNIZATION. The turn of the century saw the first motor boat 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 are picking up surprisingly well, but they’re still tough. 2009 AD: FIRST OPENLY GAY PRIME MINISTER. The world’s first openly lesbian head of government, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, took office.
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T H E R E Y K J AV I K Reykjavík is filled with things to do, places to go and stuff to see but some are just a little bit more important than others.
Hallgrímskirkja church is one of Reykjavík’s most iconic buildings and is visible from almost anywhere in the city. The tower of the church is among the city’s highest buildings and offers a fantastic view of the city for the small price of 700ISK for adults, 100ISK for children. Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church- and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. It’s named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Petursson, author of the Passion Hymns. The architect who designed it, Guðjón Samúelsson is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape.
Standing at 25 metres high, Perlan is one of Reykjavík’s most striking buildings and although it was opened to the public in 1991 it still makes a stand out piece of architecture for its modern construction. Up on the fourth level there is a 360 degree viewing platform where you can get the best panoramic views of Reykjavík and when the sun sets it’s a spectacular spot for the northern lights. You can also dine at the Perlan restaurant that slowly rotates so you get to see the whole city without even having to turn your head.
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People go to the pond to feed the birds and enjoy one of the most amazing views that Reykjavík has to offer. There isn’t a 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, hot geothermal waters are pumped in to defrost an area for the birds while those who can handle the cold keep warm from the romantic atmosphere and take to the ice on skates.
When the sun is shining and the air is hot, Austurvöllur is the place to be no matter who you are. Surrounded by cafés and restaurants on Vallarstræti and Pósthússtræti, this public square is a wildly popular spot for locals to dine outside, soak up some sunshine or recline in the grass with picnics. With its close proximity to the Parliament of Iceland building, Austurvöllur has contrastingly also been the gathering place for political protests. At the center of it all stands a statue of Jón Sigurðsson, the renowned figure who led Iceland to independence.
Whether you want to sample dried fish and fermented shark, purchase a bag of Icelandic candy or browse through thrifted clothing, Kolaportið should be the destination of your choice. Kolaportið is an indoor flea market that is open during the weekend between 11am-5pm. The atmosphere is very 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 DVD’s or digging through piles of stuff in search of hidden treasures. We recommend bringing cash, as the majority of stalls don‘t accept cards.
The whole 28.000 square meters of Harpa stand at the edge of the Reykjavik Harbour with Iceland‘s biggest concert hall suitable for a broad range of concerts and cultural events, conference centre with meeting facilities and in-house catering and fine restaurants. Harpa also occasionally hosts promotions, plays, and public events. It‘s open to everyone, always, and you should definitely visit Harpa, whether it‘s for a show, to buy souvenirs, a concert or a lovely dinner in one of the fabulous restaurants. Harpa was designed by a Danish firm in co-operation with Ólafur Elíasson, an Icelandic artist, and opened to the public in 2011.
THE OLD HARBOR
The descriptive name comes from the fact that it‘s the first lasting harbor in Reykjavik. The most visited area is the eastern pier where you’ll find a community of shops, galleries, electric bike and scooter rentals and guided tours in Reykjavík. You will find numerous whale watching companies willing to take you out to sea on unforgettable excursions. The area is filled with excellent restaurants (sushi and other seafood, tapas, burgers, etc.) and coffee houses. The atmosphere at the old harbour is friendly, the air is fresh and salty and there’s plenty of interesting activities to check out.
THE SUN VOYAGER
A beautiful sculpture of a Viking ship located by the ocean on a small peninsula by Sæbraut, close to the Reykjavík center. The sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason symbolises the Viking past of the Icelanders and an ode to the sun. It serves as reminder of our history and heritage when the first Viking settlers came sailing to Iceland. An ideal opportunity to see Sólfarið at its best is when the sun is setting, at whatever time that may be. It should be every photographer’s dream to capture the amazing view.
Every country has traditions when it comes to leisure. Iceland’s big thing is swimming pools.. Laugardalslaug is the city’s largest pool with extensive facilities, located in Laugardalur Valley. Its facilities include a 50m outdoor pool, outdoor children’s pool and paddling pool, two waterslides, numerous hot tubs, steam bath, gym and 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 dog.
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With an impressive, modern design, the building sits right on the northern shore of Lake Tjörnin. It’s not only offices for the mayor and city’s excutive officials, but is also open to visitors, providing internet access, an information desk, exhibition halls and a cafe. Café Öndin boasts huge glass windows so you can sit back and admire the water, bird life, nature and city surrounds. Go to the galleries to admire one of the steady streams of new and exciting exhibitions always coming through. The three dimensional map of Iceland is always a favourite with visitors to the country.
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REYKJAVIK‘S BEST HAPPY HOURS
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We love a good Happy Hour. There’s just something about getting your drink at half-price, while it’s still bright outside that makes us all fuzzy inside. As a result, we’ve scoured the bars and pubs of Reykjavik, searching for the best of the best. This list is in no way conclusive at all, and in fact, we’ve no doubt there are plenty of other great Happy Hours out there – but for now – these are our favourite five!
Where: Austurstræti 6 (City Center Hotel)
Where: Bankastræti 7 (4th floor)
When: Every day from 17-19
When: Every day from 16-20 o‘clock
What: Selected draft beer
What: Draft beer and wine
Why: Micro bar only serves beer from micro breweries. All the beers on tap are Icelandic, but you can get rare beers from Europe and the US in bottles. This is absolutely one of my favorite bars in all of Iceland. Ask the bartender about the brews, they know absolutely everything there is about beer.
Why: The people are friendly, the beer is decent but most importantly of all the view is unbelievable. Come here on a nice day and sit outside on the balcony. Even if you miss the happy hour, the price of drinks is fair compared to most places. If you‘re lucky you might even catch a concert from a local band!
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Where: Mýrargötu 2 (entrance is in the back)
Where: Bergstaðastræti 37 (through the hotel lobby)
When: Every day from 16-18
When: Every day from 16-19.
What: Selected cocktails, draft beer and wine
What: Draft beer, wine, cocktail of the day
Why: Slippbarinn is located at the Icelandair Marina Hotel by the old harbour. It‘s safe to say that here you get the best cocktails in Reykjavík. The hotel is new with a unique view of the adjoining shipyard, hence the name Slippbarinn (e. The Shipyard Bar). Another fun trivia about the bar is that it used to be a MMA studio where the UFC fighter Gunnar Nelson rose to fame.
Why: One of Reykjavík‘s most historic bars. It‘s located within the famous Hótel Holt, one of Reykjavík‘s finest hotels which is famed for its precious art collection. In fact, the famous painter Jóhannes Kjarval used the place as his personal studio from time to time. When you look around you can see paintings, sketches and drawings by him. The Gallery Restaurant is also one of Reykjavík‘s greatest.
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KALDI BAR Where: Laugavegi 20b (up Klapparstígur) When: 16-19 What: Draft beer, wine Why: Kaldi bar draws its name from the beer Kaldi, which is brewed in a small brewery in the north of Iceland. The place is only one of very few places where you can get Kaldi beer on tap. It just so happens that it‘s one of Reykjavík‘s “it” places at the moment, usually packed with a trendy crowd.
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Although beer and ale have been brewed in Iceland for a long time, the growth in recent years has been amazing. In just a few years, we‘ve seen many great breweries emerge, filled with ambition and ingenuity. There is one thing they all have in common though, the Icelandic water; renowned for its purity and quality. Here you can read up on some of our favorite beers, all of whom you‘ll find in Reykjaviks pubs and bars.
VÍKING CLASSIC Víking Classic is a Vienna style beer with golden amber colour and taste of roasted malt. It has a good body and medium bitterness with balancing sweetness and a hint of caramel. This Classic type of beer has become one of the best sellers on draught in Iceland in one year. Víking Classic is available in draught, bottles and cans and is part of the Víking beer family which is the most popular beer brand in Iceland.
BRÍÓ The first beer produced by Borg Brugghús, Bríó is a pilsner, however unlike what most people might think, being a pilsner doesn‘t mean it‘s any less of a beer. The name comes from the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic. This style of brewing first emerged in the middle of the 19th century and immediately became so popular that the majority of beer drunk today is in some way derived from the original pilsner. Brío uses German hops, giving a very distinctive taste and a sweet aroma. Along with the hops, it uses Pilsen malt and under-fermentation yeast. Brío, which has won many awards and prizes over the years, was originally brewed as the House Beer for Ölstofan (see pg. 12) and is available in liquor stores around the country as well as most bars in town.
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The Brewery on Árskógssandur was the first microbrewery that opened in Iceland, back in 2006. Their first product, Kaldi, definitely paved the way for the rest of them. The regular Kaldi is a pure pilsner, with all the ingredients, except the Icelandic water, coming from the Czech Republic. Even their Brewmaster is Czech! Kaldi is a very mild and comfortable pilsner, with 5% ABV. You can detect a hint of sweetness in it. Kaldi is the most sold bottled beer in Iceland today and has been tremendously well received. You can get Kaldi in the liquor stores in bottles, as well as on draught at MicroBar.
KALDI DARK Most Icelanders are a bit afraid of dark beers, at least until they taste Kaldi Dark. A dark pilsner, it‘s not that much different from the regular Kaldi, as the main difference is the use of burnt malt, which provides the beautiful, distinctive dark color. Kaldi Dark is unpasteurized with no added sugar or preservatives. As mentioned – the Kaldi beers are brewed by Czech traditions, dated from 1842. Kaldi Dark is brewed using 3 different types of Czech hops. You can get Kaldi Dark in all liquor stores as well as in MicroBar on draught.
EINSTÖK TOASTED PORTER With clear notes of toffee and dark chocolate, this Porter is roasty and rich, offering a medium body that is robust, yet smooth on the palate. Toasted and chocolate malts give it a sinister black color, but its easy-to-drink taste will have you believing that there’s no need to be afraid of the dark anymore.
ÚLFUR The first Icelandic IPA (India Pale Ale) on the market. Úlfur IPA is in the same caliber as the best produced on the West Coast of the Unites States and probably comes to many Icelanders as a surprise regarding flavor and aroma. The aroma is of fresh citrus fruits, especially grapefruit, which can also be found in the flavor and a strong bitterness makes you crave another sip. Only American hops are used in the beer and hops are added when boiled and after fermentation, a so called “dry hopping” technique. Icelanders took to the beer immediately and it helped clear the way for smaller breweries to try new things.
GÆÐINGUR PALE ALE The Pale Ale from Gæðingur is a mixture of American and British Pale Ale. It’s ABV is quite low, at 4,5%, but it has the body of a much bigger beer. Bitterness and hops describe it aptly. Gæðingur is the latest addition to the Icelandic Microbrewery scene, founded in 2010. Gæðingur Pale Ale is unfiltered, so it has some residue at the bottom of the bottle. The Pale Ale is the beer that cemented Gæðingur as a quality Microbrewery and is available at most liquor stores, and as with many of the other beers mentioned, on draught in MicroBar
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This beer is unique in the Icelandic beer scene and quite possibly globally as well. Lava is a pitch black Ale, with its colour coming from dark-roasted mat, burnt in a similar way as coffee beans. The Brewmasters goal was to create a distinctive beer. Lava is described as being like a good wine – improving with age, reaching optimal quality after 3 years of storage in a cold place. Lava is a very smoked Imperial Stout, and considered by beer connoisseurs as one of the best Icelandic beers. It has received many international awards, including a gold medal at the “United States Open Beer Championship” – where it competed against over 1650 beers. Lava is available at the bigger liquor stores as well as exclusively on draught at MicroBar.
With so much to see and do, why not rent a car with audio guided day tour GPS system?
Perfect day tours for the independent traveller. My Way is your own audio day tour consisting of a suitable car for you and your friends together with an audio guide programmed into the GPS system. Sold in cooperation with Avis and Budget car rentals. My Way audio guided daytours exsamples: Reykjanes Peninsula
Reykjavík – Gardskagi, Hafnir, Blue Lagoon, Kleifarvatn – Hafnarfjördur Volcanic wonders and some of our country’s most unforgettable sights. The Reykjanes peninsula tour offers an extreme variety of landscapes, lava fields and geothermal activity,
Reykjavík – Gullfoss & Geysir Iceland’s most popular day tour, The Golden Circle, a route which encompasses many of Iceland’s most famous landmarks. This tour includes some of the best known historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland.
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Reykjavík – South Shore to Vík – Reykjavík You drive along the south coast of Iceland passing by glaciers and volcanoes, black sand coastline and moss-covered lava fields as far as the charming village Vík í Mýrdal.
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LUSUS NATURAE From May 24th. Lusus naturae is the result of a collaboration between the artist Ólöf Nordal, composer Þuríður Jónsdóttir and Gunnar Karlsson, graphic designer and cartoon director. A 3D installation combining music, moving pictures and live performance.
Specially composed music plays a large part in the work. On the one hand, soundscapes which accompany the whole show and on the other live musical happenings, a composition by Þuríður Jónsdóttir for voice and instruments. This musical happening will be performed on May 24 and 25.
SHOPSHOW Until May 11th. An exhibition of Scandinavian design focusing on sustainability, environmental and ethical concerns. The exhibition is produced by Form Design Center Malmö. The Icelandic design teams Vík Prjónsdóttir and Hugdetta are among the designers participating in the exhibition.
FANCY-CAKE IN THE SUN
FANCY-CAKE IN THE SUN
VOLCANO HOUSE OPENING HOURS: 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.
WONDERS OF VOLCANOES From the small island Vest’-mannaeyjar, watch the awesome power of red-hot lava, seemingly irresistible as it moves in slow motion, swallowing and crushing everything in its path. Like a sci-fi monster, you see it start to engulf a thriving community and the impending disaster as it edges to the harbour to destroy the only safe haven for the fishing fleet. Every boat is pressed into service to ferry the inhabitants to safety as they watch more of their lives disappear. Then, the 2010 eruption in
Eyjafjallajökull that covered farms and villages in a deep layer of ash and an almost impenetrable fog, threatening, once again, the livelihoods of hard-working communities. A massive flood sweeps down the mountain, putting bridges along the main road linking the southern towns and villages at risk.
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An exhibition of selected print works from 1957- 1993 by Dieter Roth. Dieter Roth was an exceptional artist and designer, relentlessly and enthusiastically creating art using many different mediums; graphics, sculptures, paintings, artist books and video. Roth’s approach to artistic practice and technical methods was innovative and he is regarded as one of the most important post-war European artists. The exhibition FancyCake in the Sun focuses on Roth’s contribution to the print medium which he had considerable aspiration towards.
SIGURJÓN ÓLAFSSON MUSEUM OPENING HOURS: WEEKENDS 2 P.M. - 5 P.M.
CHILDREN AT PLAY Until May 4th.
CHILDREN AT PLAY
An exhibition of sculptures from the oeuvre of Sigurjón Ólafsson. The title of the exhibition, Children at Play, refers both to Sigurjón’s 1938 relief of the same name and to other works in the exhibition that might awaken children’s and teens’ interest in Sigurjón’s art.
TRACKS IN THE SAND From May 24th.. A selection of Sigurjón Ólafsson’s works from his studies in 1928 − 1935 in his museum at Laugarnes while later works (1936 − 1982) are exhibited in the halls of the National Gallery of Iceland, at Fríkirkjuvegur 7. Also there are sculptures by his Danish collegues from that time, Asger Jorn, Ejler Bille, Erik Thommesen, Robert Jacobsen and Sonja Ferlov.
EINAR JÓNSSON MUSEUM OPENING HOURS: WEEKENDS 2 P.M. - 5 P.M.
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ÁSGRÍMUR JÓNSSON COLLECTION OPENING HOURS: SUND. 2 - 5 P.M.
ÁSGRÍMUR JONSON VIEW ON HÚSAFELL The exhibition includes works from the years 19151955. Ásgrímur spent the summer in 1915, 1917 and 1919 at Húsafell, after that Húsafell became a regular visit for him the rest of his life. After 1940 the Húsafell became his primary dwelling
at summer and most Húsafell paintings are from the fifth decade of the last century. Contrasting nature, crooked trees that testifies to harsh weather gods; white glacier against a black desert or colorful vegetation of the ground emotionally moved the artist and make these paintings unique in his career. Works painted after 1940 reveals a strong emotional interpretation akin to the work of van Gogh. The exhibition includes both watercolors and oil paintings.
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REYKJAVIK ART MUSEUM – KJARVALSSTAÐIR OPENING HOURS: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
THE SEASONS IN KJARVAL’S ART
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she has created series devoted t o Va t n a j ö k u l l , I c e l a n d ’ s largest glacier, and Hekla, a stratovolcano that is one of the country’s most active. The exhibition features a selection of Hildur ’s large-scale woven p a i n t i n g s m a d e o n a t h re e meters-wide loom, as well as several newly created pieces.
The purpose of the exhibition is twofold. First, the intention is to introduce the Finnish artist Harro, and his important contribution to contemporary art, to Icelandic people and, secondly, to create a dialogue around the critical message of his work. The exhibition will concentrate on Harro’s popart period and present many of his best known works from 1968 to 1972.
HILDUR ÁSGEIRSDÓTTIR JÓNSSON : CORE Until May 18th For over fifteen years, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson (b. 1963) has merged painting and we av i n g , c re a t i n g p a i n t i n g s on hand-dyed, woven silk thread. Hildur’s paintings begin from images of the singular landscape of Iceland; addressing numerous Icelandic landmarks,
It has been said that, through Kjarval’s eyes, the people of Iceland learned to see their country in a new way. Gone are the verdant slopes of romanticism; the land seen by his eyes and depicted on his canvases is a stark and spectacular land of rugged mountains, lava and moss. Every season imbues the land with new life, and every cloud sheds new colour upon the mountains. An ever-changing land of contrasts, with its shifting boundaries between the visible and the perceived, faces in stone, and spirits inhabiting every rock. In the works of Jóhannes Kjarval, land and saga merge to become one.
the works of different artists are juxtaposed – two or three together – in order to highlight the similarities or affinities between them.
REYKJAVÍK, CITY, STRUCTURE From May 31st. The summer exhibition at Kjarvalsstaðir showcases selected works from various periods of Icelandic art history, drawn from the collections of the Reykjavík Art Museum. The exhibition Reykjavík, City, Structure explores how Icelandic artists perceived the town as it developed into a city, over 102 years from 1891 to 1993.
AFFINITIES From May 31st. The exhibition presents a selection of Icelandic art from the collections of the Reykjavík Art Museum. The works, which span a period of 73 years, are not curated here in terms of a historical overview or thematic approach: here
REYKJAVIK ART MUSEUM HAFNARHÚS
comprises a total of about fifty pieces from the period 1970–2010, representing three generations of artists.
OPENING HOURS: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. THURSDAYS 10 A.M. - 9 P.M.
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ERRÓ: THE WORLD TODAY This exhibition shows Erró´s gifts to Reykjavík Art Museum in recent years. The works add to the huge collection he has presented to the Museum over the years. His latest gift comprises a multitude of works – collages, oils, watercolours and enamels – which he has made over the past twelve years. The works represent a new period in the artist’s career, during which he has created his own visual world using new approaches and themes. These latest works bear witness to the artist’s joie-de-vivre and creativity in juxta-posing images from around the world.
From May 24th. The summer exhibition at Hafnarhús presents a selection of contemporary art from the collections of the Reykjavík Art Museum. Many of Iceland‘s bestknown artists working today are featured in the show, including e.g. Ólafur Elíasson, Ragnar Kjartansson, The Icelandic Love Corporation, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and Hreinn Friðfinnsson. The exhibition
SELECTION FROM THE ÁSMUNDUR SVEINSSON COLLECTION From May 10th. The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum is dedicated to the works of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (18931982). The collection in the Museum contains works that span the whole career of the artist and clearly show how his artistic vision developed throughout his life. Among the oldest are sculptures that he created as a
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YOUR COMPOUND VIEW - SELECTION FROM THE COLLECTION FROM 1970-2010
OPENING HOURS: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
student at the Sate Academy in Sweden; later came the grand masterpieces that sing the praise of the Icelandic common people, folktales and nature, and finally the collections has a number of abstract works, that the artist created in the last decades of his life. Ásmundur Sveinsson was one of the pioneers of Icelandic sculpture and was first and foremost inspired by Icelandic nature and literature, as well as by the people itself. His massive, powerful and sometimes provocative works are akin to the wondrous formations that can be seen in Icelandic nature. But although the visual material Sveinsson used was first and foremost national in origin, he nonetheless adopted the main currents in creative international art as if nothing was closer to his heart, at the same time lending them an Icelandic character - an Icelandic content.
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international manufacturers. Her varied designs reflect experiments with new materials from Icelandic sources. Armed with a powerful creative urge and a determination to find innovative uses for her materials, she often brings forth unexpected results. Dögg’s designs have a strong link to Icelandic heritage. She seeks inspiration in Iceland’s diverse landscapes and traditional craftsmanship, which she fuses together in new and exciting ways.
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The exhibition comprises products and furniture from 1999 to the present. An emphasis is placed on the creative use of materials, which often reveal the origins of an idea and its evolution into a market product in the hands of the designer. The manufacturers with whom Dögg works include Ligne Roset, Cinna, Christofle, Be Sweden and NORR 11.
The Museum of Design and Applied Art’s exhibit Ertu tilbúin frú forseti? presents clothing and various accessories from the wardrobe of Mrs. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, from her years in office between 1980-1996. Vigdís was the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as her country’s head of state.
KOSMOS Dögg is an important representative of a growing group of Icelandic product designers who work with
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND OPENING HOURS: 11 A.M. - 5 P.M. CLOSED MONDAYS
THE MAKING OF A NATION - HERITAGE AND HISTORY IN ICELAND The exhibition 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. It 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.
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY OPENING HOURS: 12 A.M. - 7 P.M. FRIDAYS 12 A.M. - 6 P.M. WEEKENDS 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.
FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE. . . PHOTOGRAPHY BY ICELANDIC WOMEN 1872–2013 Until May 5th. The exhibition From a Different Angle presents photographic works by 34 women, all of whom have worked as photographers in Iceland – the majority professionally, a few as amateurs. The first woman to qualify as a photographer and work in that field in Iceland was Nicoline Weywadt, who opened her own studio in the East Fjords region in 1872. The exhibition thus spans a period of 140 years, with a correspondingly broad spectrum of photographic themes.
OPENING HOURS: 11 A.M. - 5 P.M. CLOSED MONDAYS
FORM, COLOUR, BODY: HIGH VOLTAGE / DANGER Until May 11th. A retrospective exhibition of the works of painter Magnús Kjartansson (1949–2006). Kjartansson was among the artists who bridged the gap between formal postwar art – both abstract and figurative – and post-modernistic art in the eighties and nineties of the last century. Kjartansson was one of the founders of the Living Art Museum in the late seventies and was an active participant in exhibitions with his colleagues in various venues, in Iceland and abroad. After studies at the National College of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavik, Kjartansson continued his post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, from 1972 to 1975, under the tutelage of Richard Mortensen, one of the most distinguished abstract painters in Denmark. Kjartansson was among the best known artists in Iceland and acknowledged far and wide, for example in Spain, where his art received notable attention and admiration.
contemporary works from the collection of The National Gallery of Iceland continues. It is based around several master works of the pioneers of Icelandic contemporary art – Jóhann Eyfells (1923); Magnús Pálsson (1929) and Dieter Roth (1930–1998) – with the addition of works by the generations who, in various ways, followed in their footsteps. Several of the works are by artists who have been representatives of Iceland at the Venice Biennale. In addition artist’s books by local and international pioneers of the genre get special attention. The exhibition is provided with ample educational material in digital format.
REYKJAVIK ASÍ ART GALLERY OPENING HOURS: 1 P.M. - 5 P.M. CLOSED MONDAYS
THINGS Until May 18th.
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On display are things. Things that serve no other purpose but to stimulate the visual senses of the viewer. They are a product of material cravings and only sway to the laws of aesthetics. Their functionality is questionable and they strive to escape any figurative likeness.
Succumbing to this materialism, soon reveals its flaws. No matter how much a thing is looked at and how much it temporarily quenches a visual thirst it never seems to satisfy it fully. Therein lies perhaps the allure of things; they give a brief and false feeling of fulfillment to an eye that in turn always craves more.
BROT / FRAGMENT, FRACTURE, FOLD, VIOLATION Until May 18th. Working with oversize sheets of translucent drafting ﬁlm, hand painted with acrylic and ink, paintings on canvas, and accordion books Jóelsdóttir transforms Ásmundarsalur the upstairs gallery, into a site where ideas, experience, and history, move across the space, bend, fold and break on wires and walls, are torn apart and reassembled, stapled, woven. Drawing from personal experience, art history, and interpretations of our fragmented existence, the structure and content reﬂect our everyday unconscious practice of creating personal narratives from memory and our inevitable interpretations and misinterpretations of human interaction.
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THURSDAY, MAY 1ST VERKALÝÐSDAGURINN (LABOUR DAY) MAY 1ST TO MAY 3RD HARPA »» EVE online fanfest 2014
SUNDAY, MAY 4TH HARPA »» Heimir Men’s Choir »» Pearls of Icelandic Song »» How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes
TUESDAY, MAY 6TH HAFNARBORG »» Curator’s Talk about “FancyCake in the Sun”
TUESDAY, MAY 8TH HAFNARBORG »» Lunch Time Concert with opera singer Rósalind Gísladóttir and pianist Antonia Hevesi.
SAMGÖNGUSAFNIÐ »» Vintage Car and Motorcycle Show
HARPA »» How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes
TUESDAY, MAY 13TH IÐNÓ »» Concert of Samkór Reykjavíkur
FRIDAY, MAY 15TH HARPA »» Iceland Symphony Orchestra Prats Plays Tsjajkovskíj »» Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Pekka Kuusisto at Reykjav´´ik Midsummer Music
SATURDAY, MAY 17TH HARPA »» Meatloaf - Bat out of Hell
SUNDAY, MAY 18TH HARPA »» By Reykjavik Lake
TUESDAY, MAY 20TH
»» Journey »» The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra - Ashkenazy and Ólafur Kjartansson
SATURDAY, MAY 10TH LAUGARASVEGUR 29 »» Jon Thormodsson, author of Peace and War: Niagara of Quotations, talks in his home on peace and war and answers questions. From 20 to 21:15 P.M. Free admission. Bus 14 to Sundlaugavegur/Laugarasvegur. Phone 568 7250.
CITY HALL »» Intercultural Day
HARPA »» The Icelandic Opera Lunchtime Concerts - Elín Ósk Óskarsdóttir, Soprano »» Pearls of Icelandic Song
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST HARPA »» How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes
MAY 22ND TO JUNE 5TH REYKJAVIK ARTS FESTIVAL »» For more information see page 44.
THURSDAY, MAY 22ND HARPA »» The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra: The Pierrot Project Reykjavik Arts Festival’s Opening Concert
SATURDAY, MAY 24TH HARPA »» Three Shakespeare Sonnets South Iceland Chamber Choir and Tavener »» Brian Terfel »» Sight UNseen - Lee ranaldo and Leah Singer
SUNDAY, MAY 25TH HARPA »» In the Light of the Air - Ice Ensamble
TUESDAY, MAY 27TH LAUGARÁSBÍÓ »» Matthew Barney: River of Fundament
THURSDAY, MAY 29TH UPPSTIGNINGARDAGUR (ASCENSION DAY) HARPA »» Khatia Buniatishvili »» Pearls of Icelandic Song
LISTASAFN ÍSLANDS »» Píanó - Exhibition and performances at the National Gallery.
SATURDAY, MAY 31ST REYKJAVIK HARBOUR »» The Festival of Sea in Iceland
HARPA »» How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes
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THE REYKJAVIK MUSEUM WALK Reykjavik is rich with culture and history which can be experienced in the many museums that our city has to offer. To make life easier for you, here is a proposed Museum Walk that covers the best bits of downtown Reykjavik, while within a walking distance. 1
The museum gives visitors an idea of the real life in Iceland, where volcanoes and earthquakes are a constant threat. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur daily and Icelandic nature is in a state of constant flux. Volcano House lets you experience the world of Icelanders by coming as close as possible to experiencing an eruption or earthquake for yourself. They also have an in-house cinema where they offer two back-to-back documentaries on historical volcanic eruptions.
THE REYKJAVÍK MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The museum’s main objective is to present both historical and contemporary photography in an artistic, social and cultural context, as well as nurture public and scholarly interest in photography and its culture. The collection’s themes are diverse, you can find family photograpshs, photos from portrait studios, industrial- and advertising photographs, press photography, landscape photographs and more.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND
The nation’s most precious treasures are kept and displayed at The National Museum of Iceland that was established on the 24th of February in 1863. The aim of the museum is to increase and relay knowledge of Icelandic cultural heritage from the beginning until now. At the museum you will find objects that provide insight into Icelandic cultural history and displays from different eras.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ICELAND
The principal art museum of Iceland, established in 1884. Its art collection consists mainly of 19th and 20th century art works. In its possession are many of the keystones of Icelandic art history, as well as a growing collection of works from other countries. The National Gallery’s main role is to collect, preserve, research and exhibit Icelandic art and offer education about it, as well as there is a considerable emphasis laid on showing Icelandic art in context with international art.
REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM
Hafnarhús serves as the museum’s institute of contemporary art, where n ew d eve l o p m e n t s i n art are explored through diverse exhibitions of Icelandic and international artists. An exhibition of paintings by well known pop artist Erró is a permanent feature. You’ll really like the restaurant inside that has a beautiful view over the harbour. Don’t forget to stop by the Hafnarhús shop for postcards, art posters and books published by the museum.
THE SETTLEMENT EXHIBITION
Archaeological remains were excavated in Aðalstræti in 2001, which turned out to be the oldest relics of human habitation in Reykjavík. The relics are now preserved at their original location as the focal point of the Settlement Exhibition. The construction of Viking Age buildings is explained using multimedia technology and computer technology is used to give an impression of what life was like in the hall.
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THE TASTE OF ICELAND If you’re coming to Iceland, you will be blown away by the vibrant and unique food culture. Between the world-class restaurants with pristine ingredients and master chefs, the quaint little local flavours and the unique and unusual traditional cuisine, there is no shortage of flavourful experiences for both the adventurous explorer and the demanding connoisseur. Modern Icelandic Cuisine Modern day Iceland offers every kind of food you can imagine, and many that you probably can’t. With world-class chefs working with pristine ingredients, Icelandic Restaurants are sure to be a thrill. Most restaurants will offer some traditional Icelandic dishes, such as smoked lamb, or some twist on tradition, such as a reindeer burger. Reykjavik offers any kind of international food you can imagine, sushi, thai, mexican, you name it. It offers steak houses and seafood restaurants. You can go from very high end to fast food in one block. Because icelandic farms are relatively traditional and the icelandic nature is very pure and unspoiled, the ingredients of the food will be absolute first rate. We particularly recommend you try the lamb, which is in a league of its own. THE ICELANDIC HOT DOG – AN UNUSUAL INSTITUTION You don’t get more authentically Icelandic than the hot dog. Whereas some of the more traditional food are only really eaten during the Þorri festival, Icelanders actually eat hot dogs all the time.
ICE (CREAM) LAND Icelanders, somewhat appropriately, love ice cream. They love it at any time, in fact, you can sometimes see a line at the ice cream parlour in a snowstorm. There is a long-standing debate in Reykjavík of which is better, Ísbúð Vesturbæjar or the one in Skeifan. Unless of course you’re from the north, and the obvious winner is Brynjuís. Because, well, obviously. TRADITIONAL ICELANDIC FOOD Finally, don’t miss out on the traditional Icelandic food! These dishes, prepared the same way they have for centuries, are steeped in history and... other things. There are some flavours everyone can enjoy such as the smoked lamb, flat bread, and liverwurst and some more unusual delicacies such as blood pudding and dried fish. At the far end of the spectrum you find curiosities of acquired taste such as fermented shark, singed sheep’s head and pickled ram’s testicles. These are otherwise known as “things you only eat so you can tell your friends at home you did it”. With a shot of Brennivin, an Icelandic Schnapps lovingly nicknamed “Black Death”, you can wash down your meal, along with washing away any memory you might have had of the whole affair.
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The Icelandic hot dog is unique in that it contains lamb in addition to the international pork and beef, and it is supposed to be eaten “með öllu” (with everything): raw chopped onions, roasted onions,
ketchup, mustard and remoulade. If you order one “with everything” up north, it will also include “cocktail sauce,” a mixture of ketchup and mayo.
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REYKJAVIK ARTS FESTIVAL MAY
1 Reykjavik Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts. For two weeks every year it presents, to the widest possible audience, exhibitions and performances of contemporary and classical works in major cultural venues and unconventional spaces throughout the city.
 Keep Frozen ©Dennis Helm
 ORT ©Olga Holownia  Flugrákir ©Hakon Halldorsson
 Fantastar ©Hulda Sif Asmundsdottir
PHOTOS  Píanó ©Rafael Pinho
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Since its inception in 1970, Reykjavík Arts Festival has invited hundreds of artists from all parts of the globe to perform or exhibit at the festival. Through this activity, the festival has helped to create a vast network of connections between national and nonnational artists, been a catalyst for the creation of new works and a major force in the development of cultural diversity in Iceland.
JUST A FEW OF THE EVENTS... The Pond @ Reykjavik city pond | Mapping the land @ Hverfisgallery | In your hands @ Spark Design | The Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra: The Pierrot Project @ Harpa | In your hands @ Spark Design | Threads on land – a landscape @ Artótek, City Library | Time and Time and Again @ Living Art Museum | Fantastar @ Brimhúsið | Piano @ National Gallery of Iceland | S7 - Suðurgata @ Árbæjarsafn | Mirror of life @ The Reykjavik Museum of Photography | Mapping the land @ Hverfisgallery | Flight Trails: “and the world was sung into existence.” Michel Butor and friends | @ The National and University Library of Iceland | I M A / N O W @ ASÍ museum | Lusus Naturae @ Hafnarborg | Wide Slumber @ Tjarnabíó | Disel Endresen @ Mengi
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REYKJAVIK CITY LIBRARY FREE ENTRY Looking for a place to hang out, browse the internet, get access to Wi-Fi or meet the Reykjavik locals? Then Reykjavik City Library is the perfect place to visit. Have a seat and dip into the latest magazine or relax while checking out their great selection of books. Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavik 411-6100 |borgarbokasafn.is Hours: Mon-Thu 10-19, Fri 11-18, Sat & Sun 13-17
HAFNARBORG 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. Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður 585-5790 | www.hafnarborg.is Hours: Daily 12-17, Thu 12-21, Closed Tue
REYKJAVIK MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY FREE ENTRY The only independent museum of photography in Iceland. The aim of the museum is to shape a unique vision and to be leading in its field. The museum preserves various collections from professional and amateur photographers. Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavik 411-6390 | www.photomuseum.is Hours: Mon-Thu 12-19, Fri 12-18, Sat & Sun 13-17
SIGURJÓN ÓLAFSSON MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF DESIGN AND APPLIED ART
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CLOSED UNTIL MAY 24TH 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.
Its objective is to collect, study and present Icelandic design and crafts from 1900 to the present day. This young museum, the only one of its kind in Iceland, holds regular exhibitions of Icelandic and international design during the year. Exhibitions from the museum‘s own collection are regularly held.
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.
Laugarnestangi 70 553-2906 | www.lso.is Hours: Daily 14-17, closed Mon
THE SETTLEMENT EXHIBITION Experience Viking-Age Reykjavik at the new Settlement Exhibition. Multimedia techniques bring Reykjavik’s past to life, providing visitors with insights into how people lived in the Viking Age, and what the environment looked like to the first settlers. Aðalstræti 2, Reykjavik 411-6370 | www.reykjavik871.is Hours: Daily 10-17
Garðatorg 1, Garðabær 512-1525 | www.honnunarsafn.is Hours: Daily 12-17, Closed Mon
ÁRBÆJARSAFN Collection of artifacts docu-menting the development of the city of Reykjavik. Prese ntly the museum comprises 27 buildings, built between 1820 and 1907. Árbær, Reykjavik 411-6300 www.reykjavikmuseum.is Hours: Guided tours every day at 13.00 or by appointment.
Hallgrímstorg 3, Reykjavik 561-3797 | www.lej.is Hours: Sat & Sun 13-17.
THE NUMISMATIC 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, Reykjavik. Kalkofnsvegur 1, Reykjavik 569-9600 www.sedlabanki.is Hours: Mon-Fri 13:30-15:30
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND
The National Gallery of Iceland has come a long way from its origins. To begin with, the collection consisted of donated artwork, mainly by Danish artists. Today the museum stands at Frikirkjuvegur in central Reykjavik, displaying both Icelandic and International art.
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.
Laufásvegur 12, Reykjavik 515-9600 | www.listasafn.is Hours: Daily 11-17, Closed Mon
Suðurgata 41, Reykjavik 530-2200 www.nationalmuseum.is Hours: Daily 10-17
Hverfisgata 15, Reykjavik 545-1400 | www.thjodmenning.is CLOSED FOR NOW
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FREE ENTRY This museum was founded in 1961 when industrialist and book publisher Ragnar Jónsson donated his personal art collection to the museum, which consisted of paintings by Iceland’s most renowned painters. His wish was to establish an art museum that would bring art to the working class.
From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way. The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millenium.
VÍKIN MARITIME MUSEUM
Freyjugata 41, Reykjavik 511-5353 | www.listasafnasi.is Hours: Daily 13-17, Closed Mon
Grandagardur, Reykjavik 511-1517 | www.sagamuseum.is Hours: Daily 10-18
THE LIVING ART MUSEUM
Grundarstígur 10, Reykjavik 511-1904 | www.hannesarholt.is Hours: Daily 11-18
A unique venue dedicated to Icelandic history and cultural heritage. In the building there are facilities for exhibitions, meetings, gatherings, lectures, artistic events, public ceremonies and other occasions. On the ground floor you will find a restaurant and a souvenir shop.
It is impossible to truly get to know Iceland without getting to know its fishing history. The museum’s main exhibitions illustrate the development from rowing boats to modern trawlers and the history of trading vessels and routes and the construction of Reykjavik harbour. Grandagarður 8, Reykjavik 517-9400 | maritimemuseum.is Hours: Daily 11-17.
FREE ENTRY The museum is an active exhibition space in central Reykjavik that has organized many exciting exhibitions throughout the years. They put an emphasis on introducing young Icelandic artists, as well as showcasing work done by better known Icelandic and foreign artists.
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 center features information, education and of course stunning visuals of the elusive lights that’ll get your heart racing.
Skúlagata 28, Reykjavik 551-4350 | www.nylo.is Hours: Daily 12-17, Closed Mon
Grandagarður 2, Reykjavik 780-4500 | aurorareykjavik.is Hours: Daily 10-22
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Historic home and cultural center, where the past meets the present in an inviting and warm environment. Built in 1915, the renovated home of Hannes Hafstein, Iceland’s first Minister of State, now houses the non-profit Hannesarholt, dedicated to retrieving cultural memory, and revitalizing cultural roots.
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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 19421950. The original building served Sveinsson as studio and home; behind it he built a crescentshaped structure as a work- and exhibition space.
The Reykjavik Art Museum took possession of its portion of Hafnarhús (Harbour House) in April 2000. Hafnarhús was built in 1932-39 for the offices and warehouses of Reykjavik Harbor and was at that time one of the largest buildings in the country.
Flókagata 24, Reykjavik 517-1290 | www.artmuseum.is Hours: Daily 10-17
GLJÚFRASTEINN LAXNESS MUSEUM
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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.
Gljúfrasteinn, Mosfellsbær 586-8066 | www.gljufrasteinn.is Hours: Daily 10-17, Closed Mon
Sigtún, Reykjavik 553-2155 | www.artmuseum.is Hours: Daily 10-17.
GALLERY FOLD Iceland’s leading auction house and foremost fine arts dealership. Established in 1990, Gallerí Fold has been in the hands of its current proprietor since 1992. In 1994, they acquired their own premises, where they‘ve enjoyed a period of growth and prosperity. Their 600 m2 building has five exhibition spaces from 30 to 110 m2. Rauðarárstíg 12-14, Reykjavik 551-0400 | www.myndlist.is Hours: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 11-16
REYKJAVIK ART GALLERY
COLLECTORS EMPORIUM ICELAND
The Gallery is an exhibition space for showcasing and selling art by working artists in nine spaces. It has been a venue for many exciting exhibitions and the gallery’s goal is to introduce Icelandic art, both to locals and travellers.
In a basement of sorts on Hverfisgata, just off Reykjavik’s main shopping street, you’ll find this hidden gem. Imagine it as a museum where you can take home anything you particularly fancy. A vast collection of unique and historic Icelandic items, such as stamps, coins and much more, make it well worth a visit.
Skúlagata 30, Reykjavik 564-2012 Hours: Mon-Fri 10-18 & Sat 13-17
Hverfisgata 16, Reykjavik Hours: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 12-16
Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavik 590-1200 | www.artmuseum.is Hours: Daily 10-17, Thu 10-20
COLLECTION OF ÁSGRÍMUR JÓNSSON 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. Bergstaðastræti 74, Reykjavík 515-9625 Hours: Sun. 1-4.
NORDIC HOUSE 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 to be if you want to enjoy the best of Icelandic cultural as well as experiencing rich culture of the Nordic countries Sturlugata 5, Reykjavik 551-7030 | www.nordice.is Hours: Daily 12-17, Closed Mon
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The Viking Village is a unique place and it is the only Viking theme Hotel and restaurant in Iceland. We have step by step been developing our facilities over the last 24 years and will hopefully continue to do so in the future. We offer Hotel accommodation and Viking houses. Good for families and groups.
The Fisherman´s village, our newest accommodation is Hlið in Álftanes only few minutes drive from the Viking Village. Like a country home by the seaside. Such an idyllic place to visit. The restaurant is open for groups in the evenings. Close to the president´s residence.
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Viking feasts - Souvenirs - Live entertainment most nights “You haven't been in Iceland if you haven't been to us“ Don’t miss it! Booking: www.vikingvillage.is | +354 565 1213
This is Solla, the winner of Best Gourmet Raw Chef and Best Simple Raw Chef in the 2011 and 2012 “Best of Raw” Awards. Come and try out one of her great dishes at her restaurant Gló, Iceland’s most popular health food restaurant operating at three different locations in the great Reykjavik area. Reykjavík: Engjateigur 19 and Laugavegur 20b · Hafnarfjörður: Strandgata 34 · www.glo.is
THE CELTIC CROSS
Austur is one of the hottest clubs in downtown Reykjavik, and has been since it first opened in 2009. Austur is located in Austurstraeti, one of the main barand shopping streets downtown, and even though the surrounding area is filled with clubs and bars, Austur seems to be the center of attention.
The place where things are happening these days and there never seems to be a dull moment. It’s where you’ll find the city’s most popular DJ’s, a creative and exciting atmostphere, festive surroundings, suave bartenders, vibrant decor, fresh crowd, amazing wall art and dancing on tables.
An Irish pub with multiple beers on tap. With a big screen TV to watch the game, while enjoying a nice cold pint of beer, the Celtic Cross features friendly staff and a nice atmosphere that makes you feel just at home.
Austurstræti 7, Reykjavik 568-1907
Tryggvagata 22, Reykjavik 571-8180
Hverfisgata 26, Reykjavik 511-3240
DEN DANSKE KRO
One of the newest and hottest clubs in Reykjavik these days, mostly attracting young people who want to dance. Electronic music is their main thing during the weekend, but on weekdays they like to play make-out music, Icelandic classics from the 80’s and 90’s and host curiously themedpub quizzes.
B5 bar/bistro has become a very popular establishment with the locals of the capital. With its very contemporary and stylish interior, b5 is laid back during the day, while as night falls, the lights dim and the atmosphere changes accordingly.
There is live music playing every night at Den Danske Kro and sometimes there are live football games, pub quizzes, beer bingo, darts and happy hours. Den Danske Kro is a casual place in the heart of Reykjavik where everyone is welcome.
Bankastræti 5, Reykjavik 552-9600 www.b5.is
Ingólfsstræti 3, Reykjavik 552-0070 www.danski.is
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 and univer sity 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.
Beer enthusiasts, look no further! In a small hole-in-the-wall kind of place just off Ingólfstorg square you will find Micro Bar. Carrying an impressive 140 different kinds of beers from all over the world, this is definitely the go-to place for beer fans.
In the mood for a pint? English Pub offers over 35 brands of beer and Whiskey. Whatever your preference – you will find it here. This is also a great place if you would like to catch some football (soccer). Inside they have 3 big screens and 2 TV’s so that you can catch all the action as it happens.
Hafnarstræti 4, Reykjavik 571-9222
Bergstaðastræti 1, Reykjavik 551-1588 www.kaffibarinn.is
Austurstræti 6, Reykjavik 847-9084 www.facebook.com/ MicroBarIceland
Austurstræti 12, Reykjavik 578-0400 www.facebook.com/enskibarinn
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ANNA MARÍA DESIGN 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.
GALLERÍ SMÍÐAR OG SKART Gallery Smíðar og Skart offers a wide selection of contemporary Icelandic art. Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolors as well as ceramics and glass art. Over 50 local artists have their work on display in the Gallery.
KOGGA Near the harbour in the middle of old town Reykjavik you’ll find unique ceramic design by the well known ceramics artist Kogga at her self titled gallery. Her work is both functional and sculptural, influenced by the rough nature of Iceland. A piece by Kogga can be found in many Icelandic homes.
Skólavörðustígur 3, Reykjavik 551-0036 www.annamariadesign.is
Skólavörðustígur 16a, Reykjavik 561-4090
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”.
One of Iceland’s major woollen industry shops, the Álafoss store. Situated in old factory premises that for decades were the leading manufacturers and exporters of Icelandic woollens, Álafoss is a company that strives towards offering the newest wares along with the traditional Icelandic wool sweaters
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 43, Reykjavik 551-2850 www.listvinahusid.is
Álafossvegur 23, Mosfellsbær 566-6303 www.alafoss.is
Six energetic women design and create exclusive art, while also running and working in the gallery. The gallery offers gift vouchers, issued by the store or by the Centrum organization that can be redeemed within most shops on Laugarvegur and Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavik.
Loved by parents and children alike and praised in the media for boldness and creativity, Ígló&Indí has offered both parents and children an ever growing collection of clothes with a fresh take on children’s fashion since 2008— representing the best childhood has to offer.
Skólavörðustígur 17b, Reykjavik 551-5675 | www.listaselid.is Hours: Mon-Fri 12-18, Sat 11-16
Skólavörðustígur 2, Reykjavik 445-2020 | www.igloandindi.com
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.
Vesturgata 5, Reykjavik 552-6036 www.kogga.is
Skólavörðustígur 2. Reykjavik 552-5445 www.MetalDesignReykjavik.is
Bankastræti 7, Reykjavik 533-3800 | www.cintamani.is
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With its wide open spaces and beautiful treasures displayed in glass casting, Gullkúnst Helgu feels more like a gallery than a jewelry shop. Located on central Laugavegur, Reykjavik´s busiest shopping street, this family owned shop is not to be missed.
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, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Diesel, Movado, Swiss Military and more.
Natural light floods the wooden floors and the fresh white walls of this stunning design hub and retail outlet, which already attracts some of Iceland´s top talents. More than 70 designers are contributing to a huge selection of products that include children’s puzzles, fish skin lamps and exquisite jewellery.
Laugavegur 13, Reykjavik 561-6660 www.gullkunst.is
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Aðalstræti 10, Reykjavik 517-7797 www.kraum.is
At Studio Stafn you will be able to look at art, purchase art and have your art framed! Great works and historical paintings by Iceland’s most famous artists could become all yours if you pay them a visit. If you’re not looking to buy art, at least stop by and take a look.
A wonderful little workshop, where Hildur Hafstein creates her handmade Icelandic jewelry line, KORA. Inspired by different elements, such as Buddhism and the flower power, a visit to Hildur Hafstein will be a pleasant experience. Although the store is technically on Laugavegur, you walk in from Klapparstígur!
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.
Ingólfsstræti 6, Reykjavik 552-4700 www.studiostafn.is
Laugavegur 15, Reykjavik 511-1900 www.michelsen.is
THE HANDKNITTING ASSOCIATION OF ICELAND R e n ow n e d f o r i t s exce l l e n t 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 manufactures. Skólavörðustígur 19, Reykjavik 552-1890 | www.handknit.is
Laugavegur 20b, Reykjavik 771-1177 www.HildurHafstein.is
Skólavörðustíg 16, Reykjavík 519-6000 www.geysir.com
Their main goal has been to i n c re a s e I ce l a n d e r s i n te re st 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.
Skeifan 6, & Harpa Reykjavik Keflavík Airport 568-7740 | www.epal.is
Kringlan 4-12, Reykjavik 517-9000 | www.kringlan.is
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THE LOBSTER HOUSE
Lobster dishes are the main focus on the menu but there is a lot more to choose from. The starters are fresh and exciting, for example the whale tataki with ginger jelly, soya and sesam vinagrette, and the carpaccio of horse with lobster, wild mushrooms and foie gras.
Is a centrally located and affordable restaurant that boasts an extensive international menu with an emphasis on Tex-Mex, Italian, Indian and many light meal options. During the weekend Vegamót transforms into a bar with refreshing cocktails, a wide selection of beers and popular DJ’s playing well into the night.
Just last year they celebrated their 50th anniversary. From the very beginning, Grillid has been regarded as one of the best restaurants in Iceland. If you want fine dining, perfectly executed food, professional service and excellent wines with a spectacular view over the city, you have come to the right place.
Vegamótastígur 4, Reykjavik 511-3040 | www.vegamot.is
Radisson BLU Hotel, Reykjavik 525-9960 | www.grillid.is
HAMBORGARABÚLLAN – BURGER JOINT
An excellent Indian restaurant, focusing on quality take-away, with the option of eating in. This means that while it‘s technically “fast food”, it’s definitely of restaurant q u a l i t y. Th e m e n u i n c l u d e s everything you could expect from an Indian restaurant, with the Chicken Tandoori being especially recommended.
They offer some of the the finest cuisine there is to find in the whole city. Grilling meat and fish of all kinds Argentinian style using wooden coal is what they do better than any other restaurant and frankly, you won‘t believe your own tastebuds
Since 2004, the Joint has kept it simple, fun and delicious. Sitting right by the Old Harbour, in a small, iconic house, the atmosphere of the Burger Joint is hard to find elsewhere. You can feel the joy of the staff, as they serve you juicy burgers, exploding with great taste.
Amtmannsstígur 1, Reykjavik 561-3303 www.humarhusid.is
Geirsgata 1, Reykjavik 511-1888 www.bullan.is
Lækjargata 8, Reykjavik 578-3838 | www.hradlestin.is
Barónsstígur 11a, Reykjavik 551-9555 www.argentina.is
A new restaurant in Iceland situated at Odinstorg. Snaps is a classic french bistro using local Icelandic ingredients. The location could not be better. Snaps is literally a few steps away from downtown Reykjavik, close to the National Theatre, The National Gallery of Iceland and the two main shopping streets of Reykjavik”
Situated in a warm, charming old building in the heart of Reykjavik. Caruso is romantic to say the least, and serves top quality Italian- and Icelandic food. The surroundings are beautiful and the atmosphere is enchanting. The restaurant is on three floors, so it‘s ideal for groups, individuals and couples.
A modern and health conscious restaurant and whole food shop which offers a wide range of hot or cold food to eat in or take-out. The selection consists of both vegetarian food and healthy food. No white flour, white sugar, MSG is used in the food.
Óðinstorg, Reykjavik 511-6677 | www.snapsbistro.is
Þingholtsstræti 1, Reykjavik 562-7335 www.caruso.is
Borgartún 24, Reykjavik 585-8700 www.lifandimarkadur.is
The concept of the restaurant is "c a s u a l f u n d i n i n g" a n d w e p r e p a r e w h a t w e w o u l d call a simple honest, "feel good", comfort food, where we take on the classics with a modern twist.
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THE STEAK HOUSE
Steikhúsið simply means „The Steak House” and that underlines our goal, to focus solely on steaks.
The Steak house is in the middle of Reykjavík, opposite the old harbor which has recently formed into a lively neighborhood of restaurants, cafes and artisan stores and work shops.
When you wisit us, remember to try our “28 days” tendered meat. The heart of the place is a coal oven from Mibrasa, Spain. It is only fitting that we use coal for grilling and baking The Building housed a blacksmith and metal works in years gone by.
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A new 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. Tryggvagata 4-6, Reykjavik 561-1111 | www.steik.is
AUSTURINDÍAFJELAGIÐ The spices used to season the food at Austur-Indiafjelagid are imported directly from India and blended on the spot by their team of highly experienced chefs. The Tandoori dishes on the menu must be mentioned, as the chefs have truly mastered the art of Tandoori grilling. Hverfisgata 56, Reykjavik 552-1630 | www.austurindia.is
JÓMFRÚIN 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. Lækjargata 4, Reykjavik 551-0100 | www.jomfruin.is
Kol describes itself as “casual fine dining with a big bar”. The name comes from the unique charcoal oven which lends a very special, rustic flavour to the dishes. The restaurant offers a wide variety of sophisticated cocktails, mixed with handmade syrups and juices.
BAST - “wicker ” in Icelandic, is a lightweight material, and this restaurant focuses on light decor, light atmosphere and light dishes, such as brunch, soup and cakes. Hverfisgata 20, Reykjavik 519-7579
For the finest in dining, nothing compares to Perlan Restaurant. While your taste buds delight to superb cuisine, you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Reykjavik and beyond as the restaurant gently completes a full rotation every two hours.
Lo c a te d i n s i d e L i st h u s i d i n Laugardalur valley in Reykjavik, Glo is Iceland‘s hottest new organic restaurant. The menu consists of vegetarian- and raw food courses, meat dishes, soups and salads. The courses are somewhat modest as they are simple, filling and not flooded with too much spice or ingredients.
A chain of cafés and espresso bars with over 30 years of experience in serving and roasting high-quality coffee. They operate cafés in 8 locations in Iceland, promising a highly knowledgeable staff and a great cup of coffee procured in a responsible and fair way.
Experience the relaxed Spanish lifestyle in the heart of Reykjavik Tapas with an Icelandic twist. The restaurant has an extensive menu, with over 70 dishes, including local delicacies like lobster, puffin and even a minke whale served with cranberry sauce.
Bankastræti 8, Reykjavik 420-2700 www.kaffitar.is/en
Vesturgata 3b, Reykjavik 551-2344 | www.tapas.is
Skólavörðustígur 40, Reykjavik 517-7474
Perlan, Reykjavik 562-0200 | www.perlan.is
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Engjateigur 19, Listhusid, Reykjavik 553-1111 | www.glo.is
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SJÁVARBARINN Sjávarbarinn’s main feature is an all-you-can-eat buffet that has received raving reviews and it also offers an à la carte menu at a very competitive price. Join the locals for lunch in a friendly and cheerful atmosphere or enjoy dinner when the chef spruces things up. Grandagarður 9, Reykjavik 517-3131 www.sjavarbarinn.is
MAR - SEAFOOD RESTAURANT A restaurant in prime location in Reykjavík‘s old harbour. The menu is inspired by South-American and southern-European cuisine and the restaurant designed to deliver fresh and uplifting dining experience, unique to the harbour area. MAR is an interesting choice for individuals and groups alike.
BORÐSTOFAN This secret lunch heaven just opened, and locals already love it. The chef is renowned for a reason, as he offers good pricing and great food, with a special emphasis on the musttry cakes and pastry. In a 100 year old house in the Reykjavik centre, Borðstofan will make you feel at home. Open every day 11am-6pm
Geirsgata 9, Reykjavik 519-5050 | www.marrestaurant.is
Hannesarholt, Grundarstígur 10, Reykjavik 511-1904 | www.bordstofan.is
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. Re a s o n a b ly p r ice d , o ffe ri ng 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.
Geirsgata 3, Reykjavik 567-2700 www.koparrestaurant.is
Tryggvagata 20, Reykjavik 562-3453 www.grillhusid.is
The 1998 comedy film The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers is not only a film, it has become a lifestyle. With the emergence of the Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, everyone can now be a part of The Dude‘s peculiar world. The Lebowski bar is everything you want it to be, a bowling themed burger joint, restaurant and bar.
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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.
Harpa is not only home to the Icelandic Opera and the Orchestra, it is also the location of one of Reykjavik‘s newest fine restaurants. The kitchen is in the middle of the room, where the fiery furnace gives the dinner guests a warm welcome. An ideal choice for people who appreciate fine cuisine combined with unique architecture and elegant atmosphere.
Over 60 very diverse dishes to choose from and, to make things easier, special offer menus, for example the “Discover Iceland” option where you can sample Icelandic delicacies through a four course meal that includes puffin, langoustine, and Icelandic skyr pizza. Ægisgarður 2, by the old Harbour, Reykjavik 512-8181 | www.tapashusid.is
Vesturgata 2a, Reykjavik 552-5300 | www.fiskfelagid.is
Laugavegur 20a, Reykjavik 552-2300 | lebowski.is
Harpa, Reykjavik 519-9700 | www.kolabrautin.is
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GENERAL TIPS AND ADVICE Want to know the population of Iceland? Who‘s the president? Why there are so many beautiful women in Iceland? Why people live so far north in the cold? When is the best time to visit? We have all these answers and plenty more. We strive to have the answer to everything you might possibly want to know about Iceland, Reykjavik, Icelanders, travelling to Iceland and everything related (or unrelated) you might be seeking. If you can‘t find your answer here – just visit us on Laugavegur 4 in Reykjavik, or drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org – ask us on facebook, twitter, instagram or any other media you can imagine and we‘ll do our best to answer promptly! YOU HAVE ANY GOOD IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS FOR ME? JUST IN CASE SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS? 112 – For every emergency you can imagine. Including if you get beat up (that’ll only happen if you’re a complete asshole by the way, we’re not a violent people. The Viking blood has been diluted over the years and with it the rage has receded) 5885522 – Every Icelander knows this number. It’s for one of the taxi stations. We won’t judge if it’s a better taxi station than the next one – but it has a catchy phone number. 58-12345 – Domino’s. What’s better than a juicy Domino’s pizza after a hard day of exploring Reykjavik? 118 – This is the phonebook and allegedly they answer all sorts of questions you might have. You’ll pay heftily for this service though.
severely injured yourself in your own home country. Apart from possibly changing the phone number you’d call – what would be your action plan? Go ahead and execute that plan – it’s likely that all the steps will align perfectly with Icelandic reality. But again. 112! That’s the number to remember. I JUST SO HAPPEN TO HAVE THIS LETTER HERE I FORGOT TO POST… CAN I DO THAT IN ICELAND? Well yes you can. There are 5 post offices scattered through Reykjavik. As well you can use the post boxes. Both the office and the boxes will be more or less red. The Icelandic word for post is póstur, so you really shouldn’t have any problems finding the correct thing. If that fails, you might want to consider joining the rest of us here in the modern day, using e-mail.
HOW CAN I CALL ICELAND? CAN PEOPLE CALL ME WHILE HERE? Your standard issue mobile phone is most likely going to work just fine in Iceland. Nowadays phones just…take care of all that complicated stuff themselves. If you really want to get down and dirty, the country code is +354 and the phone numbers have 7 digits. IS IT SAFE FOR ME TO DRIVE IN ICELAND? Unless you’re a complete asshole – driving should be quite safe. We drive on the right side and the speed limit is 90km/h. One major point to keep in mind though, is that the weather changes ridiculously fast and the driving conditions can get seriously disgusting, slippery, snowy and whatever. Drive according to situation always!
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I JUST SEVERELY INJURED MYSELF. WHAT SHOULD I DO? Hmm… You should almost certainly start by calling 1-1-2. That’s the emergency phone number in Iceland, one you should generally use in all sorts of life threatening perils. After that you should judge the nature of the injury. Honestly though – Imagine you just
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COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS I HEARD ICELANDIC FOOD IS DISGUSTING, WHAT‘S UP WITH THAT? It‘s not really. Well, some of it is, sure, but the regular food is honestly just that, regular food. You have to keep in mind that back in the day, Iceland was dirt poor and isolated in the middle of the ocean. So we really didn‘t have much choice when it came to culinary development and enhancements. Summer was about hoarding as much food as possible, just in order to survive winter. However, having plenty of food in August is not going to help at all if it‘s all destroyed and disgusting in April is it? So the ingenious Icelanders of yore had to figure out ways to preserve the food and did so by inventing methods of varying foulness, ranging from not foul at all (drying, smoking, salting) to quite foul and even very foul (fermenting stuff in sour whey, leaving stuff in barrels for weeks and calling it “processing”, when in fact things are just going bad.) As a result, some of the traditional Icelandic food has an acquired taste. A lot of it is quite delicious though. For more information, please refer the article “The Taste of Iceland,” on page 8. WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME POSITIVE ABOUT THE FOOD?
Skyr, Hangikjöt, Harðfiskur, Kleinur, Laufabrauð. We have plenty. Modern Icelandic cuisine is awesome. Icelandic fish is by default superb, and the lamb is great as well. Visiting modern-day Iceland is not going to leave you disappointed when it comes to food. As stated
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earlier – refer to “The Taste of Iceland,” which touches on the high-end stuff. Oh and of course our “Food & Drink” section only covers great stuff. Promise. ARE YOU REALLY ESKIMOS? Where did you even get that idea from? No we‘re not.
I JUST GOT MUGGED! WHAT SHOULD I DO??? No you didn‘t get mugged. You don‘t get mugged in Iceland. You can literally leave your wallet on the ground and either some one will deliver it to you, the nearest police station, or it‘ll still be there the next morning.
SINCE YOU GUYS LIVE IN IGLOOS, DO YOU HAVE INTERNET? The igloo joke is not funny. At all. We are serious folk, living in serious looking houses, with roofs and doors and electricity and stuff. Yes we have internet. Actually, we have like, the highest internet penetration in the world. Practically everyone in Iceland has access to internet. WHAT ABOUT…PROPER INTERNET, LIKE WI-FI AND STUFF? Yeah. We have that as well. You’ll have access to 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi and a multitude of other cool standards and abbreviations. Majority of café’s, restaurants, hotels and other frequented places are going to offer free Wi-Fi.
WHAT ABOUT TROLLS AND ELVES AND STUFF? SHOULD I WORRY? Nah, not really. Unless you provoke or irritate them, in that case you should run. ARE ICELANDERS COOL? (PUN INTENDED) That was an awful pun. But yeah – we are… Have you seen the Of Monsters and Men kids? Or Björk?
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UNDERSTANDABLE CONCERNS YOUR LANGUAGE DOESN‘T MAKE SENSE, ARE YOU REALLY SPEAKING REAL WORDS? No, this is just an elaborate scheme we put in action whenever there’s a foreigner around. In reality our language is Spanish, because we used to do a lot of business with the Spanish some hundreds of years ago. We sold them salted fish in bulk, in exchange for red wine. That was a great deal… Okay, in reality. Yeah…Icelandic is a real language, spoken by some 300.000 Icelanders. It’s related to the other Scandinavian languages, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, though it doesn’t really sound similar. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN ICELAND? This is not coming from us, but according to some people, it‘s because, back in the days, the Vikings went over to England and stole all the beautiful women from them, which resulted in Iceland being a disproportionally beautiful nation, as opposed to the English… This is not something we honestly believe though – the official story is Lýsi, high quality fish and a biased, yet favourable, general opinion on beauty standards. DOES EVERYONE SPEAK ENGLISH IN ICELAND? Yes. And most of us know some pretty difficult words as well!
LIFE IN THE NORTH CAN BE A BIT SNOWY AND DARK
HOW BIG IS YOUR COUNTRY? Size really doesn‘t matter, so we‘re not too worried about that…But, we‘re talking 103,000 high-quality km²‘s (40,000 sq mi). Iceland is actually the worlds 18th largest island, which isn‘t really that impressive. WHAT’S THE POPULATION OF ICELAND? Roughly 320.000. That’s thousand, not millions. Yes – we have about the same amount of people as Santa Ana or Riverside California. Or one tenth of Berlin (Germany) or Madrid (Spain) if that scale makes more sense. Less than Bilbao (Spain), Cardiff (UK) and Nice (France). More than Utrecht (Netherlands), Bari (Italy) and the renowned town of Wirral (UK). Stop making fun of us. We’re blond, tall and strong. Who cares we’re just a handful. We’re statistically good at everything.
WHY DO PEOPLE LIVE SO FAR NORTH IN THE COLD? Meh … It’s a mixture of reasons really. Firstly – we were born here, so we’re just used to it and don’t know anything else. Secondly – we have some seriously warm clothes up here, so we’re not that cold all the time. Thirdly – Iceland is packed with steaming water pouring from the ground here and there, so our houses are warm all the time. Now on top of that – Iceland is BEAUTIFUL! It’s like…jaws-tothe-ground stunning at times. We have Aurora borealis, waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, volcanoes and a multitude of other super cool awesome amazing stuff. That alone makes living here a dream.
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Some places have a certain something about them. People just want to be there. And if you are lucky you get to spend some time at one of those places. Atli Bollason shared an apartment at Ingólfsstræti 8a few years ago with two friends. He never knew who would be there or what would happen when he got home. Sometimes it was a café, sometimes a cinema and after the bars closed there would maybe be a line outside. People just showed up. Ingólfsstræti 8 Skál fyrir þér! Léttöl
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