Jessi Kingan
Iceland

Bakki’s Guide to the South

Recommendations, information and local insights

Eat and drink

Treat yourself to a delicious meal out, or buy something to prepare in your apartment.

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Rauða Húsið Restaurant
Jessi :The pride of Eyrarbakki! Our local restaurant, beloved by Icelanders and travelers alike. Try the langoustine, fish, or lamb.
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Hafið Bláa
Jessi :Ocean views from every seat in the daylight, a great place to see the northern lights at night. Restaurant is open February-November.
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Kaffi Krús
Jessi :Casual place in Selfoss.
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Hendur í höfn
Jessi :In Þorlákshöfn, 15 minutes' drive west of Eyrarbakki
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Guðni Bakari
Jessi :Our favorite for breakfast
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Vínbúðin
Jessi :The local liquor store, the only place you can get beer, wine or hard alcohol outside a bar (and the Duty-Free). Closed Sundays.
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Krónan
Jessi :The best selection in Selfoss, including specialty, gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan items
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Samkaup Úrval Selfoss
Jessi :Open 7:30-23:30 most days
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Ölvisholt Brewery
Jessi :Local brewery that offers tours, tasting room. Excellent beers!

Seasonal Highlights

Find tips about what to do, how to dress and the best experiences to do at the moment.

Iceland with Kids

Iceland has plenty to offer for the whole family. Here are some ideas.

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Iceland with kids - An incredible adventure
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Sundhöll Selfoss
Jessi :Good outdoor swimming pool with a big slide. Hot tubs at different temperatures.
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Eating in Iceland with kids: Traditional meets Bizarre
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Top 5 things to do in Iceland with kids
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Bakkahestar Horse Riding Tours
Jessi :Great for kids 5 and up. No experience necessary. The owner teaches riding to kids and the horses are very calm.
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Sundlaug Þorlákshafnar
Jessi :Good indoor and outdoor swimming pools for the whole family.
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Slakki
Jessi :A fun stop on the Golden Circle if you have kids. Domestic and farm animals, putt putt golf, and more. Open in summer.

Hot Springs & Swimming Pools

From navigating your way to hot springs, to how to navigate Icelandic swimming pool culture.

Image - Seljavallalaug: A Secret Geothermal Pool in South Iceland
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Seljavallalaug: The Ultra "Secret" Icelandic Geothermal Swimming Pool
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Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
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The Great Icelandic Soak-Off: A Potted Guide To Wild Pools

Hiking & Trekking

Venture out on your own or have be guided on an adventure...find the perfect fit for you!

Image - Five Places Not To Miss Near Myvatn Lake
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My 5 top places to see in Myvatn, Iceland
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The Laugavegur Trek: All the Information You Need
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Insight
10 things you should know before going hiking in Iceland

Animal Lovers

Get up close and personal with Icelandic wildlife

Arts & Culture

From viking legends to modern art, get to know the deeper side of Iceland.

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Árnessýsla Heritage Museum - The house at Eyrarbakki
Jessi :Step back in time and learn a bit about the history of Iceland at the Húsið museum in Eyrarbakki. Open daily in the summer.
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Konubókastofa (The Women´s Book Lounge)
Jessi :A library and reading room focusing on the works of Icelandic women authors.
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Laugabúð
Jessi :A local shop, but more than that, a step back in time. This shop is preserved much the way it was 100 years ago. The shopkeeper is a gem.

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