My Travel Guide

Wanderguide by

Kristján Freyr Kristjánsson

Local Guide for Three Days in reykjavik

Reykjavik Iceland is very different from most European Capitals. The city is relatively young in age and small in size. There are a few key must see’s and todos in Reykjavik but in this guide I’m also going to take you through some of my personal favourite spots!

My Recommendations

These are my recommendations of things to do, guided experiences and local insights.

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$ 263
Experience
Laki Craters Mountain Expedition
Kristján:AMAZING trip. I did this trip summer of 2019 with my family. Incredible pictures. The hike circle around Tjarnagigur after the Laki hike is my favourite spot.
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3 places to drink local beer in Reykjavik, Iceland
Kristján:Best beer in town. Ask what they have on draft - sometimes there are limited editions of great local beers!
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Place
Reykjavik Roasters - Kárastígur
Kristján:Best coffee in Iceland. They now have two location, but this is the original and my favourite. Get the espresso or cappucino.
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Fiskmarkaðurinn
Kristján:Considered best restaurant in Iceland by locals. Get tasting menu with wine. Order in advance.
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$ 85
Experience
Golden Circle & The Secret Lagoon
Kristján:Thinking about plans for a single day? The Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon is a great option. (Yes you can buy beer and bring with yuo into the lagoon).
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$ 113
Experience
Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Kristján:Considered one of the best diving places in the world. Truly amazing experience in Thingvellir. Book well in advance!
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$ 162
Experience
Best of Iceland Tour: Golden Circle, South Coast and Northern Lights
Kristján:Get out of the city and explore Iceland. If you don't have a rental car or what a more guided tour this is great.
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Grillmarkaðurinn
Kristján:Amazing tasting menu and steaks. Save room for the "volcano desert".
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Austur-Indíafélagið
Kristján:Fancy Indian Restaurant. Perfect for dates, or a group of good friends. Order in advance, and when ou do order, make sure you get the GOSHT KALIMIRCHI.
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Laugardalslaug
Kristján:Skip the blue lagoon and go for local swimming pools. This one is the biggest.
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Sundhöll Reykjavíkur
Kristján:Small local pool - I actually learned how to swim here when I was younger
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Vesturbæjarlaug
Kristján:Another less popular destination - but lots of locals discussing Icelanic politics in the morning.
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Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur - Holtagarðar
Kristján:Bill Clinton once bought a hot-dog here, I think they still have the picture hanging up. I recommend "Tomat, sinnep og steiktum" - which is ketchup, mustard and fried onions".
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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
Kristján:Ever wanted to try a warmed up local beach?
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Kex Hostel Reykjavik
Kristján:If you like retro, go here for great music, beer and food. Also a Hostel, but a decent mix of locals/tourists.
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BrewDog Reykjavik
Kristján:Skip the noise? Go for BrewDog for a good dialog/food/beer. Not a party place though.
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Mikkeller & Friends
Kristján:Amazing beer. Second best place to get beer in Iceland (Snorri bar is best).
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Kolaportið
Kristján:Flee market. You can get rotten shark here - make sure you are prepared for it!
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Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River
Kristján:Super nice on a warm day. Bit of a walk - but once you get there you won't regret it. Bring a towel with you.
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Day tours from Reykjavik

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$ 143
Experience
The mysterious Snæfellsnes National park
Kristján:If this is your second time in Iceland, or if you want to escape the crowds, this is a great option!
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$ 356
Experience
Inside the Volcano Tour
Kristján:I still haven't done this one but everyone tells me it's amazing. Will do soon - but if you have time, I would be very surprised if this is dissapointing!

Outdoor Adventures

It’s what Iceland does best….choose from a wide variety of top rated tours and experiences that will take you out into the wild Icelandic nature.

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$ 105
Experience
Landmannalaugar One Day Hiking Tour
Kristján:If you are into 1 day hiking, this is 100% worth it!

Touristy Things Still Worth Doing

It might be cliché but that’s why we love it!

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$ 57
Experience
Golden Circle Classic: Guided in 10 Languages
Kristján:This is a classic tour - I would recommend getting a car and going to these places solo or with a local - but if that's not an option, this seems like a good option.

Seasonal Highlights

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

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$ 52
Experience
Northern Lights & Stargazing (Guided in 10 languages)
Kristján:Haven't tried this personally - but friend told me it was legit.