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Sigurjón Sigurgeirsson
Iceland

Sjonni's Travel Guide

Welcome to Iceland! I'm born and raised here in Reykajvik. I love this country and everything it has to offer - from extreme nature to good food to fun times. I've put together this travel guide to help you plan your trip. I've handpicked these experiences because I know them and think they are amazing, and I know you will think so too. Select any of the links below and you will see a few favorites within each experience for you to choose the one that best suits you. Happy adventure hunting!

Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland and for a good reason! With its close proximity to Reykjavik it is an ideal day trip to see the best of the Icelandic nature in one go. You could make your trip even more memorable by going snorkeling between the 2 tectonic plates in Silfra. It's a truly magical experience, so much so that there are many who travel to Iceland for this sole purpose.

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) can be as hard to predict as the Icelandic weather but if you get lucky and catch them during your trip you are in for a treat. Seeing the lights dancing in the midnight sky is magical. The Northern Lights season in Iceland is from mid September to mid April.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik has sometimes been nicknamed the smallest big capital in the world! With less than 200 thousand inhabitants it is nevertheless a bustling city full of beautiful architecture, culture, events, activities, shopping and restaurants.

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Place
Harpa
Sigurjón :The iconic music and conference hall downtown Reykjavik next to the old harbor. Definitely worth a visit!
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Experience
How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes – at Harpa
Sigurjón :Really funny show both for locals and visitors alike :)
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Place
Hallgrimskirkja
Sigurjón :The big church has some great views of Reykjavik from the top and the street leading up to it (Skólavörðustígur) is great for shopping local arts and souvenirs

South Coast

The South Coast of Iceland is one of the most popular destination due to its closeness to Reykjavik and its varied and spectacular landscape. Within a few hours drive from Reykjavik you will pass waterfalls, glaciers, volcanos, black sand beaches and countless other places of interests.

Restaurants

The restaurant scene in Reykjavik is thriving and you can find anything from tasty street food to world class gourmet dining. Below we have a list of both awesome food tours and will introduce you to the best of what Iceland has to offer, as well as several articles written by local experts.  No matter what you go with, you definitely won't go hungry!

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Insight
My Top 10 Restaurants in Reykjavik vs TripAdvisor's Top 10
Sigurjón :Solid article by a local with his top 10 favorite restaurants in Reykjavik, great selection.
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Place
Hlemmur Mathöll
Sigurjón :Hip open food court with some gourmet options for food and drink, loved by locals.
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Place
Grandi Mathöll
Sigurjón :The best street food in town!
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Place
Ostabúðin
Sigurjón :Hidden gem frequented by locals for lunch. Small place that specialized in a super fresh catch of the day.

Nightlife & Bars

The nightlife in Reykjavik has gotten famous and for a good reason! If you love to party throughout the night or just grab a couple of local craft beers, you will find some great places in downtown Reykjavik.

Outdoor Adventures

Iceland is probably one of the best places in the world to enjoy the great outdoors and whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll in the nature or an intense outdoor adventures, you can surely find an outdoor experience of a lifetime.

Hiking near Reykjavik

Everywhere you go in Iceland you can find places to hike in the vast wilderness. We are surrounded with beautiful mountains, lakes and glaciers which all offer stunning views of the landscape on a clear day.

Family Friendly Activities

Children of all ages love experiences everything Iceland has to offer, including the local swimming pools, beautiful animals such as the Icelandic Horse, Whales and Puffins, and so much more the country has to offer families.

Spa & Relaxation

Iceland has become renowned for its natural geothermal spas and pools, ranging from remote fully natural hot springs to luxurious retreats. Not to mention the local swimming pools which you can literally find in every neighborhood and small town throughout the country.

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