Long Weekend in Reykjav√≠k ūüáģūüáł

Amanda

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I went to Reykjavík for a long weekend (Wednesday-Sunday) in December with my husband. The average temperature this week was ~25! Despite the cold, it was an amazing weekend. We loved everything that Reykjavik had to offer. From a day trip to the Golden Circle > seeing the Northern Lights > a relaxing day at the Blue Lagoon, we were able to see it all (well, most of it) in just 5 days!

Stay @ Ion City Hotel

Ion City Hotel, Laugavegur, Reykjavík, Iceland

Modern hotel on Laugavegur Street - which was super close to everything. Convenient location and modern rooms made it the perfect spot for our long weekend. They also have the Ion Adventure Hotel which is an hour from Reykjavík which I wish we stayed in for at least 1 night - the pictures of it look amazing!

Northern Lights Tour

Reykjavík, Iceland

We booked the Northern Lights tour through Happy World Tours. The tour was on the expensive side (just under $500 USD), but was well worth it! The tour guide picked us up from our hotel at 9PM in a 4x4 Jeep that we shared with 5 other people. I recommend using a smaller tour company rather then the big bus ones since the Jeeps are able to go places that the buses cannot. Despite cloudy conditions early on, we managed to see the Aurora Borelis by midnight just as they were serving hot chocolate & Icelandic donuts! The guides were really nice and made sure we had a great time. Dress VERY warm - it happened to be 10 degrees the night that we went, but it usually feels even colder because of the high winds.

Day Trip - Golden Circle

Sk√°lholtsvegur, Laugar√°s, Iceland

We rented a car (only $40 for the day) and did Geysir & Gullfoss on our own. I’m happy we did this by ourselves so we could be on our own schedule, stop and go as we please and spend as little or as much time as we wanted to at each place. We drove from Reykjavík to Geysir and stopped 3x on the way to see some of the Icelandic horses & amazing sunrise views. I would recommend timing the trip out so that you can see sunrise/sunset or both! After Geysir, we drove to Gullfoss - both spots were amazing! Incredible views; definitely dress warm so that you can enjoy it. After the sights, we drove to an amazing restaurant that was in a Tomato Greenhouse.

Fri√įheimar - Tomato Greenhouse Lunch!

Bjarkarbraut 11, Reykholt, Iceland

Tomato everything! A local tour guide reccomended this place to us for lunch or dinner following the Golden Circle. It's on the way back to Reykjavík from the Golden Circle so its an easy pit stop while you make your way back into the city. The restaurant is inside of the tomato greenhouse which is surrounded by fresh tomatoes and basil. The tomato soup and fresh pasta were amazing. They also make fresh bead in house - this was definitely one of our best meals in Iceland, go hungry!

Day @ The Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Iceland, Grindavik, Iceland

Day trip to the Blue Lagoon! We took the bus here from downtown Reykjavík, however, if I could do it again, I would have planned to hit the Blue Lagoon pre or post flight since its only 10 mins from Keflavík Airport. We purchased the premium tickets which was worth the extra $! Tickets came with robes, towels, slippers, Silica & Mud masks, drinks while in the lagoon & reservations to Lava Restaurant for lunch. We came for sunrise which was beautiful, spent 3 hours in the baths with facials and ended our day at Lava for a seafood lunch! The Blue Lagoon is a must do while in Iceland! PS - girls, use a lot of conditioner before going in!

Dinner + Drinks @ Apotek

Apotek Restaurant, Austurstræti, Reykjavík, Iceland

We had dinner here on a Friday night; I’d recommend making a reservation as it gets quite busy. Foodie spot with great cocktails and good vibes. We tried some Icelandic favorites here: Minke Whale & Puffin... Overall, this was one of my favorite dinners while in Reykjavík.

Noodles @ Ramen Momo

Ramen Momo, Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, Iceland

We went here for a casual and quick dinner one night after walking around Reykjavík. Hot ginger tea and noodles warmed us up! The restaurant is small, so try and come early so you don’t have to wait.

Caruso

Caruso, Austurstræti, Reykjavík, Iceland

Italian restaurant in a great location. The food was okay; however, if you're in the mood for pastas and pizzas, this is your place.

Beers @ Micro Bar

Micro Bar, Vesturgata, Reykjavík, Iceland

Fun spot to grab a drink at pre or post dinner - they serve flights of local beers.

Bread Bowls @ Svarta

Svarta Kaffi√į, Laugavegur, Reykjav√≠k, Iceland

I highly recommend this spot for lunch! They only offer 2 soups (I believe they have 1 meat and 1 vegetarian option) in a huge bread bowl. Perfect spot to warm up and grab a quick bite.

Dinner @ Mat Bar

MAT BAR, Hverfisgata, Reykjavík, Iceland

Tapas/small plate style restaurant - good for trying everything and sharing.

Breakfast @ Priki√į

Priki√į, Bankastr√¶ti, Reykjav√≠k, Iceland

We stopped here for a quick breakfast on our first day. It’s nothing special, typical diner type breakfast.

Joe & The Juice

JOE & THE JUICE, Reykjavík, Iceland

Start your morning off with a juice and some avo toast here! PS- they have Joe & The Juice's all over Iceland!

Vegetarian Lunch @ Gló

Gló, Laugavegur, Reykjavík, Iceland

Quick and yummy lunch vegetarian spot right near our hotel.

Dessert + Coffee Spot

Eldur og √ćs, Sk√≥lav√∂r√įust√≠gur, Reykjav√≠k, Iceland

Super casual dessert spot - located in the middle of everything. We hit up this place 3x for some crepes or hot chocolates after dinner.

Visit Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland

Swing by this Church at some point while wandering the streets of Reykjavík - it's one of the tallest buildings in the city so you can't miss it. If you climb to the top, you will have incredible views of the entire city.

 

Stay @ Ion City Hotel

Sleep
Ion City Hotel, Laugavegur
Modern hotel on Laugavegur Street - which was super close to everything. Convenient location and modern rooms made it the perfect spot for our long weekend. They also have the Ion Adventure Hotel which is an hour from Reykjavík which I wish we stayed in for at least 1 night - the pictures of it look amazing!
 

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Northern Lights Tour

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Reykjavík, Iceland
We booked the Northern Lights tour through Happy World Tours. The tour was on the expensive side (just under $500 USD), but was well worth it! The tour guide picked us up from our hotel at 9PM in a 4x4 Jeep that we shared with 5 other people. I recommend using a smaller tour company rather then the big bus ones since the Jeeps are able to go places that the buses cannot. Despite cloudy conditions early on, we managed to see the Aurora Borelis by midnight just as they were serving hot chocolate & Icelandic donuts! The guides were really nice and made sure we had a great time. Dress VERY warm - it happened to be 10 degrees the night that we went, but it usually feels even colder because of the high winds.
 

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Day Trip - Golden Circle

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Sk√°lholtsvegur, Laugar√°s
We rented a car (only $40 for the day) and did Geysir & Gullfoss on our own. I’m happy we did this by ourselves so we could be on our own schedule, stop and go as we please and spend as little or as much time as we wanted to at each place. We drove from Reykjavík to Geysir and stopped 3x on the way to see some of the Icelandic horses & amazing sunrise views. I would recommend timing the trip out so that you can see sunrise/sunset or both! After Geysir, we drove to Gullfoss - both spots were amazing! Incredible views; definitely dress warm so that you can enjoy it. After the sights, we drove to an amazing restaurant that was in a Tomato Greenhouse.
 

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Fri√įheimar - Tomato Greenhouse Lunch!

Eat
Bjarkarbraut 11, Reykholt
Tomato everything! A local tour guide reccomended this place to us for lunch or dinner following the Golden Circle. It's on the way back to Reykjavík from the Golden Circle so its an easy pit stop while you make your way back into the city. The restaurant is inside of the tomato greenhouse which is surrounded by fresh tomatoes and basil. The tomato soup and fresh pasta were amazing. They also make fresh bead in house - this was definitely one of our best meals in Iceland, go hungry!
 

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Day @ The Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon Iceland, Grindavik
Day trip to the Blue Lagoon! We took the bus here from downtown Reykjavík, however, if I could do it again, I would have planned to hit the Blue Lagoon pre or post flight since its only 10 mins from Keflavík Airport. We purchased the premium tickets which was worth the extra $! Tickets came with robes, towels, slippers, Silica & Mud masks, drinks while in the lagoon & reservations to Lava Restaurant for lunch. We came for sunrise which was beautiful, spent 3 hours in the baths with facials and ended our day at Lava for a seafood lunch! The Blue Lagoon is a must do while in Iceland! PS - girls, use a lot of conditioner before going in!
 

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Dinner + Drinks @ Apotek

Eat Drink
Apotek Restaurant, Austurstræti
We had dinner here on a Friday night; I’d recommend making a reservation as it gets quite busy. Foodie spot with great cocktails and good vibes. We tried some Icelandic favorites here: Minke Whale & Puffin... Overall, this was one of my favorite dinners while in Reykjavík.
 

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Noodles @ Ramen Momo

Eat
Ramen Momo, Tryggvagata
We went here for a casual and quick dinner one night after walking around Reykjavík. Hot ginger tea and noodles warmed us up! The restaurant is small, so try and come early so you don’t have to wait.
 

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Caruso

Eat Drink
Caruso, Austurstræti
Italian restaurant in a great location. The food was okay; however, if you're in the mood for pastas and pizzas, this is your place.
 

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Beers @ Micro Bar

Drink
Micro Bar, Vesturgata
Fun spot to grab a drink at pre or post dinner - they serve flights of local beers.
 

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Bread Bowls @ Svarta

Eat
Svarta Kaffi√į, Laugavegur
I highly recommend this spot for lunch! They only offer 2 soups (I believe they have 1 meat and 1 vegetarian option) in a huge bread bowl. Perfect spot to warm up and grab a quick bite.
 

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Dinner @ Mat Bar

Eat Drink
MAT BAR, Hverfisgata
Tapas/small plate style restaurant - good for trying everything and sharing.
 

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Breakfast @ Priki√į

Eat
Priki√į, Bankastr√¶ti
We stopped here for a quick breakfast on our first day. It’s nothing special, typical diner type breakfast.
 

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Joe & The Juice

Eat
JOE & THE JUICE, Reykjavík
Start your morning off with a juice and some avo toast here! PS- they have Joe & The Juice's all over Iceland!
 

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Vegetarian Lunch @ Gló

Eat
Gló, Laugavegur
Quick and yummy lunch vegetarian spot right near our hotel.
 

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Dessert + Coffee Spot

Eat
Eldur og √ćs, Sk√≥lav√∂r√įust√≠gur
Super casual dessert spot - located in the middle of everything. We hit up this place 3x for some crepes or hot chocolates after dinner.
 

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Visit Hallgrimskirkja

Explore
Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík
Swing by this Church at some point while wandering the streets of Reykjavík - it's one of the tallest buildings in the city so you can't miss it. If you climb to the top, you will have incredible views of the entire city.
 

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