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Sif’s guidebook

Getting Around
BSÍ serves as the central bus station in Reykjavík, and the main bus station in all of Iceland as well. From there you can get by bus to almost any place in Iceland, either directly or by changing buses somewhere along the way. BSÍ also serves as the Reykjavík end of line of the flybuses going between Reykjavik and Keflavík airport. If needed, taxis are stationed outside the terminal at all times. For further information visit www.bsi.is
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BSI Reykjavik
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BSÍ serves as the central bus station in Reykjavík, and the main bus station in all of Iceland as well. From there you can get by bus to almost any place in Iceland, either directly or by changing buses somewhere along the way. BSÍ also serves as the Reykjavík end of line of the flybuses going between Reykjavik and Keflavík airport. If needed, taxis are stationed outside the terminal at all times. For further information visit www.bsi.is
Take a bus tour with City Sightseeing and explore Reykjavík at your leisure, with the opportunity to hop on and off at conveniently located bus stops.
Hop on Hop Off
Take a bus tour with City Sightseeing and explore Reykjavík at your leisure, with the opportunity to hop on and off at conveniently located bus stops.
Hlemmur bus station was one of the two main bus terminals for Strætó bs in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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Hlemmur
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Hlemmur bus station was one of the two main bus terminals for Strætó bs in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Arts & Culture
Perhaps one of the more popular museums around. A museum dedicated to penises is certain to raise an eyebrow or two. The museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. Including a human penis !
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Faloteca islandesa
116 Laugavegur
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Perhaps one of the more popular museums around. A museum dedicated to penises is certain to raise an eyebrow or two. The museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. Including a human penis !
The National Museum of Iceland was established on 24 February 1863, with Jón Árnason the first curator of the Icelandic collection The museum offers a variety of fascinating exhibitions and one permanent display illustrating lavishly the story of Iceland’s past, from the medieval days of Viking settlements to current contemporary culture.
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Museo Nacional de Islandia
41 Suðurgata
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The National Museum of Iceland was established on 24 February 1863, with Jón Árnason the first curator of the Icelandic collection The museum offers a variety of fascinating exhibitions and one permanent display illustrating lavishly the story of Iceland’s past, from the medieval days of Viking settlements to current contemporary culture.
Harpa is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Various events are taking place all year round and anyone should be able to find something of interest.
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National Music & Conference centrer
Austurbakki 2
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Harpa is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Various events are taking place all year round and anyone should be able to find something of interest.
This former public toilet, once known as “ground zero” to locals, was reopened in downtown Reykjavik to do what it was maybe always meant to do: tell the story of Icelandic punk. Keen guests can spend some time by the record players — where the infamous Rokk í Reykjavík album is featured — and play the instruments on display, regardless of musical talent of course.
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The Icelandic Punk Museum
2 Bankastræti
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This former public toilet, once known as “ground zero” to locals, was reopened in downtown Reykjavik to do what it was maybe always meant to do: tell the story of Icelandic punk. Keen guests can spend some time by the record players — where the infamous Rokk í Reykjavík album is featured — and play the instruments on display, regardless of musical talent of course.
One of the capital’s most ambitious venues, the i8 Gallery has earned an excellent international reputation, in addition to its loyal following at home. Past exhibitions have included multimedia installations created by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, and participatory environments designed by Brazilian pioneer Ernesto Neto.
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i8 Gallery
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One of the capital’s most ambitious venues, the i8 Gallery has earned an excellent international reputation, in addition to its loyal following at home. Past exhibitions have included multimedia installations created by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, and participatory environments designed by Brazilian pioneer Ernesto Neto.
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland is one of the largest and most ambitious exhibition project in Reykjavík in recent years. The museum is situated in one of Reykjavík’s most impressive buildings, Perlan, and will be a must-visit for any tourist - not only for the world-class museum, but also for its amazing panoramic views of Reykjavík, great architecture and excellent restaurant, café and gift shop.
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Perlan - Wonders of Iceland
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Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland is one of the largest and most ambitious exhibition project in Reykjavík in recent years. The museum is situated in one of Reykjavík’s most impressive buildings, Perlan, and will be a must-visit for any tourist - not only for the world-class museum, but also for its amazing panoramic views of Reykjavík, great architecture and excellent restaurant, café and gift shop.
Reykjavík Art Museum is a dynamic and progressive scene which gives guests an opportunity to get to know diverse art and gain a deeper understanding of the historic, social, cultural and artistic context of different artworks. The museum exhibits work from Icelandic and international leading artists in Modern and Contemporary Art.
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Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
17 Tryggvagata
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Reykjavík Art Museum is a dynamic and progressive scene which gives guests an opportunity to get to know diverse art and gain a deeper understanding of the historic, social, cultural and artistic context of different artworks. The museum exhibits work from Icelandic and international leading artists in Modern and Contemporary Art.
Whales of Iceland museum features one of the largest whale exhibition in Europe. The whales are presented in a unique and illustrative way. 23 different life-size models that have been seen in Icelandic territorial waters have a permanent home at the museum. The museum is in only 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre but can also be reached by one of the city buses.
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Whales of Iceland
23-25 Fiskislóð
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Whales of Iceland museum features one of the largest whale exhibition in Europe. The whales are presented in a unique and illustrative way. 23 different life-size models that have been seen in Icelandic territorial waters have a permanent home at the museum. The museum is in only 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre but can also be reached by one of the city buses.
Sightseeing
Their whale watching tours are focused mainly on the southern part of Faxaflói bay, just off Reykjavík. Each day we scan the area for signs of whales as they never know for sure where we might find them. Sometimes we have to go far while at other times the whales are quite close to the shore. On some occasions (mainly in winter), when weather conditions or chances of spotting whales are greater elsewhere than our regular area in Faxaflói, we depart from nearby harbours like Hafnarfjörður, Keflavík, Sandgerði or Grindavík making the tours last anywhere from 3-5 hrs.
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Reykjavik Whale Watching / WW Centre
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Their whale watching tours are focused mainly on the southern part of Faxaflói bay, just off Reykjavík. Each day we scan the area for signs of whales as they never know for sure where we might find them. Sometimes we have to go far while at other times the whales are quite close to the shore. On some occasions (mainly in winter), when weather conditions or chances of spotting whales are greater elsewhere than our regular area in Faxaflói, we depart from nearby harbours like Hafnarfjörður, Keflavík, Sandgerði or Grindavík making the tours last anywhere from 3-5 hrs.
The Sun Voyager (Icelandic: Sólfar) is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the Sun. The artist intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
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Sun Voyager
14 Rekagrandi
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The Sun Voyager (Icelandic: Sólfar) is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the Sun. The artist intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
Höfði is a house in Reykjavík, Iceland, best known as the location for the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That effectively was a step to the end of the Cold War. Within the building, the flags of the United States and the Soviet Union are cross-hung to commemorate the meeting.
Hofdi House
Höfði is a house in Reykjavík, Iceland, best known as the location for the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That effectively was a step to the end of the Cold War. Within the building, the flags of the United States and the Soviet Union are cross-hung to commemorate the meeting.
The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2 is an exhibition on the settlement of Reykjavík, Iceland, created by the Reykjavik City Museum. The exhibition is based on the archaeological excavation of the ruin of one of the first houses in Iceland and findings from other excavations in the city centre. The exhibition is located in 101 Reykjavík, on Aðalstræti 16, on the corner of Aðalstræti and Suðurgata.
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The Settlement Exhibition
16 Aðalstræti
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The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2 is an exhibition on the settlement of Reykjavík, Iceland, created by the Reykjavik City Museum. The exhibition is based on the archaeological excavation of the ruin of one of the first houses in Iceland and findings from other excavations in the city centre. The exhibition is located in 101 Reykjavík, on Aðalstræti 16, on the corner of Aðalstræti and Suðurgata.
Northern Lights information center with historical exhibits, art, a theater & guided tours.
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Aurora Reykjavík
2 Grandagarður
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Northern Lights information center with historical exhibits, art, a theater & guided tours.
Drinks & Nightlife
On the top story of the three-story building is the newly opened Pablo Discobar: a themed bar with tropical decor that makes you feel like you’re lucky caller number nine that just won an all-expenses-paid trip to Columbia. Pablo Discobar opened in the fall of 2016 and was recently voted the best cocktail bar in Iceland at the Reykjavík Cocktail Weekend. Pablo Discobar is so corny that it’s cool! You’ll have unforgettable moments and have a nice drink of cocktails. Below it, on the middle floor, sits its restaurant compadre Burro. Nice tapas and steaks for you to feast on !
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Pablo Discobar
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On the top story of the three-story building is the newly opened Pablo Discobar: a themed bar with tropical decor that makes you feel like you’re lucky caller number nine that just won an all-expenses-paid trip to Columbia. Pablo Discobar opened in the fall of 2016 and was recently voted the best cocktail bar in Iceland at the Reykjavík Cocktail Weekend. Pablo Discobar is so corny that it’s cool! You’ll have unforgettable moments and have a nice drink of cocktails. Below it, on the middle floor, sits its restaurant compadre Burro. Nice tapas and steaks for you to feast on !
If you’re looking for a good cocktail without a hoity-toity atmosphere, Bar Ananas is your best bet, the crowd is pretty stylish, but it’s fine to wear whatever you wore to the Golden Circle that day. Visiting the extraordinaire local bohème-haunt Bar Ananas is a journey by itself. The inside is all tiki themed with bamboo reeds, flamingo wall art, and umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. You’ll probably start craving a piña colada as you sit inside, but the best deals are on certain beers and glasses of wine.
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Bar Ananas
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If you’re looking for a good cocktail without a hoity-toity atmosphere, Bar Ananas is your best bet, the crowd is pretty stylish, but it’s fine to wear whatever you wore to the Golden Circle that day. Visiting the extraordinaire local bohème-haunt Bar Ananas is a journey by itself. The inside is all tiki themed with bamboo reeds, flamingo wall art, and umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. You’ll probably start craving a piña colada as you sit inside, but the best deals are on certain beers and glasses of wine.
Kaffibarinn is one of the oldest bars in town. The tourist to local hipster ratio has understandably shifted in favour of the tourists in the last decade or so. But that does not seem to make Kaffibarinn any less hip. In fact it sort of adds a new level of coolness. Kaffibarinn at the weekends is an experience you will either love or hate. But if you don´t fancy the partying crowds at night, but you like the sound of Kaffibarinn´s warm, dingly charm, then check it out in the daytime for a cosy coffee or draught beers on offer.
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Kaffibarinn
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Kaffibarinn is one of the oldest bars in town. The tourist to local hipster ratio has understandably shifted in favour of the tourists in the last decade or so. But that does not seem to make Kaffibarinn any less hip. In fact it sort of adds a new level of coolness. Kaffibarinn at the weekends is an experience you will either love or hate. But if you don´t fancy the partying crowds at night, but you like the sound of Kaffibarinn´s warm, dingly charm, then check it out in the daytime for a cosy coffee or draught beers on offer.
Kiki -queer bar claims to be "The Queerest club in Reykjavik. Great music, fun atmosphere and the best crowd!"
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Kíkí Queer Bar
22 Laugavegur
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Kiki -queer bar claims to be "The Queerest club in Reykjavik. Great music, fun atmosphere and the best crowd!"
A cozy little bar with a great view to the main shopping street. Friendly and fun staff that offer a selection of local beers on draft at happy hour.
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Bravó
22 Laugavegur
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A cozy little bar with a great view to the main shopping street. Friendly and fun staff that offer a selection of local beers on draft at happy hour.
Great meeting place for beer lovers and foodies alike. The Beer Garden offers a multitude of good beer on tap as well as bottled beer from all over the world. We specialize in pairing the meal with the beer that elevates it.
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Bjórgarðurinn
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Great meeting place for beer lovers and foodies alike. The Beer Garden offers a multitude of good beer on tap as well as bottled beer from all over the world. We specialize in pairing the meal with the beer that elevates it.
Parks & Nature
A little bit of paradise is to be found in the form of a golden-sanded geothermal beach at Nauthólsvík in Reykjavík. Nauthólsvík is a man-made beach. What this means is that a part of the cold North Atlantic Ocean has been closed off in a lagoon and warmed up to a degree people are able to play and lounge in, and it’s so, so nice. The facilities include a huge hot tub as well as grills where you can BBQ yourself a nice meal amongst friends (you can even buy hot dogs there and grill them!).
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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
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A little bit of paradise is to be found in the form of a golden-sanded geothermal beach at Nauthólsvík in Reykjavík. Nauthólsvík is a man-made beach. What this means is that a part of the cold North Atlantic Ocean has been closed off in a lagoon and warmed up to a degree people are able to play and lounge in, and it’s so, so nice. The facilities include a huge hot tub as well as grills where you can BBQ yourself a nice meal amongst friends (you can even buy hot dogs there and grill them!).
Food Scene
Food Cellar is a Grill & Cocktail bar, situated in a 160 year old building in the centre of Reykjavík. They like to think that Food is for your body and Music is for your soul. The food is in the Icelandic brasserie style of food, elegantly prepared by their skilled and enthusiastic chefs, using the Icelandic finest ingredients. On weekends when the evening fades out, the Food Cellar turns into cocktail club with an easy lounge feeling and live music.
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Matarkjallarinn - Foodcellar
2 Aðalstræti
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Food Cellar is a Grill & Cocktail bar, situated in a 160 year old building in the centre of Reykjavík. They like to think that Food is for your body and Music is for your soul. The food is in the Icelandic brasserie style of food, elegantly prepared by their skilled and enthusiastic chefs, using the Icelandic finest ingredients. On weekends when the evening fades out, the Food Cellar turns into cocktail club with an easy lounge feeling and live music.
Offering a new spin on traditional Icelandic cuisine and boasting an extensive selection of local beer, Forréttabarinn – or “the starters bar” - is more than worth seeking out when you’re in need of a bite to eat or a place to start your night out in Reykjavík. Whatever dish you choose from the refreshingly creative menu, your taste buds are in for a treat. On any given evening at Forréttabarinn, you’re likely to find people lining the bar sipping on cocktails and locally brewed beer, old friends catching up over dinner and tourists refuelling after enjoying an exhibition at one of the nearby galleries. or a hike in the wilderness of Iceland.
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Forréttabarinn
14 Nýlendugata
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Offering a new spin on traditional Icelandic cuisine and boasting an extensive selection of local beer, Forréttabarinn – or “the starters bar” - is more than worth seeking out when you’re in need of a bite to eat or a place to start your night out in Reykjavík. Whatever dish you choose from the refreshingly creative menu, your taste buds are in for a treat. On any given evening at Forréttabarinn, you’re likely to find people lining the bar sipping on cocktails and locally brewed beer, old friends catching up over dinner and tourists refuelling after enjoying an exhibition at one of the nearby galleries. or a hike in the wilderness of Iceland.
At the heart of the culinary experience that is the Grillmarket is Iceland's pristine nature. A close working collaboration with dedicated local farmers guarantees the very best in local produce and allows them to create a menu thats a magical fusion of tradition and modern cuisine. Just some of the local products that feature on the menu are lamb, beef, trout, quail, Skyr and honey.
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Grillmarkaðurinn
2a Lækjargata
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At the heart of the culinary experience that is the Grillmarket is Iceland's pristine nature. A close working collaboration with dedicated local farmers guarantees the very best in local produce and allows them to create a menu thats a magical fusion of tradition and modern cuisine. Just some of the local products that feature on the menu are lamb, beef, trout, quail, Skyr and honey.
Grandi Mathöll is a pioneering street food hall in Reykjavik, there is only one of its kind in Iceland. The food hall is located in a refurbished fish factory in the Grandi Harbor District downtown Reykjavik. Guests can enjoy watching Icelandic fishing vessels landing fresh fish; some which may actually end on their dish. Grandi Mathöll features 9 artisanal food stands offering Icelandic fish and meat, Vietnamese and Korean street food, fresh Icelandic vegetables, freshly brewed coffee and other drinks. Enjoy a variety of delicious dishes while sipping on great wine, champagne or craft beer on tap.
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Grandi Mathöll
16 Grandagarður
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Grandi Mathöll is a pioneering street food hall in Reykjavik, there is only one of its kind in Iceland. The food hall is located in a refurbished fish factory in the Grandi Harbor District downtown Reykjavik. Guests can enjoy watching Icelandic fishing vessels landing fresh fish; some which may actually end on their dish. Grandi Mathöll features 9 artisanal food stands offering Icelandic fish and meat, Vietnamese and Korean street food, fresh Icelandic vegetables, freshly brewed coffee and other drinks. Enjoy a variety of delicious dishes while sipping on great wine, champagne or craft beer on tap.
DILL embraces the New Nordic Cuisine, focusing on fresh ingredients from Iceland. Taste is of the essence in their courses and simplicity plays a key role in bringing the ingredients to their full potential. They honor Icelandic traditions in their own way and try above all to find joy in their work and share this joy with their guests. DILL offers a selection of organic and provocative wines to match their unorthodox cuisine.
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Dill Restaurant
12 Hverfisgata
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DILL embraces the New Nordic Cuisine, focusing on fresh ingredients from Iceland. Taste is of the essence in their courses and simplicity plays a key role in bringing the ingredients to their full potential. They honor Icelandic traditions in their own way and try above all to find joy in their work and share this joy with their guests. DILL offers a selection of organic and provocative wines to match their unorthodox cuisine.
At this truly one-of-a-kind buffet the chefs are the true stars of the show as they cook and perform their skills for our guests in the open kitchen at Haust.
Haust Restaurant
At this truly one-of-a-kind buffet the chefs are the true stars of the show as they cook and perform their skills for our guests in the open kitchen at Haust.
Pleased to “meat” you! The Hamburger Factory concept itself is simple, really: Offer quality hamburgers with a humorous twist. That’s what we figure make people happy – good food, and good fun.
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Hamborgarafabrikkan
2 Höfðatún
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Pleased to “meat” you! The Hamburger Factory concept itself is simple, really: Offer quality hamburgers with a humorous twist. That’s what we figure make people happy – good food, and good fun.
Pizza delivery by Dominos! Can we say more? The phone is: +354 58 - 12345
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Domino's Pizza
26 Skúlagata
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Pizza delivery by Dominos! Can we say more? The phone is: +354 58 - 12345
Best Noodle Soup in Town!
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Noodle Station
103 Laugavegur
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Best Noodle Soup in Town!
Shopping
Kringlan is the largest shopping mall in Reykjavík. Kringlan offers a wide variety of over 180 shops, a selection of places to eat and a range of services. At Kringlan you will find everything from a public library and a cinema to some of the finest fashion shops and restaurants in town. We are situated in the heart of Reykjavík, but don’t worry - there’s plenty of parking space Kringlan offers free rides from Reykjavik center to Kringlan on every hour from 10am - 5pm - Kringlan´s shuttle bus departures from Tourist information at City Hall.
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Kringlan
54 Hvassaleiti
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Kringlan is the largest shopping mall in Reykjavík. Kringlan offers a wide variety of over 180 shops, a selection of places to eat and a range of services. At Kringlan you will find everything from a public library and a cinema to some of the finest fashion shops and restaurants in town. We are situated in the heart of Reykjavík, but don’t worry - there’s plenty of parking space Kringlan offers free rides from Reykjavik center to Kringlan on every hour from 10am - 5pm - Kringlan´s shuttle bus departures from Tourist information at City Hall.
Smáralind is a shopping mall located in the middle of the Capital Region, Iceland (strictly speaking in Kópavogur, not Reykjavík that's next to it). It is one of the biggest shopping malls in Iceland, with over ninety shops, restaurants and services.
Smáralind
Smáralind is a shopping mall located in the middle of the Capital Region, Iceland (strictly speaking in Kópavogur, not Reykjavík that's next to it). It is one of the biggest shopping malls in Iceland, with over ninety shops, restaurants and services.
If you are ever on the hunt for eccentric Reykjavík oddballs, Kolaportið Flea Market on a Saturday afternoon is probably your best bet. You will also find families looking to pass some time, old ladies in fur coats, hipsters looking for second hand clothing and tourists looking at all the others goting about their business. It’s a great place and well worth the visit. Kolaportið is an indoor Flea Market that is open during the weekend between 11:00 and 17:00
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Kolaportið
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If you are ever on the hunt for eccentric Reykjavík oddballs, Kolaportið Flea Market on a Saturday afternoon is probably your best bet. You will also find families looking to pass some time, old ladies in fur coats, hipsters looking for second hand clothing and tourists looking at all the others goting about their business. It’s a great place and well worth the visit. Kolaportið is an indoor Flea Market that is open during the weekend between 11:00 and 17:00