The weather changes every five minutes in Iceland but this helps

Here is a list of the top 10 apps I recommend for your trip to Iceland

The five first ones are kind of vital especially in winter time here on this rock

1) The official Icelandic weather app = Veður
– On Android
– On Ios

Kind of goes without saying that this is needed in Iceland but still…

2) Offical app for Icelandic emergency service = 112
– On Android
– On Ios

This app sends an SMS to the Icelandic emergency service 112 with the phones GPS location before calling 112

3) Official app for road conditions = Vegagerðin
– On Android
– On Ios

Displays various road data

4) Google Maps = Yes you need a map in Iceland and not just because the Icelandic street names are a bit tricky
– For Android

5) Appy Hour = Because Alcohol is very expensive in Iceland
– On Android
– On Ios

Every Happy Hour in Reykjavik in your pocket

6) Walking app = Wapp
– On Android
– On Ios

All kinds of trails you can walk in you own time and you get interesting pop-up facts, stories and photos from the area.

7) The official Bus system app = Strætó
– On Android
– On Ios

Public transport authority for the Reykjavik area

8) The parking app for Reykjavik = Leggja
– On Android
– On Ios

Just for Android but a little bit cheaper and easy option for parking in the Reykjavik city center

9) A new Icelandic coupon app because food & stuff is expensive in Iceland = Icelandic Coupons
– On Android
– On Ios

10) If you are hunting for the Northern lights then this can be very useful (I primarily use the Northern light forecast of the Weather app: Vedur).

A stop for an Icelandic hotdogThe Icelandic Hotdog is an absolute top ten Icelandic food you must try. There is no fast food that comes close in popularity to the Icelandic Hot Dog. We call them Pylsur or Pulsur. The best hot dog you find are the ones sold at Bæjarins Bestu. That literally means The Town‘s Best. And it‘s actually true. And that, of course, is where we stop in our Reykjavik Food Tour.

So how to order a hot dog? The easiest thing to do is to order „one with everything“. That means you will be served a hot dog in a soft bread bun with raw onions, fried onions, ketchup, lightly spiced mustard, and remoulade. Remoulade is a mayonnaise that has been mixed with gherkins and capers. Bill Clinton came to Iceland some years ago and asked for one with just mustard. We call it the Clinton. But I for one think he made a serious mistake, it is just so much better with all the other stuff. No decent Icelander would have just the mustard!

The hot dog itself is made with mostly lamb but also pork, and beef. It’s rich in flavor and at the Town‘s Best they are rumored to be braised in beer.

The Town‘s Best is one of the oldest companies in Reykjavik, serving hot dogs now for over 80 years. It is a family run company and they have been selling hot dogs for over four generations now. They have food stalls in six places, one of them in the center of Reykjavik just by Kolaportið, the Reykjavík Flea Market. You can read our blog on the market here. One of the reasons they have maintained their status is that despite much success they never went posh. They have in fact stayed exactly the same, never extended their menu or even changed the hot dog stand. They just stick to what the people love, a good old Icelandic hot dog. And people queue in all kinds of weather and stand outside in the cold to enjoy that delicious bite of a warm hot dog.

For many generations now Icelanders have taken a drive with their families to the center and stopped at the hot dog stand, ended their evenings of beer drinking at the hot dog stand, their Saturday or Sunday walk at the hot dog stand or a walk with the dog, who also would enjoy a bite at the hot dog stand. I for one have grown up doing all of that.

The opening hours are also quite good or on Sundays through Thursdays from 10 am – 2 am and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 04:30 am so perfect during the weekends after a couple of beers.

One hot dog should be enough but honestly, a lot of people go for the second. Even if that means queuing again. Don‘t miss out on trying this delicious treat. By joining our Reykjavik Food Tour you will definitely enjoy an Icelandic Hot Dog, and so much more of what Reykjavik has to offer for your taste buds. This is also the perfect treat after our Reykjavik Beer Tour or Pub Crawl.

Rye Flatbread newly baked

Rye Flatbread is a traditional Icelandic food and definitely one of the top ten foods to try in Iceland. Every time I ask Valur if he needs anything from the store the answer is always flatbread. He really loves it and actually, so do I and our three year old. It‘s a part of our everyday diet. We have it with butter and cheese or butter and smoked lamb. I had it once with both and that really got Valur going. Cheese and smoked lamb together – how could I! Well honestly, that and so much more is excellent on flatbread. Restaurants are starting to appreciate it in greater numbers, offering it with various salads, smoked salmon and more.

In our Reykjavik Food Tour, we stop by Reykjavik Flea Market: the Kolaportið, if the tour is on during the weekend (As the flea market is only open from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s). You can read our blog about the Kolaportið here. There we have rye flatbread with butter and smoked lamb and you can also buy some in the food stalls, as well as many other traditional Icelandic delicacies.

Rye Flatbread is the poor man‘s bread. It is a thin rounded bread traditionally made only with rye and water. Sometimes barley or moss instead of rye. Rye has little gluten and lacks lifting qualities making the bread only about 2 millimeters thick, which explains the name flatbread. Prior to modern cooking methods, the bread was baked in a pot or directly on a stove. The bread is round shaped and is normally cut in half or four pieces. Today other ingredients have been added such as flour, salt, and even sugar.

The Icelandic Rye Flatbread goes back centuries  – even back to the settlement of Iceland in 874 AD. The Icelandic climate is not favorable to growing corn so the bread was not a big part of the Icelandic diet. People had butter on dried fish, not bread (and we still do sometimes!). But Rye can be grown in cold climates. That is why flatbread was so common and has very strong roots in our culture. For example, it plays a big part in the Thorrablót, the Icelandic mid-winter festivals. The festivals are held across the country throughout the month of Thorri, which begins on Husband’s Day in January and ends on Woman’s Day in February.

If you like to try it just pop into the next grocery shop. With a bit of luck, you can find it in some cafes and restaurants. Or simply join our Reykjavik Food Tour!

Reykjavik Flea market

If you like strolling through markets and see people from all walks of life the Reykjavik flea market is for you! It’s the biggest flea market in Reykjavik, it’s named Kolaportið and it’s very popular among the locals. It’s right in the center at Tryggvagata 19 (by the famous hot dog stand) and you can enter on opposite ends of the building and also the side facing the Harpa concert hall. This flea market has it all and is one of our food stops in our Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour if it’s open.
We also pass the flea market in our Walk with a Viking.

Reykjavik Flea market

From the food market inside the Reykjavik Flea Market

The market is a great place to go if you are hungry, cold, looking for something to read, a souvenir or a gift for someone. You can find all sorts of delicacies in the food stalls and beautiful hand-knitted goods made with Icelandic wool, often sold by the ladies who make them. It is a great opportunity to strike up a conversation and learn about Icelandic patterns and knitting. You can also find all kinds of arts and crafts, antiques, toys, clothes, and books. In one corner of the market, there is a café with a seating area which sells traditional Icelandic bread and pastries.

We recommend you visit the food stalls and try some licorice, dried fish and for the brave-hearted, fermented shark. We also recommend you have a seat in the café of the flea market situated in the corner closest to the Harpa concert hall and have some flatbread with smoked lamb, pancakes and fried dough (kleina). Then we, of course, can’t praise the Icelandic wool masters enough for knitting those beautiful sweaters, gloves, scarves, and hats that keep us all warm during winter. You can also find one of a kind vintage clothing, books in English and beautiful locally made jewelry.

It is wise to show up with some cash in your pocket as not everyone accepts bank cards. There is an atm/cash point by one of the entrances.  You can also try to haggle a bit, some of the sellers are there every weekend while others are just there for one time only and are willing to sell their things quickly and for cheap.

Kolaportið is open on weekends from 11 am to 5 pm (11-17).

It is great to drive around on your own time without any dependence on pre-fixed schedules or destinations. You can just enjoy the unique landscape of this rugged island on your own time. If that is what you have decided I‘m guessing you are an independent traveler. That‘s great, just make sure you know all about driving in Iceland before you start your trip!

Driving in Iceland is not like driving in most other countries.

It is important that you are an experienced driver and that you can react when conditions change such as weather, quality of the roads and so on. If you are well prepared and well informed, you should be able to have a worry free and an enjoyable trip. Here are a few tips for you to keep safe and understand the rules on the Icelandic roads:

Ten tips for driving in Iceland

  1. The Icelandic road system is fairly easy to navigate. Our most traveled route in Iceland is highway no. 1, often called the Ring Road. During winter it is sometimes necessary to close parts of it due to weather conditions. They usually do not last for more than a day or so. Many major roads are paved but a large portion of the road system is made up of gravel roads, particularly in the highlands. Gravel roads are often with potholes or washboard surfaces. Most of them though are in a fairly good condition although care must be taken while driving. Loose gravel can be difficult to drive in and always be careful when passing another vehicle. Furthermore, sand and small rocks can easily cause damage to cars, such as cracked windshields or a ruined paint job. While driving on gravel, slow down when an oncoming car approaches you. Also, take notice that mountain roads are often narrow and not made for speeding. Same goes for bridges, which are often only wide enough for one car at a time.
  2. Make sure you check the weather before starting your trip. Driving in Iceland demands certain attention to conditions, especially if you are heading into the highlands. Also, be sure your car is a four-wheel-drive vehicle, so you don’t get stuck in the middle of nowhere. There you can encounter rough terrain and unabridged waters. The highland roads are closed in winter times and weather sometimes causes other roads to be closed as well. Here you can find the weather forecast.
  3. A lot of people stop on the roads to enjoy the breathtaking views surrounding them. Some cross the roads walking while looking around taking all this nature in. Please do not do this. This is very dangerous. There are plenty of stops on the roads designed for you to park, take a photo and enjoy the views surrounding you. There is no need to stop in the middle of the road putting yourself and others at great risk.
  4. Many rental cars have a GPS system where you can type in your destination and the GPS tells you where to go. That has not always worked as it should for travelers in Iceland, as many towns have the same street names or old farms have the same names as town streets. That is why it is advisable to also have a map in your car to know which direction you should be going and compare it to your GPS. You can buy a map at tourist information centers, gas stations, and book stores. That way you can be sure it is taking you the to the correct destination and you do not lose any time getting lost.
  5. Off-road driving is prohibited by law in Iceland. Because of our short summers, the soil and vegetation can be very vulnerable. Please be respectful to nature, treat it carefully and stay on the roads.
  6. Most gas stations are automated self-service filling stations. They are operated along the main roads and in the towns. Distances between the stations may vary so make sure you have enough fuel to reach the next one.
  7. Stay alert for warning signs which indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends. Also, take notice that there are generally no separate signs to reduce speed. It is your responsibility to choose a safe speed according to conditions. The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on gravel roads in rural areas, and 90 km/h on asphalt roads.
  8. For your safety, you are obliged to keep the headlights on at all times, day and night. You are also obliged to use safety belts. It is forbidden to drive under the influence of alcohol and driving while talking on a mobile phone.
  9. Most mountain roads are closed until the end of June because of snow and muddy conditions. When they open they are often only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles. You can check the conditions here.
  10. It is wise to let someone know where you are going. You can leave your travel plan with Safe Travel. If you ever find yourself in immediate danger or lost please dial 112 for emergencies and you should get immediate help or advise.

It can be stressful traveling with children if you are not sure what to expect. We don‘t want you to be stressed so here are a few tips on what to bring and what to do in Reykjavik as a family.

While visiting Reykjavik you probably want to walk around and get to know the city. If traveling with a small child bring a stroller with a rain cover. It just makes everything easier. Then you have to make sure the children are always warm. The best thing is to dress in layers. That also goes for grown-ups. Even during summer, it can get a bit cold. We highly recommend wool base layers, then clothes and overcoats according to the weather. There are many outdoor activity stores where you can buy warm clothes, for example at Ullarkistan on Laugarvegur. There you can find soft merino wool for both children and adults.

Food stops with kids

Reykjavik also has a variety of food and snack stops. Restaurants, cafés, small shops, bakeries, and supermarkets are on every corner where you can pick up bread, yogurts, fruits and other snacks. If you are looking for something familiar supermarkets like Bonus and Kronan have baby food by brands such as Ella‘s kitchen, Hipp and Semper. There aren‘t any McDonalds but you can find KFC and Taco Bell. There are excellent Icelandic fast food options though, such as Búllan (Burger Joint), Hamborgarafabrikkan,  Steikhúsið, and several pizza and kebab places.

Restaurants and cafés in Reykjavík are generally very child-friendly. If you are traveling with a small child you can be sure that the restaurant has a high chair for your baby. We like for example Laundromat Café which has a great play area on their ground floor where you can also get food service and the pizza place Eldsmiðjan on Suðurlandsbraut which also has a play area for children (a bit outside the center though). If you want to select your restaurant based on food rather than toys we would say that really all restaurants here claim to be family friendly and should be able to cater to your needs. There are at least 3-4 vegan restaurants around our main street Laugavegur, including one called Á næstu grösum. For you mommies that are breastfeeding, you can breastfeed anywhere, anytime, as breastfeeding in public is very much accepted. So please feel comfortable feeding your litle one without any worries about your surroundings.

Things to do in Reykjavik with kids

For activity, we love going to the public swimming pools. They are truly for all ages. Our baby boy was just a few months old the first time we brought him. Laugardalslaug is the largest one and the most popular, with many hot tubs, a good swimming pool, a large play area and a few slides for both the smallest and older kids. The pools are heated so don‘t let bad weather stop you, we go all year around. There are many pools scattered around the city so you can even go to more than one.  The price is only around 9 USD for parents, 1 USD for 6-17 and finally free for 0-5 year-olds.  The opening hours are also pretty flexible so perfect maybe after a day discovering the countryside to finish the day enjoying the geothermally heated hot tubs.

Just by Laugardalslaug, you have The Reykjavik Zoo. There you will find domestic animals, seals and arctic foxes. Also a great family park with play area and rides. The coffee shop is open all year long. The zoo is very popular especially during the summer holidays so often its better to show up early.

Public libraries are a great place to catch your breath. The downtown library is popular among the locals who bring their children to play in a small but lovely play area or to look at picture books, try on costumes or just read books. Great to meet other children as well. It is without any charge.

There are several open playgrounds in Reykjavik. There is one at Arnarhóll, the hill overseeing the concert house Harpa. It’s hidden behind trees and bushes, is perfectly located and well maintained. Than there is Hljómskálagarður, the park on the opposite side of the pond (Tjörnin) from the city hall. Great for running around, playing ball and there is a small playground as well. A bit further out by the museum Kjarvalsstaðir you have Klambratún, a really lovely park with a fantastic play area, frisbee golf, basket and volley ball courts, the museum and a coffee shop. Great for sunny days.

Another fun activity is to visit the Open Air Museum called Árbæjarsafn. It is a small village with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. It was an established farm well into the 20th century. There you can learn about the life in Iceland, meet the animals, see the artwork, relax with a coffee and a traditional Icelandic pastry or shop in the two museum shops. Great place for children to run around and play and even learn some history on the way.

20 free todo's in Reykjavik

Are you coming to Iceland and discovering how much everything costs here? 🙂
– With the Icelandic Krona getting stronger each day it’s not getting any better

Well here are 20 free things to do in the greater Reykjavik area for you to enjoy so you can save some Icelandic krona to
come with us on our Reykjavik Beer Tour 🙂

  1. A visit to Hallgrímskirkja church
    It’s a must visit to check out this beautiful landmark of Reykjavik.
    You can optionally go for the beautiful view from the church tower but it costs a
    900 Isk ticket to be able to go up the elevator to the tower.  And as you are in the neighborhood..
  2. Go to the museum garden of Icelandic master sculptor, Einar Jonsson
    He truly is a master and there are many wonderful sculptures to be admired in his garden.
    http://www.lej.is/en/
  3. Check out the beautiful Harpa concert hall.
    This magnificent structure opened up it doors in May 2011 and has won
    many awards for both architecture and being one of the best concert and conference halls in the world.
    It houses both the Icelandic symphony orchestra and the Icelandic opera
  4. Have a run/jog along the beautiful coastline from Harpa concert hall to the sculpture museum
    of Sigurjon Olafsson.  This is a 3,5 km one-way route and you can even run/jog back if you are up for more activity :).
    Which brings me to a nice artwork which is on this route…
  5. Sólfarið or The Sun Voyager is a beautiful sculpture / artwork by Icelandic artist Jon Gunnar Arnason.
    It’s located close to the Harpa concert hall and has a resemblance of the old Vikings ships.
    Supposed to be an ode to the sun this beauty is a favorite for many photographers visiting Reykjavik.
  6. Go visit the environmental artwork Þúfan in the Reykjavik harbor.
    It’s in the west entrance to the harbour, directly opposing the Harpa concert hall.
    This is one of the biggest artworks ever made in Iceland, standing 8 meters tall and around 26 meters in diameter.
    On top there is a small hut designed for drying fish (More on that on our Reykjavik Food Lovers tour)
  7. The Reykjavik Museum of Photography
    It’s always fun when downtown to visit this museum and check out the ongoing exhibition.
    It focuses on Icelandic photography but also exhibits works of foreign photographers
    http://borgarsogusafn.is/en/reykjavik-museum-of-photography
  8. People watching in the one and only Reykjavik flea market.
    This is the place to see Icelanders from all walks of life.
    you can rent a booth there to get rid of old stuff and frequently Icelandic celebrities do just that.
    You can also sample all kinds of Icelandic traditional food and even candy there in the small food market.
    We sometimes visit this market on our fun food tour
    Unfortunately it’s only open during the weekends from 11 am – 17 pm
    http://www.kolaportid.is/Index.aspx?lang=en
  9. The Reykjavik City Library
    A great place to relax a little with nice seating available throughout the library.
    It even has a really nice kids area on the second floor so if you have your whole family with you then that’s a nice option
    http://borgarbokasafn.is/en
  10. Go Graffiti / house artwork hunting in central Reykjavik
    There are many beautiful artworks to be admired and here is a couple to start off with.
    The names are purely fictional and from my mind
    The fisherman, Monroe & co, The fist, The sea
  11. Go for a walk around the beautiful Reykjavik pond and maybe feed the birds if you have some bread to spare
  12. A visit to Grótta Lighthouse
    Especially during sunset or sunrise
    It even has a nice bonus of you being able to have a nice hot foot bath close by
    Just be careful about going out to the lighthouse itself when it’s possible because the tide rises quickly and
    people have got in trouble when crossing over to the lighthouse.
  13. Visit the 2 malls in the greater Reykjavik area and go people watching
    There are 2 big (for Iceland :)) malls in the greater Reykjavik area = Kringlan and Smáralind
    What we are suggesting here is that you just go people watching and resist the temptation to buy anything ..
    There are plenty of seating areas for the weary feet, I especially like the leather seats in the middle of the 1st floor of Kringlan 🙂
  14. Go for a nice walk in some of the public areas available in Reykjavik
    Elliðarárdalur is a really nice tree filled valley with a salmon river running through the center and there is a really nice 10 km circle you can enjoy there.
    You can also have a picnic in the center surrounded by trees which shield you from the always reliable wind in Reykjavik.
    Laugardalur is another option, this is a 30-minute walk from the Reykjavik city center. and there you can see where the women of Old Reykjavik did the  laundry which brings me to
  15. The Botanic garden of Reykjavik
    Situated in Laugardalur (hot spring valley), it’s always nice to take a stroll through the garden and  if you can spare it
    grab a coffee in the small “secret” coffeehouse in the middle of the botanic garden.
    http://grasagardur.is/
  16. Go hiking up Mount Esja (The mountain of Reykjavik)
    This guardian of Reykjavik rises to 914 meters and it’s very popular for hiking.
    Easily accessed by bus and even by bicycle.  The summit Þverfellshorn offers a great view of the greater Reykjavik area.
    The hike takes around 2 hours up and down for average hikers.
  17. Drink the Icelandic water
    It’s free, we have plenty of it and it’s the best water in the world
  18. Check out the great view over the greater Reykjavik area from Perlan
    This glass dome was built on top of 6 huge water tanks which houses the hot water storage for the eastern part of Reykjavik,
    each tank contains about 4 million liters of water averaging 85°C (185°F).
    The great viewing area on the top floor takes full advantage of the panorama enjoyed from the hill of Öskjuhlíð.
    Just take the elevator to the top and walk outside.  And because you’re in the area…
  19. Check out the one and only geothermally heated beach of Reykjavik, Nauthólsvík
    You can go out for a swim in the sea (Like the Vikings still do) and then heat up your body again in the small hot tub available there.
    The admission to the beach, hot tub, changing rooms and toilets is free during the summertime but in wintertime, the admission is 600 ISK.
    http://www.nautholsvik.is/desktopdefault.aspx
  20. Most Icelandic people believe in hidden people so why not visit the Elfgarden of Hafnarfjordur, Hellisgerði?
    They have elf translators who go for guided walks with people but what I’m suggesting is you just show up, maybe have a picnic and
    just see if you don’t get a glimpse of Elves or fairies in the garden.
    http://www.alfagardurinn.is/I used Google maps for all locations so you would find them more easily.
    Hope you get some ideas here  of what to do for free in Reykjavik but please comment if you can point out
    more options so I can add them to the pack.

Icelanders have always had a thing for licorice. To many travelers’ surprise, so much of the sweets contain some kind of licorice. We don‘t really know why except for the fact that it’s just so good! A few decades ago foreign sweets were unavailable due to import restriction which explains why so many of our sweet treats are local products.

So to start, we have Opal and Topas. It’s a rubber-like licorice pill and for some reason, we usually have a pack in our cars. Like gum and sunglasses. They also make strong alcohol with them. To be honest we used to make it ourselves by putting Opal or Topas pills in vodka and let it stand for a few days to get the flavor in. Those were the days – now we can buy it in stores and its very popular to be served as shots.

Draumur (Dream) is a chocolate bar with two licorice pipes in the middle. Appolo licorice is soft and comes in many shapes and sizes but mostly with marzipan. Djúpur is white snowballs filled with chocolate and licorice in the middle. Careful, they are dangerously addictive. Did we mention that we also love licorice with pepper? You can get Djúpur with pepper. It‘s like entering a blackout. You only remember having a few when the bag is finished. Appolo also has marzipan filled licorice with pepper. Last but not least, one of our favorite treats are Þristur (Three). It‘s a kind of chocolate filled with rubber-like chocolate with small pieces of licorice inside and was voted an all-time favorite among Icelanders. If you join our Reykjavik Food Lovers tour you’ll get a taste of some of those licorice based sweets.

Local sweets are such a big part of our eating habits Icelanders living abroad get them sent to where ever they live by family members or friends to not get too homesick. True story.

If you really don‘t like licorice you‘re not completely out of luck. Have a Hraun, a lava shaped chocolate biscuits, chocolate covered raisins (also come with pepper flavor) or möndlur, which are almond shaped caramels.

You can order your Icelandic sweets here

So Skyr to us is what cheese is to you (at least if you‘re European)! We have it for breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack. It has been a part of the Icelandic traditional diet since the country was settled in the 900 and is mentioned many times in the Icelandic sagas. It was known throughout the Nordic countries but eventually forgotten except in Iceland.

But what is skyr? It‘s made of pasteurized skimmed milk. It tastes a bit sour but with a hint of residual sweetness. It‘s quite unique but out of all dairy, it resembles a greek yogurt the most. Skyr is a very popular product in Iceland and embraced by many athletes as it is so high in protein. Traditionally skyr is served with milk and sugar. Today you can find a large variety of flavors at any grocery store, as well as it is often used in fruit smoothies and desserts. It‘s easy to grab at the store, not to mention that it is very cheap, or around 1 Euro a piece. The flavored ones have added sugar so the naturally flavored skyr is always the healthiest choice. You can always add some sugar and fruit yourself. At our home, we love to make a skyr fruit boozt with a dash of ginger.

At restaurants, you will often find skyr-based desserts on the menu, such as cheesecake and ice cream. Skyr cake is very popular among the locals, which is like cheesecake, except with Skyr. If you join our Reykjavik Food Lovers tour we will offer you a fantastic skyr dessert. One thing is for sure, you shouldn‘t leave without trying!   You can get a version of Skyr in the States

There really is just one place to be at Easter and that is Isafjordur. Isafjordur is a small town in the North-West of Iceland. It can get pretty hard to get to this time of year, but somehow people do get there and create the best rock festival in the country. And it‘s all for free.

The story begins with the very popular and talented musician Mugison, who is from Isafjordur. He and his dad, Papamug, thought hey, why don‘t we create a rock festival where everybody plays for free just for fun and all the other work is based on volunteers. Lets also allow all kinds of people not so famous hit the stage and just play music. So they proposed the idea to several people and everyone was up for it. That happened in 2003 and the festival is now celebrating its 12th year.

The festival is called Aldrei for eg sudur, which literally means I never went south, but what that really means is I never moved to Reykjavik. The three day festival is an ongoing party in a small music hall (really small actually) but not only there as you have concerts and events in every corner of this tiny litle town during the festivities. You can party until morning and start at noon again, if you got the stomach for it. Speaking of stomachs, you can pack up your backpack with beverages and food and bring your own if you like. But also, just by the music hall you can warm up with the traditional Icelandic lamb soup and a beer. I say warm up because it‘s going to be cold. Do not forget your big coat, a hat, scarf and your gloves. You can find more information on the festival here.

So ready to party? I will tell you how to get there:

You start by flying to Iceland, KEF airoport. Than you get yourself to Reykjavik airoport and take a local plane to Ísafjörður with Air Iceland. Flights are twice a day (when weather allowes) and they take about 40-50 minutes. When lending the plain flyes quite close to one of the mountains so perhaps better not to look out the window exactely at that moment.

You can also rent a car and drive but conditions can be hard and we do not recommend you driving if you are not used to driving on icy roads often with limited view in the middle of the country. The car must also be well equiped for winter. That being said, it is about 455km between Reykjavik and Isafjordur so it can take up to 6 hours to drive there. There is no bus service to Isafjordur during winter.

So if you are brave enough to give it a go, I salut you! It will definetely be different. And if you like outdoor activities pack your skiing gear and enjoy the slopes in the area. Also, bring your bathing suit and take a dip in the local swimming pool.