For some reason people have Iceland on the brain this winter. I've had two friends this week ring me up for tips on what to see and do, as they are in the process of making a booking for a long weekend. So, as promised, ladies, here is everything you need to know.
Where to stay:
Radisson Blu SAS 1919: One of my top choices, this Radisson shows and feels like a boutique hotel. I love that the building is historical (dates back to 1919, of course) and used to be the headquarters of the first Icelandic shipping line. Modern silver sculptures in the lobby and the original marble staircase add a great punch of juxtaposition, linking the old and the new. Wonderful bar and restaurant for both a good meal and a pre-dinner drink in a trendy, lounge-vibe atmosphere.
Hotel Borg: Originally the first luxury hotel in Iceland, new renovations have established this as the Art Deco hotel in town. Ask for a room on the 5th floor or in the back, the front of the hotel is too loud on weekends with revelers in the square it sits on. Love their trendy restaurant, Silfur, more on that below.
101 Hotel: Another very trendy design hotel set in a good location. Don't share a room with anyone you don't know intimately, bathrooms have no doors and double deluxe rooms have tubs that sit in the middle of the floor. Their cocktail bar is the place to see and be seen.
Hotel Klopp: For a more budget conscious option, this hotel is in a great location off the main shopping street in Reykjavik. I've stayed here once on business and rooms are very basic and clean, albeit small, but feature nice wooden floors and modern black slate bathrooms.
Where to eat:
Seafood Cellar: Also known in Icelandic as Sjavarkjallarinn, this is my #1 restaurant pick in Reykjavik. Located in the oldest cellar in Reykjavik, this is an asian influenced Icelandic fusion restaurant and the food presentation is amazing. If you have the time and the money, go for the chef's exotic tasting menu and get ready for sensory overload. This place is on par with some of the most sophisticated eateries in the world. Here is a picture of our sorbet, presented in bamboo baskets with smoldering dry ice:
Lobster House: Don't let the name throw you off, it's call Humarhusid in Icelandic, this is one of the more famous restaurants in Reykjavik. Located in a charming old house on the main street, this is a romantic and cozy spot. Lobster is the specialty but they also have lots of other fish and meat.
Silfur: As mentioned above, this restaurant is in the trendy art-deco Hotel Borg. The dining room looks out onto the pretty
Things to do:
Blue Lagoon: It sounds silly and touristic, but you absolutely have to do this! I went in November in the middle of a snow squall and the run outside in the elements from the locker room to the lagoon in my bathing suit was, to say the least, a shock, but all part of the experience.
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