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An area’s information to Reykjavík, Iceland: the perfect bars, cafes, seashores and geothermal swimming pools | Reykjavik holidays



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When downtown rents dropped due to the pandemic, plenty of bold retailers, cafes and eating places ended up launching consequently. There’s an actual sense of revitalisation within the metropolis.

A vegan cafe referred to as Plantan lately opened close to my favorite swimming pool; their soups, sandwiches and baked items are actually good – particularly after a dip. One other favorite spot is Kaffi Ó-le. The supervisor, Tom, makes the perfect espresso on the town, and the perfect matcha lattes.


In 2020, my childhood buddies Númi, Atli and Aðalsteinn opened somewhat restaurant referred to as Hosiló. There are at all times three foremost course choices – fish, meat, vegan. I’ve had some superb seafood and gnocchi there. Every thing’s handmade and it’s not too dear. It’s a small place so greatest to ebook a desk prematurely.


The Marshall House.
The Marshall Home. {Photograph}: Alamy

Marshall Home is a cultural centre in a former fish manufacturing facility close to the outdated harbour. There are two galleries below one roof: artist-run Kling & Bang hosts exhibitions by younger artists from the underground scene in addition to greater, extra established names.

Nýló, the Dwelling Artwork Museum, is one other grassroots establishment showcasing up to date works. It’s actually enjoyable to go for Italian meals and drinks at La Primavera on the bottom ground of the constructing, then head upstairs to expertise the inspiring artwork. Entry to each galleries is free.

Additionally, Mengi is a tremendous venue that hosts artwork occasions and concert events and the whole lot in-between, so it’s price checking to see what’s on while you’re on the town.



Operating up the slender, cobbled streets of Grjótaþorp (Rock Village) are these lovely outdated homes in one of many oldest areas within the metropolis. On the nook of Fischersund and Mjóstræti, stands the small crimson Gröndal’s Home, the place artist and naturalist Benedikt Gröndal lived till his loss of life in 1907.

It’s now a cultural home and artists’ residency with common occasions marketed on the Reykjavik Unesco Metropolis of Literature web site.

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Nauthólsvik geothermal beach.
Nauthólsvik geothermal seaside. {Photograph}: Icelandic Picture Company/Alamy

The native swimming swimming pools are a lifeline for us Icelanders – it’s the place all of us go to catch up within the scorching tubs. The stunning Sundhöllinn is the oldest indoor pool in Reykjavík, designed by the Guðjón Samúelsson. One other good possibility is Vesturbæjarlaug, a fairly 20-minute stroll from Tjörnin lake.

Nauthólsvik seaside can also be a pleasant spot to go to. The ocean water is geothermally heated with temperatures reaching 15-19C in summer season. Folks swim within the human-made lagoon then benefit from the scorching tubs and sand and steam-baths. Some locals swim right here in winter, too.

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