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Top Choice Neighbourhood in Reykjavík


Laugardalur encompasses a verdant stretch of land 4km east of the city centre. It was once the main source of Reykjavík’s hot-water supply: it translates as ‘Hot-Springs Valley', and in the park's centre you'll find…
Top Choice International in Akureyri


Huge windows with fjord views lend a magical glitz to this 5th-floor restaurant, and the cool cocktails help things along. The menu showcases prime Icelandic produce (reindeer burger, super-fresh sushi, lamb shoulde…
Top Choice Live Music in Akureyri

Græni Hatturinn

Tucked down a lane beside Blaá Kannan, this intimate venue is the best place in town to see live music – and one of the best in the country. If you get the chance, buy a ticket to anything going.
Top Choice Church in Akureyri


Dominating the town from high on a hill, Akureyri’s landmark church was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the architect responsible for Reykjavík’s Hallgrímskirkja. Although the basalt theme connects them, Akureyrarkir…
Top Choice Farm in Dalir


When the peanut gallery starts moaning, ‘Are we there yet?’, you know it’s time to head to Erpsstaðir, the perfect place to stretch your legs. Like a mirage for sweet-toothed wanderers, this dairy farm on the gorgeo…
Top Choice Music in Reykjavík

Iceland Airwaves

You’d be forgiven for thinking Iceland is just one giant music-producing machine. Since the first edition of Iceland Airwaves was held in 1999, this fab festival has become one of the world’s premier annual showcase…
Top Choice Museum in Greater Reykjavík

Gljúfrasteinn Laxness Museum

Nobel Prize–winning author Halldór Laxness (1902–98) lived in Mosfellsbær all his life. His riverside home is now the Gljúfrasteinn Laxness Museum, easy to visit on the road from Reykjavík to Þingvellir (Rte 36). Th…
Top Choice Cafe in Skriðuklaustur


Klausturkaffi, inside Skriðuklaustur, serves an impeccable lunch buffet showcasing local ingredients (seafood soup, reindeer pie, brambleberry skyr cake). More tantalising, however, is every sweet-tooth’s dream: the…
Top Choice Fjord in West Iceland


Stykkishólmur’s jagged peninsula pushes north into stunning Breiðafjörður, a broad waterway separating the Snæfellsnes from the looming cliffs of the distant Westfjords. According to local legend, there are only two…
Top Choice Art Museum in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn

There’s something immensely playful about Ásmundur Sveinsson’s (1893–1982) vast collection of sculptures housed in the studio and museum he designed: the rounded, white Ásmundarsafn. Monumental concrete creations fi…