The Nordic Cool Girl’s Guide To Reykjavik

Taking advantage of local seafood and meat, >Dill

offers a fantastic dining experience. It is the brainchild of the chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason, a pioneer of the contemporary Nordic food movement.

Set on a rotating platform in the landmark Pearl building, >Perlan

is the pinnacle of fine dining in Reykjavík, serving up modern Icelandic dishes along with the best view in the city.

The Pearl building, which houses Perlan restaurant

Drink

One of the country’s buzziest music venues, Café Rosenberg is home to folk, blues and jazz. Enjoy the great music, warm ambience and wood-panelled interior as you sip an expertly crafted cocktail or two. Klapparstígur 25-27

Located in a house with the London Underground symbol above the door, >Kaffibarinn

, a favourite drinking spot of Blur’s Damon Albarn, is a cool, cosy bar where you’ll hear the latest in EDM (electronic dance music).

Do

>The Blue Lagoon

may be packed with tourists, but visiting it is still a magical experience. The milky aquamarine water set in black lava rubble is a spectacle, and the mud treatments at the water’s edge are a must for beauty aficionados. bluelagoon.com

>Hallgrímskirkja

church can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Designed by Guojón Samúelsson in 1937, its tower stands 73 metres tall, making it the largest church in Iceland.

The Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area are well worth a visit.

Gullfoss waterfall (ALAMY)

Shop

A short walk away from the main shopping street, the >Kolaportid

flea market is a must-visit. Nestled in the old harbour area and a favourite with locals, it is the perfect place to source Icelandic delicacies and vintage pieces.

Browse >Myconceptstore

, in downtown Reykjavík, where you’ll find stylish homeware and clothing at affordable prices.

A bracelet from Myconceptstore

Fly with

>Icelandair

flies from Heathrow to Reykjavík from £157 return. When you travel on any transatlantic route you can stop over in Iceland for up to seven nights for no additional air fare

Icelandair launched >Hekla Aurora,

a new aircraft showcasing the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights to celebrate their Stopover service. This is the unique opportunity for passengers flying transatlantically to Stopover in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.

Icelandair.co.uk/stopover

Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/iceland/reykjavik/articles/Reykjavik-a-guide-to-the-best-shops-hotels-and-restaurants/

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