With a population of about 200 000, Reykjavik has the charm and warmth of a village and the buzzing energy of a large city. It has an impressive array of world-class restaurants, enviable shopping, a wild party scene and a thriving cultural scene. Walk around town, and you’ll discover a myriad of cozy cafés, inviting bars and shops. You’ll pass by quirky architecture, colorful buildings and fantastic vantage points, and you’ll meet friendly, charming and interesting people. On top of that, the sea, Mount Esja and surrounding lava fields provide a breathtaking backdrop to the city. Reykjavik may be small in size, but there is no lack of things to enjoy and discover.

Iceland’s design scene is definitely flourishing and quickly gaining fans around the world. Fun, humorous, out of the box, quirky, daring, creative and exciting – These are the words that come to mind when describing the work of Icelandic designers. It’s definitely unique and different from what can be found in the rest of Scandinavia!

This guide compiles a lot of good addresses for you to visit next time you are in Reykjavik. I honestly had a tough time making a selection; the city is packed with so many great options worthy of a mention. As I was finalizing the guide, I found myself browsing for flight tickets… I barely left Iceland, and I am already longing to go back.

It is a place where my soul feels at home, and I wish you all to have the opportunity to visit this amazing country.

A special thanks to Grettisborg Apartments, SADcars and BUS Hostel for making my trip to Iceland possible. I also wanted to thank Snaebjörn Stefánsson, Soffía Theódóra Tryggvadóttir, Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir and Sari Peltonen for sharing their best addresses and tips for a great stay in Reykjavik.

I hope you enjoy the guide!

Catherine