CULTURE, WINING AND DINING IN REYKJAVIK
What's on in Reykjavik
Upon registration for ICALP and/or satellite events,
you will receive the guide What's on in Reykjavik. This
monthly brochure will give you a good idea of what is happening in
town during your stay.
Despite not being a large city, Reykjavik is a
capital, and it has quite a lot to offer if you are interested in
cultural activities and museums. For information about things to do in
and around Reykjavik, with information about day tours and excursions,
look here. During
the conference, you can book excursions at the registration desk at
very competitive prices.
Information about arts and culture in town is
available from this site.
If you like paintings, we recommend that you have a look at
Reykjavik Art Museum - Kjarvalsstadir. The museum is dedicated to
Johannes S. Kjarval, Iceland's most beloved painter. The admission
ticket is valid on the same day for all three Reykjavik Art Museums:
Sveinsson Sculpture Museum, Harbour
House and Kjarvalsstadir. The Harbour
House hosts the Erró
If you interested in the history of Iceland and its colonization, we
suggest a visit to the newly renovated National Museum. The
Settlement exhibition is a small, but nice exhibition devoted to a
Viking age longhouse, dated to around 930 AD.
which has a
pretty good list of eateries that you fancy trying. In fact, Reykjavik
also plenty of restaurants, many of them high class, offering cuisines
from almost every corner of the world. If you want to start planning
your dinners in Reykjavik, start by looking here.
Wining and dining in Reykjavik
The guide What's on in Reykjavik has a pretty
good list of eateries that you may fancy trying. In fact, Reykjavik is
host to pretty vibrant food scene and has plenty of restaurants, many
of them high class, offering cuisines from almost every corner of the
world. If you want to start planning your dinners in Reykjavik, start
by looking here.
The quality of the food in good restaurants is
generally high. However, so are the prices. Here are a few suggestions
that try to balance the quality of the food with an affordable
price. (Another suggestion is that you join us for the conference
dinner! It is well worth the price; take advantage of the favourable
exchange rate!) Finally, do ask the locals for suggestions. We are
here to help you.
Top Class Restaurants
All the restaurants that participate in the yearly
event Food and
Fun are top class. Eating there will be a culinary experience, but
be prepared to pay accordingly.
It is not hard to find "real" burgers in
Reykjavik. If you like meat and you want some quick and affordable
food, then you can check out outings like American
Style. One of our colleagues recommends
Hamborgarabulla Tomasar. The Vitabar
is not the best looking of places, but it has built a reputation in
the city centre for its (bacon) burgers.
If you like fish and chips, or you fancy grilling
your own fish skewers, you might want to try Sea
Baron (Saegreifinn). (The Sea Baron claims to have the best and
cheapest lobster soup in town!)
here for a fairly complete listing of options.
Cafés and Bistros
Reykjavik has a lively café scene. When Luca
first came to Reykjavik in 1994, there were hardly any cafés (and
coffee was, well, awful). Now, you can find them everywhere in the
city centre, and the quality of the coffee is very high. At some cafés you
can also get some decent food for a fair price. Basically all of the
cafés have wireless internet connection, so you can take your laptop
there and work while sipping an expensive coffee.
Apart from the coffee
places recommended by Pall Melsted, you might try Café Cultura, which offers a
diverse and constantly changing menu of affordable
Pall Melsted's Recommendations
Here are some suggestions from Pall Melsted, your coffee
These restaurants usually offer good value for money in Reykjavik.
Many people like the noodle soups at
Others like to eat at Ban
Thai, which is very close to Hlemmur.
Krua Thai is
a casual restaurant close to the harbour that serves good Thai food at reasonable prices.
Indian Mango is a cosy place serving good Indian-inspired
food. The down side is that the service tends to be really slow, but
it is a good place if you are not in a hurry. It is more expensive
than the previously mentioned alternatives.
As you might expect, there is a good choice here, but be warned: the prices are likely to be high.
Thrir Frakkar has good food and a cosy
The Fish Market is rapidly becoming one of the local favourites.
If you want to splurge on a meal in Reykjavik, then
the place to do it might very well be the award winning Seafood
Cellar. (You must try the exotic menu.)
We recommend Á naestu gr&omul;sum. The
restaurant offers a set menu each evening. The food is well preparared, and the price is fair.
It is located along Laugavegur at number 20 b. See here.
A survey of other options is here.