Nothing tells the story of any ethnic heritage better than its traditional foods. During your stay, you
should try to sample as much of traditional Icelandic food as possible and look at is as an integral
part of your travel experience.
Vínarbrauð / Danish
Vínarbrauð / Danish
Brought to Iceland late 19th century by Danish merchants
Brought to Iceland late 20th century by Danish merchants this
this deliciously tender buttery pastry is irresistible with its
deliciously tender buttery pastry is irresistible with its flaky crust
flaky crustand layers of fillings that absolutely melt in your
and layers of fillings that absolutely melt in your mouth. The
mouth. The ender crust is sometimes brushed with egg-wash
tender crust is sometimes brushed with egg-wash and generously
and generously sprinkled with sliced almonds and sugar.
sprinkled warm from the bakery sugar. Fresh probably the
Fresh and with sliced almonds and this pastry isand warm from
the on the planet.
best bakery this pastry is probably the best on the planet.
skyr / / Curd
An integral part of Icelandic diet since the 11th century Skyr
An integral part of Icelandic diet since the 11th century Skyr is
probably most notable of Icelandic dishes. Made Made from
is probably most notable of Icelandic dishes. from skimmed
skimmed milk it resembles yogurt somewhat only much
milk it resembles yogurt somewhat only much thicker and
creamier. It is loaded It is loaded and vitamins and protein,
thicker and creamier. with vitamins with protein, but at the same
but at the same time, it is low in calories making it the ulti-
time, it is low in calories making it the ultimate breakfast of
mate breakfast of champions. Served in a variety of ways it
champions. Served in a variety of ways it is fed to infants at
is fed to infants at home, children at school, old people for
home, children at school, old people for lunch and athletes after
lunch and athletes after workout. It can even be used as a lo-
workout. It can even be used as a lotion to cure sunburn! Last,
tion to cure sunburn! Last, but not least, it makes a absolutely
but not least, it makes a absolutely wonderful dessert.
Maltöl / Malt ale
Maltöl / Malt ale
is has become sort of
Produced in Iceland for over 50 years is has become sort of a
Produced in Iceland for over
national drink especially among the older generation who
anational drink especially among the older generation who still
believe it has some kind of of supernatural healing qualities.
still believe it has some kindsupernatural healing qualities. The
texture of Maltöl resembles Guinness Beer a Beer is but it
The texture of Maltöl resembles Guinness bit butaitbit without
alcohol, much sweeter and with just and with just a touch of
is without alcohol, much sweeter a touch of liquorish in it. It is
very refreshing to have a bottle of ice-cold bottle of ice-cold
liquorish in it. It is very refreshing to have a malt. It helps your
digestion, makes you look fresh, healthy, and cheerful healthy,
malt. It helps your digestion, makes you look fresh,and eases
and cheerful and eases your trouble....at least it says so on
your trouble….at least it says so on the bottle!
Pylsa hot Dog
Pylsa / / Hot dog
Most people know that the words “Open Sesame” granted the
Most people that the words “Open Sesame” granted
thieves entry into the the robber’s den world world Arabian
the thieves entry into robber’s den in the in the of The of The
Nights. In Iceland, the similar expression “Eina med “Eina med
Arabian Nights. In Iceland, the similar expression ollu” unlocks
the unlocks great Hot Dog. Literally, the Literally, the ex-
ollu” door to athe door to a great Hot Dog. expression means
“Give me one with the me one with the to a hot dog with fried
pression means “Give works” and refers works” and refers to
hot dog with fried and fresh onions, ketchup, remoulade
aand fresh onions, ketchup, remoulade sauce, topped off with
mustard. Hot dogs mustard. Hot dogs good, and sold
sauce, topped off withare inexpensive, veryare inexpensive,
everywhere. As a quick bite, they As a quick bite, very light
very good, and sold everywhere.are unbeatable andthey are
unbeatable and very light on the pocket.
on the pocket.
rESTAurANT OF THE MONTH
I f you were to ask an Icelander which restaurant
to go to for Icelandic cuisine, he would prob-
ably name a few places worth visiting. If that
same Icelander were taking you out for Icelandic
cuisine, he would only think of one place - res-
Lækjarbrekka is a classic restaurant situated in the
heart of reykjavík in one of the oldest buildings in
town - a perfectly kept example of a 19th century,
Icelandic upper class residence, built in 1832. On
the lower floor is an a la carte restaurant seating
up to 60 people and a special room the so called
President room which seats up to 11 people. On the
upper floor there is a dining room which seats 30
people for a la carte or groups.
Through the years the Lækjarbrekka restaurant has
earned itself a distinguished reputation for culinary
perfection and its extraordinary ambience. A trip to
Lækjarbrekka is satisfaction guaranteed and a true
delight to all your senses.
Lækjarbrekka has an incredibly diverse menu from
lunchtime to evening, seven days a week. At lunch-
time they specialise in light, fresh dishes, such as
soup or salad as well as fish and chicken dishes. In
the afternoon the restaurant takes on a café atmos-
phere and a range of small dishes, sandwiches, cof-
fee and cakes are available. In the evening variety is
the name of the game. They have everything from
appetisers and vegetable dishes to sumptuous meat
and fish dishes and there is something for all tastes.
Lækjarbrekka has also an excellent wine list with
bottles from all the major wine-producing countries.
please call: 551 4430
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Restaurant with a twist
Thorvaldsen is one of the hottest spots in central
Reykjavík. We serve an eclectic collection of a la
carte Asian and Italian bistro offerings in a laid-
Try combinations like kangaroo salad teriyaki,
egg noodles pina colada, or monkfish with
peaches and coca cola sauce.
Asia de Cuba style
tel. +354 511 1413
sunday to thursday 11- 01
friday and saturday 11- 03
BAR the kitchen is open 11- 22
One of the newer additions to down town restaurants
and bars is the super hip Thorvaldsen Bar. Ideally situ-
ated in the heart of down town it is easily accessible
via all forms of transportation and in close proximity
of the major attraction shops and leisure areas. The
décor is contemporary minimalist and upscale featur-
ing wall-to-the-floor windows with excellent view out
to the buzzing street.
Thorvaldsen Bar is one of those places with the wonderful
quality of being all in one, bistro, café and a bar, making it
perfect place to drop in from the street for a cup of coffee,
cold beer or a light meal. The menu is straightforward with
a great selection of light meals at some of the best prices
Outside the bar, facing Austurvöllur Park and the Parlia-
I recommend for…
ment building, is a large sheltered area where you can
enjoy people watching, eating alfresco or simply bask in
Starters the sun with your favourite cocktail. On weekends, the
Parma ham and fried camembert cheese with place undergoes severe transformation into reykjavik’s
Asian pesto, rocket and blueberry jam
most amazing nightclub. The swishy line of people out-
sides notorious and the only way to beat it is to show up
Main course early. The bar attracts an upscale, trendy crowd ages 25
Tuna pepper steak with to 45. Excellent Djs spin deep house, hip-hop, r&B, rare
portobello mushrooms, grooves, 70s and 80s into the early hours of the morning.
dijon mustard and rocket pesto
Wine: Peter Lehmann Chardonnay
Fresh strawberries with cream, mint and wild Thorvaldsen Bar
strawberry sorbet Austurstræti 8-10
Tel.: 511 1413
Clubs & Bars
• Amsterdam / Pub with occasional • Celtic Cross / Occasional live music. • Kringlukrain / Large, popular shop-
live music. Crowd 25+ Crowd 25+ ping mall pub. Typical German-British
snacks and meals all day until 22.00.
• Broadway Entertainment Hall / • Dillon rock bar / It’s in one of the Live music most nights. Crowd 25+
Large nightclub featuring various kinds oldest houses in reykjavik. There lies
of shows and performances. Cover this warm, wood and brick interior • Mimisbar Hotel Saga / Located in
charges varies. Dinner and show pack- rock bar. Live music every week + the the radisson SAS Saga Hotel. Pleas-
cream of rock Dj´s.
ages available. Dress code. Crowd 25+ • Gaukur a Stong Crowd 25+
• Amsterdam ant and relaxed ambiance. Crowd 30+
• Mimisbar Hotel Saga
Pub, with occasional live music. A place ahead of its time: a beer pub, Located in the Radisson SAS Saga
• B 5 / Bar and food service. Crowd • Gaukur a Stong / A place ahead • NASA / Big nightclub featuring vari-
that opened even before beer was Hotel. Pleasant and relaxed ambiance.
• Ari30+í Ögri of in Iceland. Live music opened
legalits time: a beer pub, that every ous kind of music. One of the hottest
Named after a legendary sheriff. Café • NASA
• Bar 11 / decor.
even before beer was legal in and
evening from 23.00 weekdaysIceland. club in reykjavík. Crowd 20+
- liquor, sharp Occasional live music. Big nightclub featuring various kind of
Live music every
24.00 weekends. evening from 23.00
Crowd 25+ weekdays and 24.00 weekends. music. Bar / Bar, café and food
• NæstiCrowd 20+
• Broadway Entertainment Hall
Crowd 20+ service. Crowd 25+
Large nightclub featuring the corner of
• Barinn / Located on various One of the hottest club in Reykjavík.
American-style bar with large-screen
kinds of shows and performances.
klapparstígur. Live music and Dancing. satellite TV. Favoured by sport fans. • Pravda / This place has been hot
• Glaumbar / American-style bar with • Nelly´s
Cover charges varies. Dinner and
Bar and food service. Crowd 25+ since it opened onthe spring of ‘94.
Loud music. satellite TV. Favoured by
large-screen Daily specials in liquor. Dancing.
show packages available. Dress code. Dancing. Crowd 20+
sport fans. Loud music.
• Café Cultura / Cultura is in the heart • Grand Rokk
• Cafe Oliver - bar/club
Small and unassuming with one of This place has been hot since it
of reykjavík on Hverfisgata 18, in the
The newest and hottest club in • Priki› / Bar, café and food service.
the best selections of malt whiskies in opened in
Crowd 20+ the spring of ‘94. Breezy
Reykjavík. house as the Intercultural Centre, • Grand Rokk / Small and unassuming
across the street from the National Reykjavík. Live music some evenings. decor that is trés cool.
with one of the best selections of malt
• Cafe Victor
Theatre. Crowd 30+ • Rex / Club and bar. Crowd 30+
whiskies in reykjavík. Live music some • Prikið - bar
Two floors, all in one, café, pub,
evenings. Crowd bar.
Café, restaurant & 25+ Music alterna- • Sirkus bar/club
restaurant & disco. The one of the newest
• Café Oliver / Crowd: Varied. tive mixed. Crowd: Varied. • Rex - / Pub, underground and
Dancing.hottest club in reykjavík. Bar and
and alternative music. Crowd 25+
• Hressingarskálinn / Bar and food • Sirkus
• Kaffi Reykjavik
food service. Piano Bar
• Café RomanceCrowd 25+ service. Occasional live music. Crowd Pub, underground atmosphere, pub,
• Svartakaffi / Cozy and alternative
Cafe Reykjavik. Located in a historical
Located in on of the oldest houses in 20+ music.
café and light meals. Crowd 20+
• Café Paris / Bar and food service. house; huge space which is every-
Reykjavík and overlooks Lækjartorg
Crowd 30+ • Ice once: café, in a cocktail
thing atBar / Locatedpub, historical • Svartakaffi
square. warm, intimate and featuring • Thorvaldsen Bar / Bar, café and
lounge, singles bar. Live music every
house; huge space which is everything Cozy atmosphere, pub, light meals.
live piano music.
• Café Romance Piano Bar / Located evening. Dancing. dancing. Featuring various kinds of
at once. Crowd 25+ • Thorvaldsen Bar
music. Located in the heart of reykja-
in on of the oldest houses in reykjavík
• Club 22
• Kaffi Sólon Bar, café 25+
vík. Crowdand dancing. Featuring
Hip and overlooks Lækjartorg square.
and popular, located on the • of the town’s most popular
OneKaffibarinn / Bar, café and food various kinds of music. Located in the
Warm, intimate and It is also the
corner of Klapparstígur.featuring live piano service Crowd 25+
places. Mixed crowd, hot Dj´s & open • Vegamót / Very cool and funky.
heart of Reykjavík.
city’s unofficial gay bar, though fre-
music. Crowd 30+ until 05:30 Fri - Sat. Show up early to Music alternative. Bar, café and food
quented by punters of all persuasions. • Kaffibrennslan / cue. • Vegamót
avoid the excessive Café, restaurant & service. Crowd 20+
Dancing. Rosenberg / Bar and food bar. Music alternative mixed. Crowd Very cool and funky. Music alternative.
service and occasional jazz and Blues • Kringlukrain
20+ Crowd 20+
• Dillon rock bar. • Vínbarinn / Great selection of quality
music. Crowd 25+ Large, popular shopping mall pub.
It’s in one of the oldest houses in wines served in a comfortable atmo-
• Kaffi Sólon / One of snacks and
Typical German-British the town’s most
Reykjavik. There lies this warm, wood
• Café Victor / Two floors, all in one, sphere. Crowd 30+ quality wines served
Great selection of
meals all day until 22.00. Live music
popular places. Dj´s playing various
café, interior rock bar. Live Dancing. most nights.
and brick pub, restaurant & disco.music in a comfortable atmosphere.
every week 20+ cream of rock Dj´s kinds of music. Show up early to avoid • Ölstofan / Pub and mixed music.
Crowd + the the excessive cue. Café, restaurant &
Open 14 to 01 Sunday - Thursday & Crowd 25+
14 to 03 Friday -Saturday. bar. Crowd 20+
How to spend
a day in You really want to make
the most of your time here,
don´t you? Well, following
this simple guide will able
you to enjoy the city from a
perspective no other tourist
guide will provide you with.
Reykjavík city centre
How t o s p e n d a d a y i n R e y k j a v í k
1 Hlemmur Bus Station
– Be there at 9 o´clock in the morning, walk there
if you are on a hotel nearby or take a bus, most of
them stop at Hlemmur sooner or later. Walk down
Laugavegur street and plan tomorrows shopping
attack on your way.
11 The Culture House
2 Sandholt Bakery – Built by Icelandic craftsmen. Contains exhibition
– On the left hand side of the street. Go in and ask halls, meeting rooms, a cafeteria and a shop.
for 2 “kleinur”, a delicious Icelandic sweetbread Theme exhibitions, Permanent exhibitions,
(the ei is pronounced like the a in baby) Also buy souvenirs, artwork and books.
half a loaf of bread and put it in a bag.
12 Bæjarins bestu
3 Kaffi Tár – The best hot dogs in the universe! Ask for two
– 2nd place World Barista Champions should be dogs and leave the last bite of the bread for the
able to make you a decent cup of coffee, ask for hungry birds swarming around the place.
cappuccino to go.
4 Hallgríms Church – Experience what is probably the world’s
– Take a hike up the hill, check out the statue of northernmost flea market. The trashy atmosphere
Leif Eiríksson and climb up the church tower for and weird name just makes you want to cry out:
a Spectacular view of the entire city. Enjoy your Yee-haw! Maybe you’ll stumble across that Viking
coffee and kleina and watch the city waking up. helmet you’ve secretly dreamed of. (On weekends only)
5 Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden 14 Kaffi Brennslan
– In the shadow of the church stands a house – re-energize yourself with a cup of coffee or two,
looking like a grim fortress. Go behind it (the side and let your eyes wander the cafe and feast on all
facing away from the church) and sneak in to the the pretty people.
sculpture garden. Walk around the garden’s paths
in the peace and quiet, look for a man sitting below 15 Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús
and beside the body of a deceased woman. – Check out the fascinating Erró collection.
6 National Gallery of Iceland 16 Reykjavík City Museum
– Definitely one of reykjavík´s most impressive – The Settlement Exhibition
cultural attraction, ask the receptionist to tell you Experience Viking-Age reykjavík at the Settlement
the remarkable history of the house. Exhibition. The focus of the exhibition is an
excavated longhouse site which dates from the
7 The Pond 10th century AD. It includes relics of human
– reach into your pocket for that loaf of bread you habitation from about 871, the oldest such site
bought and feed the ducks. found in Iceland.
8 National Museum of Iceland 17 Dinner time
- Connect with past generations in Iceland and Check out restaurants Apotek or Sjávarkjallarinn
experience how a single nation came into being just few steps apart.
over the period of nearly 1200 years.
9 City Hall – round midnight you can join the swishy line of
– Check out the gigantic 3D map of Iceland. people waiting to get in. A night at NASA demands
some deep pocket digging - but hey, when are you
10 Back on Skólavör›ustígur street going to be in Iceland again?
– By now shops have opened. Check out the
various galleries and workshops on both sides of
Tourist Information Finland, Túngata 30 reykjavík. tel. 510
0100, E-mail: email@example.com Important
France, Túngata 22 reykjavík. tel. 551 phone numbers
reykjavík´s official Tourist Information
Centre in Aðalstræti 2, 101 reykjavik. 7621. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. 590 1550. Open daily 09:00-18:00 Germany, Laufásvegur 31 reykjavík. tel. 112
june to Sept. & Sept. to May Mon-Fri 530 1100. E-mail: email@example.com Emergency, Police, ambulance,
09:00 to 17:00. Buses 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. fire department, medicine.
Japan. Laugavegur 182, (6th floor) reyk-
City Hall Information javík. tel. 510 8600. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 118
Located in the City Hall by lake Tjörnin. Information
Norway, Fjólugata 17 reykjavík. tel. 520
Tel. 411 1000 / 800 4900. Open May to
0700. email@example.com Police
Oct. Mon-Fri 08:20 to 16:30, Sat 12:00 to
General number 444-1000
16:00. Buses 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. Russia, Garðastræti 33 reykjavík. Con-
sular Section tel. 551 5156. E-mail: rus- Emergency ward
Iceland Visitor firstname.lastname@example.org National university Hospital, 24 hrs
Through Iceland Visitor booking and in- service, tel. 543 2050 and 543 2000.
formation office you can conveniently Sweden, Lágmúli 7 reykjavík. tel. 520
organise your whole stay in Iceland. 1230. E-mail: email@example.com Doctors on duty
Situated at Lækjargata 2, 101 reykjavik. National university Hospital, 24
United States of America, Laufásvegur
Open hours are: june through August hrs service, tel. 543 1000.
21 reykjavík. tel. 562 9100. E-mail: con-
09:00-22:00 daily. Sept. through May
firstname.lastname@example.org Dental ward
10:00-18:00 Monday through Saturday.
Tel: 511 2442 www.icelandvisitor.com United Kingdom, Laufásvegur 31 reyk- For information on dentists on
javík. tel. 550 5100. E-mail: britemb@ duty call 575 0505.
Hafnarfjörður – The town in the lava
- only 15 minutes from Reykjavík Tour-
ist Information, Strandgata 6. Tel. 585
5500, e-mail: email@example.com Open formation office you can conveniently
Mon to Fri 8:00-17:00 and at weekends
Phone & Internet Services organise your whole stay in Iceland.
in june, july and August 10:00-15:00 Phone booths Situated at Lækjargata 2, 101 reykjavik.
Telephone booths at Austurvöllur telegraph Open hours are: june through August
Cintamani, Centre for Adventure office (near The Parliament House) are 09:00-22:00 daily. September through May
Located in a friendly environment on the open weekdays 08:15-19:00, and Saturda- 10:00-18:00 Monday through Saturday.
main shopping street in reykjavík. There ys 10:00-18:00. You can use coins or pho- Tel: 511 2442 www.icelandvisitor.com
you can book your Icelandic Adventure ne cards. Fax services are also available.
with the help of experienced guides and
Gsm / Cell phones
at the same time shop for necessities Calling Cards There are two GSM / Cell phone oper-
and Icelandic design outdoor brand Cin- With a prepaid Atlas Calling Card you ators in Iceland. Iceland Telecom and Og
tamani. Free internet access. can call anywhere in the world via a toll Vodafone. Both telephone companies sell
Situated at Laugarvegur 11. 101 reykja- free number (800 number). pre-paid GSM phone cards, which visitors
vík. Tel.: 562 7000
may find convenient to use with their own
Opening hours: june - August 08:30- Phone Centres GSM phones. Pre-paid cards are availa-
20:30 daily. Sept. - May 10:00-18:00 An International call centre is situated in ble at petrol stations around the country.
Mon.- Sat. the Tourist Information Centre at Adal- GSM phones may be rented from Iceland
straeti 2, down town reykjavik. Calling Telecom, Ármúli 27, reykjavík.
Embassies cards can be purchased at the Tourist
Information Centre’s main desk Domestic calls
Canada, Túngata 14 reykjavík. tel. 575 Phone numbers in Iceland are seven-digit
6500. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet Centres numbers. No area codes are necessary,
You can access the internet on prepaid you dial the number directly. The Iceland-
China, Víðimelur 29 reykjavík. tel. 552 time at the Tourist Information Centre at ic phone book, lists names alphabetically
6751. E-mail: email@example.com Adalstraeti 2, down town reykjavik and by Christian names, not family names.
Denmark, Hverfisgata 29 reykjavík. tel. Iceland Visitor in city centre, Lækjargata 2.
575 0300, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org International calls
Iceland Visitor When calling outside Iceland, dial without
Through Iceland Visitor booking and in- interruption the international code (00), then
the country code, the area code, and finally Central Bus Stations Car Rentals
the number. If you need help to reach the Hlemmur, Lækjartorg and Mjódd.
number, you can call 115 for assistance. If Budget Car Rental
Airport transfer / Flybus Vatnsmýrarvegur 10, 101 reykjavík by the
you need help in finding a phone number
Flybus operates daily from keflavík Airport bus terminal. Tel 562 6060. Fax 562 6061.
abroad, you can call 114 for information.
to reykjavík in connection with all arriving
flights. Arriving passengers are taken to the National Car Rental
reykjavik Excursions / Flybus service desk
Pharmacies at the BSÍ bus terminal. From there passen-
Skeifunni 9, 108 reykjavík.
Tel. 568 6915, fax 568 8663.
Lyfja Apotek gers are taken to some of the major hotels Akureyri: Tel. 461 6000, fax 462 6476.
Lágmúli 5, by Hotel Nordica, tel. 533 and guesthouses in reykjavik. Stops will be keflavík airport: Tel. 425 0300.
2300. Open daily 08:00 to 24:00. Buses made at the Hotel Viking in Hafnarfjordur After hours emergency phone
2,15,17 and 19. and at the Aktu-Taktu shop in Gardabær. Tel.: 840 6042
BSr, tel. 561 0000. Borgarbíll, tel. 552 Hertz Car Rental
Laugavegur 16, tel. 552 4045. Open Mon-
2440. Hreyfill, tel.: 588 5522. Besides reg- Flugvallarvegur, 101 reykjavík. Near Hotel
Fri 09:00 to 18:30, Sat. 11:00 to 16:00.
ular fares most stations also offer various Loftleiðir. Tel.: 5050 600, fax: 5050 650.
excursions & short trips. www.hertz.is / email@example.com
Transportation Avis Car Rental
Greater Reykjavik Transport / Buses Terminals knarrarvogur 2, 104 reykjavík.
Tel.: 591 4000. Fax 591 4040.
Buses operate from 07:00 until midnight,
BSÍ Coach Terminal www.avis.is e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
apart from Sundays when they start at
Buses to destinations all around Iceland. At keflavík airport: Tel.: 421 1690,
10:00. On weekdays, the buses in general
Vatnsmýrarvegur, tel.: 562 1011. Buses e-mail: email@example.com
are driving with intervals of 20 minutes, un-
til 07:00. Evenings and weekends interval 1,3,4,5,6 and 14 . Rent-a-bike
is 30 minutes. It is possible to rent a bike to go sight-
Domestic Air Terminal
seeing around the city at Hótel Loftleiðir by
Single bus fare costs ISk 250,- ISk 75,- Air Iceland domestic flights at reykjavík
Öskjuhlíð hill. Bus 16.
for children 6 - 12 years. A block of 10 Airport, 101 reykjavik offers a domestic
tickets can be bought from the driver for route network of 9 destinations and links
Petrol / Gas Stations
ISk 2.000. reykjavik Tourist Card is also to the Faroese Islands and Greenland.
Most service petrol stations are open daily
valid as a bus ticket. Tel.: 570 3030. Bus 15.
from 07.30-23.30. After regular hours,
N.B. The Bus drivers don’t give any most self-service petrol stations accept
Domestic Air Taxis
change so always have the right amount ISk 500, 1000 and 2000 banknotes, credit
Next to Hótel Loftleiðir, reykjavík Airport.
ready for the single bus fares. and debit cards.
Shopping in Reykjavík Tax Free cheques. The refund amounts to
approximately 15% of the purchase price.
The area around Austurstræti and Hafnar- Supermarkets Money
stræti streets has lots of shops carrying The krambúð supermarket on Skóla-
souvenirs, woolens and handicrafts. You vörðustígur street, carries the basic ne- Currency exchange
will also find info centres, cafés, restau- cessities like fruit, bread, milk, yogurt, All major banks exchange foreign cur-
rants, pubs & bars. toothpaste, soda etc. Skólavörðustígur rencies. FOrEX Bank on Bankastræti
42, 105 reykjavík.Tel. 551 0449. 2 accepts more than 70 currencies and
Laugavegur street travellers cheques.
Main shopping street leading up from Liquor stores
the city centre. Designer clothes, street The state runs liquor in stores called Wire transfers
wear, music, eye wear, cafés, restau- Vínbú›. The shops are open Mon-Thur: FOrEX Bank on Bankastræti 2 is agent
rants & bars. 11:00-18:00, Fri. 11:00-19:00 and Sat. for Moneygram. Moneygram sends and
11:00-18:00 receives money within 10 minutes from
Skólavörðustígur street most countries in the world. Moneygram
Leading up from Laugavegur towards Hall- is a very safe transferring system com-
grímskirkja church it is lined with galleries, pared to many other competitors.
workshops & showrooms selling various
kinds of art. Cards
Opening Hours Visa, EuroCard, MasterCard, Diners
Kringlan Mall General offices Club and American Express are widely
A short distance from the city centre sits Weekdays from 09:15-17:00. accepted.
kringlan Mall with 36,000 sq.m. of shops,
catering and services. Buses 1,2,3,4,5 Public offices ATM´s/Cash machines
and 6 Weekdays from 10:00 to 15:00 or 16:00. You can get cash advances from your
credit and/or debit card at cash ma-
Smáralind Mall in Kópavogur Banks chines widely available in reykjavík.
A modern shopping Mall specially de- Normally open 09:15-16:00 Mon. to Fri.
signed to provide guest with a comforta- Extended hours on Fri. Some branches
ble shopping experience. Buses 2, 24 stay open weekends 24 hour banking is
and 28. available at Landsbankinn bank at Leifur
Eríksson Airport Transit Lounge.
Skeifan area Other
Near Laugardalur Valley recreational area Shops & supermarkets
Skeifan is the home of discount & barga- Open Mon.-Thu. 10.00-18.00, Fri. 10.00-
Icelandic Postal Service main branch is
in stores, markets, electric equipment 19.00 & Sat.10.0-16.00. Malls usually
located on Posthússtræti 5, 101 reykja-
and home appliance stores. stay open a bit longer on Thu. & week-
vík street, next to the main branch of the
Tax-Free Shopping National Bank of Iceland. Tel.: 580 1101.
Visitors can reclaim value-added tax (VAT) Open Mon - Fri. 09:00 to 16:30.
24 hour shopping
on purchases exceeding ISk 4,000 in each Major gas stations stay open 24 hours
shop. Look for the “Tax-Free Shopping” as well as the 10-11 grocery store chain.
Letter / postcard inside Iceland, up to
logo and ask the shop assistant for a re- Both carry the necessities of everyday life.
20g, ISk 55, letter up to 50 g, ISk 65 and
fund. You will be given a refund cheque or
letter up to 100 g ISk 75. To other Eu-
coupon whereby you can cash in at the air- Pharmacies
rope-an countries airmail letter/postcard,
port on leaving the country. You no longer Pharmacies are generally open 09:00 to
up to 20 g, ISk 75, letter up to 50 g, ISk
have to wait with your Tax Free refund until 18:00 / 19:00 but some stay open longer.
130 and letter up to 100 g ISk 170.To
you get to keflavik Airport just visit FOrEX
Restaurants, pubs, bars & discos countries outside Europe, letter/postcard
Bank in Bankastræti 2 for your refund with
See wining & dining section and reykja- up to 20 g, ISk 95, letter up to 50g, ISk
Global refund cheques and The Centre in
vík by night. 175 and letter up to 100 g, ISk 280.
Aðalstræti 2 for your refund with Iceland
Photography / processing May 1. Labour day May 24th Ascension Ishestar Riding Tours
Print and film processing are readily day / june 3. White Sunday / Established in 1982, Ishestar is a leading,
available in and many supermarkets june 4th White Monday june 17th Na- fully licensed operator, specializing in ri-
reykjavík tional day / August 6th Bankholiday / ding tours, offer riding tours of great vari-
December 24th Christmas eve December ety with 68 departures of various riding
Storing luggage/baggage tours form 7 different location throughout
25th Christmasday / December 26th Box-
BSÍ Coach Terminal, Vatnsmýrarvegur most parts of Iceland during the summer
ing day / December 31. New years eve.
10, Tel. 562 1011. Open daily , 07:30- time as well as year round single day to-
22:00. Buses 1,3,4,5,6 and 14. Electricity urs form a new riding Centre combining
The voltage is 220, 50 HZ AC. Please note riding tours, sight seeing, whale watch-
Lost & Found that the prongs on equipment you bring ing, food and entertainment. Out treks
Police Station at Borgartún 7b, Tel. 444 with you may be different from Icelandic combine wholesome outdoor activity
1400. Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-12:00 and standards. All major hotels provide you with an intimate enjoyment of nature and
14:00-16:00. Buses 12 and 16 . with adaptor prongs for charging com- a rewarding relationship between the hor-
puters, cameras, Gsm phones etc. se and rider. Ishestar ehf, Sörlaskeid 26,
Laundry 220 Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. Tel. +354 555
Laundry and dry cleaning services are Equivalents 7000 • Fax +354 555 7001 info@ishestar.
available at most hotels in reykjavík. 1 kilo (kg) = 2.2 pounds is / www.ishestar.is
1 Litre (L) = about 1.76 pints
Weather/Clothing 1 kilometre (km) = 0.62 mile Elding Whale Watching
For weather information in English, tel. 1 metre (m) = 1.1 yards Elding Whale Watching is a family-ow-
(+354) 902-0600, extension 44, e-mail: 1 centimetre (cm) = 0,39 inch ned company. It was founded in May
firstname.lastname@example.org - www.vedur.is/english. 2000 and has established itself as one
of the leading whale watching operators
Radio/TV News in English in Iceland. Elding Tours have two superb
You can listen to the BBC live 24 hours a whale-watching boats: the flagship, the
day in the greater reykjavík area on FM Elding, a 130-ton cruiser for 150 passen-
94.3 and read news in English on the na-
tional TV station ruV, on page 130 of the Travel Agents gers with 3 viewing platforms, and the
Elding II, a luxurious 30-ton motor yacht,
Teletext, or log on to www.teletext.is and Destination Iceland carrying up to 38 passengers. Elding
enter 130 in the space marked “Siða”. Lágmúla 4, tel: 585 4270. Whale Watching reykjavik. Tel: +(354)
555 3565, fax: +(354) 554 7420. info@eld-
Maps and information brochures
G. Jónasson Travel, Borgartúni 34. ing.is / www.elding.is
Tourist information centres have information
and brochures for the whole country. Iceland Excursions
Icelandic farm holidays, Síðumúla 13. A well established incoming Tour oper-
Tel: 570-2700. ator that has been operating tours and
Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
developing the business successfully for
throughout the year, and does not go on
Iceland Travel, Lágmúli 4, the past 12 years, (established in 1989).
daylight saving time. When it is noon in
tel: 585 4000, fax 585 4390. Today reykjavik Excursions offers the
reykjavík during the summer, the time is
Reykjavik Excursions widest possible range of services, cover-
08:00 in New York City, 13:00 in London,
One of the largest organizers of tours ing everything from meet and greet to
14:00 in Paris, 14:00 in Oslo, 14:00 in Luxem-
for individuals and groups, as well as snow adventures, exciting all year day
bourg, 14:00 in rome and 21:00 in Tokyo.
operating one of the biggest bus fleet in tours as well as guaranteed roundtrips.
Iceland. On an annual basis the number Iceland Excursions Funahofdi 17 - 110
of staff is around 130 persons. Operates reykjavík. Tel (354) 540 1313. Telefax
Business, banks and most stores are clos-
day tours all year from reykjavík for indivi- number: (354) 540 1310. E-mail: ie@
ed on the following holidays:
duals guided in English, German, French icelandexcursions.is
April 13th The Good Friday / April 15th www.icelandexcursions.is
and Scandinavian. reykjavík Excursions,
Easter Sunday / April 16th
Vesturvör 6, 200 kópavogur, Iceland.
Easter Monday April 19th Holy Thursday Tel. +354 580 5400 Fax +354 564 4776.
/ the first day of summer / www.re.is / email@example.com