Hjalmar's Iceland Recommendations

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Hjalmar Gislason

Hjalmar's Iceland Recommendations

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In and around Reykjavik

For that short stopover

Image - Inside the Volcano
$ 334
Inside the Volcano Tour | Free Pickup from Reykjavik
Hjalmar:Expensive, but amazing. Plunge 400ft into the ground and stand inside a (mostly cooled) volcano.
Image - Hallgrimskirkja
Hjalmar:Can't miss the building, but going up is definitely worth it.
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Hjalmar:Small courses with big tastes.
Image - Grillmarkaðurinn
Hjalmar:Meat. In so many delicious ways.
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Hjalmar:Fish. In so many delicious ways.
Image - Sumac Grill + Drinks
Sumac Grill + Drinks
Hjalmar:North-African food in semi-Arctic Reykjavik. And soooo delicious.
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Public House Gastropub
Hjalmar:Icelandic+Japanese fusion tapas. Just try it.
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SKY Restaurant & Bar
Hjalmar:The view is so good that you won't even notice that the food isn't bad either.
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Golden circle with a twist

You'll be doing the Golden Circle anyways. Add a couple of these and make it yours.

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$ 156
Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Hjalmar:They also offer diving tours (PADI license required). The water is so clear you'll feel like you're flying.
Image - Friðheimar: The Perfect Golden Circle Lunch Stop
A visit to the greenhouses of Friðheimar and a very yummy tomato soup
Hjalmar:Tomatoes, grown in a greenhouse, heated by geothermal water, also in the winter, and their soup is to die for. Wonderfully quirky, surprisingly interesting and absolutely delicious.
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Secret Lagoon - We Kept It Unique For You!
Hjalmar:One of Iceland's oldest swimming pools. The geothermal water and the river more or less happened to mix to a comfortable temperature, so people dove in. Swimming there ever since.
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Fjorubordid Restaurant
Hjalmar:How big do you want your bucket of lobster* to be? Rustic and authentic. *Langoustine actually, but who really knows the difference.

A bit further East

Beyond the Golden Circle, but doable in a day

Image - Dyrhólaey
Image - Lava Centre
$ 78
Lava Centre: Family Ticket
Hjalmar:Get to know your volcanos.
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$ 45
Amphibian Boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Lagoon
Hjalmar:A must if you're willing to make it this far (getting here and back to Reykjavik in 1 day is a stretch)
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The West

The "other" day trip out of Reykjavik. Under estimated, but has a lot to offer.

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Háafell - Goat farm
Hjalmar:My aunt's goat farm. I more or less grew up here.
Image - Hraunfossar
Hjalmar:The water just comes out from the ground in a seemingly unexplicable way.
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$ 149
Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location
Hjalmar:Go deep into a glacier and learn about the nature of glaciers (and their rapid decline)
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Glymur Waterfall
Hjalmar:Iceland's (once) highest waterfall. A spectacular hike, 45 mins out of Reykjavik that almost nobody does for some inexplicable reason.
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Hótel Búðir
Hjalmar:The most serene of places. Wonderful hotel with wonderful food at the very far side of nowhere.
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$ 59
Viking Sushi in Stykkisholmur
Hjalmar:This bay is teeming with life that you'll get to see from afar, up close and put in your mouth. Also: If you're lucky, you'll experience a waterfall - in the middle of the ocean - when the tide goes out. (Not joking)

The North-East

Only a few make it this far, but *so* worth it!

Image - Dettifoss
Hjalmar:Europe's most powerful waterfall. You'll understand why.
Image - Lavafeld Dimmu Borgir
Lavafeld Dimmu Borgir
Hjalmar:Nature was trippin' when she made this place. Otherworldly lava formations.
Image - Ásbyrgi
Hjalmar:A horseshoe-shaped canyon made by a catastrophic flash flood a few millenia ago. Now one of the calmest and prettiest places on the island.
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$ 81
Húsavík Original Whale Watching Tour
Hjalmar:By far the best whale watching in Iceland.

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  1. Inside the Volcano Tour | Free Pickup from Reykjavik
  2. Hallgrimskirkja
  3. MAT BAR
  4. Grillmarkaðurinn
  5. Fiskmarkaðurinn
  6. Sumac Grill + Drinks
  7. Public House Gastropub
  8. SKY Restaurant & Bar
  9. Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
  10. Fjorubordid Restaurant
  11. Seljalandsfoss
  12. Dyrhólaey
  13. Skógafoss
  14. Háafell - Goat farm
  15. Hraunfossar
  16. Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location
  17. Glymur Waterfall
  18. Hótel Búðir
  19. Viking Sushi in Stykkisholmur
  20. Dettifoss
  21. Lavafeld Dimmu Borgir
  22. Ásbyrgi

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