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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's Pocket Pocket Reykjavik & Southwest Iceland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Jump on a whale-watching boat at Reykjavik's Old Harbour, peruse priceless artifacts at the National Museum, or wash away your cares at the ethereal Blue Lagoon geothermal waters set in otherworldly lava fields -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Reykjavik and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Reykjavik & Southwest Iceland: Full-colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks missCovers Old Reykjavik, Old Harbour, Laugavegur & Skolavordustigur, Laugardalur, Videy Island, Blue Lagoon, Reykjanes Peninsula, Golden Circle, South Coast, Jokulsarlon, West Iceland and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Pocket Reykjavik & Southwest Iceland, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits! 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations' websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.



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Date de parution 01 mai 2019
Nombre de lectures 12
EAN13 9781788685696
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 28 Mo

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Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland
Top Sights
Cafes & Bars
Natural Wonders
Museums & Galleries
For Free
For Kids
Four Perfect Days
Need to Know

Explore Reykjavík

Old Reykjavík
Old Harbour
Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Explore Southwest Iceland

Golden Circle
South Coast
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Borgarnes & Around

Worth a Trip

Reykjanes Peninsula

Survival Guide
Survival Guide
Before You Go
Arriving in Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland
Getting Around
Essential Information
Behind the Scenes
Our Writers
Welcome to Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland
The world’s most northerly capital combines wild nightspots, colourful buildings and a capricious soul to brilliant effect. Reykjavikers excel at creating captivating museums, cool music and offbeat cafes and bars. And Southwest Iceland’s extraordinary natural wonders are within easy reach, ushering in ice climbing, waterfall hunting, horse riding, lava-tube hiking and hot-spring plunging. That’s quite some city break.

Tjörnin , Reykjavík | JAVEN/SHUTTERSTOCK ©
Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights

1 Jökulsárlón
Icebergs adrift in an ethereal lagoon.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Blue Lagoon
Iceland’s luminous landmark lagoon.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Hallgrímskirkja
Reykjavík’s graceful, iconic church.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Gullfoss
Gorgeous falls cast rainbow mists.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Snæfellsjökull
This national park is a microcosm of Iceland’s terrain.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 National Museum
An excellent, comprehensive history museum.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Þingvellir National Park
Iceland’s stunning rift valley and parliament site.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Settlement Exhibition
Fascinating settler’s ruins and multimedia exhibit.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Settlement Centre
Dive deep into Iceland’s Saga history.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Geysir
The original gushing geyser.


Reykjavík & Southwest Iceland Top Sights
1 Whale Watching
Scan chilly waters for majestic whales.


From take-it-to-go hot dogs to gourmet platters on white-clothed tables, little Reykjavík has an astonishing assortment of places to eat. Here, a wealth of Icelandic and ‘New Nordic’ restaurants serve innovative variations on local fish and lamb. Outside the capital, eateries range from high-end restaurants to simple gas-station grills.


Food Culture
Reykjavík has seen a recent surge in restaurant openings, many of the highest standard and expressing all manner of culinary creativity. Cafes by day turn into restaurants and bars at night. Tapas-style dining, high-concept Icelandic cuisine and burger joints all rub shoulders.

Icelandic Specialities
If you see a queue in Reykjavík, it probably ends at a pýlsur (hot dog) stand. Fiskisúpa (fish soup) comes courtesy of family recipes, while kjötsúpa (meat soup) usually features veggies and chunks of lamb. Icelandic lamb is hard to beat, with free-range sheep munching chemical-free grasses and herbs. In the past, Icelanders merely kept the cheeks and tongues of þorskur (cod) – a delicacy – and exported the rest; but today you’ll commonly find cod fillets on the menu, along with ýsa (haddock) and bleikja (Arctic char). During the summer, try silungur (freshwater trout) and villtur lax (wild salmon). Don’t miss skyr , a yoghurt-like concoction made from pasteurised skimmed milk.

Best Reykjavík Restaurants
Dill One of Reykjavík’s finest restaurants, with elaborate tasting menus.
Matur og Drykkur Innovative, refined Icelandic cuisine.
Þrír Frakkar Classy, consistently good Icelandic food.
Best Seafood Restaurants
Messinn Piping hot fish skillets served with aplomb.
Fiskfélagið Fine seafood prepared in seemingly endless ways.
Icelandic Fish & Chips Indulge your fish-fry fantasy with delicious dips.
Hafið Bláa Super-fresh seafood and divine views right on the South Coast.
Cheaper Eats
SKÁL! Experimental, memorable and super-classy street eats.
Hlemmur Mathöll Gourmet street food in a former bus depot.
Grandi Mathöll Old Harbour food-truck eats.
Flatey Pizza Reykjavík’s best purveyors of sourdough discs.
Hamborgara Búllan Legendary burger bar beloved by Hollywood stars.
Best Restaurants Outside Reykjavík
Efstidalur II Farm-fresh meals in the Golden Circle.
Bjargarsteinn Mathús Waterfront delights on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Gamla Fjósið South Coast former cowshed delivering marvellously meaty mains.
Settlement Centre Modern Icelandic dishes in a heritage-rich room.

Top Tips: Eating
A Reserve ahead in summer for top restaurants; service may stop at 9pm.
A It’s not customary to tip.
A Be aware there are significant conservation issues with whale, puffin and shark .

Cafes & Bars

Reykjavík’s rich coffee culture delivers cool cafes that encourage lingering over morning coffee and light lunches. But as evening comes many undergo a Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation – coffee becomes beer, DJs materialise in dark corners, and suddenly you’re in a kick-ass, late-night bar. Waterfront cafes are a treat in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and around Borgarnes.


Cafe Treats
The old-school Icelandic bakarí (bakeries) can’t be praised enough. Reykjavík has some superb pastry pit stops, and most towns have at least one.
Icelandic pönnukökur (pancakes) are thin, sweet and cinnamon flavoured. Icelandic kleinur (twisted doughnuts) are a chewy treat, along with their offspring ástar pungar (love balls) – deep-fried, spiced balls of dough. You’ll find these desserts in bakeries and cafes, along with an amazing array of fantastic pastries and cakes – one of the few sweet legacies of the Danish occupation.

Hot Dogs & Grills
Icelanders do enjoy fast food – as evidenced by the wealth of hot-dog stands and burger joints. Large petrol stations often have good, cheap, well-patronised grills and cafeterias attached. They generally serve sandwiches and fast food from around 11am to 9pm or 10pm. Some also offer hearty set meals at lunchtime, such as meat soup, fish of the day or plates of lamb.

Best Bakeries
Bakarí Sandholt Fresh-baked breads, sandwiches, soups and pastries.
Brauð & Co Excellent handmade loaves, pastries and organic supplies.
17 Sortir Memorable, multi-coloured cupcakes.
Nesbrauð Sweet treats in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Best Cafes
Reykjavík Roasters The capital’s premier coffee aficionados.
Kaffi Vínyl Coffee, cocktails and laid-back tunes.
Stofan Kaffihús Spacious and welcoming in the heart of Old Reykjavík.
Kaffi Mokka A historic cafe with a well-worn feel.
Friðheimar Own-grown grub on a Golden Circle farm.
Eldstó Art Café Icelandic flatbread with smoked lamb. On the South Coast.
Black Beach Restaurant Cool South Coast eatery with fine ocean views.
Café Kaffitár Chilled-out pit stop at Reykjavík’s National Museum.
Joylato Reykjavík’s favourite ice cream.
Best for Craft Beer
Mikkeller & Friends Local beers in a top-floor hideaway.
Bryggjan Brugghús Microbrewery with harbour views.
Kaldi Hipster hang-out with house-made brews on tap.
Smiðjan Brugghús Own-brewed craft ales and tasty burgers in Vík.
Skúli Craft Bar Brews include 14 on tap and 130 in bottles (who’s counting?).
Steðji Brugghús Borgarnes microbrewery producing strawberry beer.

Top Tips: Buying Alcohol
A You must be at least 20 years old to buy beer, wine or spirits.
A Most towns have a state-run Vínbúðin liquor store ( www.vinbudin.is ); opening hours vary.
A In Reykjavík, early-evening happy hours cut costs to between 700kr and 900kr per beer.


Iceland’s vibrant design culture and craft-oriented ethos make for great shopping: from edgy fashion and knitted lopapeysur (Icelandic woollen sweaters) to unique music and lip-smacking liquor. Many artists and designers form collectives and open shops: everything from bowls made out of radishes to fish-skin handbags, creative toys and cool couture.


Reykjavík’s Iceland Design Centre promotes local designers’ work, and you can check online for the latest news, exhibitions and events, as well as interesting blog posts. Its DesignMarch ( www.designmarch.is ; h Mar) annual event opens hundreds of exhibitions and workshops to the public.

Sweaters & Knitting
Lopapeysur are the ubiquitous Icelandic woolly sweaters you will see worn by locals and visitors alike. Made from naturally water-repellent Icelandic wool, they are thick and cosy, with simple geometric patterns or regional motifs.
They are no longer the bargain they were in the 1960s, so when shopping, be sure to make the distinction: do you want hand-knit or machine made? You’ll notice the price difference (some cost well over 27,500kr), but either way these beautiful but practical items (and their associated hats, gloves and scarves) are exceptionally wearable souvenirs.

Local Favourites
Geysir Popular among locals for Icelandic clothing.
Frú Lauga Good farmers market in the Laugardalur neighbourhood.
Kolaportið Flea Market Retro rummaging at Reykjavík’s weekend market.
Akkúrat The Iceland Design Centre’s concept store.
Kirsuberjatréð Top Icelandic arts and crafts in

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