After visiting twice I decided to share my 13 travel secrets for Iceland, things to do in Reykjavik, where to eat, best nightclubs and special tips for this country of vikings.
Iceland has a lot more to offer besides natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. Check out my more detailed Top list of Best Places in Reykjavik by clicking here.
Best time to visit Iceland is either in early February to see the Northern Lights or mid-summer for the music festivals.
Start off at Cafe Loki, try their incredible Icelandic lamp soup, herring sandwich and rye bread ice cream than head over to Hallgrimskirkja, the famous church in Reykjavik, known for its unique architecture and mesmerizing view of the city. Harpa, the unique concert and event venue, known for its futuristic design and enjoys the best acoustics in the world.
Kolaportid Flea Market, get yourself a warm Icelandic sweater or other odd Icelandic products also try the Hakarl, rotten shark which you can purchase at the Flea Market. The most horrid food in the world, the shark is buried in the soil for months and rot in its own juices in order to acquire this strange local delicacy. Grab dinner at the Seabaron, hidden secret in the Reykjavik harbor where you can try the controversial whale steak and world's best lobster soup.
Alternatively, try Svio, aka Icelandic Sheep's Head. An odd dish that can be ordered at certain local restaurants or at the BSI drive-thru. Creep out your friends by going all out by trying the tongue, nose and eye. Make an effort to see the Northern Lights, its hit or miss with this event, best time to go is early February. My favorite place is Blue Lagoon, nowadays not a hidden secret anymore, but a spot that cannot be missed. This incredible place is one of the wonders of the world and is world's biggest geothermal spa.
Try a Pylsur Hot Dog at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, the most famous in Reykjavik, you can expect long lines. Another good place is Vegamot Restaurant, one of the better restaurants in Reykjavik.
No trip to Iceland is complete without partying it up in the Reykjavik Nightlife, visit Austur, the best nightclub in town. Make sure to contact my friends at www.rvkbynight.is and they may be able to hook you up with an exclusive party or message them directly @Reykjavikbynight.
If you wake up without a hangover from their crazy nightlife you should attend the Herring Era Museum, a 4 hour drive north of Reykjavik where you can try the true authentic Icelandic herring or the Icelandic Phallological Museum aka the Penis Museum, perhaps the most bizarre museum in Iceland.