Learn how to visit Reykjavik like a local, from best cafes to where to buy sheeps head, and everything in between!
When I first started planning my Iceland road trip, I spent hours watching YouTube videos, reading travel books and bingeing on travel blogs (I’m talking OITNB binge levels), before stumbling upon Auður Ösp and the goldmine that is I Heart Reykjavik.
Auður is the owner and blogger behind Iceland travel blog I Heart Reykjavik. She’s a go-to source for all things Iceland, and even leads tours from a local’s perspective. And today, she’s part of our Wander Local series, offering her tips and insights on all things Reykjavik. Prepare for some major Iceland wanderlust!
What is the place you call home, and how long have you lived there?
I live in Reykjavík and, apart from my twenties when I did a lot of traveling and lived in different countries, I’ve lived here most of my life.
Hands down, what’s the best thing about your hometown?
Reykjavík is special because it’s a capital city with a small town feel. It’s small but it still has (almost) everything you need in a city. It’s safe and fairly clean and my friends and family are here.
How about restaurants?
I don’t really have any favorite restaurants but I really like Ostabúðin in Skólavörðustígur and Forréttabarinn for laid back atmosphere and good food.
Any great cafes or bakeries we should try out?
Café Babalú is one of my favorite cafés, it’s cool and quirky and welcoming. Brauð&Co is a new artisan bakery that recently opened up on Frakkastígur and it’s all the rage right now.
What is the most unusual thing to do in your hometown?
You can buy a sheep’s head, to eat, at a drive through. I think that’s kind of unique.
What inspired you to leave home and explore the world?
The things I love most about Reykjavík now, how small it is and how everyone I know is here, is the reason I wanted to get away from it when I was younger. I think it’s important for everyone to see a little bit of the world. It broadens your horizon, makes you more understanding and tolerant and it might teach you to appreciate your home even more.
Ready to book your flight to Reykjavik? Me too! Read up on additional Iceland tips – and learn more about Auður – at www.iheartreykjavik.net!