Shark meat, anyone? This dining institution, with its charmingly old-fashioned interiors, is the place for creative seafood—cod roe with roasted shallots; salted cod with pork belly—followed by shots of brennivín (a.k.a. schnapps, or “firewater”).
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Named for Icelandic clergyman and poet Hallgrímur Pétursson, this modern church in downtown Reykjavík is the country’s largest. It took architect Guðjón Samúelsson 41 years to complete the building (he started in 1945), but its striking design, reminiscent of flowing lava, was worth the wait.
Twenty-four miles outside the capital on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the geothermal spa is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Its crystal-blue waters, part of a lava formation, hover between 98 and 102 degrees year-round and are rich in beneficial minerals such as sulfur and silica.
The open-air museum, made up of more than 20 buildings relocated from central Reykjavík, re-creates daily life in a historical village and farm. Guides in period costume lead tours; exhibits include craft demonstrations and vintage car shows.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.