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Jul 16, 2012 12:35 PM

Where to eat in Iceland- August 2012

Hi there!

We'll be in Iceland for about a week in late August. Flying into Reykjavik and driving the Southeast to Jokulsarlon.

Any recs on where to eat? Someone mentioned Sea Baron as well as Bæjarins Beztu for the Clinton Dog.


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  1. i'm also heading there in a few weeks, would love some recommendations!

    1. In Reykjavik, our favorite spot is Islenski Barinn. It is right in the City Center and is not touristy at all. It seems to be a favorite hangout of locals while the tourists all flock to the "French" place across the street. Here we have tried several traditional Icelandic dishes. They are simple, hearty and delicious. Very casual, easy going and moderate prices.

      Salthusid in Grindavik is FANtastic, should you find yourself there on your way to/from Reykjavik, possibly after visiting the Salt Cod Museum?

      If you are anywhere near Hella, Hotel Ranga is a luxurious resort by Icelandic standards and has a Michelin-worthy restaurant in my opinion--

      Have a great time! Iceland is my favorite place to visit, no matter the season.

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      1. re: oddcouple1

        Thanks for the info! I'm headed there in a couple weeks and appreciate the helpful tips.

        1. re: oddcouple1

          Thanks for posting these recs. They look great!

        2. We're a couple of days away from our Iceland trip. Any latebreaking recs??

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          1. re: kukubura

            We loved the seafood restaurant on the marina in Reykjavik. It's on Myrargata near the Icelandair hotel. Maybe a 2 minute walk (if you walk slowly). It looks like a hole and the sign just says "Lobster Soup". The lobster soup is delicious and you can get kebabs of various fish. There's also a hot dog stand in the middle of the town center that my brother claimed is famous. The dogs were decent but the ice cream was the highlight. Very creamy and rich. We also ate at the cafeteria at Perlan and had some decent if overly huge crepes. Haha clearly we were trying to stay low budget. I was surprised at how expensive food was. Oh, and we had the best Pakistani food I've ever eaten at Shangri-La. I had the saffron chicken and practically licked the plate clean. Enjoy your trip!

            1. re: Hobbert

              Thanks! Sounds great. Was the lobster soup place the Sea Baron/Saegreifinn? That place has gotten some great press for its soup. We are definitely looking for a mix of cheap eats and a little higher end.

              1. re: kukubura

                Yes that is the Sea Baron I believe. We had the lobster stew as well as whale meat kebabs there.

              2. re: Hobbert

                Holy moly. we just got back from Iceland and we also ate at that place. We were walking along the waterfront and it was cold with a cold windchill. We saw the sign that read.. Lobster Soup. It was a little shanty with bench tables and kebabs in the refrigerated display. The soup was incredible with lots of big chunks of lobster. The kebabs were excellent and very fresh.