Before we embark on any travel recommendation—we must get a feel for the place we are talking about. Here are some intriguing facts about Iceland.
- Health: Icelandic people are very healthy. They enjoy one of the longest life spans in the world (82 years for women, 78 for men).
- Hidden People: Icelandic people believe in Elves. But they are actually called “hidden people”. Skepticism of this tradition may appear rude.
- Hippies: Iceland is a very Green Country. They are very interested in their environment and conservation. We, at Loomis Luggage, applaud them.
- Eye Masks: Bring a fashionable silk eye mask. The sun will remain high in the sky until well past 11 PM during the summer.
- Local Death Drinks: Local Icelandic drink is called the Brennivin or “Black Death”. They are rumored to be quite strong.
- The Icelandic Pony: Iceland has their very own breed horse called the Icelandic Horse. It is actually the size of a pony.
- Iceland is a part of the European continent.
- Tipping is not expected.
- Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
- The currency is called the Icelandic Krona.
Hidden world walks. Yes, you can go on an elf and spiritual being tour. San Francisco would be so jealous: http://alfar.is/. During this tour, you walk across a 7,000-year-old lava field. Only on Tuesdays and Fridays in Hafnarfjordur. this is quite close to Reykjavik.
- Hotel 101 – Hotel 101 is known to be one of the best hotels in Iceland. This is a buzzing late night hangout so you may not even need to go to a separate bar! http://www.101hotel.is/
- Hotel Ranga – This hotel seems very much like the Llao Llao in Bariloche, Argentina. It was founded in the countryside of Iceland. This is the world famous location for viewing the above-mentioned Northern Lights. The best time is September-April. http://www.hotelranga.is/
- Seafood Cellar Restaurant – A very nice restaurant in Reykjavik. All locally caught species make for a true Icelandic experience. The hip menu ads a modern flair, and a five course tasting menu is a reasonable $72/pp w/out wine pairing. http://sjavarkjallarinn.is/
- Silfur – Nordic cuisine with a French twist. It has a very modern fabulous décor—like strange plastic chandeliers. Described as antique French meets disco. http://www.silver.is/
- 3 Frakkar – Whale and Puffin Sushi? All I know is that it’s one of Gwenyth Paltrow’s favorite restaurants in the world. Prices are moderate and offer a very affordable lunch. I would not personally eat the whale nor recommend it as they are endangered. But it is a long time Icelandic dish. http://www.3frakkar.com/
- Baejarins Betsu – Voted best hot dog in Europe as written HERE in the NYT!
From our Loomis Luggage Fans
- Hotel Sunna is great too- NFT family owned and named after his cousin. — From Alexandra Thompson
- http://www.sunna.is/ — From RadTown
- Was there for new years 2 yrs ago. Pls go. Drive from Rekjavik to Budir and the northwest. Avoid the boring southern part. You can bank on this advice no matter what you read. The steam baths are ok. Also 101 is overrated. Look up the old soup kitchen place where the fishing captain sells his catch. And climb the Rekj belltower – check out how small the town really is! And then, get outta the city and drive north! — From Marius
- We are staying at Hotel Budir because we couldn’t get into the Hotel Ranga! — From Caitlin