Reykjavik: Micro Guide

 

With 2014 just around the corner, it’s time to think about which trips you want to pencil in over the next 12 months. If you’re looking for somewhere a little leftfield, somewhere that packs in a lot of magic, then Reykjavik might be the destination for you. The predominantly snowy climate makes the smattering of cozy taverns and indie boutiques particularly welcoming. And you’ve a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights if you visit between November-February.

Recharge your batteries at…

The amazing Reykjavik Lights Hotel. The design of this recently opened concept hotel is based on the ever-changing light of Reykjavik’s sky. As a result, each of the 105 rooms is based on a different recorded shade of light from the ancient Icelandic Rímtafla calendar. Located in central Reykjavik, this hotel is minimal, fun and a little Sci-Fi.

Get a belly full of deliciousness….

Head to the city’s old harbour hub and you’ll find MAR. We are die-hard fans of this unique fusion restaurant that serves up scrumptious Mediterranean food in an ode to the old harbour setting. The wood panels that line the walls are painted black to resemble the Icelandic harbour houses of yesteryear and the food is IN-SANE. We recommend the prosciutto wrapped monkfish – you won’t be disappointed.

Give. Me. Coffee…

Caffeine freaks should head to Prikid. Once inside, traditional Reykjavik feels omnipresent  in the dark wood-clad walls and latté-coloured booths. The coffee is pretty epic too. If ‘Cheers’ had been based in Iceland…

Go way over your holiday budget…

Reykjavik is full of idiosyncratic stores that will probably wrench your credit card from your wallet on a regular basis. Make those hard-earned dollars count and head to 66° North for homegrown stylish outerwear that will keep you snug – even in the ball-shriveling Icelandic chill.

For Nordic heritage-style menswear, the Farmers Market store in the Fishpacking District is a must-visit. The store is more like a showroom and you’ll want to browse for hours.

Work on your ruddy beer-swilling complexion…

This winding streets of this small city are peppered with intimate bars and public houses where locals can be found escaping the cold, night after night. Our favourites are Boston, a cosy black-hole of a bar that hosts regular gigs and Micro Bar – it’s vast range of beer will make you giddy.