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What to do when you Hop Off – At Stop 3

Sightseeing around the Maritime Museum

April 10, 2020

What to do when you Hop Off – At Stop 3

Sightseeing around the Maritime Museum

April 10, 2020

So you’ve decided to get acquainted with Reykjavik through our Hop On – Hop Off bus. Well done, we commend you for your good judgement. Here’s a short guide to what you might want to check out around stop 3.

Stop 3

The Grandi area is an old industrial harbour area turned chic bohemian happening neighbourhood where you can find anything from treasured boutiques to amazing delicatessens. It's perfect for an afternoon stroll and don't worry about getting hungry, this area is full of delicious options.

The Reykjavik Maritime Museum

The rich fishing areas around the coast of Iceland are the fundamental reason for why this remote island in the middle of the North Atlantic has been settled for over a millennium. Fishing isn’t just the backbone of the historical Icelandic economy but an essential part of this country’s character and culture. This new and ambitious museum celebrates this fact with accessible information, colourful exhibitions and their actual flagship: former coast guard vessel Óðinn, permanently docked by the museum and open to visitors through guided tours.

Valdís Ice Cream Shop

Here’s a little-known fact you might find surprising: Ice cream is something of a religion in Iceland. This delicatessen is such a deep cultural staple in Iceland that it might as well be called Icecreamland. We kid, but there’s a grain of truth to it. Ice cream is to Icelanders what tea is to the English. While we might not eat it daily, it is a source of comfort on a rough day and a treat to celebrate with on a great day. It’s an excuse to stop for a minute and converse with your loved ones, neutral ground for a first date or simply a moment with the family to bond over something nice. And everyone has their favourite. Valdís is one of those favourite ice cream shops that’s always busy and bustling and offers great flavours from their flagship store in Grandi, just across the street from the Maritime Museum. Do not pass this place without having at least a taste of the true essence of Icelandic culture.

Kaffivagninn Café

It may not look like much, but this humble building by the harbour houses Iceland’s oldest restaurant and it is as retro as Reykjavik gets. Kaffivagninn or “the coffee wagon” was originally on the back of a truck parked at the harbour which explains the name, but now offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with traditional pastry and deserts to go with your coffee. This is a great café stop to enjoy the real Icelandic harbour views. Try a “kleina” with your coffee for the ultimate authentic experience.

Jens Jeweller

Family run jewellers Jens is one of Iceland’s oldest jewellers. Their designs are both progressive and diverse and most will find something to their liking at Jens, with jewellery ranging from the most delicate earrings to the boldest statements you could possible wear.

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What to do when you Hop Off – At Stop 3

Sightseeing around the Maritime Museum

April 10, 2020

What to do when you Hop Off – At Stop 3

Sightseeing around the Maritime Museum

April 10, 2020

So you’ve decided to get acquainted with Reykjavik through our Hop On – Hop Off bus. Well done, we commend you for your good judgement. Here’s a short guide to what you might want to check out around stop 3.

Stop 3

The Grandi area is an old industrial harbour area turned chic bohemian happening neighbourhood where you can find anything from treasured boutiques to amazing delicatessens. It's perfect for an afternoon stroll and don't worry about getting hungry, this area is full of delicious options.

The Reykjavik Maritime Museum

The rich fishing areas around the coast of Iceland are the fundamental reason for why this remote island in the middle of the North Atlantic has been settled for over a millennium. Fishing isn’t just the backbone of the historical Icelandic economy but an essential part of this country’s character and culture. This new and ambitious museum celebrates this fact with accessible information, colourful exhibitions and their actual flagship: former coast guard vessel Óðinn, permanently docked by the museum and open to visitors through guided tours.

Valdís Ice Cream Shop

Here’s a little-known fact you might find surprising: Ice cream is something of a religion in Iceland. This delicatessen is such a deep cultural staple in Iceland that it might as well be called Icecreamland. We kid, but there’s a grain of truth to it. Ice cream is to Icelanders what tea is to the English. While we might not eat it daily, it is a source of comfort on a rough day and a treat to celebrate with on a great day. It’s an excuse to stop for a minute and converse with your loved ones, neutral ground for a first date or simply a moment with the family to bond over something nice. And everyone has their favourite. Valdís is one of those favourite ice cream shops that’s always busy and bustling and offers great flavours from their flagship store in Grandi, just across the street from the Maritime Museum. Do not pass this place without having at least a taste of the true essence of Icelandic culture.

Kaffivagninn Café

It may not look like much, but this humble building by the harbour houses Iceland’s oldest restaurant and it is as retro as Reykjavik gets. Kaffivagninn or “the coffee wagon” was originally on the back of a truck parked at the harbour which explains the name, but now offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with traditional pastry and deserts to go with your coffee. This is a great café stop to enjoy the real Icelandic harbour views. Try a “kleina” with your coffee for the ultimate authentic experience.

Jens Jeweller

Family run jewellers Jens is one of Iceland’s oldest jewellers. Their designs are both progressive and diverse and most will find something to their liking at Jens, with jewellery ranging from the most delicate earrings to the boldest statements you could possible wear.

Reykjavik Maritime Museum
kaffivagn

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