Food in Iceland can suit any budget, from a delicious 3 euro hot dog to a multi-course meal from an award-winning restaurant. There is truly something for everyone!

If you are looking to save some money, you can stop at a Bonus store (logo has a cross-eyed pig) to pick up groceries for your trip. They usually open at 10am and close between 6-8pm. 

Be sure to try out some Icelandic specialties, such as lamb and seafood, during your trip. The fish is extremely fresh and brought in daily from local fishing village. Reykjavik also has a wonderful selection of options for dining out.

RESTAURANTS

Originally opened in 1937, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsura red-and-white hot-dog stand near the harbor, was rated the best hot dog stand in Europe a few years ago by the British newspaper the Guardian. The stand (the name translates to “the best hot dog in town”) is a Reykjavik institution; expect a line regardless of whether it’s before sunrise or after. Whatever the hour, order one with everything: fried onions, raw onions, ketchup, rémoulade, sweet Icelandic mustard.

Icelandic Fish and Chips - a great spot for lunch or dinner. It’s an organic bistro offering amazing fish and chips. We absolutely loved the food here. 

For mid-afternoon drink and snacks, check out Tapas Barinn or Tapas Húsið for Spanish-Icelandic fusion cuisine.

The Noodle Station serves up a great value meal. Big steaming bowls of oriental noodle soups, served with chicken, lamb or veggies. 

For an indulgent evening dinner, try GrillmarkadurinnA beautiful modern space with decor inspired by Icelandic nature. They use fresh and seasonal ingredients to create innovative dishes combining scandinavian and asian influences. It's sister restaurant, Sjavargrillid (Seafood Grill), is another spot for a sampling of the best of Scandinavian cuisine. Their menu feature a variety of meats, seafood and vegetarian options to suite everyone’s tastes.

Dill is ranked alongside the previous two as one of the best restaurants in Reykjavik. Its chef, Gunnar Karl Gislason, is a pioneer in the contemporary Nordic food movement, having introduced new Nordic cuisine to his nation. While his dishes are decidedly modern, what really makes Gislason’s cuisine sing is his commitment to local producers and Icelandic traditions that are quickly being forgotten in the wake of industrialization. Service is impeccable, as is the wine and cocktail selection. 

The best place to shop for traditional Icelandic foods from all the scary things you hear about like fermented shark and pickled lamb testicles to more appetizing items like pastries, dulse and cheese is Kolaportid, just steps from Reykjavik's harbour. The indoor food market is located next door to Iceland's biggest flea market, which is fun to peruse for hip Nordic style at a discount, offbeat Scandinavian music and all the Icelandic kitsch that space in your suitcase will allow. The food market vendors offer tastings galore and while horse sausage might not be your thing, addictive Icelandic birch cheese just might be. 

Kex means biscuit in Icelandic and this is an appropriate name for this former biscuit factory overlooking Reykjavik’s harbour. The industrial hostel and gastropub’s vibe feels like the Ace Hotel’s Reykjavik extension. The rooms are trendy and sophisticated, with Icelandic wool blankets and kitschy art on the walls. But it’s the food that keeps locals, and the visiting trendsetters who flock to Iceland each summer, coming back for more. The taps pour local beer brewed with Icelandic ingredients like angelica and arctic thyme and the menu is comprised of fresh salads, pristine seafood and Icelandic lamb burgers.

Reykjavik Roasters serves the best coffee in Iceland. Its co-owners are internationally award-winning roasters who view their work as an art rather than just a job. One of its owners, an Icelandic native, was trained to roast beans at The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen — Denmark’s best coffee shop. He was the only non-Danish person ever allowed to do so and his years of diligent work paid off now that he’s back home, resulting in silky rich coffee that locals and in-the-know tourists return for again and again. The corner space is just a few blocks from Reykjavik’s iconic church Hallgrímskirkja, making it an ideal stop during a day of sightseeing. 

TRADITIONAL ICELANDIC FOOD

Skyr (a smooth and thick yogurt/cheese)

Hangikjot (smoked lamb)

Pylsur (hot dog)

Rúgbrauð (dark, dense rye bread)

Plokkfiskur (fish stew)

Iceland is known for its unpredictability and, trust us, it's unpredictable. The day before our wedding showcased temperatures in the thirties and horizontal rain due to high winds. The next day, the sun came out, it almost reached 50 degrees and there wasn't a drop of rain all day. 

The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

Sunrise: 7:47 AM 

Sunset: 6:44 PM

Day Length: 10:56:38

So, you're going to join us!

We are tremendously excited to celebrate with you in West Iceland! For most of our guests, this will be your first trip to Reykjavík and beyond. Get excited. There is so much to see and do. Our hope is that many of the logistical details for your trip are contained on this page: our wedding weekend itinerary and suggestions for your accommodations. Please get in touch if you need any additional information - we are more than happy to share as many details as are helpful. 

IT'S ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!

Saturday

OCTOBER 3TH, 2015 - Reykjavik & BLUE LAGOON

Welcome Lunch
We're hosting a casual get together for those who want to join us for a meal at Sjavargrillid (Seafood Grill) in the city center. If you're not too weary from your travels and want to sample some delicious Icelandic cuisine, we'd love to see you! Our treat.
Sjavargrillid, Skolavoroustigur 14, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
11:30 am-1:30 pm

 

Blue Lagoon
Bring your swimsuit and a towel (really - otherwise they cost $7 to rent!) and join us for some relaxation at the biggest and most popular hot springs in Iceland. Guests of all ages, including young children, are welcome - we have express permission allowing the under-two crowd. Admission and parking are on us; massages, drinks and food are available to anyone who wishes to purchase them. We'll meet in the Blue Cafe to wait for everyone to arrive.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavik, Iceland
3:15 pm

 

Guys' Night On the Town
An Icelandic bachelor party for Ofer - all guys welcome!
Time & Place TBD

Sunday

OCTOBER 4TH, 2015 - Travel to Búðir

Check-In
2:00pm-6:00pm

Dinner
The Hotel Budir restaurant, which is known for incredible Icelandic fare, will be open for anyone who would like to purchase dinner here Sunday evening prior to the bonfire. We'll be eating there ourselves! While it's not inexpensive, we've heard it's worth a splurge - and there aren't too many other options nearby!

Bonfire on the Beach (weather permitting)
We love s'mores, so what better way to celebrate together the evening before the ceremony than a bonfire? We'll be providing snacks and s'mores as an after-dinner treat. No doubt we'll be keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights, too.
Hótel Búðir
7:00pm

Monday

OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 - Búðir

Wedding Ceremony
Unless there is terribly wet or cold weather, our ceremony will be held outdoors in the lava fields. Most folks will be formally dressed, but make sure you're warm and comfortable, too! We will spend the time following the ceremony taking photographs and video; feel free to relax, play board games, nap or go sight-seeing!
Hótel Búðir
2:00pm

Wedding Reception
Canapés followed by dinner, dessert and dancing.
Hótel Búðir
5:00pm - Midnight

Tuesday

OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 - Depart Búðir

Farewell Brunch
Hótel Búðir
8-10am

The Wedding Venue 

Hótel Búðirwas named by conde nast traveler one of the top 20 hotels in europe 

 

Hótel Búðir  |  IS-365 Snaefellsnes, Iceland  |  Tel. +354 435 6700  |  

Hótel Búðir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countryside hotels in Iceland, just a short drive from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. The hotel sits in a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, in the western region of Iceland.

Due to the hotel’s location, guests have an impressive view of the breathtaking Snaefellsjokull glacier and the Búðir estuary which meanders into the vast Faxafloi-Bay where a number of seals reside.

Hótel Búðir’s restaurant, arguably one of the most romantic restaurants in Iceland, has been referred to as  the Mecca of Icelandic cooking due to its unique and delightful cuisine. 

Each of the hotel's 28 rooms has been reserved for our guests on the nights of October 4th and 5th. It is so important to us that you are able to relax, enjoy our wedding and explore the Icelandic countryside; we hope you will stay with us at Hótel Búðir to celebrate and take in some magnificent scenery. Please RSVP promptly so that we may save a room for you, as space is limited. 

Note: We have taken charge of booking/assigning individual rooms. No need to contact the hotel unless you wish to stay additional nights. 

Rates: Each room costs between 170 to 220 USD per night (exact cost dependent on room size and exchange rate) and will accommodate 2 adults. Cots are available to sleep additional adults/children (15USD) and baby beds may also be included without additional cost. Let us know what best fits your needs.

Check-in is 2pm and check-out is 12pm. 

Breakfast is included. Every room comes with a television, telephone, clock, wireless internet and a hairdryer. All rooms are non-smoking. Children are most welcome. 

Stay at Hótel Búðir(pronounced booth-ear)

Sunday, October 4th & Monday, October 5th, 2015
 

Hótel Búðir
365 Snaefellsnes
Iceland

Driving from the Keflavík Airport/Reykjavík:

Travel time from downtown Reykjavik to Hótel Búðir will be approximately 2 hours; plan accordingly! Drive towards Reykjavík from Keflavík using Highway no. 41. From Reykjavík head towards Borgarnes (Highway no. 1 aka Ring Road). On the way you will go through the Hvalfjörður tunnel where you will need to pay a toll (around 900 ISK/7 USD for the average family car) in cash. 

Drive through Borgarnes and take Road no. 54 to the left towards Stykkishólmur. After about half an hour drive you will pass an intersection where right heads toward Stykkishólmur. Keep heading straight towards Arnarstapi and Ólafsvík and continue driving for an additional half an hour. You will reach another intersection where you will want to keep left and continue on Road no. 574 towards Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Shortly, you will see the sign for “Búðir” on your left. Follow the long road until you reach the hotel.

The maximum speed on the highway in Iceland 90 km p/hour (55 mi p/hour). All the way to Hotel Búðir, the road is a two-way and with asphalt surface.

Accommodations in Reykjavík 

SEE ThE SIGHTS IN THIS COLORFUL AND VIBRANT CITY PRIOR TO VISITING THE ICELANDIC COUNTRYSIDE FOR OUR WEDDING

Reykjavík, the largest city in Iceland and home to nearly half of the 320,000 citizen population, is a perfect home base for your visit to Iceland. On a bay overlooked by Mt. Esja, this metropolis contains a plethora of opportunities for shopping and dining. Most sight-seeing activities, from horseback riding to whale watching to Golden Circle tours, are easily accessible to visitors. Tour operators frequently arrange pickups from local hotels and, for those with a rental car, many attractions are within easy driving distance.

We anticipate that most of our guests will be arriving several days prior to the wedding and staying in Reykjavík until departing for Hótel Búðir on Sunday, October 4. 

AirBNB  |  AIRBNB.COM

There are an abundance of vacation rental properties available on AirBNB (or other similar websites) for those who do not wish to stay in a hotel during your time in Reykjavík. For groups, it may be more economical to share an AirBNB-rented space with several bedrooms than to book multiple hotel rooms. Families may find having a kitchen helpful, as well. Pricing, availability and reviews are available on each property's page, but a private apartment tends to range between $90-200/night depending on location and size. The best options will be central locations; anything in the 101 area/downtown is usually a good bet. 

Kex Hostel  |  KEXHOSTEL.IS

Hosteling is hip at Kex, which opened in 2011 in a former biscuit factory with 142 beds spread between dorms for 4, 6, 8, 10, or 16 persons and private rooms (three with en suite bathrooms and two with private WC). The hostel also boasts cool, retro décor — salvaged, vintage and well-worn — and a lively in-house gastro pub. KEX is an organic concept blending a vintage industrial feel with an eclectic, contemporary touch.

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina  |  +354 444 4000  |   Myrargata 2 - 101 Reykjavík  |  WEBSITE

Located in the downtown harbor district, and just a few steps from downtown. This hotel delivers an authentic Reykjavík experience, by synthesizing the city’s rich maritime history with its vibrant present day culture.

Hotel Holt  |  +354 552 5700  |   Bergstaðastræti 37 Reykjavík|  WEBSITE

A luxurious hotel with original paintings, drawings and sculptures adorn the rooms here (Holt houses the largest private art collection in Iceland), set off by warm-toned decor and rose-coloured carpets. Downstairs is a handsome amber-hued library, a bar with flickering fire and a huge selection of single-malt whiskys, and one of the country’s best restaurants.