Reykjavik is best for...

Markets: Go to the food markets located next to the Koloportid flea market to discover tasty cheeses, pastries and dulse

Traditional dishes: Make sure you try the Arctic char, cod and lamb on your trip, all of which are traditional Icelandic ingredients

Superb seafood: Seafood in Reykjavik is second-to-none, with everything from lobster to pickled herrings available

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Reykjavik is Icelandic

Currency: The currency used in Reykjavik is the Iceland Krona

Local time: Reykjavik is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Reykjavik's main airport is Keflavík International Airport

Iceland’s northerly setting and rocky land meant its food used to be mainly preserved meat and fish, with not many fresh vegetables. Now though, Reykjavik’s chefs are making good use of the ingredients found on the island like wild mushrooms, rhubarb, blueberries, crowberries, angelica and seaweed. They combine them with modern cooking techniques to create delicious dishes. Icelanders are great fans of fast food too so they’re just as happy with a hamburger or hotdog. You won’t find any of the big chain coffee shops or burger restaurants though, as Iceland’s restaurants are just as individual as the rest of its culture.