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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Trek Across Geothermal Landscapes in Reykjavik


5. Oddball Day

Spot whales, puffins, and guillemots on daily trips from the harbor.  

Begin with the Truck (eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, toast, and two pancakes all piled together, $10) or the french-fry-laden Hangover Sandwich ($10) at greasy spoon coffeehouse Prikið. Next, head off to the harbor for a morning whale-watching excursion ($70) in Faxaflói Bay, where you’ll also get the chance to spot puffins and guillemots. Upon returning to the harbor, warm up with a hearty Icelandic version of lobster soup ($12) at the Sægreifinn the Sea Baron, owned by a retired fisherman. Rent a car ($80 per day) and drive 80 minutes to spend the afternoon watching Glíma, an Icelandic form of martial art that dates back to the Viking era. Free competitions are usually held in Geysir (check the official calendar for dates), not far from the Great Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall in the Haukadalur Valley. In the evening, head to Reykjavik’s 3 Frakkar to dine on smoked puffin ($18) and whale steaks (from $39). Grab a nightcap at cult favorite Kaffibarinn, co- owned by Blur’s Damon Albarn and featured in the film 101 Reykjavik, or let loose at Nasa, Iceland’s largest rock club.

Published on Nov 11, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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