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Jóna’s guidebook

Jóna

Jóna’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
Kópavogur is just south of Reykjavík. A small and quiet suburban town just a 15 min. drive from the city center. Close to many local attractions fx. Perlan (best view of the capital), Öskjuhlíð (Great natural park for walks), Nauthólfsvík (Geothermal beach), Local swimming pool (hot geothermal water), Local Mall (many international and local shops and restaurants and more
Kópavogur
Kópavogur is just south of Reykjavík. A small and quiet suburban town just a 15 min. drive from the city center. Close to many local attractions fx. Perlan (best view of the capital), Öskjuhlíð (Great natural park for walks), Nauthólfsvík (Geothermal beach), Local swimming pool (hot geothermal water), Local Mall (many international and local shops and restaurants and more
Swimming
The most local thing you can do while in Iceland. Just a min walk from the house. Here locals meet everyday in the geothermal pools and hot tubes and discuss the news of the day. Start you're day with a morning swim and relaxation in the hot tubes or for the best nights sleep to end you're day in the pool and soak in the warm water
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Sundlaugin Versölum (Salalaug)
3 Versalir
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The most local thing you can do while in Iceland. Just a min walk from the house. Here locals meet everyday in the geothermal pools and hot tubes and discuss the news of the day. Start you're day with a morning swim and relaxation in the hot tubes or for the best nights sleep to end you're day in the pool and soak in the warm water
Beautiful natural geothermal pool by Þingvalla lake. Great for relaxation in the countryside. Natural saunas and also possible to take a cold dip into the lake.
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Laugarvatn Fontana
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Beautiful natural geothermal pool by Þingvalla lake. Great for relaxation in the countryside. Natural saunas and also possible to take a cold dip into the lake.
Parks and Nature
Heiðmörk is a conservation area on the outskirts of Reykjavík, popular amongst locals and visitors for recreational activities. Only a 20 min. drive away. With many trails leading through a vast expanse of bushy vegetation and lava formations. Heiðmörk is a favourite with the locals, especially for sports enthusiasts, those with children and couples looking for a romantic retreat!
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Heiðmörk is a conservation area on the outskirts of Reykjavík, popular amongst locals and visitors for recreational activities. Only a 20 min. drive away. With many trails leading through a vast expanse of bushy vegetation and lava formations. Heiðmörk is a favourite with the locals, especially for sports enthusiasts, those with children and couples looking for a romantic retreat!
Öskjuhlíð is a beautiful woodland area surrounding Perlan—one of Reykjavík's stunning landmark buildings. Conveniently located right in the heart of the city, this gorgeous place makes for a popular quick getaway from city life, where visitors can cycle or walk along the various paths, that weave through a dense forest of pines and birch trees. Only a 10 min drive away.
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Öskjuhlíð
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Öskjuhlíð is a beautiful woodland area surrounding Perlan—one of Reykjavík's stunning landmark buildings. Conveniently located right in the heart of the city, this gorgeous place makes for a popular quick getaway from city life, where visitors can cycle or walk along the various paths, that weave through a dense forest of pines and birch trees. Only a 10 min drive away.
The local geothermal beach with hot pools. Where the locals go for cold baths in the ocean and then warm up in the hot pools.
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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
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The local geothermal beach with hot pools. Where the locals go for cold baths in the ocean and then warm up in the hot pools.
Wonderful area for a nice walk and beautiful view. 25 min. drive away, close to city center. With cozy small geothermal pool for warming cold toes by the ocean
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Grótta Island Lighthouse
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Wonderful area for a nice walk and beautiful view. 25 min. drive away, close to city center. With cozy small geothermal pool for warming cold toes by the ocean
Shops
The local mall - just a 5 min drive or 20 min walk. With many International and local shops and restaurants. Movie theater, World class gym and other services.
Smáralind
The local mall - just a 5 min drive or 20 min walk. With many International and local shops and restaurants. Movie theater, World class gym and other services.
The local grocery store just a 5 min walk away. Great variety of vegan foods, organic products and every thing you might need for cooking and making a packed lunch/dinner for the road trip.
Netto
The local grocery store just a 5 min walk away. Great variety of vegan foods, organic products and every thing you might need for cooking and making a packed lunch/dinner for the road trip.
Recommended supermarket with great variety of vegan and organic foods, vegetables and fruits. One of my favorites. Just a 5 min. drive away.
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Krónan
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Recommended supermarket with great variety of vegan and organic foods, vegetables and fruits. One of my favorites. Just a 5 min. drive away.
The cheapest supermarket. Good variation and with plenty of vegan foods. Just 7 min. drive away
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Bónus
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The cheapest supermarket. Good variation and with plenty of vegan foods. Just 7 min. drive away
The local bottle shop. The only stores where you can buy alcohol in Iceland - not sold in supermarkets. Only a 5 min. drive away.
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Vínbúðin
2 Dalvegur
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The local bottle shop. The only stores where you can buy alcohol in Iceland - not sold in supermarkets. Only a 5 min. drive away.
Drugstore close by 5 min. drive - Open 8am - 12am
Lyfja
Drugstore close by 5 min. drive - Open 8am - 12am
My favorite places
One of my favorite art museums with beautiful sculptures
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Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
105 Sigtún
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One of my favorite art museums with beautiful sculptures
Lovely place to sit outside and warm cold toes in beautiful surroundings by the ocean. One of my favorite places in Reykjavík. Small geothermal pool 20 min. drive away
Kvika footbath
Lovely place to sit outside and warm cold toes in beautiful surroundings by the ocean. One of my favorite places in Reykjavík. Small geothermal pool 20 min. drive away
One of my favorite restaurants in Reykjavík. Situated inside Hlemmur Food hall. Amazing food and drinks for a great value. Vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat - fresh and local ingredients. Also they won Michelin guide - Bib Gourmand - 2019! A must try!
Skál!
107 Laugavegur
One of my favorite restaurants in Reykjavík. Situated inside Hlemmur Food hall. Amazing food and drinks for a great value. Vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat - fresh and local ingredients. Also they won Michelin guide - Bib Gourmand - 2019! A must try!
My favorite vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Reykjavík. Cozy and small where everything is made with so much love. Great for a cozy lunch in the city or afternoon coffee and cake. Must try!
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Garðurinn
37 Klapparstígur
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My favorite vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Reykjavík. Cozy and small where everything is made with so much love. Great for a cozy lunch in the city or afternoon coffee and cake. Must try!
Helgafell, or “Holy Mountain,” is a mountain just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, a 20 min drive from the house. It’s a climb that doesn’t take long to hike, yet the view from the top is spectacular. If i'm longing for a light walk and fresh mountain air then I will go the Helgafell with my dogs. Some locals even go mountain running, an exercise which is growing in popularity in Iceland. This makes a hike up Helgafell the perfect trip if you don’t want to spend an entire day hiking, or just take a break from the city for a few hours.
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Helgafell
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Helgafell, or “Holy Mountain,” is a mountain just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, a 20 min drive from the house. It’s a climb that doesn’t take long to hike, yet the view from the top is spectacular. If i'm longing for a light walk and fresh mountain air then I will go the Helgafell with my dogs. Some locals even go mountain running, an exercise which is growing in popularity in Iceland. This makes a hike up Helgafell the perfect trip if you don’t want to spend an entire day hiking, or just take a break from the city for a few hours.
One of my favorite places to visit for a day trip or over a weekend. Short 1,5 hour drive away from the capital is the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with geothermal hot springs, Snæfells glacier, lava caves, beautiful beaches and so much more.
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Snæfellsnes
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One of my favorite places to visit for a day trip or over a weekend. Short 1,5 hour drive away from the capital is the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with geothermal hot springs, Snæfells glacier, lava caves, beautiful beaches and so much more.
My favorite bakery <3. Many locations with amazing sourdough bread and baked goods. The cinnamon bons are to die for! Vegan options. All organic and amazing
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Brauð & Co.
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My favorite bakery <3. Many locations with amazing sourdough bread and baked goods. The cinnamon bons are to die for! Vegan options. All organic and amazing
Fantastic Volcano interactive expedition in the south of Iceland. I have been to this and I can really recommend. If you want to learn more about the volcanoes and eruptions then this is a must visit.
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LAVA Centre
14 Austurvegur
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Fantastic Volcano interactive expedition in the south of Iceland. I have been to this and I can really recommend. If you want to learn more about the volcanoes and eruptions then this is a must visit.
Beautiful islands in the south of Iceland. Gorgeous landscape with a lot of bird and sea life all around. Puffins, whales, seals, magnetic lava cliffs and fields. If you go there I recommend Slippurinn for dinner (Amazing dining experience), GOTT (tasty lunch) and also Eldheimar (Museum of the eruption that happened on the island 1973).
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Vestmannaeyjar
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Beautiful islands in the south of Iceland. Gorgeous landscape with a lot of bird and sea life all around. Puffins, whales, seals, magnetic lava cliffs and fields. If you go there I recommend Slippurinn for dinner (Amazing dining experience), GOTT (tasty lunch) and also Eldheimar (Museum of the eruption that happened on the island 1973).
A wonderful visit to a Tomato farm in the south of Iceland. Tasty food and drinks all made from their tomatoes situated inside the greenhouse. Beautiful experience <3.
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Friðheimar
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A wonderful visit to a Tomato farm in the south of Iceland. Tasty food and drinks all made from their tomatoes situated inside the greenhouse. Beautiful experience <3.
Small lake close by - my favorite place for a short walk with my dogs. Possible to go fishing there.
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Lake Vifilsstadavatn
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Small lake close by - my favorite place for a short walk with my dogs. Possible to go fishing there.
Favorite pizzas in Reykjavík. Neapolitan pizzas by the harbor in Reykjavík. All organic and fresh ingredients. About 20 min drive from the house.
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Flatey Pizza
11 Grandagarður
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Favorite pizzas in Reykjavík. Neapolitan pizzas by the harbor in Reykjavík. All organic and fresh ingredients. About 20 min drive from the house.
Best coffee in Reykjavík - next to Brauð & Co my favorite bakery down town
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Reykjavik Roasters
1 Kárastígur
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Best coffee in Reykjavík - next to Brauð & Co my favorite bakery down town
Recommended restaurants
Healthy fast food chain with tasty vegan foods - chicken options also available. 5 min. drive away. Soup, Salads, wraps, burgers and lasagna.
Gló
Healthy fast food chain with tasty vegan foods - chicken options also available. 5 min. drive away. Soup, Salads, wraps, burgers and lasagna.
Inside the mall, tasty sandwiches and juices close by.
JOE & THE JUICE
Inside the mall, tasty sandwiches and juices close by.
Indian fusion healthy restaurant close by. Only a 5 min. drive away. Pizza's, salads, wraps, tandoori and more.
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Saffran
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Indian fusion healthy restaurant close by. Only a 5 min. drive away. Pizza's, salads, wraps, tandoori and more.
Sourdough pizzas close by - only 3. min drive or 15 min walk. A Lot of vegan options.
Íslenska Flatbakan
2 Bæjarlind
Sourdough pizzas close by - only 3. min drive or 15 min walk. A Lot of vegan options.
Sightseeing
Great for sightseeing and very good nature expeditions. Coffee house and restaurant with amazing on the top floor and nice souvenir shop Rammagerð. Perlan is by Öskjuhlíð (forrest) and Nauthólsvík (beach). Only a 10 min. drive away.
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Perlan - Wonders of Iceland
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Great for sightseeing and very good nature expeditions. Coffee house and restaurant with amazing on the top floor and nice souvenir shop Rammagerð. Perlan is by Öskjuhlíð (forrest) and Nauthólsvík (beach). Only a 10 min. drive away.
Small island by the city. Interesting history - recommend to take a guided trip over.
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Viðey
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Small island by the city. Interesting history - recommend to take a guided trip over.