First Day of Summer In Iceland

First Day of Summer In Iceland

April 19th marks first day of summer in Iceland, well,  according to the Old Norse Calendar. This day is when two seasons meet, and is said in Icelandic folklore that if this night drops down to the frost mark, then the summer will be warm and plentiful. Fingers crossed for frost that night. 

 

If you happen to be here on this national holiday here are a few wonderful places to find locals celebrating. Let me remind you like most Icelandic holidays, this revolves around drinking.

 

Cafe Flóra

This wonderful cafe is right next to Reykjavik Botanic Gardens. A wonderful place to spend the afternoon eating brunch, drinking beer surrounded by blooming trees and flowers. This farmers market style cafe uses fresh ingredients from local farmers around the country. The menu changes depending on the season.

 

Valdis

Nothing says summer like Ice cream. Temperatures may not be the warmest this day but to keep in the summer spirit one MUST eat ice cream. All flavors are made fresh there along with their delicious waffle cones. For those vegans they also have a few dairy free amongst the selections.

 

Micro Bar

Sheesh, All this walking around the city! It’s now beer-thirty, time to grab a beer, or a few. The best place in Reykjavik for beer is Micro bar located directly in the downtown. They have the largest selection of microbrews in Iceland and the largest selection of Icelandic beers. You must try the beers from Gæðingur brewery, a local favorite.

 

I hope you enjoyed the list. Please let us know below what you think or if you have any suggestions.

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