Headed to Reykjavik this summer? We asked some of the local designers and architects about their best tips and favorites to the capital city.

Fashion designer Vala Torfadóttir and her label Spaksmannsspjarir are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary, congratulations! Here are the birthday hero’s recommendations to Reykjavik paired with illustrations by our super intern Florian Lohse.


4-1_Oddur golf course

1. Oddur Golf Course
I love golfing, and my favorite golf course is Oddur in Heiðmörk, but we also have a very good golf course’s in Reykjavík like G.R.


2. Bankastræti
The street and it’s surroundings on a Saturday in a nice sunny day. Many interesting shops and happy people enjoying themselves.

4-3_Lunch Places

3. Lunch
My favorite lunch places are Núðluskálin, Ostahúsið and Fish. Good food and good prices.

4-4_Kvosin district

4. The Kvosin district
Many nice places such as the Reykjavik Art gallery, the harbor and my favorite cafe Iða bookcafe.


5. Kjarvalsstaðir
Art gallery where I like to go with my granddaughter.


6. Grasagarðurinn í Laugardal
I love to take a walk there and then go to Café Fóra to have an open sandwich.

4-7_Fru Lauga

7. Frú Lauga
A very good farmers market and organic food shop.

4-8_National Museum

8. National Museum
The National Museum of Iceland – many interesting things to see for all age groups.



Illustrations by Florian Lohse