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Exotic game such as reindeer, smoked puffin, wild goose and deep-sea delicacies are among the ingredients making up what Icelanders here are calling New Nordic Cuisine. Iceland’s culinary adage boasts, “Sustainable Iceland since 874.”
“We have access to rare natural produce and a creative way of preparing dishes,” says Gunnar Karl Gíslason, executive chef at VOX Reykjavík, located in the Nordica Hotel in Reykjavík. High-end restaurants have been cropping up around the capital. Fish Market, built in an old wooden house; Glo, and “O” Restaurant are among the latest additions to the Icelandic restaurant flora. Iceland’s cultural center, the Nordic House, which was designed by architect Alvar Aalto, and Boston are ideal lunch spots.
For sleeping, Hotel 101 has views of the ocean and snow-capped mountains, plus it boasts the city’s trendiest bar and restaurant downstairs. Traditionalists should head to Hotel Borg which, when it opened in the Thirties, was Reykjavík’s first hotel.
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