Ice Cream Shops in Reykjavík
There are more ice cream parlors in Reykjavík than there are swimming pools. Ice cream shops are in fact often found near public pools, an ideal duo on a sunny day. Icelanders are nuts for ice cream, and the selection of this small city is pretty impressive.
Located in Seltjarnarnes, near Grótta Lighthouse, Arna makes lactose-free ice cream. Here you can get soft serve ice cream as well as scoop ice cream with various flavors. This shop doubles as a lactose-free coffeehouse.
Address: Eiðistorgi 15, 170 Seltjarnarnes.
Originally from North-Iceland, Brynja's sign is really a landmark in Akureyri. Today they finally have a location in Reykjavík, in Kópavogur to be more precise. Best-known for their low-fat ice cream, "Brynja" is always a solid bet.
Address: Engihjalli 8, 200 Kópavogur.
"Hafís" means iceberg which seems very fitting for an ice cream shop. Here you can get gelato, sorbet and soft sever, everything home-made. Vegans options are available - and not just sorbets, but also more creamy types. The shop is located in Hafnarfjörður, which makes a good road trip from central Reykjavík.
Address: Bæjarhraun 2, 220 Hafnarfjörður.
This shop is located just on the border of downtown Reykjavík. Although "Herdís" specializes in Italian ice cream, this place is known for its wide selection: soft serve, gelato, popsicles, sorbetto, the list goes on. They even have some sugar-free choices!
Address: Rauðarárstígur 41, 105 Reykjavík.
Huppa's buzz mainly revolves around its big menu of ice cream and candy mixtures. However, excellent homemade scoop ice cream and soft serve are on the menu. It has 2 locations in Reykjavík: in Grafarvogur and Laugardalur. "Huppa" is a cows name in Iceland.
Address: Álfheimar 4, 104 Reykjavík.
Probably Reykjavík's best-known ice cream shop, "Ísbúð Vesturbæjar" was founded in 1971. Today it has 6 location, but the original one is in Vesturbær, near Vesturbæjarlaug swimming pool. This shop's signature is the "Old school" ice cream: a more milky kind of goodness that has many hooked. They also serve a more creamy kind.
Address: Hagamelur 67, 107 Reykjavík (the original) / Skipholt 50c, 105 Reykjavík / Grensásvegur 50, 108 Reykjavík / Brekkuhús 1, 112 Reykjavík / Bæjarlind 1-3, 201 Kópavogur / Fjarðargata 19, 220 Hafnarfjörður.
Simply named "The Ice Cream Shop", Ísbúðin has 3 locations in Reykjavík. They offer "Kjörís", soft serve that's made in South-Iceland, which is a favorite among many Icelanders.
Address: Háaleitsbraut 58-60, 108 Reykjavík / Litlatúni 3, 210 Garðabæ / Smáralind shopping mall.
Known for its homemade sauces and soft serve, this shop near Laugardalslaug swimming pool also produces gourmet sausages. What also makes this place an attractive option is their stance on environmental issues: they don't use plastic cups or spoons and their straws are made out of plants!
Address: Laugalækur 8, 105 Reykjavík.
Located in Hlemmur Food Court, "Ísleifur heppni" makes ice cream a lá minute with nitrogen and a Kitchen Aid mixer. It comes in various flavors and has some interesting toppings like Italian meringue and "licorice lava".
Address: Hlemmur Mathöll, Laugavegur 107, 101 Reykjavík.
Paradís is located in central Reykjavík and focuses on Italian style ice cream. No artificial flavors are used and everything is made from scratch. They also serve great ice coffee.
Address: Njálsgata 23, 101 Reykjavík.
"Skúbb" is another ice cream parlor located near Laugardalslaug. Here the focus is on Italian ice cream made from organic ingredients. Their waffle cones are homemade and excellent! Perfect after a swim.
Address: Laugarásvegur 1, 104 Reykjavík.
Valdís is the shop that really started the scoop ice cream trend in Iceland. Located in Grandi, this place offers different flavors each day. Everything is homemade including the waffle cones and soft serve.
Address: Grandagarður 21, 101 Reykjavík.
In its 2 locations, Yoyo serves yogurt ice cream with a large selection of toppings and sauces. It has a DIY attitude, where you serve your own ice cream, put on the toppings, and pay by weight. People tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to the toppings, but as they say: If you're gonna do something wrong, do it right.
Address: Egilsgata 3, 101 Reykjavík. / Nýbýlavegur 18, 200 Kópavogur.