I believe I’ve mentioned this before but for those of you who have just tuned in: Icelanders are ice cream crazy. You would think we were crazy about mulled wine or other warm treats but no we love our ice cream and there is no such thing as weather not fit for it. A trip to the ice cream shop is good for celebrations, dates and even bribery (if you have kids). I don’t know why ice cream has become such a great part of our culture but somebody should probably look into it.
The boyfriend, the princess and I have a favorite ice cream shop. We had a favorite that was located in our neighborhood but it closed down about a year ago and we’ve been a bit lost ever since. However, this winter we flirted with this new shop and just recently we voted it into our favorites list. It’s not in the downtown area but it’s easy to get to from there by bus or by car or even as an evening stroll if you want to burn some calories before your gore on a bucket load of them.
The ice cream shop in question is called Ísbúðin Háaleiti, the Háaleiti Ice Cream shop (don’t you just love how straight forward Icelandic sometimes is?), and it’s located in Háaleitisbraut. The reason we love it is that they have the best selection on pretty much everything ice cream related and it offers a seating area that isn’t totally unappealing (like it often is in ice cream shops in Iceland for some reason).
If you want to try something Icelandic you should either get a normal ice cream with chocolate dip and licorice curl or the infamous bragðarefur which is kind of like McFlurry on steroids. Trés yummy but A LOT of ice cream. They say a picture is worth more than a 1000 words so feast your eyes on all the yumminess found at the Háaleiti ice cream shop.
Ísbúðin Háaleiti probably has the widest range of ice cream related products in all of Reykjavík. It’s probably not the cheapest one but the selection makes up for it. You can get soft ice cream, flavored ice cream scoops, slushy, shakes, popsicles, ice cream smoothies and a whole bunch of Ben ‘n Jerry’s.
Ísbúðin Háaleiti is open from 10:00-23:30 in winter and from 10:00-01:00 in the summer (that’s how dedicated we are to our ice cream).
The ice cream store also offers happy hour every day between 10:00 to 14:00. The offers vary.
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