The family’s favorite ice cream shop: Ísbúðin Háaleiti

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.

Fruits for your ice cream

Fruits for your ice cream

All kinds of dips and curl for your ice cream

All kinds of dips and curl for your ice cream

Bragðarefur and the princess explaining what a big bragðarefur she saw once

Bragðarefur and the princess explaining what a big bragðarefur she saw once

Even at 10 on a Tuesday night almost every seat is taken

Even at 10 on a Tuesday night almost every seat is taken

Slushy in every color of the rainbow

Slushy in every color of the rainbow

One of two sections of the ice cream scoop bar

One of two sections of the ice cream scoop bar

They too jumped on the Harlem Shake band wagon

They too jumped on the Harlem Shake band wagon

I'm guessing these two were ordering bragðarefur with strawberries, mango and licorice

I’m guessing these two were ordering bragðarefur with strawberries, mango and licorice

Fun facts

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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3 thoughts on “The family’s favorite ice cream shop: Ísbúðin Háaleiti”

  1. Greg says:

    Oh my! I’m so gutted! I had been looking for this place during my previous stay and could not find it! I even started asking for it in the Vesturbaerlaug pool to members of staff and they just stared at me and didn’t say anything (and they were local Icelanders). I finally gave up and thought that it must h ave closed… Apparently it’s just around the corner!

    1. mm Auður says:

      I think you are confusing this one with Ísbúð Vesturbæjar which is very popular due to their own special ice cream blend. That is much smaller with less choices and it’s right next to Vesturbæjarlaug.

  2. We eat lots of ice cream up here in Alaska too but we don’t have even one good ice cream shop. I will be in Reykjavik on my way to visit my sister in Paris this July and will try to get to this shop.

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