The annual Food and Fun Festival will be held in Reykjavik Iceland, February 25- March 1, 2015.

Lets eat and be merry

Food and Fun mixes outstanding culinary skills, fresh natural ingredients, Icelandic outdoor adventure and the world-famous Reykjavik nightlife to create the ultimate recipe for fun.

The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed and upcoming chefs from both Europe and USA collaborating with Reykjavik’s finest restaurants. Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders. The menus are presented at all the restaurants for an entire week.

In addition, the chefs themselves are on site for three nights during the festival week. The second element of the festival is the chef competition, which takes place on the last day of the festival. The chefs compete by making three courses, made out of only Icelandic ingredients. The 2015 Food and Fun festival in Reykjavik will be in February 25th – March 1st. In the first weeks of January we will announce all the guest chefs and the restaurants particaping this year. 



Restaurants 2015

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Kjallarinn – Kitchen Bar, is a hidden gem in the cellar of the tourist information center in the center of downtown Reykjavik. Kjallarinn simply means “The Cellar“. The stylish yet warm surroundings is the home of some exciting innovations in both cooking as well as cocktails; inventions of Master Chef Eyjólfur Gestur in collaboration with the bartenders.

LAVA Restaurant

LAVA Restaurant combines modern design with the wild spirit of Icelandic nature. Built into a stunning lava cliff, with views over the lagoon, it is an unforgettable setting for a relaxed lunch, a family dinner or a romantic evening meal

LAVA Restaurant’s team have an international perspective, regularly seeking inspiration by spending time at Michelin star restaurants in New York, London and Paris.

Head chefs Þráinn Freyr Vigfússon and Viktor Örn Andrésson, lead a team focused on providing a wonderful dining experience. They are both members of the Icelandic culinary team, with Þráinn captaining the team. Furthermore, Viktor was selected Iceland’s Chef of the Year in 2013 and the Nordic Chef of the Year in 2014.


Smurstöðin is an elegant, newly opened restaurant at the ground floor of Harpa. Smurstöðin only uses Icelandic grown and harvested ingredients which are the cream of crop at any given time. The menu’s main fare are open faced sandwiches in the style of the New Nordic Cuisine Movement.

The foundation of the menu was developed in close collaboration with Almanak restaurant in Copenhagen and the Danish chef, Claus Meyer, who co-founded the gourmet restaurant Noma.

Treat your palate to something truly riveting!


Located on the corner of Skólavörðustígur and Laugavegur, Sakebarinn takes pride in having a great view and even better food. Their food ranges from truly authentic Japanese cuisine to the New York-style sushi that’s taking the world by storm.

Sakebarinn also carries the country’s largest collection of sake, as the name suggests. Along with the traditional fare, they make their own fruit sake in five different flavours, which adds something special to their unique cocktails, most of which are made with a dash of sake.

With a wide range of starters, sticks, sushi, and desserts — along with many great options for vegetarians, vegans, pregnant ladies, and the gluten intolerant — everyone will find something to fall in love with on the menu.

Apótek Restaurant

Apotek Restaurant is a new and exciting restaurant located in one of the most beautiful corners of Reykjavík in Austurstræti 16.

The restaurant is casual-smart, offering delicious food in vibrant atmosphere and stylish surroundings.

The menu is a fun mix of Icelandic and European cuisine with a smoking hot Argentinean grill. Dishes are designed to share and enjoy together.

Stop by our lively cocktail bar where award winning “ pharmacists” mix together exciting artisan cocktails to suit every mood; painkillers, stimulants, tranquilizers and even placebos.

KOL Restaurant

KOL Restaurant is at Skólavörðustígur 40 in 101 Reykjavik. The design of the place was in the hands of Leifur Welding and the philosophy of the design is to create a warm modern style with International vibe where lights and furniture come from Tom Dixon.

The Restaurant is on two floors and rooms around 100 seats. On the entrance floor the bar greets you along with the lounge area which have comfortable benches and booths with big windows facing the street and into the back yeard where the oldest horse stable in Reykjavik had its home. You walk down the stairs to the ground floor where the open kitchen is located and it is sourrounded with glass wallswith little french windows style. In that area the guests can see the chefs in action preparing the wonderful dishes. In the dining room are booths and benches along with a big table. A wooden floor is on both floors with fishbone patterns and is that on the concrete walls around the restraurant. The combination with the lighting and furniture gives you a warm and cozy feeling.

Collaborating chef 2014: Robin Gill (UK)


Kopar is a newly opened restaurant located at the old harbour in downtown Reykjavik.

The idea

Surprise and seductive are the keywords at the bar. Traditional cocktails meet new waves of the cocktail world. You can enjoy a nice drink on our terrace by the harbour at the happy hour or sit outside after a nice dinner with coffee and cognac. If the weather is not cooperative we have heating lamps. The pride of the bar is the Icelandic fisherman’s Collection, a wall with an incredible selection of cognac and whiskey.


Experience of restaurants is put together of different things. Of course the food is the most important, but service, company and environment is also very important. Kopar is influenced by its environments. The old harbour, the ships, the vibrant city centre, old and new in a surprising mix.

The food

What makes Kopar special are the exciting ingredients and the variety of dishes. On the menu, new and old methods and recipes meet, traditional ingredients and surprising ones. Kopar is for example the first restaurant in Reykjavík to serve Icelandic rock crab. Kopar’s brasserie-dishes give our guests the opportunity to explore the world of food in one night for a reasonable price. The brasserie-dishes are small dishes that are a delicious add-on to traditional courses.

This is Kopar’s first time participating in the Food&Fun Festival.

Collaborating Chef 2014: Ronny Kolvik (Norway)
Collaborating Chef 2015: Michael Ferraro (Finland)


Phone: +354 567 2700


Sushi Samba offers a unique fusion of Japanese and South American cuisine combined with the freshness of Icelandic ingredients. The Sushi Samba menu is created to fully capture and draw from those influences and offers a wide array of great selections, exciting small courses, new style sushi and even a steak platter.

Collaborating Chef 2014: Scott Hallsworth (UK)
Collaborating Chef 2015: TBA

Steikhúsið / The Steakhouse

Steikhúsið simply means “The Steakhouse” and that underlines the goal, to focus solely on steaks.

The Steak House is in the middle of Reykjavik, opposite the old harbour which has recently formed into a lively neighborhood of restaurants, cafes, artasian stores and work shops. When you visit, remember to try the “28 days” tendered meat. The heart of the place is a coal oven from Mibrasa, Spain. It is only fitting to use coal for grilling at the Steakhouse, since the building housed a blacksmith and metal works in the old days.

Collaborating Chef 2014 – John Mooney


Nautholl opened in January 2010. It features modern Icelandic cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients,  in-house production and casual atmosphere. Nautholl is situated on the outskirts of Öskjuhlid, Reykjavik’s downtown nature paradise, overlooking Reykjavik Thermal Beach. The view and the setting is more reminiscent of a rural destination restaurant, rather than a high class bistro that is only a 5 minute drive from downtown Reykjavik.

Collaborating chef 2010: Jason Wilson

Collaborating chef 2011: Bengt Sjöstrom

Grand Restaurant

Grand Restaurant, the in-house restaurant at Grand Hotel Reykjavík offers an exclusive a la carte menu, with varied and delicious meals to suit every taste, whether you prefer a quick bite or a full 5-course menu. Besides international favorites, the chefs offer mouth-watering recipes, fresh Icelandic lamb and seafood specialities. With a true passion for food, we pride ourselves on offering a choice of dishes, cooked from the finest and freshest ingredients.

The collaborating chef for Food and Fun 2014 is Daniel Kruse, chef of the year in Denmark 2012.

Collaborating chef 2010: Johan Gustafson
Collaborating chef 2011: David Britton


VOX Restaurant, at Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, is a seasonal restaurant that places New Nordic Cuisine in the forefront. The restaurant vows to keep the path from nature to plate as short as possible, nurturing a direct contact with hunters and fishermen, farmers and experts on spices and berries in the highlands. VOX Restaurant brings you the taste of nature all year round in highly contemporary cuisine, based on local and Nordic ingredients. The result is a New Nordic Cuisine with national roots, served by expert staff in cool, comfortable surroundings.

Collaborating chef 2010: Allan Paulsen – Denmark
Collaborating chef 2012:  Jakob Mielcke – Denmark
Collaborating chef 2013: Esben Helmboe Bang – Norway
Collaborating chef 2014: Sven Erik Renaa & Fredrik Log – Norway

Sjávargrillið / The Seafood Grill

The story begins in 2000 when a young lad from Húsavík, a little fishing town up north, was awarded the title “Chef of the year”. The young master chef Gústav Axel Gunnlaugsson has had a passion for food since early childhood but the biggest dream was always of a restaurant of his own. As soon as you find your seat at Sjávargrillið, you realise that the restaurant is a dream that has come true.

Collaborating chef 2012: Matt Kuhn – USA
Collaborating chef 2013: Henry Tikkanen – Finnland
Collaborating chef 2014: Hamilton Johnson – USA


Kolabrautin, one of the latest addition to Reykjavik´s burgeoning food scene. At Kolabrautin you’ll find traditional, regionally sourced ingredients, prepared with influence from modern Italy. Through thousands of years the Italians have mastered the culinary art of making fresh produce shine through simple and unpretentious cooking, enhancing its quality, taste and characteristics. Kolabrautin seeks inspiration in that love of freshness and respect for food, whether it be a simply beautiful carrot straight from the soil or a magnificent halibut caught earlier today.

Kolabrautin is on the 4the floor of Harpa, Reykjavik´s striking new concert hall. Through it’s striking glass façade, designed by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, guests also enjoy a magnificent view of the Reykjavik Harbour and befitting its location Kolabrautin also has one of the city’s best bars.

Collaborating chef 2012: Jennifer Jasinki – USA
Colaborating chef 2013: Scott Hallsworth – UK
Colaborating chef 2014: Alessandro Gavagna

Höfnin / The Harbour

Höfnin or The Harbour is a traditional Icelandic restaurant where the best ingredients available are used and where quality and reasonable prices go hand in hand.

Brynjar Eymundsson C.M.C. chef and his family launched the restaurant in the spring of 2010. Brynjar has been involved in the dining industry in Reykjavik for many decades.

His son Logi Brynjarsson is the headchef at the restaurant and a member of the Icelandic Junior Culinarie Team. Our most popular dishes include lobster, mussels, plaice, trout and Icelandic lamb.

Smaller dishes and salads are a great choice to have on our patio on sunny days. We offer lunch specials daily. We also offer great coffee and traditional Icelandic pastries just like mom made.

Warm atmosphere await you at Höfnin restaurant.

Collaborating chef 2012: Michael Ferraro – USA
Collaborating chef 2013: Morten Rapstad – Denmark
Collaborating chef 2014: Alvaro Garrido – Spain

Grillið / The Grill

Grillið has been one of the finest restaurants in the city for over five decades. The culinary team consists of master chefs that use their passion, talent and experience to create innovative highly seasonal menus, inspired by new European cuisine and the best Icelandic ingredients.

Each season the chefs specially select the very best local produce directly from the farmers to perfect their dishes.

Situated on the top floor of the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, it has an excellent panoramic view of Reykjavik in warm and intimate surroundings. Head chef is Sigurður Helgason.

Collaborating chef 2010: Ben Pollinger
Collaborating chef 2012: Rubert Blease – USA
Collaborating chef 2013: Paul Cunningham – Denmark
Collaborating chef 2014: Paul Cunningham – Denmark

Gallery Restaurant – Hótel Holt

An unforgettable experience.

The Superb cuisine is inspired with French culinary tradition and we enjoy sharing our passion for wine and food with our guests. Our impressive selection of over 4000 vintage of wines puts Hotel holt in a league of its own. All this and more attests to the exceptional quality of this fine restaurant.

The chef la cuisine is Mr. Fridgeir Ingi Eiríksson recently returned from France. There he was in charge by the Michelin restaurant – Clairfontaine in Lyon in France last 5 years.
The Restaurant Gallery has been renowned for its art, outstanding cuisine and impeccable service for over forty years.

Collaborating chef 2010: Marcus Jernmark – Sweden
Collaborating chef 2012: Adam Sabel – USA
Collaborating chef 2013: Olivier Roudon – France
Collaborating chef 2014: Erik Mansikka – Finnland


DILL restaurant is located in the Nordic house which is designed by the highlyacclaimed Finish architect Alvar Aalto. The owners are also highly acclaimed in the Icelandic culinary world. Gunnar Karl Gíslason, a member of the Icelandic culinaryteam and Ólafur Örn Ólafsson, president of the Icelandic Sommeliers association,opened this small intimate restaurant in February 2009 and have, since then had rave reviews. DILL restaurant was chosen Iceland’s restaurant of the year and nominatedon behalf of Iceland as the best restaurant of the Nordic countries. Chef GunnarKarl is one of the pioneers of the New Nordic Kitchen and in DILL restaurant youwill taste the best of Nordic ingredients prepared and cooked with a cutting edge,seasoned with his very creative mind and a fantastic view over the lakes and downtown Reykjavík.

Collaborating chef 2010: Pekka Terävä
Collaborating chef 2012: Claus Hendriksen – Denmark
Collaborating chef 2013: Fredrik Berselius – Denmark/USA
Collaborating chef 2014: Mats Refslund – Denmark/USA

Fiskfélagið / The Fish Company

The people of Fiskfélagið are passionate about Food and fun, we can’t have one without the other. We have to enjoy cooking for the food to be any good and you certainly won´t have any fun if your food isn´t any good.Our staff are eclectic, passionate and fun and so is our atmosphere. They are vastly different just like salt and pepper but who can imagine one without the other. We want our dishes to reflect our character and that´s also the way we designed the restaurant. The newly renovated building has plenty of character all on its own. Like our staff the restaurant it self is a mix of this and that, fusing the old with the new. You will be served by people who may fight in the kitchen but with one goal in mind, to bring you the best quality of service and culinary.

Collaborating chef 2010: Marcus Peter Dybwad
Collaborating chef 2012: Frode Laupsa – Norway
Collaborating chef 2013: David Lundqvist – Sweden
Collaborating chef 2014: Thomas Laurentzen – Denmark



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As a host city you will find that Reykjavík will exceed your expectations in many ways. Reykjavík is a vibrant city with excellent infrastructure, cutting-edge technology, fine hotels, mouth-watering restaurants and easy means of transport. Iceland’s lively capital is a great place to explore and an ideal base for day trips.  Whether it’s sightseeing, outdoor adventure, relaxing spas or energizing nightlife, everyone finds something special in Reykjavik!

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From unique boutiques to large shopping malls, Reykjavík City’s shopping options will dazzle you. The city is filled with Icelandic design, outlets, flea markets, book stores, gift shops, boutiques, antique shops, and gourmet food. Along Laugavegur the main shopping street you will find cool and classy home-grown shops, museums and cosy cafes making it the perfect places to mixing in with the locals. In shopping malls Kringlan and Smaralind you will find wide selection of well-known international brands, quality restaurants and cinemas conveniently situated under one roof. Don’t forget that tax-free shopping is available throughout Iceland!

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In recent years, the creative industries in Iceland have been flourishing. Reykjavík has become a melting pot of creative new enterprises showcasing the best Icelandic fashion and design has to offer. Icelandic designers produce range of unique fashion where originality, individualism and innovation continue to shape their collection. Whether it is unique Icelandic design, handmade dresses, carefully crafted jewellery; it is obvious that each product is the work of provocative and skilled designers.

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There’s never a dull moment in Reykjavik. The capital of Iceland is a meeting point for different cultural trends with something new and exciting happening every day. Concerts, plays, festivals, exhibitions and films are just a few of the things you might find to entertain yourself while in Iceland. Reykjavík is home to roughly 30 annual events that celebrate food, fashion, music, films, literature and much more, attracting both local and international artists and guests. Check out the variety of events on and plan your cultural agenda.

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