You’ve just landed at Iceland’s international airport and your stomach is rumbling! It’s at least an hour before you can settle into your hotel in Reykjavík – and longer before you can find somewhere to eat. What you need is a good meal – and now! You could eat a standard snack to be found the world over or…
A short, 10-minute ride will bring you the quickest introduction to the Icelandic speciality cuisine – and the most delicious relief to that rumbling stomach that you could imagine that’s nonetheless easy on the wallet! Whether you are alone or with a large group, Vitinn (Lighthouse) restaurant can satisfy your appetite with a culinary and visual feast that sets the bar for quality, taste and ambiance.
Set next to the lighthouse, right by the harbour where the fishing fleet lands its catch, Vitinn prepares fish that could not be fresher! The rich coastal fishing ground has been the source of delicious fish since the days of Steinunn the Old, cousin of the first settler in Iceland, Ingólfur Arnason in the 800’s.
Eating in this restaurant, with its warm wood panelling and cosy atmosphere would be enjoyable at any time but its owners, Stefán Sigurðsson, the restaurant’s chef, and his wife Brynhildur Kristjánsdóttir have surrounded the diners with antiques and relics from both the area’s agricultural and fishing past to make this a unique and fascinating experience.
The menu and the presentation of each course show off Icelandic cuisine at its best. Besides seafood, there is also a delicious offering of Icelandic specialties such as lamb steak. However, it is not restricted to classic Icelandic foods alone but provides a truly international variety. Vitinn is the only restaurant in Europe that provides Rock Crab fresh from the sea. Rock Crab is a delicacy found only on the US coast and in Iceland. Children are not only welcome but are provided with a special reward when they finish their scrumptious lunch from the children’s menu.
Just married, celebrating an anniversary, special event, just looking for something distinctive for your friends or a group? Vitinn makes a celebration to remember for a lifetime for groups with its service, supplied by waiters and waitresses dressed in national costume.
In some countries, when travelling in a group, you may feel as if you are being herded like cattle so it is a great relief to visit a restaurant like Vitinn, where large groups can be accommodated but each one is treated to personalised service and warm Icelandic hospitality. For those used to the smog and pollution of the cities of the world, the freshness of the air and the relaxed lifestyle of this coastal town add to the pleasure of being able to unwind in comfortable surroundings and enjoy a meal without stress or pressure.
Open for lunch all the year round, from May to September, Vitinn is open all day, too, so diners can enjoy the garden, or watch the surf as the boats come in to the harbour, laden with fresh fish as the sun gently dips to the horizon in the light evenings.
The town is worth a visit and has its own blend of unique features and a fascinating history. After taking a stroll, stop back in at the highly-praised coffee house in Vitinn for a snack of cakes, waffles and specialties from the Icelandic home-baked cuisine, including an inexpensive lunch.
After that, you’ll be ready to face the challenges and excitement that awaits you with a fresh perspective of what Iceland has to offer you, along with a very pleasant memory of your experience on the wild coast of Sandgerði.