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As I write this I am leaving Iceland for the 24th time. I suppose that does make me something of a regular visitor.
On all my travels around this magical country there are still places that I would call special. Yes, a lot of the...south has been sacrificed to tourism but if you know where to go, pockets of the real Iceland still exist. Norðurfjörður is one such pocket.
I have been to Standir many times. The draw of the mountains, the ocean, the skies and the people is stronger than any gravitational pull. And so it keeps pulling me back. Hypnotically and I unquestioningly I keep coming back.
At the core of the gravitational pull is Kaffi Norðurfjörður. If a place and its people can have a collective beating heart, this is it.
I can remember the first time I ever visited Kaffi Norðurfjörður. It was busy. Very busy but Lovísa found me a table. Quietly I watched. When a room is full of happy, contented, well fed people it has a distinctive rhythm and this room had that aplenty. I knew then that it was special.
The following day I had arranged breakfast (I’m not sure if this is something they still offer) at the Kaffi. That too was magical - the buzz of the night before was replaced by calm tranquility. The view across the harbour and to the fjord beyond is the sort of view that you can lose yourself in. The warmth of Lovísa and Sara’s welcome was and still is magical even by Icelandic standards. They have since become great friends and a piece of my heart will always be there. Countless visits later, it is like visiting old friends who happen always to cook me the most delicious food
I cannot fully articulate the excitement I feel as I turn the final corner approaching Norðurfjörður seeing the Kaffi for the first time. My heart beats a little faster each time.
Thank you Lovísa and Sara xxMore
While in Nordufjordur we had afternoon tea and, later, dinner at Nordufjordur Kaffi. The view was beautiful, the meringue cake was great and the cod for dinner was fantastic - yet another brilliant meal in Iceland! The service was very friendly and our host provides...us with a few insights into local life hereMore
OK. I’ll admit that I might be a little bit biased but... this is so worth a detour. It’s in the best place in Iceland, it has the friendliest staff, the most beautiful people and they even like vegans! Unmissable.
If you do go, leave...room for cake!More
We spent 3 nights in the area and loved it. We especially loved this friendly restaurant- the food was excellent and the views superb. The owners and staff were so friendly and we were sad to leave. Thank you for making the start of our...fifth visit to Iceland so memorable.More
After a long drive exploring Standir Coast, we came upon this spot and could not be happier. It is quaint with the most breathtaking views of the fjords and the harbor. We had ice cold Viking on draft and the best meal we’ve had since...landing in Iceland. Don’t pass on the cod! The owner couldn’t be more welcoming or kind. I’m trying to figure out when I can make it back here next. Such a memorable lunch. In summary- worth the dirt roads!More
Went there with my family last summer. A simple menu, delicious food and great service. The restaurant is family owned and only open during the summer. We all had the seafood soup, it was so good!! A must visit for anyone in the area!
We had a perfect dinner, we could see the fishermen bringing the fresh fish to the harbour and then to the restaurant from our table. The fresh codfish was delicious, the staff very friendly and the room in a authentic style, nice photos from the...region were projected on the wall.More
Despite being far removed from the more populated regions of Iceland, this cafe was a nice quiet stop on our trip up to the far reaches of the north fjords of Iceland. The view was great overlooking the fjord, and the deserts were delicious. There...is also a gas station right next door (you need a debit card if you're traveling from outside Iceland - credit cards won't work). This is the perfect stop before continuing to the Hot Pots further north.More