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Dinner
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Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
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All reviews lamb fried fish tasting plate fermented shark skyr mousse birthday dinner wonderful restaurant playing in the background beautiful building last night whole family service was great turf andri sharks hall hosts
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This Viking themed restaurant is about 45min drive from Reyjkavik. We read about it and planned a visit on our rental car - it was well worth it. The ambience was very special, Viking theme, with turf rooftop, and timber inside. The restaurant was run...by a father and son (Andri) team. The food was very good. We learned interesting stories, and were given complimentary fermented shark and Brennivin spirit. It was an interesting experience, and it will be one of the many Iceland highlights. I can recommend it to others visiting Reykjavik.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Inside the Viking longhouse, it is dark due to only candlelight being used, and the music with heavy drumbeat sets the stage for your evening. The cutlery is period authentic, but the whole experience doesn't feel gimmicky or touristy. The food is spectacular. My husband...is a big eater, so we shared the charcuterie board before we each had mains. Sampling all the different meats and cheeses was great, and we also tried a bottle of mead. My duck leg was one of the best plates of confit I've had, while my husband's lamb filet was deliciously flavorful. We had no room for dessert, but other diners said the skyr mousse was excellent. The owner comes and visits with each table, as well as offering bites of traditional historic Icelandic food (air-dried cod and fermented shark) along with shots of local Icelandic schnapps. All service staff were very friendly and observant. This is a very pricey meal (even for Iceland), but it's quite the unique experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our first restaurant experience after arriving in Iceland and was a great way to start our trip! If you are staying in the Selfoss area I highly recommend this place. It's a little bit off the beaten path and has a wonderful ambiance...inside and out. The very friendly staff offered us some traditional Icelandic bites. I recommend getting a local beer that you can drink out of a horn. Super fun! The appetizer soup was amazingly delicious. The mains were well prepared and tasty. Our kids loved the axe throwing at the end of our visit.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you leave Iceland without stopping here, you’ve missed out on a terrific culinary experience. The restaurant is built like an Icelandic Viking long house, complete with turf roof. The interior is very beautiful and you can immediately tell a lot of love for Icelandic...history and Viking culture went into the creation of this restaurant. My husband and I decided to go all out and ordered the 4 course Viking dinner, and every piece was delicious. Our server, who is the grandson of the man that envisioned and built this restaurant, was wonderful. He gave us a history lesson on Viking cuisine as he brought out the dried fish and the infamous hákarl, and explained the reasoning and processes for why it was the way it was. It’s incredible how industrious and endurant the original settlers of Iceland were. Pro tip: eat the hákarl nice and slow. Let it marinate on your tongue to get the full experience. After this, our appetizer was the Viking sampler plate, which consisted of four small portions of their catches that season. Yes, the family the runs the restaurant catches and hunts what you eat here. My husband and I tried to decide which was the tastiest, and we couldn’t. It was all incredible, in presentation, preparation, and flavor. If you’re in Iceland, you will likely eat a lot of lamb. It’s ubiquitous around here in restaurants, and for good reason. Icelandic lamb is generally very delicious. I can say without hesitation that the lamb served here was the best lamb we had in Iceland. Even if you’ve had “good lamb” before, you should absolutely try it and see how it stacks up. Lastly, we had the skyr mouse dessert, and it was like light, fluffy, cheesecake. A perfect cap to an already terrific meal. Everything about this place was just great, and I’m so glad we were able to stop in. It’s a culinary experience all around, and it would be a serious shame to miss it on your way out.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was one of those finds one always longs for when travelling. The unique turf building set the atmosphere and the interior was spectacular as well. It is family owned, and the young man who served us was the grandson of the founder. He...made our dinner experience so special, and shared a wealth of information about Icelandic food tradition, and the courses we chose. The fish is mostly caught by his father and him. After sharing a spectacular appetizer with several items to taste, my husband chose the lamb and I chose the fish. Both were beautifully presented and delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to any one traveling in the area, or staying in Reykjavik. It is well worth the drive to have an unforgettable meal in a truly Icelandic setting.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Andri Már Gunnarsson, General Manager at Ingolfsskali Viking Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much Laurie, for taking the time to write us these kind words. We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your time with us and it was an absolute pleasure talking to you guys. We hope we get to welcome you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here and enjoyed the atmosphere of the Vikings. The meal was excellent. Very nice lamb and d delicious fish soup. We will come again.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a cool place for dinner! The entire restaurant is Viking themed, and we chatted with the owner for quite some time about Viking history in Iceland and just about traveling in general. So cool and worth it for dinner. Best meal I ate in...Iceland. Get the lamb, it was phenomenal.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 15, 2021

Highly recommend this place , it’s very unique , owner is amazing and very generous , we got free Icelandic shark to try, and glass of Icelandic special alcohol to try.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 13, 2021 via mobile

This was the best dining experience we had in Iceland and we ate in some fancy places. The building is beautiful and interesting and the food was wonderful. Best lamb I have ever eaten. The service was attentive and informative. I even tried the fermented...shark and lived to tell about it (not bad at all). This was part of a tour for us but worth a diversion if you are anywhere near.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 11, 2021 via mobile

Just had a wonderful authentic Icelandic meal here. It’s one of the few places in this country trying to preserve the Viking heritage. The owners are natives and extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The food is delicious. We will never forget our evening here. It’s...out in the country in the midst of farms and beautiful scenery. Highly recommend this exceptional restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hi Helen Unfortunately we don't offer any transportation of our own. One way to get to visit us would be to take either of the two full day tours made available by Reykjavík Outventure. They offer two tours that include a... More
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Ingolfsskali Viking Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5