At least one of us has a passion for great ice cream. It has been a bit of a golden era for us then since a few great ice cream and gelato parlors have recently opened their doors here in our hometown of Reykjavik.
We recommend Valdís and Paradís.
Out in the country pickings have been slim for us ice cream lovers. You can get a great vanilla ice cream in Akureyri obviously and some 20Km from Akureyri there is a farm which sells locally made ice cream and sorbets called Holtsel.
If you are traveling in the South of Iceland all you ice cream fanatics have to check out the farm at Efsti Dalur.Me and the wife found this place when we were driving around the area the other day. Efsti Dalur farm produces its own ice cream from the milk of the cows at the farm. You can actually watch said cows doing their thing while you enjoy your ice cream since the restaurant is in the same building as the barn and the cows are visible through large windows. They also make the waffle cones themselves and results are quite tasty.
Efsti Dalur is a perfect destination for those traveling in Iceland with children. They can get great ice cream, watch the cows do their thing and even pet the calves there.
Efsti Dalur is many things. It is an ice cream parlor, a restaurant, a fully working farm and hotel. It has a menu featuring locally produced beef. We love this sort of stuff but unfortunately we didn´t have the time to taste the steak or the burgers there. This will be remedied in October since the wife has promised me to take me there for my birthday. Hurray!
Nearby attractions include:
- Gullfoss waterfall
- The Maze (perfect for kids!)
- Slakki Petting Zoo (even more perfect for kids!)
How to get there
From Reykjavik drive on highway 1 to the South of Iceland. Turn on road 35 and proceed to road 37 until you reach Efsti Dalur