The next time you find yourself in Iceland and think to yourself, “I’m having a really strange craving for hot dogs”, well consider yourself lucky because they actually have a fairly popular hot dog stand (I mean one that’s been visited by famous people) right in downtown Reykjavik. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur (Translation: “Town’s Best Hot Dogs”) is a really fun experience for an inexpensive lunch or snack. Yes, really.
How to Get to Baejarins Beztu Pylsur – Icelandic Hot Dogs
The hot dog stand is located in downtown Reykjavik (see map below), an easy walk from many of the main tourist attractions like the Harpa Concert Hall (about 3 blocks) and Hallgrimskirkja (1 km/ 12 minutes) and is a great, quick place to grab lunch. If you are walking from Hallgrimskirkja, you will go right through the neighborhood with all the shops and bars and some interesting graffiti, so it’s a pretty scenic walk.
Long Lines at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur – Icelandic Hot Dogs
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur is a small building where people order hot dogs right on the street. If you are visiting the stand, you’ll want to allow some time because sometimes the line stretches around the block! But don’t worry, they are just fixing hot dogs (and not something complicated!) so the line moves really fast. If you are hungry, you might want to think about ordering more than one!
What to Order at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur? – Icelandic Hot Dogs
They don’t have any menu items other than hot dogs and soda, so its fairly simple. (Note: after standing in a long line you may want to order more than one to start with!) Your toppings choices are: Ketchup, mustard, onions, and remoulade. Remoulade is a mayonnaise based sauce with a bit of spice to it. If you’re going to get the true Icelandic experience, you order your hotdog with “The Works”!
Most interesting about the hot dogs is that they are made with a natural casing that actually snaps when you bite into it! It’s quite unique.