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Monday, July 25 update: Óðinn ship at the Reykjavik Maritime Museum, Matur og Drykkur lunch

This afternoon, we headed to Vikin, the Reykjavik Maritime Museum. We’ve already been there, but we didn’t get to tour Óðinn, the Coast Guard Vessel. You can only see it on a guided tour;  tours are offered at 11 AM (summer only), 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM. The ship sits right next to the museum on the harbor:

Óðinn Coast Guard Vessel

Admission is separate for the ship, though all of this is free for kids. For adults, museum admission is 1500; a tour of Óðinn costs 1200 krona. But, and they don’t list this on the English web site, you can buy admission to both for 2200 krona. I told them we had already visited the museum on a different day, and so they only charged me the incremental 700 for an adult.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult for the ship tour. But I guess that a kid 13-17 could go by themselves, for free, if the parents didn’t want to go? You do have to be careful:

Óðinn Coast Guard Vessel warning

Óðinn served as  a Coast Guard ship in the Icelandic fleet from 1960 until 2006. The ship was used in all 3 Cod Wars, when Iceland and England fought over fishing rights off the coast of Iceland. The ship was involved in some collisions at sea during the war.

Óðinn was decommissioned in 2006, and seems to be in exactly the state it (she?) would have been at that time. Many things have been left in place: uniforms still hang in the closets; the kitchen is stocked and ready to use; the helicopter service area is full of tools.

Óðinn helicpoter holding area Óðinn meeting room odinn sample room

Your guide is partly a guide, but mostly a chaperone who keeps you on schedule as you move from room to room. We spent most of the hour wandering around the whole ship; signs in many rooms explain what is happening. You climb all over the ship, up and down steep stairs, and way down into the engine room:
Óðinn engine room

Kids can even pretend to steer the boat.

Óðinn main bridge

This isn’t a must-see attraction, but if you have a child who is into boats, it could be a worthwhile hour.

Before the Óðinn tour, we had lunch at Matur og Drykkur, which is one of the top-rated restaurants in Reykjavik. The Grapevine recently chose them as the winner for “Best Must-try Dining Experience”. They also were the runner up for both “Best Restaurant” (Snaps was the winner) and “Best Place for a Fancy Meal” (Dill was the winner.)

And, Matur og Drykkur has a good looking kid’s menu:

matur og drykkur childrens menu

So, we gave them a try for lunch. The fish of the day was ling, and our table ordered both a kid’s portion and an adult portion of the fish of the day. Here’s the kid’s portion:

matur og drykkur small childrens fish

It was … good, and had a fancy cream (Béchamel?) sauce. But it was really small. All of the kids were still hungry. This was definitely fancier than Icelandic Fish and Chips. But there, we paid 800 krona for a much larger portion of fish.

It could be that my expectations aren’t calibrated to the level of restaurant? Icelandic Fish and Chips is a much more casual place than Matur og Drykkur. But here’s the comparison to the adult portion at Matur og Drykkur:

matur og drykkur big grownup fish

That adult meal was only 2190, while the kid’s portion cost 1490. So for less than 50% more money, you get maybe 3 times more fish, plus some salad. I would have been much better off ordering 2 adult meals for 3 kids to share.

The food was very good. I’m not sure I would classify it as one of the best meals we have had, but I also didn’t opt for the cod head (dinner only) or cod tongues or anything exotic. The adult meals were very good, and very fairly priced. Just skip the kid’s meals.

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Monday, July 25 update: Óðinn ship at the Reykjavik Maritime Museum, Matur og Drykkur lunch was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Eric