by Sean O’Reilly
On the south shore of Iceland, forty minutes from Reykjavik and not far from the waterfall Gullfoss is one of the coziest and yet loneliest restaurants in the world–Vio Fjorubordid in the tiny village of Stokkeseyri. The North Sea winds howl and the snow comes down like a lash outside the snug, candlelit confines of two wood-paneled dining rooms. Step outside during winter and the elements will thump you, saunter outside in the summer months and be beguiled. The chef who swims daily in the ocean—no matter what the weather, runs the kitchen with a sure touch. The fireplace glows with a radiance that is mirrored in your soul as you eat the thickest lobster and most flavorful lamb in the world. Bring some friends and have the time of your life.

Eyrarbraut 3a
825 Stokkseyri
Tel: 00354 4831550



Sean O’Reilly is editor-at-large for Travelers’ Tales ( He is a former seminarian, stockbroker, and prison instructor with a degree in Psychology. A life-long devotee of good humor and all things sacred and profane, his recent editorial credits include: Travelers’ Tales China, The Best Travelers’ Tales 2006, Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why, Travelers’ Tales American Southwest, Travelers’ Tales Greece, Travelers’ Tales Ireland, Travelers’ Tales Grand Canyon, Danger!, Pilgrimage, The Ultimate Journey, Testosterone Planet and Stories to Live B and 30 Days in the South Pacific. Widely traveled, Sean most recently completed a journey through the islands of the South Pacific and Malaysia. He lives in Virginia with his wife and six children.