Destination Cat is a series featuring travel destinations for cat lovers.
Cats are popular pets in Iceland and the relative safety of the streets there means that in nice weather pet cats are a common sight in Reykjavik. Picture adorable and friendly cats all over the place, residential neighborhoods are especially cat filled. There are so many cute cat photo opportunities! There is even an Instagram account called @reykjavikcats to keep an eye on the cats of Reykjavik.
The Reykjavik Art Museum is not only full of art but when I was there last year they had these amazing Cats Rule the Town t-shirts in their souvenir shop. The shirts really sum up Reykjavik’s love affair with cats and who doesn’t want to visit a town ruled by cats?
Recently opened at the end of 2017, the Kattakaffihúsið Cat Cafe is Iceland’s first cat cafe. Coffee, tea, cakes and sandwiches will be served alongside cats who are available for adoption. Until last year laws in Iceland prohibited animals from being in food establishments so now that it has changed, hopefully eating sandwiches with cats will be a trend that keeps growing.
While most of the cats you see lounging around the city are pets with homes, there are still homeless cats looking for a home. The Icelandic Cat Protection Society (also called The Icelandic Cat Lovers Society) is a cat shelter with cats available for adoption.
If you visit around the holidays be sure to look out for Jólakötturinn! Also known as the Yule Cat, legend says that every person should receive a new article of clothing before Christmas. If you do not get a new article of clothing the Yule Cat will eat you. Jólakötturinn is a gigantic cat who is owned by the trolls Grýla and Leppalúði; also the parents of the 13 Yule Lads of Icelandic Christmas lore.
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