Iceland's latest hobby: Cat spotting
Reykjavik is a very cat-friendly place, and perhaps we don’t advertise that enough, but it’s rare to see so many domestic cats out and about in a city. Downtown Reykjavik is a known hangout for some well-known cats who’ve gotten even more famous after the group was formed.
These celebrity cats mostly hang out in shops and pubs near Laugavegur shopping street where they get the most attention, of course. Some are known to display themselves in the windows for added attention and others even have their own fan pages. One of those is Púki (his Facebook name is Púki Koturrinn) who hangs out at 66°North store, a bookstore and occasionally at Lebowski Bar. Bookstores seem to be cat favorites as another cat haunts the Eymundsson bookstore and for years Forlagið publisher had a regular cat in their shop too.
The most famous one of all is Baktus, the cat who mostly hangs out in the shops around Austurstræti, such as Icewear and Gyllti Kötturinn. The black and white Baktus has his own Instagram page and has for years, so if you spot him: #baktus.
Don’t be afraid to pet the cats of Iceland and go for a selfie with them. Despite their fame, these celebs seem to really like the attention.