Top Reykjavik Nightlife
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While its spectacular volcanic landscape is Iceland’s biggest tourist draw, it’s not its only lure. Reykjavik is fast-gaining a reputation for its excellent nightlife scene. See below for ideas on how to spend those bright summer—or long winter—nights in Iceland’s capital city.
Bar and Club Crawls
Pub crawls are an Icelandic tradition—so much so that there is even a local word for one: rúntur, which translates to “round tour.” Many of Reykjavik’s coolest bars are located in and around Laugavegur, the city’s main shopping street. On Friday and Saturday nights, this busy downtown thoroughfare is elbow-to-elbow with revelers.
Northern Lights Tours
For nighttime entertainment of a different nature, opt for a Northern Lights tour. Cruises, bus, and small-group 4WD tours all depart from the capital, taking you away from the bright city lights to the countryside, where they have a better chance of spotting the aurora borealis. Northern Lights tours typically run only from mid-September to mid-April.
For a country in which beer was banned until 1989, Iceland sure seems to have a soft spot for the stuff. In the years since the ban was lifted, the Icelandic craft beer scene has prospered with more and more Icelandic brewers getting creative with their alcoholic output. Take a tour of breweries in Reykjavik, and taste the latest craft creations from domestic producers.
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Amazing nature, nightlife and northern lights in fantastic international and local company. Waterfalls, erupting geysers, tectonic plates, the most popular party of the season, comedy, singing, exciting activities, world class cuisine and geothermal baths all neatly arranged over 3 glorious days. This small pride festival is the perfect winter getaway and a great introduction to Iceland. The 9th annual Rainbow Reykjavik takes place from February 13th until the 16th. We've welcomed guests from countries all over the world, including the USA, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway to name a few. We mean it when we say its a small festival, places are limited so make sure to book early!
- Snaefellsjokull National Park
- Hallgrim's Church (Hallgrímskirkja)
- Volcano House
- Faxaflói Bay
- Thingvellir National Park
- Harpa (Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre)
- Thor's Woods (Thórsmörk)
- Imagine Peace Tower
- Mt. Esja
- Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal
- Skaftafell National Park
- Hofdi House
- Árbaer Open Air Museum (Árbaejarsafn)
- The Pearl (Perlan)
- Videy Island
- Silfra Fissure