Reykjavik at Night

Night Tour in Reykjavík

Reykjavík is the natural starting point for any visit to Iceland, and not undeservedly so. The capital is world-renowned for its culture, history, and natural beauty on all fronts. Reykjavík is known for its vibrant nightlife that starts late and carries on long into the early morning hours.reykjavik-vita-notturna Bars and clubs around Reykjavík regularly host live shows that can draw large crowds of fans and friends.

The clubs start filling up around midnight, the party starts bouncing around one in the morning. It’s hard not to run into a familiar face during a night out. Serendipity keeps things exciting. Local music is one of the mainstays in Reykjavík’s cultural life. Reykjavík’s musical acts represent a broad spectrum of musical genres: from bluegrass folk to death metal, rap to lo-fi, punk rock to reggae. Downtown record stores are eager to show off the industriousness of Icelandic musicians, but it’s just as easy to experience acts first hand at live concerts.

Catching live music is in fact an excellent way to kickoff an evening on the town. In recent years, Reykjavík has become known for its nightlife and is praised by tourist and travel magazines all over the world. It’s all in one place, everyone knows everyone, bars are within walking distances, there are no entry fees, the queues are small, hardly Reykjavíkdresscodes anywhere (although everyone is very aware of fashion!), there are no VIP rooms (with 1-2 exceptions) and the bars are open late. The bars get packed and nobody raises an eyebrow if people start dancing on top of tables or chairs or start playing instruments along with the songs. And that’s just on the average weekend, during festivals or New Years Eve you can throw in crazy outfits, lots of singing and even more alcohol! Downtown Reykjavík (also known by its postal code as 101) is the nucleus of Iceland’s rich culture and arts scene. By day, café-culture rules supreme. A steady hum of conversation keeps the city’s several cafés lively. With free wifi and refills on drip coffee being fairly common, Reykjavík’s café-goers like to linger until they’re sufficiently buzzed on the strong, dark elixir. As day turns into night, people start filing into many of the cities excellent restaurants. Various musuems preserve the culture and history of both the city and the country at large.

Designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, Reykjavík is also the core of Iceland’s literary heritage where you’ll discover a treasure of literary works and a wealth of talented poets and authors. Reykjavík is truly the gateway to Iceland, and many day trips can also be taken from the city to the surrounding mountains, glaciers, volcanos and hotsprings. Day-excursions from Reykjavík include horseback riding, glacier climbing, river rafting, caving, whale watching and more. Meanwhile, downtown, in the city’s museums, galleries, theatres, cafés and swimming pools, reykjavik-at-night-craig-brownbusy locals bustle about with a seemingly inexhaustible energy. At the restaurants downtown, local ingredients are served fresh with delicious lamb, seafood or wild game. Throughout Reykjavík, playful murals and street art testify to the city’s sense of creativity and fun. Art galleries such as the Reykjavík Art Museum and the National Gallery showcase the works of classic Icelandic artists, while smaller independent galleries display the projects of cutting-edge, contemporary Icelandic and international artists. Once you will have an experience then you will understand the appeal of the Icelandic nightlife. So what are you waiting for ? Don’t miss the awesome night life of Reykjavík.

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