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Reykjavik Nightlife, Iceland

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, and one of the most modern and greenest capitals of the world. Because it is situated so close to the Polar Circle, Reykjavik has the longest night in winter, while during summer it hardly gets dark. However you take it, endless night or endless daylight, the inhabitants of Iceland’s capital know how to make the best of it: Reykjavik is known all across Europe for its buzzing nightlife and prolific musical scene.

Reykjavik Nightlife – Dining Out

An escapade into Reykjavik nightlife can be the perfect occasion to try the local cuisine, which will give you the strength of a Viking. Some of the most appreciated traditional dishes are: ‘flatkokur’ (rye bread rolls), ‘lifrarpylsa’ (lamb liver pudding), ‘hardfiskur’ (dried fish) or ‘svi’ (lamb head). Nevertheless, most of Reykjavik upscale restaurants offer a combination or traditional and international cuisine, as, for example, Ristorante Caruso, Laekjarbrekka, Café Opera, Vox Restaurant, Perlan or Thrir Frakkar Hja Ulfari. The southern cuisine is also present, with various specifics like Argentinean (Argentina Steakhouse), Italian (Caruso, Pasta Basta), and vegetarian (One Woman Restaurant).

Reykjavik Nightlife – Bars and Clubs

Another Icelandic tradition is for bars and clubs to be open all day long, and to switch from the cozy lounge that’s open during the day to the crazy party ring during the night. From rock gigs to experimental electronic music, Reykjavik nightlife can satisfy any taste. Some of the best places to have a drink and meet some nice locals are: 22, Apotek Bar, Dubliner, Celtic Cross, Hverfisbarinn, Sirkus or Victor. The party can be continued till dawn in a club like Vegamot, Pravda, Nasa, Mojito, Kaffi List, Gaukur a Srong, Club Bohem or Amsterdam.

Reykjavik Nightlife – Cultural Attractions and Events

Although Reykjavik is relatively small for a country’s capital, its cultural scene meets all expectations. There are quite a number of theatres and dance companies in Raykjavik: Icelandic Opera, Icelandic Dance Company, City Theatre, National Theater, Possible Theater or Theater on the Scene. Some of these institutions are also hosting famous annual events, like Festival of the Sea, Culture Night, Reykjavik Jazz Festival or the Winter Nights festival. The biggest celebration taking place in Reykjavik is the New Year’s Eve, when spectacular fireworks and bonfires turn the arctic night into a colorful display. Film buffs will be happy to discover Reykjavik’s numerous cinemas (Haskolabio, Regnboginn, Smarabio, Red Rock Cinema), featuring many rare and old movies, as well as the exquisite silent movie projections accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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