So you’re in Reykjavík, the northernmost capital in the world! You may have heard that this city is pretty artsy and hip. Well, you understood correctly. For such a small city, there’s an abundance of things going on—here are just a few things that you can do this week:

Monday 12th November 

Monday Jazz, Húrra, Tryggvagata 22, 21:00. FREE

Don’t get the Monday blues, get the Monday jazz at Húrra’s weekly jam evening. Enter the popular and stylish downtown venue to be immersed in moody melodies and groovy basslines brought to you by a collection of musicians riffing off each others’ talent and passion. Anyone is welcome to join so if you can sing or swing some drumsticks, ask one of the performers about how you can get involved.

Tuesday 13th November

Water Colouring Night, Loft Hostel, Bankastræti 7, 20:00. FREE

Are you feeling inspired by Iceland? Why not express your wonder with paints at this watercolour painting evening at one of Reykjavík cosiest hostels. Loft Hostel is spread over several floors and this lovely watercolour evening is hosted in the comfortable bar and venue area on the fourth floor. The evening is free, all of the materials are provided, and there is a teacher on hand to guide you through technique and execution. The evening is running every Tuesday this month, and it’s suitable for amateurs and artists alike—just come with some idea of what you would like to paint!

Wednesday 14th November

Everybody’s Spectacular Dance and Theatre Festival will run 14-18th November.

Wednesday marks the beginning of annual contemporary performance festival, Everybody’s Spectacular. Stretching over five days until Sunday the 18th, the festival will offer a packed schedule of bold, brave and brilliant acts presented by local and international artists. Acts will range from expressive dance numbers to underwater sound pieces, and each night will culminate in a party at the artsy dive bar Kaffibarinn. Be spectacular and check out the line-up here.

Thursday 15th November

Nerd Nite, Studentakjallarinn, Háskólatorg, 20:00. FREE

Nerd Nite is an international series of fun and educational lectures, comedy, music, and games. It will aptly take place in the University of Iceland’s Student Cellar Bar and will feature guest speakers on diversely different subjects. Spanish researcher Julia Amigo will be there to speak on the culture of tattoos and piercings, especially concerning women’s bodies. Other topics include a dialogue with glitches in our brain as a system as well as evolutionary biology. Be there and be square!

Friday 16th November

Drag-Súgur, Gaukurinn, Tryggvagata 22, 21:00. 2500 ISK

Arrive early to get a table!

For such a small country and even smaller city, Reykjavík’s drag scene has exploded over recent years. Arguably, the main driving force behind the success of drag performers in Iceland is the performance troupe Dragsúgur which is celebrating its third anniversary this Friday. The event takes place in the LGBTQ+ friendly live-venue bar, Gaukurinn, and it will be hosted by visiting comedy queen Wonda Starr who is being flown in specifically for the show. The weekend can be a crazy time in Reykjavík, be sure to get yours off to a fabulous start at the biggest queer variety show in Iceland.

Saturday 17th November 

GusGus Concert, Harpa Concert Hall, 22:30. 5990-11,990 ISK

Would you like to hear some live Icelandic music? Well, look no further than GusGus, one of Iceland’s most treasured musical acts. An electronic band which has been playing with a host of different artists since their beginnings in 1995, they have sold over 700,000 records worldwide and their shows in Iceland are keenly attended by a host of fans. With over nine studio albums under their belt, you are guaranteed a top-notch Icelandic musical experience. Book your tickets here.

Sunday 18th November

Why not check out Reykjavík coolest arthouse cinema, Bío Paradís for their weekly showing of a dark classic? The events are dubbed Black Sunday, and this week, you can grab yourself a drink and sit down for the 1995 Richard III starring the legend, Ian McKellen. The movie is shown in English, and you are guaranteed to rub shoulders with some of the coolest kids in Reykjavík as well as enjoy an all-time classic.

However you spend the week, don’t forget to check the Aurora Forecast and keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights.