This week, treat yourself to some true cultural gems with our top event picks, ranging from musical night outs to moving screenings to live drawing classes. For anyone curious about how best to fill your week in the city, look no further than here.

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Monday 3rd December, 2018

Ice Skating Rink, Ingólfstorg Square – 1190 ISK Rent – 12:00 to 22:00

Credit: Alex Michael Green.

Each December, a glittering Christmas market is erected at Ingólfstorg Square, complete with a small, yet picturesque ice-rink that brings this typically concrete plaza to life. Of all the merry and mirthful activities to arrive to the city this year, this is the one not to miss if you’re looking for true, Icelandic authenticity.

The Christmas market is a fantastic place to bring the kids, as well as a twinkling romantic setting for the special one in your life. Not only can you ice-skate, but you also take photographs of the festive wooden stalls and even try out some delicious Christmas delicacies.

Admission is free, though it will cost approximately 1190 krona to rent out a helmet and skates for the ice rink (—though free if you bring your own).  

Tuesday 4th December, 2018  

Nude Model Life Drawing, Oddsson Hotel Yoga Room – 600 Kr – 19:30 – 21:00

Credit: Oddsson Hotel Facebook Page.

Who doesn’t like looking at nude bodies in a public setting? This is pure nakedness, with the added spin of creativity and illustration practise, perfect for aspiring artists and graphic designers. The evening takes place in the Yoga Room of the Oddsson Hotel, located within the gorgeous Grandi neighbourhood.

In all truth, life drawing is a serious art, one that takes patience and control on part of both the artist and the model themselves. Challenging oneself to capture the beauty of the human body is a worthy task for the evening, one that you’ll no doubt be thankful for as you see your skills with the pencil improve over time.

So make sure not to miss this Life Drawing class at the Oddsson Hotel Yoga Room. It might just be the most sensuous experience you have this week!

Wednesday 5th December, 2018  

WINGS Wednesday – All You Can Eat,  BrewDog Reykjavík – 2490 ISK – 12:00 – 22:00 

Credit: BrewDog Reykjavík Facebook.

There are but a few things in life that make me truly happy, but one of them is looking down at a bowl of chicken wings, revelling in those stomach-rumbling moments before I start stripping them savagely with my teeth. Thankfully, BrewDog Reykjavík provides the perfect free-for-all with their WINGS Wednesday, an all you can eat bonanza! The

Participants will purchase a large order of wings for 2490 ISK and, upon eating them, you get small portion top ups each time you finish. Ultimately, this may be both the simplest and most extravagant way of saving money of food during your week in Reykjavík, so we would recommend saving yourself all day until the evening’s big event.

WINGS Wednesday is a weekly affair, meaning that if you don’t have the chance to stop by this week, there will be plenty of opportunity in the future.

Thursday 6th December, 2018  

Christmas Concert, Bryggjan Brugghús – (Free) – 21:00

Credit: Ylja Facebook. Eva Schram.

Do your very best to get down to Bryggjan Brugghús this Thursday evening for a true Christmas treat, listening to artists such as Ylja, Teitur Magnússon and Elín Ey perform a host of seasonal tunes in a cosy, downtown setting.

With each performer currently at the top of their game—having all performed live shows throughout this year, including at 2018 Iceland Airwaves—this is a surefire way to end your musical calendar with emotional fireworks.

See Also: Music of Iceland 

It’s also a fabulous place to grab a meal as a pre-show warm-up; as Iceland’s first microbar and bistro, Bryggjan Brugghús has a reputation to uphold as one of the city’s most gourmet and respected dining establishments. Try it for yourself and see if this gem of Iceland’s culinary scene holds up to its image!

Guests will also have the chance to listen to some of the artists’ most recent original material, as well as their own interpretations of yuletide classics.

Friday 7th December, 2018  

The Vintage Caravan Concert, Hard Rock Cafe – Pre Booked ticket: 2000 ISK / 2500 ISK at the door – 22:00 Volcanova, 22:45 The Vintage Caravan

Long haired as they are hard rocking, psychedelic head-bangers The Vintage Caravan will be heading to Hard Rock Cafe this Friday for their last live concert of the year. Returning from a six-week tour, the boys will be on top form as they play their own twist on metal and progressive rock, featuring tracks from their recently released album ‘Gateways’.

The band will open their Reykjavík show with the support act, Volcanova, playing a 45 minute set at 22:00. This will then be followed by the main event, The Vintage Caravan, who formed in 2006 in the small Icelandic town of Álftanes. Band members consist of Óskar Logi Ágústsson, Alexander Örn Númason and Stefán Ari Stefánsson.

Don’t skip out on your chance to see these talented musicians while they’re back on home soil, and make sure to also grab yourself a delicious feast at Hard Rock Cafe before the concert begins. If you’ve yet to hear the band, we recommend the above track for your listening pleasure!

Saturday 8th December, 2018  

Home Alone Classic Screenings, Bio Paradis – 1600 ISK – 15:00 / 20:00 

The childhood classics, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York will be screening at Bíó Paradís this Saturday night, transporting viewers back to a simpler time when we could trap burglars with our own, homemade contraptions.

Starring Macaulay Culkin as the titular Kevin McCallister, movie-goers will have to choose just which of these films they’ll want to see considering they begin at the same time, but rest easy in knowing that both films see our young hero beat-up the two main assailants with little difference to the plot or humour themselves.

See Also: The Story of Icelandic Cinema

Both films are Home Alone as they should be, without meandering into the hellscapes of cinematic money grubbing that was Home Alone 3, Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House and, God forbid, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist.

In fact, we would recommend seeing Home Alone, rather than the latter, thanks only to the fact that our dear US President, Donald Trump, makes a cameo in the sequel. And let’s face it, who needs reminding of that orange tossed grimace on what should be a fun Saturday night?

Bíó Paradís is Reykjavík’s favourite quirky cinema, known as much for showing classic cinema as it is the latest international releases.

Sunday 9th December, 2018  

Ramen Championships 2018, Ramen Momo – 2180 KR – 17:00 – 21:00

A range of Ramen dishes. Credit: Ramen Momo Facebook.

On particularly low evenings, I’ll sometimes find myself watching competitive speed eaters on Youtube, if only to see just how quickly they can shovel a certain weight of food down their gullets. I don’t know why I do it, but I do. There’s something about the drama and romance of such gluttony I find impossible to ignore.

This Sunday, however, I will have not only the opportunity to watch this arousing experience live but also to take part myself. Understand, this is with the ambition of becoming 2018’s Ramen Champion of Iceland, the winner securing a year’s free supply of Ramen and a photograph on Ramen Momo’s wall.

Ramen Momo is Iceland’s only Tibetan restaurant dedicated to serving pure Ramen and dumplings, a delicacy that was sorely missed in the capital before its founding only a few years ago.

Forgoing an opportunity to earn a year’s supply of free food in one evening, an evening which requires little more than competitive greediness, is not an event I’m willing to pass up, and neither should you—if you think you can beat my stomach (Note* You can’t.)