We hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year’s break, but with 2019 upon us, we now have the enviable job of directing you towards how to fill out the upcoming time. But first things first, let’s start with what to do for the rest of the week in Iceland.
Wednesday January 2
New Year Mantra Night – Reykjavík Yoga, Frakkastígur 16, 101 Reykjavík – 4500 ISK
2018 was undoubtedly hectic, calling for a period of reflection and healing as we step into a brand new year. After all, this was the year of Iceland’s first World Cup, the Klausturgate political scandal, near-erupting volcanoes and, of course, the infamously eroitc Mer-Sausage sculpture… never has a break from the day-to-day been more necessary, nor as welcome than it is now.
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Thankfully, this tranquil event at Reykjavík Yoga is the perfect remedy, offering cacao from Guatemala, group meditation, sound healing and chanted mantras. Of course, spiritual peace does not come cheap, so expect to doll out 4500 ISK for your chance to explore your own inner turmoil in the company of like minded crystal-rubbers.
Thursday January 3
Húlladúllan and the Jungle Trip – IÐNÓ, Vonarstræti 3 – FREE
If you’re a diehard fan of circus tricks and those that perform them, there can be no better option for your Thursday night than to take in this free show at IÐNÓ Theatre and Culture Centre. IÐNÓ can be found on the bank of Tjörnin pond in downtown Reykjavik.
Off the back of a successful, family-friendly Christmas performance, the performer Húlladúllan will be pairing up with her friend, Doppa, to bring you a show of unmatched energy and flair. We’re talking live music, aerial cats, juggling, dance numbers and untapered hula-hooping action. Don’t miss it!
Friday January 4
Speed Dating / Friending at Loft – Loft, Bankastræti 7 – FREE
Starting the year alone is not how anyone would like to begin January (—though, arguably, it’s better than ending the year that way). Fortuitously, it doesn’t have to be that way, especially for those only paying a short visit to Iceland at the beginning of this year.
Make sure then to get yourself up to Loft Bar and Hostel for one of their monthly Speed Dating / Friending sessions, and find yourself a nice new pal to buddy up with, or even spark some romance.
Saturday January 5
Northern Laughs | Free Comedy Show – The Secret Cellar, Lækjargata 6a – FREE
Standing the test of time year after year, Northern Laughs is a free comedy show hosted at The Secret Cellar in Reykjavík each Saturday night.
The event is hosted by Aaron Zarabi who, by his own admission, is taking something of an extended break from the current political climate of his home country, that little-known land called the United States. Northern Laughs is held in English, making it the perfect choice for foreign guests, and includes some of the best known stand up comedians in the country.
Expect belly laughs on a Saturday evening. Running from 21:00 to 23:00, this is the perfect event to begin an unforgettable weekend night out in Iceland’s capital city.
Sunday January 6
Visit a Bonfire – FREE
January 6th is officially the last day of the Christmas period in Iceland. The night is marked with a spattering of fireworks—remnants of the New Year stock still yet to be fired—as well as a number of flaming bonfires located around the capital city.
Standing before one of these raging fire pits is a memorable way to see in the new year, bringing an air of community and celebration to those in Reykjavik, locals and visitors alike.
As of this moment, there is no scheduled location for the bonfires, though we will let you know with an upcoming article in the week.