If you’re looking for things to do this week in Iceland’s vibrant capital city, Reykjavík, then look no further than here. We’ve compiled some of the most interesting cultural events from 7th – 13th January to occupy your time in the land of ice and fire.
Monday 7th January 2019
Gísli Súrsson Show – Tjarnarbíó Theatre – 20.00 – 2900 to 4500 ISK
If you’re hoping to both catch some theatre in Iceland and learn a little something about the ancient sagas, the show Gísli Súrsson has it all!
Performed in English and based upon The Saga of Gísli Súrsson, this wildly popular show first premiered in 2005 and has since gone on to show over 350 times in both Iceland and across Europe. Gísli Súrsson was a viking from Norway who moved to Iceland’s Westfjords during the age of settlement in the hope of finding a peaceful life.
As can be expected, things did not go as expected for dear Gísli… but we won’t ruin the adventure for you!
Tuesday 8th January 2019
Water Colouring Night – Loft Hostel – 20.00 – FREE Admission
Consider yourself a budding artist? Then why not pop down to Loft Hostel this Tuesday evening to try your hand at a spot of water colouring painting?
These water colour nights are hosted by Hostelling International around the world, and Reykjavík is no exception. These creative get-to-togethers are not only the perfect excuse to hone your skills with the paintbrush, but to also meet new people, be they fellow travellers or local Icelanders there to soak in the ambience.
Make sure to come attired in some old clothes, given the paint splatter. You have been warned.
Wednesday 9th January 2019
Weekly Blues Jam – Dillon Whiskey Bar – 21:00 FREE Admission
You’ve got the Reykjavík blues? You feel like a mist rolling in from the sea? You’ve got the Reykjavík blues? You’re as a cold as a person can be? If you don’t see those mountains soon, you’re heading to Akureyri?
Well, wait! There is one stop in Iceland’s capital where you can enjoy the blues all night long, and even perform should the mood take you! Starring Beggi Smari & BEX Band, this night of jaunty, old-time tunes is sure to pick your mood by the end of the first singalong.
Those with a penchant for performance also have the opportunity to get involved showcasing their own musical talents, be it singing, or playing drums or guitar. Just make to whisper in the ear of the band at the halftime break.
Thursday 10th January 2019
Children’s Book Flood – The Nordic House – 14.00 to 18.00 – FREE Admission
Iceland’s Christmas Book Flood is famous as proof of this island’s lifelong love affair with literature. It’s not just the adults who benefit from the festive tradition, however.
Hosted in the cultural centre, the Nordic House, kids and parents alike can expect to partake in a big-city puzzles, poetry workshops and creating their very own message in a bottle. Visitors are encouraged to attire in fancy dress costumes, and will also have the opportunity to design their own passports.
This event is organised around the philosophy that reading is the key to learning, and that kids can be encouraged to read effectively through creativity and play. This is one event not to miss for families with children aged 6-10.
Friday 11th January 2019
Drag-Súgur: New Year, NEON Me – Gaukurinn – 21:00 – 2500 ISK
The Queens of Reykjavík’s come together once again for this New Year’s bonanza at the friendly rock club, Gaukurinn.
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This event will be featuring a number of performers from the UK, included the suited-up drag king, Adam All—pegged by Time Out Magazine as “the Godfather of the UK Drag scene”—accompanied by his on-&-off against stage girlfriend, Apple Derrierers. The show will be hosted by local stand up comedian, Jono Duffy, of Iceltralia podcast fame.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at tix.is, or bought at the door.
Saturday 12th January 2019
Live Jazz Guitar – Sky Restaurant and Bar – 19.00 FREE Admission
If wining and dining to the relaxing melodies of jazz guitar sounds like a wonderful way to spend an evening, then make sure to visit Sky Restaurant and Bar this Saturday.
Situated on the top floor, this acclaimed restaurant boasts fantastic and picturesque views over Faxaflói Bay, Mount Esja and the cultural landmark that is Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The only way to make such a scene better? With a plate of delicious, gourmet food, complemented with a hearty side of live music.
Sunday 13th January
Seat Filler, Iceland’s Only Game Show – The Secret Cellar – FREE Admission
Iceland’s only dedicated comedy club, The Secret Cellar, hosts the country’s only game show, Seat Filler, each Sunday night. The show is hosted by two of the city’s most well-known entertainers, Dan and Huw, and brings together the cream of the crop from Iceland’s comedy circuit.
Featuring a plethora of wild entertainment, from improvised comedy to stand up sets to audience interaction, this is one event that lovers of laughter will not want to miss.
If you’re planning on hosting any events in Reykjavík in the upcoming weeks, make sure to send a message our way and we’ll look to advertise it to our readers! Have an excellent week, whatever you so choose to do.