If you’re visiting Iceland on a budget this week, we’ve got you covered. The following is a list of delightful and absolutely free events in Reykjavík to keep you busy this week.
See also: Cheap Things to do in Reykjavík
Monday 21st of January 2019
Come Talk Funny – 21:00 -23:30 – Gaukurinn
Golden Gang Comedy hosts its weekly Monday night stand-up show. These nights have become a staple of the English-speaking stand-up scene in Reykjavík. A varied mix of 8-10 comedians will delight the audience with jokes and japes at this show hosted by one of the veterans of the Golden Gang.
A good laugh is the best way to start off this snowy week in Reykjavík. If you get to Gaukurinn a little early you can catch happy hour at the bar, which lasts from 2pm till 9pm.
Tuesday 22nd of January 2019
Between Mountains & Ylja Concert – 20:30-22:30 – Bryggjan Brugghús
A joint concert for two of Iceland’s best and brightest female-vocalist duos, what a treat! The bands are Between Mountains, the impressive young duo who won the 2017 Battle-of-the-bands Músiktilraunir, and Ylja, a band which has been playing since 2008 and was nominated as Best Newcomer at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards.
Between Mountains is named for the landscape in the artists’ home, the remote Westfjords, and Ylja is a name which means to provide warmth, something they’ll surely do on this cold Tuesday evening.
Bryggjan Brugghús is a bar, bistro and brewery so it’s ideal to sample some of the beer they brew on-site while you listen to these talented musicians do what they do best.
Wednesday 23rd of January 2019
Iceland, Booze and Beer – 21:00-22:15 – Bjórgarðurinn
Historian Stefán Pálsson hosts this event all about the history of alcohol in Iceland at Bjórgarðurinn (English: The Beer Garden). Stefán introduces the history and context of Icelandic beer and booze in English.
If you’ve ever wondered about the drinking habits of the Vikings or why beer was banned in Iceland until 1989, this is the place for you to be this Wednesday evening. The event is free to attend and there will be special offers on beer during the presentation. A great way to learn and partake in beer drinking simultaneously.
See also: Reykjavík Beer Tour
Thursday 24th of January 2019
Nerd Nite White Out Party! – 19:00-23:00 – Stúdentakjallarinn
Put on some white clothes, get yourself over to The University of Iceland and join Nerd Nite Reykjavík for a night of presentations, exploring the topics of cults, celebrities and brainwashing.
This is the third instalment of the Reykjavík Nerd Nites and this time around, the organizers ask that people show up in white clothing to brighten up the darkest days of the year. It actually works according to real psychologists!
Over a hundred cities participate in monthly Nerd Nites where people gather to socialize, drink and listen to speakers talk about interesting subjects. The night’s headlining speaker grew up in a cult in Scandinavia and will be speaking about that experience. This is sure to be a fascinating evening!
Friday 25th of January 2019
Reykjavík AI Festival – 14:00-19:00 – Reykjavík University
The Crossroads Between AI and Language is the subtitle of this event at Reykjavík University’s School of Computer Science. Speakers from Google, Amazon and RU will be discussing Language Technology.
See also: Studying in Iceland
The festival starts at 2pm and includes a number of speakers, panel discussions and a demo. An example of what you can expect is the presentation “Approaching Human Parity: Achieving Human Performance in Speech Recognition” and “Machine Translation” by Will Lewis, the principal PM Architect at Microsoft Translate. If that sounds like your kind of thing, be sure to hop down to Reykjavík University this Friday.
Saturday 26th of January 2019
Japan Festival – 13:00-17:00 – Veröld, Hús Vigdísar, University of Iceland
The University of Iceland also has an event this weekend; the annual Japan festival. This year’s festival will have an emphasis on Manga and the illustrator Chie Kutsuwada will be demonstrating Manga drawing techniques. There is a cosplay competition where guests are encouraged to come as their favourite Manga character.
Other aspects of Japanese culture which will be presented to visitors include; sushi making, origami folding, Japanese mythology, traditional clothing and more. There will also be a child-friendly area where kids of all ages can explore Japanese culture.
This is sure to be a fun and informative environment since the students of Japanese language and culture at the University of Iceland have been making exhibitions and presentations about Japan to include in the festival.
Sunday 27th of January 2019
Singer/Songwriter Night – 20:00 – Gaukurinn – Free Admission
Discover something new this Sunday evening by listening to musicians play their own material. Songwriters in Iceland hosts an evening of performances by new and experienced singer/songwriters.
See also: The Best Live Music Venues in Iceland
The line-up will be announced closer to the event, will you be on the list? If you want to perform you can contact Songwriters in Iceland through their Facebook and ask for a performance slot. If you’re not a performer all you have to do is show up, sit back and listen.