Easter celebrations are extensive in Iceland and many shops and services will be closed for a long 5-day weekend starting Thursday.
No need to worry; there are still plenty of activities you can check out in the evenings and we’ll give you a couple of tips on how to survive the holiday season closures. Read on for what to do in Reykjavík this Easter week.
Find out more about Public Holidays in Iceland
Monday 15th April
Game of Thrones Watch Party, 9 PM, Loft Hostel, Bankastræti 7, 101 Reykjavík
“Oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know of fear?”. If you’re a fan of the epic adventure saga, Game of Thrones, you need not fear missing the long-awaited debut episode of the eighth and final season.
Local legend and drag performer, Hans will be hosting the watch party in the attic of the cosy fourth-storey lounge at Loft Hostel. Grab a beverage, claim a sofa for your House and prepare for an evening of battle and dragons, with an excellent view of Reykjavík city to boot.
Tuesday 16th April
Karaoke party, 9:00 PM, Gaukurinn, Tryggvagata 22, 101 Reykjavík
Break loose and get those power ballads ready for an evening of karaoke at the friendly dive bar Gaukurinn. This venue is packed every Tuesday by locals and visitors alike for the weekly karaoke party starting at 9 PM.
Wednesday 17th April
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The next two days are public holidays; this means many shops will be closed. You will still find many shops open Thursday but on Friday, almost everything will be closed. If you’re self-catering, it would be a good idea to visit a supermarket before Friday or book somewhere to eat as the places that are open are likely to fill up fast.
State alcohol stores will be closed both Thursday and Friday so be sure to stock up if you’d like to celebrate Easter with a drink.
Since the next two days are public holidays, downtown Reykjavík this Wednesday will be open as if it were a weekend. This means many bars will be open until 3-5 AM and the locals will be on the razz, so, if you’d like a taste of Reykjavík at the weekend, get yourself to the city centre.
Jazz Night, Miami, 10 PM, Hverfisgata 33, 101 Reykjavík
Get your night out on the town off to a funky fresh start at a live jazz show at Miami cocktail bar. The evening promises a cool mix of old and new jazz music in the trendy and luxurious digs located in the centre of town.
Thursday 18th April (Maundy Thursday)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This is a public holiday but many places will be open as usual, including swimming pools. Please be aware that banks, post offices and state liquor stores will be closed. Tours will operate as usual.
Hebert Guðmundsson Concert, 10 PM, Miami, Hverfisgata 33, 101 Reykjavík
Pop-music legend, Herbert Guðmundsson’s career started in the 1970s and he is one of Iceland’s most revered musicians. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this local legend live and discover a part of Iceland’s rich musical history in the flesh.
Friday 19th April (Good Friday)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: You can expect most places in the city to be closed today although many tours will still be in operation. There will also be many bars and restaurants open but you may need reservations. Check Guide to Iceland Now on Friday for a complete listing of what’s open over the Easter weekend.
Comedy at Loft: What’s the (power)point?, 8 PM, Loft Hostel, Bankastræti 7, 101 Reykjavík
What’s the (power)point? is the ingenuous creation of local English stand-up comedian Kimi Taylor. Participants prepare a simple slide-show and present their passion project accompanied by all the weird WordArt and animations reminiscent of your school or college days.
Prepare for an evening of laughs, laser pointers and guaranteed technical difficulties. Sign-ups welcome on the night!
Saturday 20th April
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Shops are open as usual today! Sunday and Monday will again be national holidays so be sure to stock up as many shops and services will be closed over the next two days. Buy an Easter egg from a local supermarket and get ready for Easter in all of its chocolatey glory.
See also: Shopping for Groceries in Iceland
Icelandic Sagas: The greatest hits, 19:30, Harpa Concert Hall, Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík
Viking raids, violent romances and bloody feuds; the Icelandic sagas are not only a source of history but also age-old entertainment. Roll up for this 75-minute theatrical production and indulge in an evening of history, drama and comedy in Reykjavík’s most beautiful concert hall, Harpa. Read more about the show in this travel blog.
Sunday 21st April (Easter Sunday)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Nearly everything will be closed today although many tours will still be available. Since Monday is another bank holiday, many bars will open at midnight after Easter Sunday and will not close until the small hours of Monday morning.
Party Bingo, 9 PM, Sæta Svinið, Hafnarstræti 1-3, 101 Reykjavík
Two fat ladies, 88, Swimming swans, 22… That’s right, it’s time for Bingo with local personality and clairvoyant, Sigga Kling. Buy a bingo card and play in hopes of winning some delicious prizes at cosy gastro-pub, Sæta Svínið.
If you have any more questions about the Easter holidays feel free to get in touch but be sure to check back to the website for more updates on things to do and places to see. Leave any comments or questions in the Facebook box below.