This week sees summer officially arriving in Iceland! Thursday the 25th of April is Iceland’s national ‘First Day of Summer’ and after a long Icelandic winter, it’s very welcome!
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April, this year, is a month full of public holidays in Iceland and this week is no exception. Sightseeing and adventure tours will still be running as usual and this article will help you to decide what to do with your evenings in Reykjavík.
Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday)
[IMPORTANT INFORMATION]: Today is a public holiday in Iceland so you can expect some shops to be closed and others to have weekend or Sunday opening hours. Bank, state liquor stores and the post office will all be closed.
Come Talk Funny (Stand-up in English), Gaukurinn, 9 PM, Tryggvagata 22, 101 Reykjavík
Head on down to friendly dive bar, Gaukurinn this Monday for a rib-tickling comedy show completely in English. Every week, a collection of Reykjavík’s most established English-speaking comedians get on stage to deliver a stand-up show completely for free.
Tuesday 23rd April
Singer-songwriter Evening, Dillon Whiskey Bar, 9 PM, Laugavegur 30, 101 Reykjavík
Enjoy an evening of talented musicians coming together to showcase their skills at this singer-songwriter night. Located in Reykjavík’s only whiskey bar, Dillon, this bi-monthly event is an excellent way to spend a laid back evening in the city centre.
Wednesday 24th April
The Settlement of Iceland, Hlemmur Square, 7 PM, Laugavegur 105, 101 Reykjavík
In celebration of Reykjavík’s Literature Festival, members of Iceland’s Ásatrúarfélagið are coming together at Hlemmur Square hostel bar to read selected chapters from the Icelandic sagas. Be sure to check Guide to Iceland Now on Wednesday for more information about the festival.
Ásatrúarfélagið is a religious community centred around the worship of the traditional Norse pagan gods and it is the largest growing religious body in Iceland. Don’t miss this opportunity to get closer to Icelandic history and culture; admission is free!
N.B. Since Thursday is a public holiday, all of the pubs and bars in Reykjavík will be open until late (3-5 AM) so if you want a taste of the weekend nightlife on a Wednesday, be sure to get out on the town. The party usually gets into full swing after midnight.
Thursday 25th April (First Day of Summer)
[IMPORTANT INFORMATION]: Today is a national public holiday so all banks, civil offices and state liquor stores will be closed. Tours will still operate as usual as will most bars and cafes. Some swimming pools will also be open.
The First Day of Summer has a long history of celebration in Iceland and there will be many things going in Reykjavík and across the country throughout the day and into the evening. Check Guide to Iceland Now on Thursday for more detailed information.
If you would like to get out of the city and explore Iceland’s majestic South Coast, then you should consider taking this 2-Day Guided Tour which will take you all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Don’t worry about driving, your expert local guide will take you to incredible waterfalls, black sand beaches, and you’ll even have the chance to partake in a glacier hike of the beautiful Sóheimajökull glacier.
Marvel Movies Pub Quiz, Lebowski Bar, 9 PM, Laugavegur 20a, 101 Reykjavík
To celebrate the release of the keenly anticipated blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, Lebowski bar is hosting a Marvel Movies Pub quiz. Test your comic commitment and make your way to fun and friendly Lebowski’s for a night of superheroes and liquid prizes.
Friday 26th April
Smut Slam Reykjavík: “Call of the Wild”, Gaukurinn, 9 PM, Tryggvagata 22, 101 Reykjavík
Smut Slam is an international travelling show masterminded by ‘professional perv’, Cameryn Moore and it is returning to Reykjavík for the sixth time this Friday.
The show takes an open mic format whereby audience members volunteer themselves to share stories of previous sexual encounters. This week’s theme is, ‘Call of the Wild’ so stories will centre around sexual escapades that occurred in the great outdoors. If you don’t feel brave enough to share a story onstage, you can submit a written little ditty into the ‘Smutbucket’ and the host might read it out (anonymously of course).
This event is always packed and it’s great fun. All stories are volunteered and the evening, although centred around very intimate stories, is safe-space conscious and all-inclusive.
Buy tickets, here.
Saturday 27th April
Kevin Bridges, Stand-up Comedy Show, 8 PM, Háskólibío, Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavík
Scottish stand-up comedian, Kevin Bridges will be performing on the big stage at Háskólibío theatre. There are still tickets available so if you fancy kicking off your Saturday night with some laughs, check it out. The theatre is just a short walk from downtown or a relatively cheap taxi ride.
Buy tickets, here.
Sunday 28th April
The Big Band Marathon, Harpa Concert Hall, 12 PM, Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík
Take a stroll to Harpa this Sunday and you’re in store for a big bands extravaganza featuring musicians as young as 10 to the age of 80! Let the big tunes flow over you and revel in the unity of music. Entrance is free!
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