As Iceland heads into May, the days continue to get warmer and longer as the Midnight Sun is almost upon us. Reykjavík residents can trade in their parkas for premature shorts at the faintest glow of the summer sunshine and spirits are high.
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Icelanders no longer need to brace themselves against vicious winds and can actually walk up straight and maybe even smile! It’s a turning point in the year and you too can join in the elevated mood of summer by attending one of the following events happening in Reykjavík this week.
Monday 29th April
Game of Thrones Watch Party, Loft Hostel, 9 PM, Bankastræti 7, 101 Reykjavík
Just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean you have to miss the latest instalment of everyone’s favourite HBO series, Game of Thrones. Local drag king, Hans, will be hosting a viewing party at Loft Hostel starting at 21:00 (9 PM).
Join the local GOT enthusiasts and prepare to be on the edge of your seat for the long-awaited and most likely emotional Battle of Winterfell. The true battle is to avoid all spoilers until you can make it to Loft Hostel for the day is long and full of spoilers.
Tuesday 30th April
KexJazz // Kvartett Richard Andersson, KEX Hostel, 8:30 PM, Skúlagata 28. 101 Reykjavík
Get funky this Tuesday and join Danish artist Richard Andersson and his talented quartet for a night of jazz. A significant actor in the Reykjavík jazz community, Andersson will be joined by Snorri Sigurðsson on trumpet, Hilmar Jensson on guitar and Scott McLemore on drums.
The concert is completely free so don’t miss your chance to get into the swing of Reykjavík’s ragtime scene.
Wednesday 1st May – Bank Holiday
The 1st of May in Iceland, like many other countries in the world, is a public holiday. All tours will be running as usual and stores will still be open. However, many of the shops—as well as public city buses—will be following their weekend/Sunday opening hours.
Labour Day March, Hlemmur Bus Station, 13:00, 101 Reykjavík
In celebration of International Worker’s Day, there will be a general protest and march down Reykjavík’s main shopping street Laugavegur. The march begins at 1:30 PM but crowds will begin to gather around 1 PM.
The march will be lead by a brass band and will culminate at Ingólfstorg square at approximately 2:10 PM to a series of concerts by local performers. Solo artist GDRN who recently won big at the Icelandic Music Awards, taking home no less than 4-trophies, will also be performing.
Thursday May 2nd
Devine Defilement Release Party, Gaukurinn, 9 PM, Tryggvagata 22, 101 Reykjavík
Homegrown death metal band, Devine Defilement are headlining a concert to celebrate the release of their new album, OBLIVIORA which came out on the 26th of April. The warm-up acts will be the band Hubris and recent 2019 Battle of the Bands winners, Blóðmör.
Friday May 3rd
It’s been a while with Jono Duffy, Tjarnarbíó, 8 PM, Tjarnargata 12, 101 Reykjavík
Gear up for a night of giggles and join comedian Jono Duffy for his one-night-only show packed with the delightful, irreverent observations he has become so well-known for. Originally hailing from Australia, Jono Duffy has lived in Iceland for several years and is a staunch pillar of the Icelandic comedy scene.
Duffy is Iceland’s only openly gay comedian, and this Friday he will be joined by a special guest, Iceland’s only openly lesbian comedian, the disarmingly charming Kimi Taylor. Don’t miss this hilarious event and book your tickets here.
Saturday 4th May
Guided tour of the National Museum in English, 11:00 AM, Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík
Get to grips with the fascinating history and culture of Iceland on this guided tour of Iceland’s National Museum. Your local guide will take you through the museum’s permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland.
The tour starts at 11:00 and takes approximately 45-minutes, and it is free of charge with museum admission.
Sunday 5th May
Singer-songwriter night, Gaukurinn, 8 PM, Tryggvagata 22, 101 Reykjavík
Experience the freshest cuts of Reykjavík blossoming music scene and head on down to friendly dive bar Gaukurinn for a generous dose of natural talent. These evenings are laid back and offer intimate performances from budding local artists as well as the option to pick up a delicious vegan meal from cruelty-free diner Veganæs.
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