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If you’re looking for big nights out in Iceland, then Reykjavík is the only place that’ll keep you occupied. Start your night at the quirky Kex Hostel (Skúlagata 28), a five-minute walk from the main drag. It’s known for good food and great music, but as it’s primarily a hostel, things close down fairly early in the night.
After that, move on to hipster bar and local hangout Kaffibarinn (Bergstaðastræti 1), which is co-owned by Damon Albarn. Here you can listen to live music and chat to trendy locals in stylish surroundings. If you fancy something a little swankier, put your glad rags on and try chic cocktail bar B5 (Bankastræti 5).
In the rest of Iceland, nights out are likely to be on the tamer side, depending what you’re looking for. In second city Akureyri, the Græni Hatturinn revue-bar (Hafnarstræti 96) is the music venue of choice, showcasing some of Iceland’s best local talent.
Elsewhere, it’s slim pickings. But to be fair, you have all the natural entertainment Iceland is able to offer right at your fingertips. During the summer season of the midnight sun, Iceland’s countryside can still be explored late into the night. And in the winter, some of the most memorable evenings are spent gazing up at the Northern Lights dancing in the skies.
Iceland’s musical heritage is strong. For music-lovers, the good news is that indoor and outdoor festivals take place across the country. Entertainment in Iceland is heavily centred around music, and a diverse range of festivals has attracted equally diverse crowds.
Get your tickets for Iceland Airwaves and Sónar Reykjavík to see international headliners, or try out small, independent festivals such as Bræðslan and Eistnaflug, held in tiny towns on Iceland’s east coast.