Ten WOW things to do in Iceland – Catherine Côté

Catherine Côté is a very colourful French-Canadian girl, who has lived in Iceland for almost a year now. She came to Iceland for the first time in 2010, and loved it so much that she promised herself to go back […]



Harlem is the latest in the illustrious line of trendy Reykjavík bars known more for their cool clientèle and great nights out than for their furniture, décor and ambience. Let’s start with the negative and build to the positive, shall […]

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Time for a cold one

Text by Jón Kristinn Snæhólm When Icelanders decide to do something they more or less go to the utmost extreme. In the early 80′s for instance, we discovered the VCR and it took us only four to five years to […]


Kaffi Rósenberg

Rósenberg is not really a café, despite its name. Sure you can get coffee there, but it is best described as the lovechild of a jazz lounge and a rural pub. Despite looking singularly uninviting from the outside and being […]



There is one word above all others that screams ‘Reykjavik Nightlife’: Kaffibarinn. Not everybody loves the place, but everyone knows exactly where it is and would be sad if it ever closed down. But there is very little risk of […]



Hressó, as it is known to most people, is a large bar/café/restaurant/nightclub in central Reykjavík with a more fascinating history than any other Reykjavík hangout. We won’t delve too deeply into the long story here; but the house was imported […]

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Hemmi og Valdi

Nýlenduvöruverslun Hemma og Valda, to give Hemmi og Valdi its proper name, is one of the cosiest and most distinctive café/bars in Iceland. The dark, slightly cluttered and old-fashioned, interior is dotted with interesting ornaments and artefacts and different coloured […]

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English Pub

The English Pub in Reykjavík is all you could ever want from a pub: it has a very wide selection of beers and whiskies, is nearly always busy, has live music every night, shows live sports on huge screens and […]

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Bar 11

Bar 11 is a many-fabled wonderland of hot, thumping rock music, inadequate toilets, bad smells, cheap drinks, not having enough personal space to lift your glass to your lips, and of literally everybody thinking themselves lucky to be there. Since […]



In a city where the swankier a bar is, the quicker it tends to be replaced by something even better, b5 has bucked the trend. The pleasant name b5 comes from the street address at Bankastræti 5 and it is […]

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