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It may come as a surprise that Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, has a vibrant night scene that brings people in from all over the world. With so many things to do after 5:00 pm, it’s no surprise that everyone wants a chance to witness the nightlife in Iceland firsthand.
The Northern Lights are Iceland’s crown jewel and is the #1 thing to see in the evening. The best chance of seeing them is between the months of September & March. However, if there is a clear night sky, there is a chance to see them outside those dates. The locals are more than happy to provide tips on when and where to view the elusive northern lights.
How to Get to Reykjavik, Iceland
Getting to the heart of the city is quite easy. The Keflavík airport is only twenty minutes away, so it’s fairly inexpensive to take a taxi or rent a car. Parking is free after 6:00 pm in downtown Reykjavik making it easy to park the car and start to explore.
If you’ll be traveling around the country, it is recommended to rent a car.
Where to Eat in Reykjavik for Dinner
Food Cellar Matarkjallarinn // A grill and cocktail bar restaurant giving you a complete fine dining experience.
Grillid // A gourmet restaurant situated with the perfect view overlooking Reykjavik and the sea. Enjoy delicable freshly made dishes locally sourced in Iceland.
Ramen Momo // An affordable yet authentic taste of Japanese ramen. Grab a quick bite after a long and rainy day of exploring.
Iceland Street Food // Perfect if you’re looking for an affordable dinner experience that offers a wide variety of Icelandic dishes.
Bergsson Mathús // The cutest breakfast and brunch spot with a wide variety of healthy yet delicious options.
Things to See in Reykjavik at Night
World Class Gym // If you’re looking for a way to relieve stress after a long day of work or sightseeing, visit one of their three locations. Each is flooded with local young adults in the evening hours looking to socialize and make new friends. They have a cafe in the front which is the perfect place to sit and talk with newly found friends.
Harpa Concert Hall // Take a stroll past this breathtaking building to admire the beautiful architecture and if you’re lucky, there may even be a world-class concert you can attend during your stay.
Hallgrimskirkja Church // Located in the heart of the city, this historic church is one of Reykjavik’s most popular landmarks. With it’s impressive 245 foots steeple, it can’t be missed during your time exploring. In the evening the church is lite up, welcoming all visitors near and far to stop and have a look.
Rainbow Road // On the way to dinner at one of Reykjavik’s renowned restaurants or pubs, spend some time walking down the beautifully designed rainbow road that looks like something out of Wizard of Oz. It’s the perfect photo op and the downtown area has some amazing one-of-a-kind shops nearby.
Enjoy the night downtown // As the rest of the city is getting ready to go to bed, the night has just begun in downtown Reykjavik. Stop by Húrra to listen to the best live music on the island, or if you’re looking to stay out into the late hours of the evening, Gaukurinn is the perfect spot—conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Also check out:
- Bilbao, Spain After 5:00 pm
- Copenhagen, Denmark After 5:00 pm
- Sol Area of Madrid, Spain After 5:00 pm
- Brussels, Belgium After 5:00 pm
- Dubrovnik, Croatia After 5:00 pm
- Nuremberg, Germany After 5:00 pm