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Our most recommended Reykjavik Nightlife & Bars

Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

1. Reykjavik: Magic Ice Bar Entrance and Welcome Drink

When you enter the venue, you'll be greeted by friendly staff and given a complimentary poncho and gloves. Then, cross the threshold into an arctic wonder whose walls are covered in magnificent ice carvings. These carvings tell the adventure-filled stories and myths of the Norwegian Viking sailors who made their way over the rough Atlantic seas long ago to start a new life in the land of fire and ice. Ice sculptures also take a proud place in the gallery, each one intricate and beautiful. To top off the experience, receive an included Magic Ice Bar signature drink, in a glass made of ice. Sip on this locally-sourced beverage as you explore the intricate stories formed in ice all around you. Extra drinks are available to purchase. This attraction is perfect for people of all ages, as well as couples, groups, and individuals. Magic Ice also regularly hosts corporate events, adding another level of wow factor to your next work party. The only thing you need to bring is yourself, your camera, and some warm clothes, then take in the wintery art that surrounds you.

From Reykjavik: Blue Lagoon Admission with Transfers

2. From Reykjavik: Blue Lagoon Admission with Transfers

Enjoy a safe and reliable transfer between Reykjavík City Centre and the world-famous Blue Lagoon, while also getting the opportunity of selecting between the Comfort Package or the Premium Package. Experience the tranquility of the unique Geothermal Milky Blue Sea waters, considered by many to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an unmissable part of your Iceland Holiday. There are frequent departures to and from Reykjavik allowing you to explore on your own time. The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during an operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the water and apply the silica mud to their skin. It’s known for its restorative qualities and health benefits. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a mossy lava field, offering incredible scenery, with state-of-the-art facilities and an other-worldly atmosphere. Choose between two different packages available and take some time to relax. Afterward, return to Reykjavík. Your return ticket is flexible/open and can be used for all departures from the Blue Lagoon.

Reykjavik: Beer & Booze Tour

3. Reykjavik: Beer & Booze Tour

Experience one of the best ways to get a feel for a new city as you sit down and have a few beers with the locals. Get a heads-up on the best Icelandic craft beers to enjoy on your trip with this beer and booze lovers' tour.  Discover how Icelandic people have a short but proud history of making beer (they need to put their lovely, freshwater to good use). They'll fill you in on the history of beer from the Vikings, right through to the resurgence of microbreweries today. Did you know that beer was once banned in Iceland for 74 years? Thankfully, this is not the case anymore! Learn all about this bizarre story, and their unique drinking culture on the tour. The beer tasting tour is guaranteed to leave you with a warm buzz. This isn’t your average pub crawl: visit some favorite bars in Reykjavik where you’ll get the chance to sample 10 different Icelandic beers, or if you prefer, 5 different varieties of snaps and spirits. You might even be able to sample a brand new craft beer from an Icelandic microbrewery that isn’t available on the market yet. The group sizes are small so you can chat about not just beer, but all things Icelandic. It’s the perfect way to kick off your night in Reykjavik or make the most of your stopover.  You can even pick your guide's brain about the best place to eat after the tour or where to party if your night is heading that way.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Reykjavik 5-Hour Tour

4. New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Reykjavik 5-Hour Tour

On this tour you will get the chance to experience genuine Icelandic culture and age-old customs surrounding the New Year's Eve celebrations, which are considered to be one of the world's most breathtaking New Year's celebrations.  Thousands of people attend community bonfires scattered throughout the different neighborhoods of Reykjavik and at precisely midnight the celebratory atmosphere becomes pretty wild with incredible amounts of fireworks that people light all over the city.  Have the best viewpoint to watch the fireworks selected for you, while raising a glass of sparkling wine under one of the world's most spectacular fireworks displays.

Traditional Icelandic New Year’s Eve Bonfire

5. Traditional Icelandic New Year’s Eve Bonfire

One of Iceland’s oldest traditions is the practice of holding a bonfire on New Year’s Eve. Join in the festivities with this trip to the heart of Reykajavik, Iceland’s capital, for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate like the locals do. The bonfires unite neighbors, friends and strangers in celebration of the new year and the tour offers a glimpse into traditional Icelandic culture. Music and fireworks add to the holiday spirit, creating memories you won’t soon forget. Since the bonfire is outdoors, take care to dress warmly.

Reykjavik: The Bank Heist Escape Room Experience

6. Reykjavik: The Bank Heist Escape Room Experience

The bank is closing their branch. Customer’s are returning their safety deposit keys and retrieving their valuables before the safety deposit boxes will be destroyed. An employee of the bank knows that one of the most valuable stamp collection in Iceland is laying in one of the safety deposit boxes as the owner has not yet shown up to retrieve it. He has prepared everything for you to get in, steal the stamp collection and get out quickly. Can you steal the stamp collection and get out of the bank before you raise suspicion?

Fireworks in Iceland on New Year's Eve

7. Fireworks in Iceland on New Year's Eve

Fireworks are legal in Iceland and the locals make good use of this! After attending a community bonfire, locals warm up with food and drinks. The atmosphere intensifies at midnight as thousands of families gather in the streets, each making their own fireworks display. Tons of fireworks light up the sky in a massive display with unending explosions of color! This New Year's tour provides you with the opportunity to watch it all go down - or up! You can choose to be picked up at your hotel or you can join the tour company at their office. You will then travel to a favorable viewpoint, where the group will make a celebratory toast with a glass of sparkling wine while enjoying this magnificent event. Please remember to dress very warmly as we will be standing outside to watch the show!

Reykjavik: Happy Hour Escape Room

8. Reykjavik: Happy Hour Escape Room

An escape game is an indoor activity where a small group of friends, co-workers or family is locked inside a room full of mysteries, puzzles, and riddles. The group has to work together in order to find all the clues and solve all the puzzles with the main objective to escape from the locked room.  Your super-rich friend has invited you to a concert with The Weeknd! You’re invited to a VIP room at the concert hall before the concert starts. You quickly realize you’re locked in and you need to solve all sorts of puzzles to make it to the concert that starts in just 60 minutes.

Reykjavik: The Dollhouse Private Escape Room Experience

9. Reykjavik: The Dollhouse Private Escape Room Experience

An escape game is an indoor activity where a small group of friends, co-workers or family is locked inside a room full of mysteries, puzzles and riddles. The group has to work together in order to find all the clues and solve all the puzzles with the main objective to escape from the locked room.

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

This was our first time in Iceland, and we didn't feel we could visit without experiencing a natural thermal pool. It's a very expensive experience, but we felt it was well worth it, as we spent roughly 3 very relaxed hours enjoying the pool and it's facilities. I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed it so much when our children were very young, as it's not really designed to entertain young children, so you'd probably find yourself leaving much sooner (which would be galling after paying so much), but for adults and older teenagers, this is an experience worth taking.

My wife and I planned our event to pamper ourselves after a day of exploring some of the lava tubes. Our earlier tour ended earlier than expected but we were accommodated by the ground transportation in getting to the lagoon early. Once at the lagoon, we had to wait a little bit but were still able to start our session before the scheduled start time. The lagoon is very relaxing but we were a bit surprised by the presence of small children (estimate the youngest we saw was about 3-4 years old).

It was so surreal and unique! My husband and I agreed it was one of those places that the pictures you see before hand actually live up to expectations. I was surprised at how enjoyable it was not only for me but also for our 7 and 10 year olds. A nice first day activity to ease into the new time zone with jet lag for everyone.

The blue lagoon remains one of my favorite spots in Iceland, organized by this easy your guide. Bus at the BSI (Reykjavik bus station) with timetable provided at the counter, you can take the bus early and stay all day leaving with the last bus.

Blue Lagoon is a must see experience! It is unique and so well staffed and run. It is also extremely relaxing!