Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is quickly becoming one of the party capitals of Europe. The natives love their alcohol, so much so that they have come up with the Rúntur, which is essentially a pub crawl that stops only when each member can continue no longer. Reykjavik is a place where even the hardest binge drinking Brit won’t look out of place.
Despite its relatively small size, the city is crammed full of bars playing different music to cater for any taste. Iceland is also famed, like most Nordic countries, for its beautiful people. So throw on your finery and get involved.
Here are some tips for making the most of your Icelandic party holiday.
Clubs and pubs
It’s not easy to distinguish between the pubs, clubs and bars in Reykjavik, but it hardly matters. Just wander around the city in the evening and, despite its compact size, you’ll be sure to find yourself spoilt for choice. Most drinking holes stay open into the wee hours of the morning – 5am is fairly standard. Just remember, as with most European cities, things don’t get started until much later than they do in the UK, which is partly why people have the stamina to keep going.
The city’s bars and clubs are known for their ultra-cool atmosphere and fashionable patrons and there are places to suit all music tastes. But the party is rarely confined to the inside – jump onto the street and you’ll feel like you’re at a music festival. There are few better places in Europe to literally party the night away.
Much of the city’s music festival feel comes down to its energetic live music scene. Going far beyond the experimental offerings the country is so well known for, like Bjork and Sigor Ros, there is every other genre you might imagine. From screaming hardcore punk through to jangly indie-pop and hip-hop MCs, everyone should be able to find live music that’s up their street. And you can find a gig any night of the week.
One of the best things about European party holidays is the selection of beers, and Iceland is no exception. It’s said that the beer tastes so good because the water is so pure. True or not, the beer is rather spectacular. There are brews aplenty – try the famous Viking Beer, Thule and Gull. There’s also the fairly specialist habit of mixing Tequila or Sambuca into the beer, along with a splash of rum and maybe a dash of Iceland’s signature schnapps – Brennivin. Not for lightweights.
Looking the part
Reykjavik is undeniably a stylish place, so pack your glad rags. As it’s a music town guys will fit right in wearing skinny jeans, while stylish dresses for women never go out of fashion. And yes, Iceland might be a little on the chilly side, so make sure you pack something warm too.
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