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Top Nightlife Experiences in Reykjavik

By Viator, April 2018

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While its spectacular volcanic landscape is Iceland’s biggest tourist draw, it’s not its only lure. Reykjavik is fast-gaining a reputation for its excellent nightlife scene. See below for ideas on how to spend those bright summer—or long winter—nights in Iceland’s capital city.

Bar and Club Crawls
Pub crawls are an Icelandic tradition—so much so that there is even a local word for one: rúntur, which translates to “round tour.” Many of Reykjavik’s coolest bars are located in and around Laugavegur, the city’s main shopping street. On Friday and Saturday nights, this busy downtown thoroughfare is elbow-to-elbow with revelers.

Northern Lights Tours
For nighttime entertainment of a different nature, opt for a Northern Lights tour. Cruises, bus, and small-group 4WD tours all depart from the capital, taking you away from the bright city lights to the countryside, where they have a better chance of spotting the aurora borealis. Northern Lights tours typically run only from mid-September to mid-April.

Beer Tours
For a country in which beer was banned until 1989, Iceland sure seems to have a soft spot for the stuff. In the years since the ban was lifted, the Icelandic craft beer scene has prospered with more and more Icelandic brewers getting creative with their alcoholic output. Take a tour of breweries in Reykjavik, and taste the latest craft creations from domestic producers.

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Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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Visit the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, the geothermal, open-air Secret Lagoon. After soaking luxuriously in the warm water, enjoy a delicious buffet-style ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.42
Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Tours
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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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See the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, from a comfortable boat on this unique cruise from Reykjavik. Leave Iceland’s coast to experience this ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $100.89
Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Cruises
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Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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The Northern Lights tour from Reykjavík takes you to see a spectacular natural phenomenon which happens during the winter months. The Northern Lights, ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik in a Super Jeep, Reykjavik, Night Tours
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Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik in a Super Jeep

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Escape the reach of tour buses and seek the celestial green glow of the northern lights on a 4-hour Iceland tour in the comfort of a ‘super jeep,’ a spacious ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.51
Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Tours
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Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour from Reykjavik

This northern lights tour in Iceland takes you in an original superjeep out of town to avoid light pollution so as to observe this fascinating natural ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.33
Small-Group Deluxe Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Tours
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Small-Group Deluxe Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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Join our Northern Lights Deluxe tour for the exciting hunt of the ‎Aurora Borealis! There will be no more than 18 passengers with you in a comfortable minibus ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.01
Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Tours
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Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik

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Explore the best of Iceland — ‘land of fire and ice’ — on this 6-hour Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. To make your experience even more unique, this special ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.05
New Year's Eve in Reykjavik: Bonfire Tour and Fireworks Display, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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New Year's Eve in Reykjavik: Bonfire Tour and Fireworks Display

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Join in with Reykjavik’s extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations on a nighttime bonfire tour and fireworks display. The event is a big deal in the Icelandic ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.40
Northern Lights and Stargazing: Small Group tour with Local Guides from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, New ... 
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Northern Lights and Stargazing: Small Group tour with Local Guides from Reykjavik

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Northern Lights Hunt We pick you up and whisk you away from the city lights to where we predict the best sightings according to the cloud forecast. Our small ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 3 to 5 hrs

From USD $206.93
Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Tours
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Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Savor dinner at Kopar, one of Reykjavik’s top restaurants, and search for the Northern Lights by sea on this memorable evening experience. The fine dining ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $205.46

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