Local Culture

It all started with Björk and Sigur Rós...

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Reykjavik Classics is a concert series featuring live classical performances at Harpa two times a day for the rest of the summer. Each concert is only 30 minutes long—a perfect addition to the mandatory visit to Harpa.
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If you're looking for a guide on what's noteworthy in Reykjavik in terms of architecture and design, this article is exactly what you are looking for.
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Looking for a list of all museums in Iceland with a link to their websites (if they have one...)? Here you go!
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A few great ideas about how to get to know Icelandic music and explore the vibrant scene while visiting Reykjavik.
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No matter what day it is, there is always a great chance that you’ll find an exciting music event in Reykjavik during your stay. We chose some fantastic ongoing music events in the city that you should definitely check out when you are in town.
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If you’re the type of person that looks for good bookstores in every city you visit then you’ll not be let down by Reykjavik.
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It's great to get to know Iceland's delicacies at restaurants but it's even better to learn about Icelandic food traditions by cooking the food yourself.
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One of the most insightful overview articles about Reykjavik I've come across. Simply put, read it!
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Being familiar with the local culture of the place you are traveling to makes your journey much more interesting. Here's a selection of ideal Icelandic movies to watch during your stay in Iceland.
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The stunning and the strange combine in the buildings of Iceland's capital. A walk around the downtown area shows off some unusual designs and hidden gems of Reykjavik's architecture.
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Have you ever wondered what the people of Reykjavik do on their off days? Here's your plan on how to spend the day in the charming capital of Iceland like a local.
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Reading Icelandic novels during your vacation can enhance your experience and give you more insight into Iceland's society, culture and history. Here are a few Icelandic novels that in our opinion are an ideal travel companion.
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Paying attention to statues and other outdoor art while travelling can be a great way to learn about the history and the culture of the place that you are visiting. Here are some of Reykjavik's greatest outdoor statues.
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Iceland's literature history is unique and intriguing, ranging from the Icelandic Sagas dating back over thousand years to modern classics, even a Nobel Laureate. Here's the gist of it.
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Most people that travel to Iceland don’t make long stops in Reykjavík. If you can tear your eyes from the beautiful mountains surrounding the city, you will notice that downtown Reykjavík is literally covered with outdoor art.
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Over the last decade, Iceland's nature has become increasingly popular for critically acclaimed international movies and TV shows. Here's a list of a few.
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Don't miss out on these 10 Icelandic contemporary artists which all are worthwhile checking out during your trip.
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If you happen to be visiting during one of these 10 major festivals in Iceland, you're in for a treat! Music and local cultural events leaving lasting memories.
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During this day tour you will have a chance to see some of the most remote parts of the Westfjords while exploring the picturesque landscape and visiting small fishing villages rich with history and culture.
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Looking to get a good list of some Icelandic bands with an overview of the music scene? Here's what you are looking for.
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A trip through the terrain covered by Njáll's Saga, one of the most famous, and most colourful, of the Icelandic Family Sagas, brings visitors through some stunning places in Southwestern Iceland.
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Imagine Peace Tower is a powerful art piece by Yoko Ono, located on the island of Videy. It takes just a couple of minutes to go by ferry to Videy from Reykjavik Sundahöfn Harbour.
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Visit a local micro brewery in Iceland, get to know everything about the process of beer making while you get to try some of the best local brews with a great food pairing.
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Music lovers know that no vacation is complete without a musical experience. I gathered some of the best music festivals that take place during the summer in Iceland.
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The Magical History Tour is hoping to take you away! I'm not sure whether the Magical History Tour is as psychedelic as the one that the Beatles made famous, but I can tell you that it's a TukTuk tour with plenty of sight-seeing and history.
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List of the top nightclubs in Iceland and tons of pictures of what to expect when you go out!
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A solid overview of the nightlife in Reykjavik with some helpful tips about opening hours and good bars for happy hour.
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For visitors and residents alike, social dancing provides an entertaining and energetic night out. The Reykjavík swing dance scene, along with salsa and blues, is open to dancers of all levels.
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The churches of Iceland are one of the most unexpectedly picturesque sights in the country. Old and new, urban and (very) remote, these churches span 200 years of rural ecclesiastic architecture.
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If you're looking for what you need to be aware of prior to Airwaves, or where to drink, or how to prepare. This is your survival guide.
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If you're headed to Iceland, you better try some of the delicious (and some not as) local authentic and traditional food. This article focuses on four really awesome things we love and urge you to try!
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Are you visiting Harpa while you're in Reykjavik? This quick guided tour takes you through areas at the Concert Hall that are restricted to the general public.
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The best way to start a day in Reykjavík? With a kleina, snúður, or flatkaka. This guide to local bakeries highlights some of the best places to find Icelandic breads and pastries.
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The town of Höfn is one of Iceland's many small beautiful countryside towns rich of history and local culture. In this easy walk with a local guide you'll get to explore this fascinating town.
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If you are a foodie like me and are looking for a something beyond the traditional Golden Circle tour, this experience is right on. You can't go wrong with some gourmet tastings of local delicacies along the way.
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Here's a comprehensive guide to the thrift stores of Reykjavik including a review about each store.
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A detailed and comprehensive story about the unique nightlife scene in Reykjavik. Where to go and what to expect.
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A quick but useful list of a local musician's favorite places for live music in Reykjavik.
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Great insights into the vibrant Icelandic music culture.
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A fun, insightful and helpful guide to help you navigate through top restaurants, shops and places of interest while walking down Reykjavik's main shopping street.
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Make the most out of your visit to Harpa Concert Hall by experiencing wonderful classical music in Eldborg, Harpa's main hall. There will be two performances a day throughout the summer of 2017.
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Being a native Icelandic foodie, living in San Francisco, I couldn't help noticing recently that TripAdvisor's restaurant rankings for Reykjavik are pretty bad. So, I figured I would share my alternative top ten list of restaurants in Reykjavik.
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The nightlife of Reykjavik has a reputation of being a little crazy. If you're joining in, you should read these helpful tips.
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The fact that Iceland has a high number of excellent restaurants does surprise many travellers. Here's a great article about the créme de la créme of Iceland's gourmet restaurants and street food.
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Eating is an essential part of a good vacation and it's also a way to get to know the culture of each place a little better. Here's a list of a few irresistible Icelandic treats you should absolutely try during your stay.
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When I'm in Reykjavik, I tend to work from various coffee shops in the city. I also like to mix things up a little bit and not always work from the same place.
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Icelanders are known to be very keen on all kinds of snacks, candy and quick bites. Here's an article about the best authentic snacks you can get in Iceland. They are all yummy, we promise!
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The micro brewery and craft beer scene in Iceland has been growing fast in the past few years. Here are a few great ones to try out.
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Want to learn the basics about local food in Iceland? Read about local food including Skyr, Minke Whale, Hot Dogs, Sheep's Head, Lamb, Puffins and Pancakes.
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A few great options to explore local and authentic Icelandic cuisine, focused on smaller local gems both in the capital and the countryside.
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Eimverk Distillery is the only whiskey distillery in Iceland. It's possible to arrange a visit, the distillery is located in Gardabær, close to Reykjavik.
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In seeing "How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes" Bjarni Haukur Thorsson teaches you everything you need to know about being Icelandic, in just one hour!
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Impress your travel companions by learning these super-easy phrases in Icelandic. The locals will appreciate your effort too!
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Here's my selection of Reykjavik's most remarkable buildings, both in terms of architectural and historical significance.
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Join us for a culinary adventure in a local farm in Skagafjörður. You can choose from surf or turf tours.
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Beer was prohibited in Iceland until 1989, but since then the beer-culture has been blossoming. Craft beer has been gaining popularity the past years and is sold in many bars.
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Imagine peace is an outdoor artpiece by Yoko Ono. It's located on a little island close to Reykjavik, called Viðdey.
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Thorrablot is a big event in Iceland that takes place in January each year. The Thorrablot is basically a great feast where people come together and eat traditional Icelandic food—which is by some considered the strangest food in the world.
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Excellent list of bars in Reykjavik if you're looking for a trendy cocktail places, microbreweries or the most hip bars in this bustling city.
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If you're looking to learn where the fashionable hipsters in Iceland dress up, this guide has all the best local spots in Reykjavik.
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Considering visiting Iceland in November and join the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival? This personal travel story gives you a great sense for what it's all about.
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Don't know how to spend a day in Reykjavik city? Here's some inspiration!
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Music-enthusiasts, outdoor-lovers and art-buffs will love everything about the charming town of Seydisfjordur in the Eastfjords of Iceland.
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Fun, witty and most of all a hilarious list of weird things about Icelanders in recent times. You really can't make this stuff up!
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The golden age of the herring in Iceland mostly took place in the town of Siglufjordur in North Iceland. Now there is a museum there celebrating these years, well worthy of a visit.
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The settlers of Iceland lived in turf cabins, characterised by their grassy roofs. Some turf houses still remain and have been rebuilt partly or entirely. Saenautasel is located in Iceland's Highlands and has been redecorated as a restaurant.
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Icelanders have a deep affection for coffee. As a result, there are a lot of places in the city where you can get high quality coffee. Here's a list of the 5 best places in Reykjavik to get your daily dose of caffein.
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If you plan to spend December in Iceland, here are some of the must-know local traditions and activities, starting from the first days of December and all the way through Boxing Day.
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Berry picking is probably not on top of most visitors's to-do list. However, you'll find many locals picking berries in the fall and its a unique activity.