So you’ve arrived in Reykjavik. It’s a small city by most standards, but there’s lots to do. Of course you need to know where to look. The internet is not always the best at providing information about what to do in Iceland, and guidebooks on print (how quaint!) get outdated very fast. So I decided to put together a list of the best entertainment for visitors in Reykjavik, that I will make sure to keep updated as time goes on. Now, are you ready to find great things to do in Iceland?
Things To Do In Iceland
Below you will find my list of some of the best entertainment in Reykjavik and Iceland, in my opinion. I have also listed a few fun things outside the city. This list is mostly focused on entertainment, not tours, although I did list our Free Walking Tour, since that is a fun thing to do in Reykjavik, but mostly I keep the tours to other lists.
Full disclosure, I include some things that relate to myself in here, but I honestly only do that because I believe 100% that they are worth doing. You can hold me to that. Also, Follow Me receives a little commission from some of the things you can book here. That money goes towards our marketing costs, and we will be eternally grateful if you choose to do your booking through us. But whether you do any of that or not, I truly hope this list is helpful and gives you a few ideas for things to do in Iceland. If I can make your stay in Iceland a little bit better, that’s the best thing I could hope for.
Free Walking Tour Reykjavik
In my humble opinion the very first thing any visitor to Iceland should do is take my little tour, Free Walking Tour Reykjavik. I have been running this tour with a couple of friends for a few years now, and it’s not only very entertaining (we’re all working or former comedians), but also a very useful way to start off your stay. The tour is a great way to orient yourself in the centre of Reykjavik. We also give you some handy tips on what to do in Iceland. Some of those same tips are put forward on this site, but many are not.
Of course, you may very well have gotten this book after doing the walking tour. In which case, thank you so much. I hope you enjoyed your walk. And I hope you’ll review us on TripAdvisor – it helps us a lot. 🙂
As I was saying, the Free Walking Tour is, in my humble opinion, one of the best things to do in Iceland. You walk around with a funny person for about 90 minutes, getting lots of useful information, an insight into the culture, tips and stories you won’t get anywhere else, and hopefully a few laughs along the way. Our Free Walking Tour is a real labor of love, and we are excited to share it with you.
We also offer private tours, which give you a more VIP experience and can be somewhat tailored to your preference
The Secret Cellar
If you’re looking for comedy, look no further than The Secret Cellar. It is the first real comedy club in Iceland, and they have live entertainment every single night of the week, all in English. The club is run by my great friend, Bjarni, my partner in crime from Free Walking Tour Reykjavik. He is a magician, a musician and one of the funniest comedians in Iceland. On any given night, you can see world class comedians from Iceland and abroad doing their thing at The Secret Cellar. They have stand-up comedy a couple of nights a week, a weekly comedy panel show, where comedians take on silly challenges and the audience participates, funny pub quizzes, music, vikings, magic and more.
Every time I’ve been in The Secret Cellar, I’ve laughed until it hurts. The level of comedy here is amazing. I would say it’s great for such a small city, but that’s underselling it. These comedians are world class and would be right at home in any club in any major city in the world.
Are you sold on The Secret Cellar yet? If you want a good laugh, it’s a must see. Again, everything is in English, and entrance is usually free. So if you like comedy, you’ve got nothing to lose. This should be on your list of what to do in Iceland.
The Golden Beer Circle
Again, I’m plugging myself a little bit, but I’m almost done, I promise.
The Golden Beer Circle is another labor of love for me. I put this beer tasting together to give visitors in Iceland an insight into Icelandic beer culture, and give them a great hour of entertainment at the same time.
You come to our little sampling (hosted at The Secret Cellar) and get a flight of six Icelandic craft beers. The samples all have stories, as do the breweries and their respective regions. You also get some interesting tidbits about Iceland and Icelandic culture, particularly as it relates to beer.
We have a lot of fun on these tastings, and the feedback we’ve gotten has been universally positive. I really hope to see you on one of our tastings soon. If you love beer, or maybe if you just want to learn more about it, I think you should add this to your list of things to do in Iceland.
The Icelandic Sagas – The Greatest Hits in 75 Minutes
The Icelandic Sagas are our famous medieval stories of the original settlers. Full of violence and love and other wonderful things. Enjoy an evening of hilarious comedy, performed by two of the finest actors in Iceland. As the show’s website describes it:
The Icelandic Sagas are the 40 true stories of the first settlers of Iceland – Well, Icelanders say they’re true. Everyone else says: Get out of here!
But everyone agrees they are fantastic tales of worthy men and feisty women from a thousand years ago. Stories of viking raids abroad and blood-feuds at home. Passed down the generations and preserved on calf-skin manuscripts they are the crown jewels of Icelandic culture, amazing stories of ordinary vikings, facing ordinary viking problems – like how to get your wife to stop killing your neighbor’s slaves, what to do when someone calls you a horse-ass-eater and how to sue your brother in-law for not living up to your sister’s… expectations.
Truly a wonderful evening of stories.
How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes
If you want to learn more about Icelandic culture and quirks, check this out. This is a one man show performed alternately by two of the greatest comedians in Iceland. It is, in our opinion, one of the best and funniest ways to get to dive deep into the Icelandic culture. And we really do need you to become Icelandic. There aren’t very many of us. And most Icelanders are already dead. As they say on their website:
The show is much more than a stand up comedy routine, it is a hilarious blend of incisive and visual observation of the Icelandic human condition, their attitudes, struggles and everyday life. You will laugh and learn and at the end of the show leave the theater feeling 100% Icelandic.
We can’t recommend this show enough. One of the funniest things to do in Iceland.
One of the most exciting things we’ve ever done. You get locked in a room and need to solve puzzles in less than 60 minutes to escape.
Reykjavik Escape is truly different. It tests your detective skills, your power of logic and reasoning and most importantly, teamwork. Perfect for groups, large or small. If you want something different, this is one of the most unique things to do in Iceland.
Reykjavik Escape has several different puzzle rooms that you can solve to escape. The Scientist is an exciting race to discover a cure to a serious illness. The Hangover is a frantic escape from a hotel room. Prison break is what the name suggests. And more. Truly a unique experience.
What to do in Iceland – outside Reykjavik?
Admittedly, the activities above are all situated in Reykjavik. That’s not to say there aren’t great things to do outside the city.
The Witchcraft Museum in Hólmavík
When contemplating what to do in Iceland, witchcraft might not be the first word to pop into your head. But Iceland does have an interesting history of witchcraft, and in the tiny village of Hólmavík, in the Western Fjords, there is a wonderful museum dedicated to that history. Highly recommended if you’re on the road.
Whale watching is probably higher up on people’s list of things to do in Iceland, and it’s certainly a popular thing for visitors in Reykjavik. But Reykjavik is not the only good area for whale watching. And arguably not the best. The north of Iceland is a great area to see the gentle giants as well. Husavik is one great place. And Akureyri, the largest town in the north, is another great stop. It’s also a beautiful town. Our partners at Elding offer great whale watching tours from Akureyri.
Has this been helpful?
I hope this list has been helpful and has given you some ideas for things to do in Iceland. If you need any information, do not hesitate to get in touch. If this has been useful, I hope you will consider booking your tours, accommodation, flights or activities through this web site. It won’t cost you any extra, I make sure to only list the very best partner companies I can find, and it does help me to run this site and market my tours and activities. I appreciate you and hope you have a great visit in Iceland.