Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.



During the day and early evenings, the unassuming Kaffibarrin is a great place to have a pint of Viking and read the newspaper in a cosy bohemian setting. By night it turns into a raucous party. Roaring music and a buzzing atmosphere make this one of the best bars in Reykjavik.

 View Map ... Bergstadastraeti 1 Reykjavik, Iceland
Kaffi Reykjavik Ice Bar

In the heart of Reykjavik, this café/restaurant is best known for its “ultra-cool” Ice Bar, where the walls, tables, bar and glasses are all made from ice from Icelandic glaciers and the interior is kept at -6°c all year round. On arrival you will receive complimentary (and very necessary) attire consisting of gloves and an insulated coat together with an ice-cold flavoured vodka. Whether it’s the coloured tube lighting, the funky tunes or just to keep yourself warm, you’ll soon find yourself dancing to the beat of the music. It’s never been so hot to be so cool.

 View Map ... Vesturgata 2, Reykjavik, Iceland
Rex Bar

Rex Bar is a sophisticated drinking den and celebrity hot-spot with its velvet couches, chandeliers and opulent design. After midnight, the mood elevates as the hip DJs start mixing their musical magic.

 View Map ... Austurstraeti 9, Reykjavik, Iceland

This little known gem of a restaurant and bar in the hub of Reykjavik turns into the hippest bar in town after 10pm. Early in the evening it's a trendy Mediterranean bistro spread over two floors. As midnight approaches the kitchen closes and gorgeous young ice maidens and their men muster in for the late night revelry. DJs spin the hottest dance tracks and the bar staff shake and stir ice cold vodka cocktails.

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 View Map ... Vegamótastíg 4, Reykjavik, Iceland

what we think

A winter Ibiza for seasonally affected clubbers, Iceland’s cosmopolitan little capital of Reykjavik is one of the “coolest”, youngest and most vibrant cities in northern Europe - full of life any time of the year. Whether in the shade of winter or under the summer midnight sun, the parties continue through the night and the locals lead the way in acting out the adage “get wrecked in Reykjavik”. Within driving distance of the main town is a plethora of thrill seeking activities and exciting excursions including the spectacular Northern Lights. Perhaps the most famed image of Iceland is the steamy outdoor Blue Lagoon … you’ll hardly notice the below zero temperatures as a cocktail waiter wades through the hot spring to serve you a cocktail and you dance away to the tunes spun by the lagoon-side dj. Hedonist heaven and very cool.