Reykjavík rocks like a city 10 times its size, with more than 50 bars and clubs in the throbbing heart of the city. Thankfully there’s much more to Reykjavík’s famous nightlife than bar-hopping, and any evening in the city is full of cultural activity.


Most cinemas in Iceland are largely restricted to showing American blockbusters. Movies are subtitled, except for some children’s films, which are dubbed. Bíó Paradís (tel. 412-7711), Hverfisgötu 54, is Reykjavík’s first arthouse cinema, with four screens. It shows mostly European, Icelandic, and U.S. independent films, and occasionally Icelandic documentaries, shorts, and retrospectives of classic films. It opens at 5pm and tickets are generally 1,600kr. The daily newspaper Morgunblaðið has film listings in English, or go to and click the “Bíó” tab. As for cinema etiquette, Icelanders are strangely averse to watching film credits; most rise from their seats even before credits start to roll and ushers become impatient with any lingerers.

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