Opening hours in Reykjavik during the holidays

Spending the holiday season in the northernmost capital in the world is something we think everyone should try. Christmas – or jól as it is called in Icelandic – is during the year’s shortest days. The sun just about manages to rise about the horizon for four hours. In return, we get really long twilights, making the light eerie.

Reykjavík is the home to 130 thousand people (about 230 thousand people live in the capital area). Despite the small size, you will find (almost) everything you could want in the city, very cosmopolitan. However, despite the cultured attitude, Reykjavík is still a small city, which means that not all restaurants will be open during the holidays.

The Christmas bank holidays are on the 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st of December and the 1st of January. You will find more restaurants closed on the 24th than other days since that is the day we celebrate Christmas. However, 25th is also “holy”, so if it is closed on Christmas Eve, likely, it will also be closed on Christmas Day.

Which places are open?

Generally speaking, you will find hotel restaurants to be open every day. However, if you want to try something different, we have compiled a list of restaurants in Reykjavík and their opening hours during the holidays. The list might change, so please check regularly for updates. For Krónan supermarket see below.

24th (Christmas Eve) 25th (Christmas Day) 26th (Boxing Day) 31st (New Years Eve) 1st (New Years Day)
The Sea Baron 11:30 – 15:00 11:30 – 15:00 11:30 – 15:00 11:30 – 15:00 17:00 – 22:00
Bæjarins Beztu (downtown) 10:00 – 16:00 10:00 – 21:00 10:00 – 02:00 10:00 – 16:00 / 00:30 – 06:00 10:00 – 02:00
Apotek Kitchen and Bar Closed 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00
Caruso Closed 12:00 – 22:00 Closed 12:00 – 21:00 12:00 – 22:00
Forréttabarinn Closed Closed Open 16:00 – 22:00 16:00 – 22:00
Jörgensen Kichen & Bar 11:30 – 22:00 11:30 – 22:00 11:30 – 22:00 11:30 – 22:00
Kol Kitchen & Bar Closed Closed 17:30 – 22:00 17:30 – 22:00 (fixed menu) 17.30 – 22:00
Food Cellar Closed Closed 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00 (fixed menu) 17:30 – 22:00
Monkeys food & wine Closed Closed 17:00 – 23:00 18:00 – 23:00 (fixed menu) 17:00 – 23:00
Nauthóll Bistro Closed Closed 11:00 – 22:00 Closed Closed
Sushi Social Closed Closed Closed 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00
Sæta svínið gastropub Closed Closed 17:30 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00
Tapas Barinn Closed Closed Closed 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 23:00
Café Loki 09:00 – 17:00 10:00 – 22:00 09:00 – 22:00 09:00 – 22:00 10:00 – 22:00
Fjallkonan Closed Closed 17:00 – 22:00 17:00 – 22:00 11:30 – 22:00
Fiskmarkaðurinn Closed Closed 11:30 – 14:00 / 17:30 – 23:00 11:30 – 14:00 / 17:30 – 23:00 17:30 – 23:00
Bastard Beer & Food Closed Closed 11:30 – 22:00 11:30 – 23:00 11:30 – 23:00
Jómfrúin Scandinavian Kitchen Closed Closed 17:00 – 22:00 11:00 – 13:30 Closed
Sjávargrillið Closed Closed 17:30 – 23:00 17:30 – 23:00 17:30 – 23:00
Grillmarkaðurinn Closed 18:00 – 23:00 18:00 – 23:00 18:00 – 23:00 18:00 – 23:00
Bónus supermarket 10:00 – 14:00 Closed Closed 10:00 – 15:00 Closed

Swimming pools

Icelanders love their swimming pools and there are over 10 pools in the capital area. Here below you can find the holiday opening hours of each pool.

Álftaneslaus 06:30 – 11:30 Closed Closed 06:30 – 11:30 Closed
Árbæjarlaug 06:30 – 13:00 Closed 12:00 – 18:00 06:30 – 13:00 12:00 – 18:00
Ásgarður, Garðabæ 06:30 – 11:30 Closed Closed 06:30 – 11:30 Closed
Breiðholtslaug 06:30 – 13:00 Closed 12:00 – 18:00 06:30 – 13:00 12:00 – 18:00
Grafarvoglaug 06:30 – 13:00 Closed 12:00 – 18:00 06:30 – 13:00 12:00 – 18:00
Klébergslaug 10:00 – 13:00 Closed 11:00 – 18:00 10:00 – 13:00 12:00 – 18:00
Laugardalslaug 06:30 – 13:00 Closed 12:00 – 18:00 06:30 – 13:00 12:00 – 18:00
Lágafellslaug 08:00 – 12:00 Closed 10:00 – 16:00 08:00 – 13:00 Closed
Seltjarnarnes 08:00 – 12:30 Closed Closed 08:00 – 12:30 Closed
Sundhöllin 06:30 – 13:00 Closed 12:00 – 18:00 06:30 – 13:00 12:00 – 18:00
Sundlaug Kópavogs 08:00 – 12:00 Closed 08:00 – 20:00 08:00 – 12:00 10:00 – 18:00
Versalir 08:00 – 12:00 Closed 08:00 – 20:00 08:00 – 12:00 10:00 – 18:00
Varmárlaug 08:00 – 12:00 Closed Closed 08:00 – 13:00 Closed
Vesturbæjarlaug 06:30 – 13:00 Closed 12:00 – 18:00 06:30 – 13:00 12:00 – 18:00
Ylströndin Closed Closed Closed Closed 11:00 – 15:00

Your Friend In Reykjavik during the holidays:

  • Reykjavik Christmas Walking Tour
    – We will be walking everyday and that includes Christmas and New Years
  • Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour
    – We will not be running the food tour on the 24th, 25th, 31st of December and on the 1st of January.
    Other days it’s two open tours daily and of course also our private tours.
  • Walk With a Viking – Reykjavik Walking Tour
    – We will be walking everyday and that includes Christmas and New Years.
  • Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour
    – We will be walking everyday and that includes Christms and New Years.
  • Reykjavik Beer & Booze Tour
    – We will only be walking on the 23th, 28th, 29th and 30th of December

 

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