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 Baron11:30 – 15:0011:30 – 15:0011:30 – 15:0011:30 – 15:0017:00 – 22:00
Bæjarins Beztu (downtown)10:00 – 16:0010:00 – 21:0010:00 – 02:0010:00 – 16:00 / 00:30 – 06:0010:00 – 02:00
Apotek Kitchen and BarClosed17:00 – 23:0017:00 – 23:0017:00 – 23:0017:00 – 23:00
CarusoClosed12:00 – 22:00Closed12:00 – 21:0012:00 – 22:00
ForréttabarinnClosedClosedOpen16:00 – 22:0016:00 – 22:00
Jörgensen Kichen & Bar11:30 – 22:0011:30 – 22:0011:30 – 22:0011:30 – 22:00
Kol Kitchen & BarClosedClosed17:30 – 22:0017:30 – 22:00 (fixed menu)17.30 – 22:00
Food CellarClosedClosed17:00 – 23:0017:00 – 23:00 (fixed menu)17:30 – 22:00
Monkeys food & wineClosedClosed17:00 – 23:0018:00 – 23:00 (fixed menu)17:00 – 23:00
Nauthóll BistroClosedClosed11:00 – 22:00ClosedClosed
Sushi SocialClosedClosedClosed17:00 – 23:0017:00 – 23:00
Sæta svínið gastropubClosedClosed17:30 – 23:0017:00 – 23:0017:00 – 23:00
Tapas BarinnClosedClosedClosed17:00 – 23:0017:00 – 23:00
Café Loki09:00 – 17:0010:00 – 22:0009:00 – 22:0009:00 – 22:0010:00 – 22:00
FjallkonanClosedClosed17:00 – 22:0017:00 – 22:0011:30 – 22:00
FiskmarkaðurinnClosedClosed11:30 – 14:00 / 17:30 – 23:0011:30 – 14:00 / 17:30 – 23:0017:30 – 23:00
Bastard Beer & FoodClosedClosed11:30 – 22:0011:30 – 23:0011:30 – 23:00
Jómfrúin Scandinavian KitchenClosedClosed17:00 – 22:0011:00 – 13:30Closed
SjávargrilliðClosedClosed17:30 – 23:0017:30 – 23:0017:30 – 23:00
GrillmarkaðurinnClosed18:00 – 23:0018:00 – 23:0018:00 – 23:0018:00 – 23:00
Bónus supermarket10:00 – 14:00ClosedClosed10:00 – 15:00Closed

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.

Álftaneslaus06:30 – 11:30ClosedClosed06:30 – 11:30Closed
Árbæjarlaug06:30 – 13:00Closed12:00 – 18:0006:30 – 13:0012:00 – 18:00
Ásgarður, Garðabæ06:30 – 11:30ClosedClosed06:30 – 11:30Closed
Breiðholtslaug06:30 – 13:00Closed12:00 – 18:0006:30 – 13:0012:00 – 18:00
Grafarvoglaug06:30 – 13:00Closed12:00 – 18:0006:30 – 13:0012:00 – 18:00
Klébergslaug10:00 – 13:00Closed11:00 – 18:0010:00 – 13:0012:00 – 18:00
Laugardalslaug06:30 – 13:00Closed12:00 – 18:0006:30 – 13:0012:00 – 18:00
Lágafellslaug08:00 – 12:00Closed10:00 – 16:0008:00 – 13:00Closed
Seltjarnarnes08:00 – 12:30ClosedClosed08:00 – 12:30Closed
Sundhöllin06:30 – 13:00Closed12:00 – 18:0006:30 – 13:0012:00 – 18:00
Sundlaug Kópavogs08:00 – 12:00Closed08:00 – 20:0008:00 – 12:0010:00 – 18:00
Versalir08:00 – 12:00Closed08:00 – 20:0008:00 – 12:0010:00 – 18:00
Varmárlaug08:00 – 12:00ClosedClosed08:00 – 13:00Closed
Vesturbæjarlaug06:30 – 13:00Closed12:00 – 18:0006:30 – 13:0012:00 – 18:00
YlströndinClosedClosedClosedClosed11:00 – 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