DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT IN ICELAND
DINING IN ICELAND
Everywhere in the country, and especially in Reykjavik, you will find an astounding variety of restaurants embracing both ethnic styles from around the world and also cuisine native to Iceland. The food served in Icelandic homes and restaurants is excellent in quality and taste, the key being the freshness of the products. Fish comes fresh from the oceans surrounding the country, meat from animals that graze in meadows situated far from urban areas, sometimes deep in the uninhabited interior. It may come as a surprise to learn that a lot of vegetables are also grown in Iceland, some in the open air, others in greenhouses heated with natural hot water.
Iceland's two main raw materials for quality cuisine are fish and lamb. At the other end of the culinary spectrum, you might like to try a distinctively Icelandic version of fast food: the "pylsa". This is a hot dog with a topping of your choice: tomato ketchup, mustard, rémoulade and raw or fried onions.
In terms of ethnic cuisine, you will have no trouble satisfying a craving for Danish, Italian or French cuisine. For Asian delicacies, there are quite a number of Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurants.
Sushi is available from the many seafood restaurants and other restaurants downtown.
Generally restaurants are open until midnight, but their kitchens normally close at ten o'clock. Coffee shops and bars are open until 1 o'clock during weekdays and until 6 o'clock at weekends.
ENTERTAINMENT IN REYKJAVIK
Reykjavik is vibrant city with active and energetic inhabitants. This is reflected in the city's nightlife which has long been renowned for its intensity, energy and special atmosphere. The focus of all this is in the main streets of Laugavegur and Aðalstræti (in the old town center), and the roads leading off them.
Cafes and bars in Reykjavik serve beer and coffee throughout the day, before transforming into buzzing drinking and dancing venues in the evening.
Opening times for the majority of coffee-bars are Sunday to Thursday 10.00 to 01.00 and Friday and Saturday 10.00 to 03.00. Nightclubs close around 04.00 or 05.00 and the dress code is strictly smart. Alcohol is available from licensed bars, restaurants and "Vínbúð" shops. The minimum drinking age is 20 years.
In terms of music, Iceland has everything from pop to classical, opera, rock and musicals. International artists often play in Iceland, while at the other end of the spectrum you will find that many pubs offer a wide variety of live music.
Theater is also popular, but is usually performed in Icelandic. In cinemas, however, all films are presented in the original language with Icelandic subtitles.