I’ve always had a thing for skater boys (nobody tell my boyfriend) and had big plans to travel to Hawaii on my 30th birthday to learn how to surf. The big three oh has come and gone and no Hawaii or even a snowboard for that matter but at least here you will find a bit of information about the skater culture in Reykjavík.
There’s a skatepark on the corner of Vesturgata and Seljavegur and you can find information about it on its website. If anyone has more information about the park or other places to skate in Reykjavík, just drop me a line and I’ll update this post with the appropriate information.
The one place in Downtown Reykjavík were you are most likely to find people on skateboards is Ingólfstorg. It’s more of an informal hangout though so don’t expect too much. Finally, the Reykjavík Grapevine recently published a list of the best places to skate in Reykjavík so check it out.
Surf Surf Surfing
Apparently it is possible to surf around Iceland. I haven’t tried it myself but I heard once from a Spanish surfer-dude friend of mine that the waves are actually pretty gnarly. I can’t pull off using that word, can I? At least two companies offer Surf tours from Reykjavík so if surfing is your thing they are well worth taking a look at. The companies in question are Arctic Surfers and Iceland Adventure Box
Although the name of the country would suggest otherwise, the snowboarding season in Iceland is relatively short and uncertain. One good man once said that buying a year pass to the Reykjavík Ski Areas is like playing Russian roulette. I don’t know about that but I do agree that it heavily depends on the year how good of an investment that pass is. The main areas are Bláfjöll and Skálafell and you can find all the information about them on their website
Nikita Clothing – Strutting your stuff in a local brand
Nikita is an Icelandic clothing brand for girls, founded in a tiny skate/streetwear store in Reykjavik 10 years ago. Now they sell their stuff in 1500 stores in 30 countries but their flagship store can be found in Laugarvegur Main Shopping Street – just opposite Bónus in Laugarvegur. They have a backyard, called Nikitagarðurinn, where pretty cool things happen every now and again.
And some music to match
If you want to know more about Icelandic hip hop you could try this Facebook Page dedicated to Icelandic hip hop. I also heard it through the Grapevine that the Icelandic hip hop legends Quarashi are preparing for a comeback so stay tuned for that.