Celebrate solstice like it’s Iceland in New York

reyka solstice party
The sun might not be out at midnight in New York, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate like you’re in Iceland.
Credit: Reyka

Midnight sun? It exists – in Iceland, that is. Just ask Edda Peturdottir.

The country’s close proximity to the Arctic Circle means it gets hit with 24 hours of sunlight during solstice. This year, people are flocking to Reykjavík from June 20 to 22 to celebrate the 24-hour sun with a music festival called Secret Solstice featuring Massive Attack, Schoolboy Q and Woodkid and more than 100 other artists. Outside of the festival, plenty of bars and clubs stay open for raucous revelers who want to party during one of the country’s biggest holidays.

Sad to be missing out on the action? New York might still have its dark nights, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate and party like you’re in Reykjavik. You can soak up the extra hours of sun at these solstice parties in the city.

Mercury Lounge
6:30 p.m., Thursday
217 E. Houston St., New York

Watch Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir perform an early evening show.

Baby’s All Right
1 p.m., Saturday
146 Broadway, Brooklyn

No one said Bloody Marys were a traditional drink in Iceland, but you can cross cultures with a “Make Your Own Bloody Mary” bar at Baby’s All Right.

Greenwood Park
4 p.m., Saturday
555 7th Ave., Brooklyn

Greenwood Park will boast the largest solstice activation in New York; watch artists create ice sculptures live at this outdoor venue.

Night of Joy
4 p.m., Saturday
667 Lorimer St., Brooklyn

Cool off at Night of Joy with frozen cocktails made with Reyka, an Icelandic vodka.

6 p.m., Saturday
261 Moore St, Brooklyn

You know what goes well with the solstice? Pizza. Treat yourself to a solstice feast at one of New York’s most famous pizzerias.

6 p.m., Saturday
37 Canal St., New York

You won’t get closer to the real deal than you will at Skal, a restaurant dedicated to Icelandic cuisine. Down Icelandic Pilsners, porters and stouts, as well as cocktails made with Icelandic spirits.

Celebrating at home? Make sure you do it right with drinks from Iceland: Reyka vodka is easy to find, and you can get Einstok pale ale at specialty shops. If you want to try something uniquely Icelandic, try Brennivin, an unsweetened schnapps. Serve your drinks with some smoked herring and toast and don’t forget to say “Skal!” (cheers in Icelandic) to your friends.

Here are a few recipes from Reyka to get you inspired for solstice:

Reyka Midday Collins


1 part Reyka
1 part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
 1 Sprig Thyme
1 part Lemon Juice
1⁄2 part sugar syrup
Club soda


1. Shake all ingredients over ice.

2. Strain into an ice filled tall glass, stir. Top with soda.
 Garnish with thyme sprig.

Reyka Breakfast Martini


2 parts Reyka
1 part Lemon juice
3 dashes Reyka Bitters
1 large teaspoon of marmalade Garnish with orange zest


1. Shake all ingredients over ice.

2. Fine strain into a martini glass and garnish with orange zest.

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