Wherever you are in the world, it’s always good to find some local talent. And you won’t go far wrong checking out rapidly rising Icelandic techno talent Bjarki at Sonar. Signed to Nina Kraviz’s трип label (pronounced Trip), ‘I Wanna Go Bang’ was one of the biggest techno records to drop last year, and we knew his label boss was seriously smitten with his work when nine out of 17 tracks she played in a Radio 1 mix were his productions. This is techno as breathtaking and uncompromising as the Icelandic landscape that spawned it and will have you locked from start to finish.
Get out of the city
Reykjavik is world renowned for its thriving nightlife and food scene, but you’d be seriously shooting yourself in the foot if you didn’t get out of the capital during your stay. Geological wonderments like Strokkur, the boiling water firing geysir, or the iconic 40-metre plummet Gullfoss waterfall are just short car or bus rides from the city. And if there’s a better hangover cure than an afternoon at geothermal spa the Blue Lagoon (pictured above), we’re yet to find it.