Festivals & Events
“Iceland’s festivals and special events are as extreme as the forces of nature prevalent on the island. You will find this seemingly lonely country crackling with incredible art and music shows.”
In the land of fire and ice, both elements are celebrated with surreal events all throughout the year. Every year on the Summer Solstice, people pour into the streets to welcome the midnight sun after a long winter of no sunlight. The festival is truly hectic, with all kinds of drinking, playing games, and socializing happening on the streets until dawn. Another festival that celebrates the coming of daylight is the Winter Lights Festival. Continuing for days, it is a combination of cultural events that bring people from all around the country together. It is truly an astonishing occasion to experience Icelandic culture. During Museum Night, every museum opens its doors to visitors for free, and Pool Night is for enjoying the geothermal pools with a free pass.
One of the most important dates on the international music calendar is the Airwaves Music Festival, brought to you by the one and only Reykjavik. It is truly legendary, and if your travel itinerary coincides with it in any way, you will be swept off your feet in a frenzy of music shows. Traditional events are also a dime a dozen in Iceland. The most iconic is arguably the Thorrablot, dating back to the Viking days in honor of the Norse god Thor. There is, of course, and entire festival that pays tribute to the Nordic heritage: the Viking Festival held in June. This is an ideal time to experience the Viking aspects of Icelandic culture to the fullest.
Holy days of the Christian world, such as New Year’s Eve and Easter, are also great spectacles in Iceland. However, if your trip doesn’t coincide with any of these special events, there are still hundreds of cultural occasions from food days to design shows that you can attend.