Celebrate Icelandic culture at Reykjavik events
Vibrant festivals and other events showcase Iceland's rich cultural heritage and pride. The hotel provides convenient access to these fun, family-friendly Reykjavik events. No matter the season, Reykjavik is always charming and combines cutting-edge urban lifestyles with the dynamic natural wonders that embraces the city. These events provide a glimpse of the variety.
Thorrablot – During a period between January and February each year, Icelanders celebrate the mid-winter festival Thorrinn (or Thorrablot) according to the Old Icelandic Calendar. Attendees enjoy meat and fish products cured in a traditional manner, cut into slices or pieces and served with rúgbrauð (dense and dark rye bread), butter and brennivín (an Icelandic schnaps). Sheepshead is also a very popular dish.
Reykjavik International Games – These games are hosted by Reykjavik Sports Union in collaboration with both the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland and trusted sponsors. Athletes will compete at a high level in various sports in world class facilities.
Dark Music Days Festival –Dark Music Days is a contemporary music festival hosted by the Iceland Composer Society in collaboration with Iceland’s finest performers. The Festival is hosted in a number of wonderful venues where composers and performers showcase the best that contemporary music has to offer.
Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival–Those long winter days of darkness are set to be illuminated magnificently at the next Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival. Take your family and friends out for an evening swimming and enjoy the light installations all over the city, or sign up for the Museum Night Quiz.
Museum Night –Museum Night takes place during the Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival and was established to shine a light on Reykjavik’s captivating cultural heritage. By re-opening the museum doors at night-time, city residents and guests will get the chance to explore our diverse facilities during the more enchanting and magical hours leading up to midnight.
SONAR Music Festival –Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. It's first-class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is by virtue of a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music's newest trends.
Food and Fun Festival –The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed and upcoming chefs from both Europe and USA collaborating with Reykjavik’s finest restaurants. Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders.
Design March - DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival. You can't miss the four days, dozens of events, hundreds of participating designers and all fields of design, from architecture to food to furniture and services!
Reykjavik Fashion Festival - United by a common passion for Iceland and it’s unique take on fashion, design and music, Iceland’s foremost creative business leaders seek to champion the talent that makes the country so unique. Reykjavik Fashion Festival will see an exciting mixture of fashion, design and music at venues around the city.
Eve Online Fanfest - Fanfest brings together players in a massive celebration of the virtual world of EVE Online. Travelers from all around the world gather in one of the most beautiful and unique locations the planet has to offer. Allies and rivals alike set aside their in-game differences to share drinks with one another and forge new friendships.
Reykjavik Blues Festival - One of the greatest gifts America has given the world is the blues, and the torch is carried widely and proudly, as the feeling and need for expression is universal. Every year, the festival features excellent local and international artists playing in the city.
First Day of Summer Festival - The best of Icelandic food, music and crafts ring in warmer weather. It´s the last Thursday of April every year.
Reykjavik Art Festival - Reykjavik Arts Festival is an international, multidisciplinary festival which takes place annually in Reykjavík, Iceland. It has a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts and it celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2015.
Rite of Spring Music Festival - Experience alternative music with concerts from jazz to folk music.
The Color Run of Iceland – The Happiest 5K in the world!
Sjomannadagur (Festival of the Sea) - Boat races, entertainment and live music near Reykjavik Harbour celebrate the country’s rich maritime heritage.
Independence Day -This national holiday celebrates Iceland's history and heritage on the 17th of June.
Summer Solstice - The midnight sun is one of Iceland’s most spectacular natural phenomenons, creating stunning skies and endless days. Many bars stay open all night to enjoy the extended daylight.
Menningarnótt (Culture Night) - This carnival with street entertainers showcases Icelandic culture and is one of Reykjavik's biggest festivals and ends with fantastic fireworks at the harbor!
Reykjavik Marathon - During Culture Night, runners compete during a half or full marathon, or attendees can participate in the 10K race or relay race. For the kids, there is the 3K fun run and the Lazy Town Run!
The Reykjavik Gay Pride - This six-day festival is filled with exciting events, lectures, queer cruise, gay walks, a family festival, concerts, gallery openings, parties, a big gay dance on Saturday after the parade and, of course, the Pride parade.
Reykjavik Jazz Festival - The Reykjavik Jazz Festival is dedicated to presenting the best in Icelandic Music. The Jazz in Iceland is all about connecting with the international music scene.
Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) - RIFF takes place every year in late September for eleven days. The festival shows a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries. The festival highlights independent filmmaking from all over the world with an emphasis on up-and-coming filmmakers.
Reykjavik International Literary Festival - The festival enjoys a strong reputation as one of the main literary events in Northern Europe. Among highlight activities are public readings and interviews/panels, starring both foreign and Icelandic writers. The festival is also known for its lively atmosphere, and here, you will find both a literary bar and a literary ball.
SLATUR International Music Festival - S.L.Á.T.U.R. is an artistically obtrusive composer collective centered in Reykjavík, Iceland. Various types of experiments include animated notation using computer graphics, interactivity, various experiments with sounds and tunings, performance art and the development of limited and isolated musical universes. The members share ideas and methods freely while the final products are usually independent efforts.
Iceland Airwaves - Since the first edition was held in 1999 (in an airplane hangar), Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world. It’s made a heap of friends and won many fans along the way, and been lavished with praise pretty much everywhere they write about music. Example: Rolling Stone magazine called it “The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar."
Thorlaksmessa - The 23rd of December is the last day of shopping for Christmas when stores stay open longer.
New Year's Eve - Celebrate a party night in Reykjavik with great bonfires and events starting after midnight when locals ignite their fireworks.