Top music festivals
When you think of Iceland festivals, music is the first thing that comes to mind. There are many fantastic concerts taking place throughout the year. A number of artists that have come out of the Icelandic music scene over the years are now recognized on a global scale, such as Björk, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men. What better place to see them perform than in their home country.
The majority of festivals take place in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, the largest of which is called Iceland Airwaves. Established in an airport hangar in 1999, it has since become an annual event of international and local music and culture. It is well known for showcasing new talents and attracting festival-goers and industry officials from all over the globe. This unique event offers an introduction to the city’s great nightlife and vibrant music scene, which crosses many genres. Iceland Airwaves is growing and is a huge happening on the European festival calendar.
Another highlight on the annual event calendar is Techtonics. Presented by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, it takes place in Harpa Concert Hall in the East Harbor area of the city. The venue comes to life with concerts featuring over 150 classical musicians including composers, chamber and orchestra music, soloists, choirs and much more.
Set against a backdrop of outstanding nature
There are also a number of alternative festivals that take place across Reykjavik, including a Blues or Jazz Festival. The backdrop of this is some of the world’s most sought-after scenery. Many of Iceland’s natural wonders are just a short drive from Reykjavik. Festival-goers will find themselves within easy reach of the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, national parks and the stunning waterfalls of Gullfoss.
When the festivals are in full swing, secure a room at Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik located in the heart of the downtown area, ideal for access to all the city’s music venues.