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Events


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 embrace the city. These events provide a glimpse of the variety.

January

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 traditionally cured, cut into slices or pieces and served with rúgbrauð (dense and dark rye bread), butter and brennivín (an Icelandic schnapps). 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. High-level athletes compete 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 of contemporary music.

February

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 swim at a thermal pool 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 nighttime, city residents and guests will get the chance to explore the diverse facilities during the more enchanting and magical hours leading up to midnight.

Sónar Music Festival – Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. Its first-class reputation as a leader of 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.

March

Food and Fun Festival – The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed and upcoming chefs from both Europe and the 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.



DesignMarch – DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival. You can't miss the 4 days with dozens of events and hundreds of participating designers in all fields of design, from architecture to food to furniture and services.

Reykjavik Fashion Festival – United by a common passion for Iceland and its 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 showcases an exciting mixture of fashion, design and music at venues around the city.

April

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 celebrate the advent of warmer weather. It´s the last Thursday of April every year.

May

Reykjavik Art Festival – Reykjavik Arts Festival is an international, multidisciplinary festival that takes place annually. It has a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts.

June

The Color Run of Iceland – The happiest 5k in the world!

Sjomannadagur (Festival of the Sea) – Boat races, entertainment and live music near Reykjavik Harbor 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 phenomena, creating stunning skies and endless days. Many bars stay open all night to enjoy the extended daylight.

July

Innipukinn Music Festival - This small music festival in the heart of Reykjavik caters to music lovers who aren't into camping or big festivals.

August

Menningarnótt (Culture Night)  This carnival with street entertainers showcases Icelandic culture and is one of Reykjavik's biggest festivals. It ends with fantastic fireworks at the harbor.



Reykjavik Marathon  During Culture Night, runners compete in a half and full marathon, 10K and relay race. For the kids, there are the 3K fun run and the LazyTown Run!

The Reykjavik Gay Pride  This 6-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. This jazz festival is all about connecting with the international music scene.

September

Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF)  RIFF takes place every year in late September for 11 days. The festival shows a wide range of dramas and nonfiction 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  This 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 with both a literary bar and a literary ball.

October

Sláturtíð  – S.L.Á.T.U.R. is an experimentalist composer collective based in Reykjavík. The collective’s 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. Sláturtíð is the collective’s an annual music festival.

November

Iceland Airwaves  Since its premiere, held in 1999 in an airplane hangar, Iceland Airwaves has become one of the leading annual showcases for new music — Icelandic and otherwise — in the world. The festival has garnered a faithful following and high praise throughout the years. For example, Rolling Stone has called it, “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar."



December

Thorlaksmessa  The 23rd of December is the last day of shopping for Christmas, when stores stay open longer.

New Year's Eve  Celebrate the new year in Reykjavik with bonfire parties and events starting after midnight when locals ignite fireworks.