The 101 Event Calendar

About Iceland

Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe with an average of three inhabitants per square km. Iceland is a refreshingly unconventional destination. The Icelandic nature is unspoiled, exotic and mystical with its spouting geysers, active volcanoes, tumbling waterfalls, towering mountains, vast lava plains and magical lakes. Iceland's fjords, glaciers and highland plains present visitors with some of the most beautiful and enchanting places they will ever see, as well as a rare feeling of utter tranquility.

November 2017

Iceland Airwaves festival 1 - 5 of November

Iceland Airwaves is a critically acclaimed international music festival showcasing the hottest new international bands and the best up-and-coming Icelandic artists.

The event started out as a one-off gig in an air plane hangar back in 1999, with only 5 bands performing, but it's now has established itself as one of the hippest events on the international music festival calendar, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world, who come in search of some fresh audio dynamite and an adventure at edge of the Arctic Circle.

The annual event of lighting the Oslo Christmas tree will take place at Austurvöllur 27 th of November.

Celebrate the start of Christmas and take part in a time-honored Reykjavik tradition, with the lighting of the Oslo Christmas tree at Austurvöllur Square.

The festivities start with a Christmas concert followed by a wonderful performance by Icelandic musicians singing a number of beautiful Icelandic Christmas carols.

December 2017

Ingolfstorg Ice skating 1 December - 1 January

Ice skating rink will be open on Ingolfstorg Square. Kiosks will surround the rink selling food, drink and other goods which guests can enjoy while getting into the Christmas spirit. The ice-skating rink will be open daily.

Icelanders go in for Christmas in a big way, with 13 Santa Clauses who each have a name and characters play pranks and sing in the beautifully illuminated streets. Lots of activities all through the holidays

New year's eve 10 K run is held every year on December 31st. Many participants dress up and run in costumes. Starts and ends in front of HARPA concert hall and conference center.

January 2018

Dark Music Days January 25 – 27

Dark Music Days offers high quality contemporary musical experiences during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter, bringing Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík to life during the darkest hours of winter in Iceland . We invite audience to experience the music of our great composers that live amongst us here in Iceland, but we also want to be able to offer concerts that showcase the most exciting works that have been written throughout the world performed by world-class musicians.

Northern Lights

In January the Northern Lights can be seen in Iceland in most places. In dark areas away from city lights they are best seen. Important one chooses the right evening with clear skies. Ask our concierge how to become a northern light hunter in Iceland. Don't miss the thrill of going out in the dark Icelandic night to search for a very particular and magnificent prey - the aurora Borealis. This catch will remain in your heart forever.