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.

October 2018

Relighting the Imagine Peace Tower 9. October

The Illumination of Yoko Ono‘s Imagine Peace Tower will take place dur­ing a peaceful ceremony on John Lennon‘s birt­hday, the 9th of October.

Yoko Ono invites guests a free boat trip to att­end the ceremony on Viðey Island.

November 2018

Iceland Airwaves festival 7. - 10. 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. See further information

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 2018

Christmas at the Reykjavík City Museum

Experience Christmas like it was in the old days at the popular Christmas Exhibition of the Reykjavik City Museum - Árbæjarsafn. Stroll from house to house and witness the Christmas preparations of olden days, but watch out, the mischievous Yule lads are out and about! Traditional laufabrauð (leaf bread) is cut into decorative patterns before being fried, wool is spun and knitted, tallow is used to make candles, including three-branched “kings' candles”. Hangikjöt (smoked lamb) is boiling and pungent skate is bubbling in the pan. Get into the Christmas spirit with a cup of hot chocolate in Dillon's House café (built in 1835), listen to Yuletide songs and dance around the Christmas tree, or attend mass in the old turf church. Open Sundays 6, 13 and 20 December, 13:00-17:00. More information on the Reykjavik City Museum - Árbæjarsafn website.

Christmas Market in Reykjavik City Centre

The Christmas market on Ingólfstorg square in the heart of Reykjavik city centre features authentic and unique gift ware from some of Iceland's finest designers and handicraft masters. Iceland's Christmas creatures, singers and instrumentalists will be frequently visible as well as poets, writers, comedians and a variety of artists. Furthermore, great restaurants, cafés, bars, museums, galleries and music venues are in the immediate vicinity. The Christmas market will be open 10-11 December. The shops in Reykjavik city centre will stay open 10:00-22:00 every day from 17 December.

The National Museum Christmas Programme

The National Museum's Christmas exhibition opens 11 December and includes a Christmas house and objects concerning the 13 Yule lads of Icelandic folklore. Children can handle the objects, which will help them understand and learn the names of the Yule lads. The Yule lads then arrive in person one by one, every day from 12 -24 December at 11:00, and sing Icelandic Christmas songs with children of all ages. Free entry to meet the Yule lads and to the Christmas exhibition. There will also be a lecture in English on Icelandic Christmas traditions and the Yule lads on 17 December at 13:00. More information on the National Museum website.

Ice skating at Ingólfstorg Square in December

Ingólfstorg ice-skating rink, and a Christmas village will be located at Ingólfstorg Square. To keep everyone in the right spirit the square will have Christmas decorations, and Christmas songs will be played during opening hours.

2 - 11 December: 12:00 and 20:00.

12 - 22 December: 12:00 and 22:00.

23 December: 12:00 and 23:00.