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.

June 2017

The Color Run 10 June

The Color Run is a unique color race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since the debut event in 2012, hosted by more than 300 cities in 50+ countries in 2014. And this summer, Reykjavik, Iceland. See further information: thecolorrun.is

Festival of the sea 11 June

Every ship in Iceland is in harbor and all the sailors have a day off. Sailor’s day is a light hearten occasion with lots of fun for the whole family. See further information: hatidhafsins.is

Reykjavik Midsummer Music 22 - 25 June

Curated by acclaimed pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, the Midsummer Music Festival is billed as a “Playground of Ideas”and with over ten highly varied acts, there will be no shortage of ideas here. Perhaps the most innovative features of the festival are its three “Grey Area” events ate-night improvisations by assorted artists, inspired by Frederic Chopin’s “grey hours.” As well as these poetically moody jam sessions, there will be impressionist gypsy sonatas with Hallelujah Junction, musical interpretations of Dante’s “Inferno,” and animal songs. Come and check out this unique festival that’s sure to cement Iceland’s place on the classical music map. This is a multi-venue event, held mainly at Harpa but with some events at Mengi and Hallgrímskirkja. See further information: reykjavikmidsummermusic.com

Secret Solstice festival 16-18 June

Secret Solstice is an Icelandic music festival that is being held for the third time in Reykjavík. It showcases both established artists as well as exciting up-and-coming talent over the course of three days in the 24 hour midnight sun during the summer solstice. It‘s themed after the Norse religion and mythology of old. It‘s set to deliver a unique party atmosphere filled with great entertainment. See further information: secretsolstice.is

The Arctic Open Golf Adventure 21 - 24 June

A game of midnight golf seems an unlikely prospect to many enthusiasts and few golfers have experienced this delight. But now you have a novel opportunity to participate in an event which features round the clock golf in mid-summer at high latitudes.See further information arcticopen.is/en

July 2017

Eistnaflug Music festival 5-8 July

Three days of non stop rock and heavy metal in an isolated fjord, Neskaupsstaður, 700 km east of Reykjavik.See further information: eistnaflug.is

The Golden Circle Cycling Challange 8 July

The Golden Circle Challenge is an annual cycling competition held in Iceland. There are 3 routes to suit both professional riders and beginners alike. See further information: goldencirclechallenge.com

The Iceland Race 8 July

The Iceland Race and festival will take place on July 8, 2017 and will feature a 10 km, Marathon, and 100 km trail and road running race along with plenty of live music, vendors, and festivities. The main staging area will be in Vik, South-Iceland. See further information: alpinehighevents.com/iceland-race

Laugavegur ultra marathon 15 July

The course takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty at the same time as being a challenging course. See further information: marathon.is/ultramarathon

Braedslan music festival 29 July

A renowned music-festival Bræðslan has been held in the old rendering house in Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður eystri. (East Iceland). Many famous bands and musicians have played there. See further information: braedslan.is

August 2017

Westman Islands festival 4 - 6 August

This festival is for the party people. It takes place in the Westman Islands and is the biggest event of the Icelandic Bank Holiday Weekend.See further information: dalurinn.is/en

Gay Pride 12 August

Every second weekend of August Gays and lesbians come out in force and style to parade and party in Reykjavík. The general public in Iceland is friendly so you can be open about your sexual orientation. See further information: hinsegindagar.is/en/

Reykjavik Jazz Festival 9 - 13 August

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. See further information:

Reykjavík Culture Night will be held for the 22nd time on August 19, 2017. The event, which is both created and enjoyed by city residents, takes place..

Reykjavik Culture night 20 August

Essential part of cultural life in Iceland with thousands of people strolling the streets of the city on this exciting and eventful night.

Reykjavik Marathon 20 August

Attracts over 6500 runners in all events, including more than 500 from abroad. This event goes hand-in- hand with the Reykjavik Cultural Night. See further information: marathon.is

Local theater Festival August 24-28 August

Annual event in Reykjavík that introduces cutting edge theater to audiences in Iceland and connects local theater practitioners with fellow artists and presenters from abroad. See further information: lokal.is