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 2018

Reykjavik art festival 1. - 17. June

Cultural festival bringing best local and international theater, music, dance and visual arts. See further information: listahatid.is/en

Festival of the sea 2. - 3. June

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

The Color Run 9. 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

The Mt. Esja Ultra II, Xtreme and Marathon 9. June

The sixth edition of Mt. Esja Ultra® will be held on the 9th of June 2018. You can choose from three distances: 14k (2 loops), Mt. Esja Marathon (very demanding 45k course) and Mt. Esja Ultra Xtreme 77k (11 loops). See further information http://mtesjaultra.is/

17. June is National day in Iceland.

The Arctic Open Golf Adventure 20. - 23. 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

WOW Cyclothon 26. - 30. June.

WOW Cyclothon is the largest in number and the longest road race in Iceland. It takes riders 1358 km around Iceland in a maximum of 72 hours. See further information https://www.wowcyclothon.is/

Secret Solstice festival 21. - 24. June

Secret Solstice is an Icelandic music festival that is being held for the fourth 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

July 2018

Landsmot – The Icelandic horse competition 1. - 8. July

This is a family event and the largest sport event in Iceland. You will see Iceland’s top breeding horses and top 30 ranked ‘’tötlers’’. More information: landsmot.is/en

Eistnaflug Music festival 11.- 14. 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 7. 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 7. July

The Iceland Race and festival will take place on 7. July, 2018 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 14. 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 28. 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 2018

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

Reykjavik Pride 7. - 12. August

Every second weekend of August the LGBTWIA community comes 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/

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

September 2018

Reykjavik Jazz Festival 5. – 9. September.

Reykjavik Jazz Festival has been held annually since 1990 making it the longest running music festival in Iceland. Presenting the best from the Icelandic local scene as well as prominent international guests, artistic integrity is in high regard. The festival focuses on modern original jazz including nordic jazz, avant garde, and also offering programs for kids and the non-jazzer.

Reykjavík International Film Festival 27. September - 7. October

Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) takes place every year in late September for eleven days and shows a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries. The festival highlights independent film making from all over the world with an emphasis on up-and-coming filmmakers.

RIFF’s reputation has spread over the years and the number of international guests has multiplied making the festival one of the best-kept secrets of the film festival circuit. See further information: riff.is/en/

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 www.icelandairwaves.is/

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.