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.

March 2018

Design March 15 - 18 March

Design March showcases the best creations straight from the Icelandic design scene, with fresh, exciting, exotic and under the radar treasures. The scene is small and intimate, which means you’ll get the chance to meet all the stars of local design. From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival presents the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names. For four days the world’s most northerly capital is transformed into a mega venue hosting hundreds of openings, events, exhibitions and parties.

Sónar Reykjavík 16 - 18 March

Sónar is the International Festival of Advanced Music created in 1994. Sónar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. It's first class reputation as a leading reference for 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.

Iceland Winter Games 23 - 25 March

Iceland Winter Games (IWG) is running into its 3rd year and is one of the fastest growing winter festivals. Starting in 2014 as a single event, AFP world tour Free skiing competition, IWG has become one of the biggest winter festivals in Europe, with events ranging from ski- and snowboard competitions, on jumps carved from the snow like Icelandic volcanoes, to the Icelandic National Dog sledding championship. Outdoor and winter sport activists will find a great variety of events to enjoy or partake in and in breathtaking landscape.

The Reykjavík Blues Festival 19 - 25 March

Watch blues artists from Europe, Iceland and North America perform together in some of the most unique jam sessions in the Northern Hemisphere. This is a great festival where young and promising blues artists get the chance to play with legends from both sides of the Atlantic.

Go West Easter music festival 29 - 31 March

The Go West Easter music festival has been held during Easter in Ísafjörður, every year since 2004. Started off as a one night event but has been growing ever since and now stretches from Thursday until Sunday. If you should happen to be in Iceland one snowy future Easter, Aldrei fór ég suður is a no-frills festival experience you shouldn’t miss. But really, any time of the year is a great time to visit Ísafjörður. It’s a picturesque, charming, cosy place, full of eccentric characters, grassroots Icelandic culture, rusting seaside properties and interesting local history.

April 2018

Icaland Writers Retreat 5-9 April

The third annual Iceland Writers Retreat will feature small workshops and panels by reknowned authors, focusing on the art and craft of writing. Through exclusive trips and talks by local writers, it will also introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary tradition. Between sessions, we’ll offer you time to find inspiration and write in an unforgettable setting as well as show you some of Iceland’s natural and cultural sites.

Eve Online Fan Fest 6-8 April

EVE Fanfest brings players and developers together for three incredible days in Reykjavik, Iceland. The greatest community event in gaming will celebrate its 12th year with amazing presentations, tournaments, parties and player camaraderie. Treat yourself to the one-of-a-kind gathering, vacation and experience of EVE Fanfest.

Tectonics Reykjavík 14 -15 April

Founded in 2012 in Iceland, Tectonics is a Music Festival proudly presented by Iceland Symphony Orchestra and curated by Ilan Volkov. The fifth edition of Tectonics Reykjavík Festival will take place at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík on April 14-15, 2016, as well as in other parts of the world including Adelaide Festival with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Oslo with Oslo Philharmonic and with Only Connect Festival.

Reykjavík Children’s Culture Festival 25-30 April

The Reykjavík Children’s Culture Festival was launched in 2010 and is already a huge success. Dedicated exclusively to children and young people in Reykjavík up to the age of 16, this annual festival strives to introduce the youth to a wide range of art disciplines through the medium of workshops and performances.The unique aspect of this festival, and that which sets it apart, is that it places an emphasis on participation, focusing particularly on the child as an artist. During the festival there will be a variety of activities for children, including theatre workshops, circus, visual arts, storytelling, music, film, puppetry and dance activities, with many kindergartens, primary schools, music and art schools, libraries, museums, theatres and other cultural institutions taking part.

May 2018

Icelandic Festival of Electronic Arts 25 - 27 May

Raflost is a festival of electronic arts and media in Reykjavik, Iceland. The festival brings together artists of various art forms, music, visual arts, dance, science, hackers, media art, students etc. for exploring art technology in today’s maker culture. The RAFLOST festival is aiming to stimulate the Reykjavik electronic art scene, students of the Art Academy, the DIY computer and electronics hacker community and experimental organisations like S.L.Á.T.U.R. and LornaLab. Also, international artists and students have participated in the festival from the beginning, creating a valuable link for global/local developments.

Reykjavik Art Festival 13. May - 7. June 2017

Reykjavik Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts. Every year it presents, to the widest possible audience, exhibitions and performances of contemporary and classical works in major cultural venues and unconventional spaces throughout the city.

June 2018

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 hearten occasion with lots of fun for the whole family. See further information:

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:

Reykjavik Midsummer Music 13 - 16 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:

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

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: