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.

February 2018

The Winter Lights Festival 1 - 4 February

The Winter Lights Festival is an annual event that stimulates the city life in the midwinter. The Festival celebrates both the winter world and the growing light after a long period of darkness. The program is a mixture of art and industry, environment and history, sports and culture. The festival provides entertainment for Reykjavík’s locals and guests alike

Food and Fun 1 - 5 March

Food and Fun mixes outstanding culinary skills, fresh natural ingredients, Icelandic outdoor adventure and the world-famous Reykjavik night life to create the ultimate recipe for fun. The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed and upcoming chefs from both Europe and USA collaborating with Reykjavik’s finest restaurants. Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders. The menus are presented at all the restaurants for an entire week.

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.