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.

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.

January 2019

Dark Music Days January 25 – 27

Dark Music Days offers high quality contemporary musical experiences during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter, bringing Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík to life during the darkest hours of winter in Iceland . We invite audience to experience the music of our great composers that live amongst us here in Iceland, but we also want to be able to offer concerts that showcase the most exciting works that have been written throughout the world performed by world-class musicians.

Northern Lights

In January the Northern Lights can be seen in Iceland in most places. In dark areas away from city lights they are best seen. Important one chooses the right evening with clear skies. Ask our concierge how to become a northern light hunter in Iceland. Don't miss the thrill of going out in the dark Icelandic night to search for a very particular and magnificent prey - the aurora Borealis. This catch will remain in your heart forever.