Cultural life in Reykjavik & annual events
Relative to its size, Reykjavik is a city bustling with activity and with a thriving cultural life. No matter which season you decide to visit Reykjavik, you are sure to find an event or festival adapted to your liking.
Below is a selection of the many festivals and cultural events that take place annually across Reykjavik:
Winter Lights Festival: Over the span of three days, the festival celebrates both the winter and the increasing daylight after the long period of darkness the season brings. The event features over two hundred events showcasing art, sports, culture, environmental issues, and Icelandic history.
Reykjavik Arts Festival: The Reykjavik Art Festival is Iceland's premier cultural festival, bringing together the best in local and international theatre, dance, music, and visual art. The programme offers a variety of curated exhibitions, concerts, dance, theatre and opera performances.
Reykjavik Fashion Festival: Reykjavik Fashion Festival is Iceland’s biggest fashion event, whereby the country’s up-and-coming designers showcase their collections for the approaching season.
Iceland Airwaves: Described as ‘the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar’, by David Fricke, Editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Iceland Airwaves is the place to be for music lovers. The music festival features over 200 live acts, including international and local musicians.
Additionally, Reykjavik’s brand new concert hall Harpa plays host to a number of concerts and shows, with regular performances by the Icelandic symphony and Icelandic opera, as well as rock concerts and mini festivals, all year round.
Reykjavik is home to a selection of museums and cultural hot spots, all of which are dotted across the city. Most popular is the Reykjavik Art Museum, which presents contemporary art in various forms; and the National Museum of Iceland, showcasing the history of the Icelandic nation from its settlement to the present day. Other popular locations include the Reykjavik Maritime Museum, and the Living Art Museum.
The central location of our flats in Reykjavik puts you within walking distance of all the aforementioned events, which means you can enjoy them to the fullest without ever having to worry about how you will get back to your accommodation.