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  • Area: 274.5 km² (106 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +354
  • Currency: Icelandic króna (ISK)
  • Population (EST): 120,165
  • Official language: Icelandic
  • Time Zone: GMT (UTC+0)

Reykjavik - Regular Events

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International Literary Festival

The bi-annual Reykjavik International Literary Festival is one of the largest in Iceland. Organised by volunteers it showcases the best of Icelandic literary talent, international authors are invited to perform readings and answer questions from the public.

Icelandic Airwaves

Icelandic Airwaves another music festival initially conceived to help local DJ’s is now an internationally renowned event, with spin off gigs performed internationally.

Films & poems competition

A competition held for young people aged 15-25, Photographic Poems, sees short documentary films made and judged by some of Iceland’s top film industry figures.

The Dark Music Days festival

The Dark Music Days festival has been running for 30 years and is a huge event in the Icelandic music calendar. Organised by the Iceland Composer society it celebrates and promotes Icelandic music. With attendance growing every year it is becoming better known around the world.

The Thorrin festival

The Thorrin festival which celebrates The Feast of Thorrablot is marked throughout Iceland from the end of January through to the end of February. A traditional festival, singing and dancing are at its heart, as is the feasting on Viking food.

Reykjavik Blues Festival

Reykjavik Blues Festival is one of a number of music festivals held in Iceland. Featuring international artists the festival aims to promote up and coming artists and give them a platform on which to launch their careers. The must see event is a concert held on Good Friday at the picturesque Fríkirkjan Church.

First Days of Summer

Every April on the first Thursday after the 18th Iceland celebrates the First Days of Summer. An annual public holiday, parades, sporting events and family activities are arranged throughout the country.

Arts Festival

Since 1970 Reykjavik had been holding its annual Arts Festival one of the most respected in Europe. There are a range of exhibitions, performances and activities to see and get involved in covering all art forms. International artists are welcome but the main aim of the festival is to promote Icelandic culture through art.

Festival of the Sea

A country full of festivals, June’s offering is the Festival of the Sea. Held during the first weekend in June, all boats are brought into harbour and the sailors given the day off. The sea has played an important part in forming the history of this Atlantic island and still influences the country today. In Reykjavik the Icelandic Rescue Squad puts on a rescue display in the harbour.

International Football Festival

The annual Reykjavik International Football Festival is held for girls and boys under 16 years old. With growing participation it is an important event for the nation’s young football players.

Rally Reykjavik

Rally Reykjavik has been held in the area for over 30 years and set in the stunning Icelandic scenery it is very popular with spectators. Environmentally conscious, the rally organisers hold three events for vehicles of different fuel types, from normal fuel to alternatives and also zero-emission cars.

International Literary Festival

The bi-annual Reykjavik International Literary Festival is one of the largest in Iceland. Organised by volunteers it showcases the best of Icelandic literary talent, international authors are invited to perform readings and answer questions from the public.

Icelandic Airwaves

Icelandic Airwaves another music festival initially conceived to help local DJ’s is now an internationally renowned event, with spin off gigs performed internationally.

Films & poems competition

A competition held for young people aged 15-25, Photographic Poems, sees short documentary films made and judged by some of Iceland’s top film industry figures.

Christmas in Reykjavik

Christmas in Reykjavik is an important time, celebrations start as early as November and the town is decorated with lights and a big tree in Austurvollur Square in the city centre. The main day of celebration is Christmas Eve.

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