20 notable festivals in Iceland

20 notable festivals in Iceland across music, art, food, and sports:

Music Festivals:

  1. Iceland Airwaves – An annual music festival held in Reykjavík, showcasing new music, both Icelandic and international.
  2. Secret Solstice – A unique festival held during the summer solstice, featuring 72 hours of continuous daylight.
  3. Sónar Reykjavík – The Icelandic edition of the famous Sónar festival, a rendezvous of music, creativity, and technology.
  4. Dark Music Days – A festival of contemporary and new music which takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter.
  5. Aldrei Fór Ég Suður (I Never Went South) – A free music festival in the town of Ísafjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Art Festivals:

  1. Reykjavík Arts Festival – A multidisciplinary festival with a focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts.
  2. LungA Art Festival – A week-long festival held in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, offering workshops, exhibitions, performances, and concerts.
  3. Sequences Art Festival – A real-time art festival, presenting visual art in all its forms.
  4. DesignMarch – Iceland’s most important annual design festival, covering all fields of design, including architecture, graphic design, fashion, furniture and product design.

Food Festivals:

  1. Food and Fun Festival, Reykjavík – An annual festival where acclaimed international chefs collaborate with Reykjavik’s finest restaurants.
  2. Great Fish Day – A summer seafood festival in Dalvík, North Iceland, where visitors can enjoy free fish soup and other seafood delicacies.
  3. Reykjavik Bacon Festival – An annual festival dedicated to bacon and all its delights.
  4. Thorrablot – A midwinter festival where locals eat traditional Icelandic food, some of which is considered rather adventurous by outsiders.

Sport Festivals:

  1. Reykjavík Marathon – An annual road race event held in August.
  2. The Arctic Open – A golf tournament where you can play golf in the bright summer nights of Iceland.
  3. Laugavegur Ultra Marathon – A 55 km mountain race held in the southern highlands.
  4. The WOW Cyclothon – A non-stop relay race around Iceland.
  5. Winter Lights Festival, Reykjavík – Celebrating both the winter world and the growing sunlight after a long period of darkness, featuring a range of indoor and outdoor events.
  6. Reykjavík International Games – A multi-sport event where both Icelandic and international athletes compete in over twenty different sports.
  7. Fossavatn Ski Marathon – The oldest and biggest cross-country skiing race in Iceland.

As before, please remember to check the latest status and dates of the festivals, as they may vary due to a range of factors.