No matter what time of year you visit, there is sure to be a festival on somewhere in Iceland. Icelanders love to celebrate their heritage, indulge in foods and listen to live music, and they welcome tourists to join in with the fun. From an enormous music festival with headline acts to an event that foodies are sure to love, we reveal four fun and a fabulous festivals that are held in Iceland.
Without a doubt, the biggest festival of any kind is the three-day spectacular that is Secret Solstice. This mega festival attracts music-lovers from around the world, who come to see shows from famous performers such as Radiohead and Bjork. Secret Solstice have recently made headlines by offering the world’s first $1million festival package which includes travel on a private jet, chauffeurs, and private concerts. Of course, you don’t have to have a cool million to attend the festival, tickets start at around $199 for a weekend pass with camping.
No matter what your sexual orientation is, Gay Pride is an incredibly fun and loud celebration that is held on the second weekend in August. Don your most colourful outfit, sprinkle yourself with glitter, and head to Laugavegur around lunch time. It’s along this main street that you will find vibrant floats, dance parades, and thousands of revellers shimmying along to party music.
Food and Fun Festival
The Reykjavik-based Food and Fun Festival takes place over a week in March. Top chefs from around the world work together to create an exciting menu that incorporates local produce and Icelandic cuisine. There are 20 participating restaurants in Reykjavik, just make sure that you book a table with plenty of time in advance so that you can secure your spot. Finalists are invited to a public competition held in Harpa Concert Hall, whereby they must prepare the menu for a panel of discerning (and hungry) judges.
Westman Island Camping Festival
This fun festival is held on an island that is home to just 4000 people, but over 12,000 more happy campers come to celebrate during the bank holiday weekend that it is held on. Although there is plenty of live music, this festival is not so much of a music event as it is a community-like gathering that is suitable for all the family. Locals set up white tents, strum their guitars, and sip on beers. You’ll love the friendly vibe here, and not matter where you are from, you will be made to feel welcome. Other attractions include an impressive firework display, a bonfire, and even a hook-up night where singles can find a new love interest!
Last but not least is the ever-popular one-day culture night in Reykjavik. This family-friendly event features a huge array of games, workshops, music, art, and pop-up stores that are held in various locations throughout the city. Most of the city’s galleries and museums are open completely free of charge. A lot of locals also open their houses up to members of the public, and give out freshly baked waffles for free! You’ll be blown away by the warm hearts of the Icelanders if you’re lucky enough to visit during this festival. Find out more information about what’s on during your visit at the Visit Iceland website.