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Winter in Reykjavik

There’s never a dull day in Reykjavík during the wintertime, even if the days are dark!

Apart from the occasional fall of luminous snow and regular displays of Northern Lights, there’s also a full calendar of cultural events with festivities galore, concerts, plays and many seasonal exhibitions.

Compiled below are various activities, which are sure to make your winter experience in Iceland memorable.


RVK Feminist Film Festival
Reykjavik feminist film festival logo

13.-16. January 2022

RVK Feminist Film Festival has a simple aim, strengthen female film directors and equalize gender deficit in the film business all over the world. 

Dark Music Days

25.- 29. January 2022

Dark Music Days is a festival of contemporary and new music that takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter at the concert hall Harpa.

Winter Lights Festival

3.-6. February 2022

The long winter days of darkness in Reykjavík will be illuminated magnificently at the city’s next annual Winter Lights Festival.

Food and Fun Festival

No date yet for 2021

With extraordinary culinary talent, a selection of quality Icelandic ingredients combined with countless adventures and the chance to experience Reykjavík’s world famous nightlife, the Food and Fun festival mixes a variety of exciting elements to create the ultimate recipe for fun.


Iceland Airwaves

Canceled 2021

Iceland Airwaves is a critically acclaimed international music festival showcasing the hottest new international bands and the best up-and-coming Icelandic artists.


Iceland’s number one skiing area, Bláfjöll Ski Resort, is just a half hour drive away from Reykjavík.

Bláfjöll ski resort is very popular with the tourists as well as Icelanders and is especially known for its spectacular views and varied landscapes. It´s open when snow and weather permit.

Geothermal pools in Reykjavík

Swimming pools in Iceland are nothing like in most European Cities. If you truly want to follow in the footsteps of the locals, you should visit one of Reykjavík's 17 swimming pools.

The Northern Lights

Iceland is renowned for its otherworldly illuminations, the Northern Lights being one remarkable example. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights can be experienced in Iceland during winter, where they appear in a variety of colours and forms.

Lighting of the Oslo Christmas Tree

For decades the lighting of the Oslo Christmas tree has marked the beginning of our Christmas preparations in the city.

December in Reykjavík

Our wonderful Holiday season, crowned regularly with displays of enchanting Northern Lights, is one of the city’s main winter attractions; however, it’s not just those otherworldly illuminations and extravagant decorations getting all the attention.

New Year's Eve in Reykjavík

Join 200,000 people on New Year's Eve as the city's population unleashes an unforgettable epic display of fireworks! This legendary night is very much created by the people of Reykjavik who collectively do an amazing job.

10 FREE Things To Do In Reykjavík

Who doesn't love free stuff? Reykjavík can easily be enjoyed on a budget. Here are the top things to do in Reykjavík that don't cost a thing.

Museums & galleries

Nordic House
Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum
Ásgrímur Jónsson collection
Hafnarfjörður Museum
Unnurs China Museum
Hafnarborg – Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art
Aurora Reykjavík
Einar Jónsson Museum
Nesstofa Medical History Museum
National Gallery of Iceland
National Museum of Iceland
Árbær Open Air Museum
The Icelandic Phallological Museum
Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir
Maritime Museum
The Settlement Exhibition
Reykjavík Art Museum - Ásmundarsafn
Reykjavik City Library | Grófin
Gröndal's House