Although Iceland is mostly known for its glaciers and cold temperatures, the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ is also a great destination during the summer months! Beginning around the summer solstice on June 21, tourists are able to experience the “midnight sun,” a natural phenomenon where the sun remains visible throughout the night.
If staying up through the night isn’t your thing, fear not – Iceland has much more to offer besides the midnight sun in June! Read on for a list of upcoming events and activities to look forward to this summer in Iceland.
Reykjavik Arts Festival
May 17, 2013 – June 2, 2013
Established in 1970, the Reykjavik Arts Festival is Iceland’s premier cultural festival, bringing together the best in local and international theatre, dance, music and visual art. Click here to purchase tickets.
Zoom Out Salon Exhibit at Reykjavik Art Museum
May 20, 2013 – June 2, 2013
Zoom Out, the largest visual art exhibit to be held in Iceland, opens at the Reykjavik Art Museum on May 20. Presented as a part of the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the museum, the exhibit will give visitors a rare opportunity to see the Reykjavik Art Museum’s vast collection of Icelandic art. The exhibit hall will be in state of a perpetual flux, as art handlers constantly install new works and remove others, even as visitors roam through the gallery space. Click here for admission rates.
Reykjavik Music Mess
May 24, 2013 – May 26, 2013
Reykjavík Music Mess is an independent music festival in downtown Reykjavík that will be held at the Volta and Kex Hostel. Enjoy music from a variety of bands from Iceland, Finland, Denmark and the United Kingdom, including Bloodgroup, Boogie Trouble, DZ Deathrays, Withered Hand and more. Click here to purchase tickets.
Wagner Favorites – Iceland Symphony Orchestra
June 6, 2013
This year marks the bicentennial of Richard Wagner’s birth and represents a perfect opportunity to hold a Wagner celebration. The program for this concert includes overtures and arias from Wagner operas. Bjarni Thor Kristinsson, who will be performing the Wagner songs, has performed on the operatic stage abroad for a number of years, often appearing in works by Mozart, Strauss and of course, Wagner. Click here to purchase tickets.
Icelandic National Day
June 17, 2013
Take part in a number of celebrations in towns and cities across Iceland as the country commemorates it’s the day it attained its independence from Denmark in 1944.
2013 Suzuki Midnight Sun Run
June 24, 2013
For the 21st time, runners are invited to participate in a 5K, 10K or half-marathon in Reykjavik. After the races, runners celebrate at the outdoor geothermal swimming pools at Laugardalslaug. Click here to register.
Arctic Open Golf Championship
June 27-29, 2013
Engage in a game of midnight golf with the Akureyi Golf Club. This international event, which was first held in 1986, attracts golfers from all over the world and features beautiful scenic views of northern Iceland. Click here to register to golf under the midnight sun.
Stay tuned for more events coming up in July and August, and click here for information on how to book a summer trip to Iceland!