In Iceland Dec 29, 2017

Top Reasons to Visit Iceland This Winter

Find out which festivals and natural sights make Iceland a must-see destination!

Although Iceland may lose some of its sunlight during the winter months, the country becomes illuminated with the the aurora borealis and city lights as people gather near and far for the country’s culture events. As we head into the winter season, book your trip to Iceland and experience music, literature, art and design in many different venues, galleries, and makeshift creative spaces around the country. Check out just some of the best festivals and events coming to Iceland this winter!

Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival

Set against the backdrop of Iceland’s night sky, this unique festival celebrates the feast of light during the cold winter season. From February 1-4, Reykjavik comes alive with museum openings, collector displays, art galleries, hot swimming pools, and more. With free events happening all over the city, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Click here for additional information and be sure to check back here for an updated list of activities.

Icelandic Beer Festival

Did you know that beer was once prohibited in Iceland? It wasn’t until March 1st, 1989 that the ban on beer was lifted, and the art of crafting perfectly brewed Icelandic beer returned to the country. Now in its 7th year, the Icelandic Beer Festival returns from February 22-24 to celebrate Iceland’s beer, food, music and more. With over 40 breweries and beer companies participating, this year promises to be the best yet! Enjoy some of the newest beer flavors from local and foreign breweries as you listen to live music from Emmsjé Gauti, Miss Mokki and Prins Póló. Grab your friends and get your tickets in advance now!

Sonar Reykjavik

Since 1994, Sonar is a cultural event that has dazzled audiences for generations. Bringing together dance and electronic music from Iceland and abroad, this festival has served as the link between creativity and technology. The event will be hosted at Reykjavik’s award-winning Harpa concert hall at five different stages with over 3,500 guests. These stages are unique in that in addition to the two traditional Harpa halls, the underground parking lot and scenic rooms of the concert halls will be converted into stages and nightclubs so more performances can be hosted. The lineup features the best of international artists and Iceland’s own thriving music scene, so be sure to get your tickets in advance for this thrilling winter festival!

Stockfish Film Festival

For four years in a row, the Stockfish Film Festival has showcased the most innovative and award-winning films from Icelandic actors, directors and filmmakers alike. A veteran participant of our Taste of Iceland festivals, Stockfish returns this year from March 1-11 at the Bio Paradis in downtown Reykjavik. Serving as the bridge to introduce Icelandic films abroad and bring international films to Iceland, the festival draws in a diverse and unique crowd every year. These critically acclaimed movies and short films are not to be missed, so be sure to grab your tickets for the festival now!


Last but certainly not least, DesignMarch is a one of a kind festival celebrating art and design in Iceland and beyond. Now in its 10th year, DesignMarch 2018 features the best of fashion, furniture, architecture and even food design from the local design scene along with new and renowned international names. Save the date for DesignMarch now and book your tickets with exclusive deals from Icelandair!

Which festival are you most interested in attending this winter? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter at @IcelandNatural!