Autumn events in Iceland
Iceland is the second most peaceful country in the world according to Global Peace Index and Reykjavik is a safe city and has everything visitors might wish for; beautiful nature, interesting museums and exhibitions, great viewpoints, awesome nightlife, first class restaurants, shopping in shopping malls and small boutiques. Lots of things are happening in Reykjavik, the northernmost city in Europe.
Reykjavik Jazz Festival
The Reykjavík Jazz Festival presents the best of the burgeoning Nordic jazz scene at venues around the city. The festival hosts performances in a variety of styles. Icelandic and international groups and stars and up-and-coming local talents in a variety of styles play clubs and theaters across town.
Reykjavík Dance Festival
Contemporary choreographers from around the world are invited to participate in this 4-day event. End of August/early September.
Lókal is the only international theater festival in Reykjavik on a professional level. It aims at introducing new and original theatre productions to the Icelandic audience, using the opportunity to connect local theatre artists with the international theatre scene.
Reykjavik International Film Festival
Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) screens films from around the world, but focuses on promoting Icelandic film culture. It was founded by both professionals and film enthusiasts back in 2004. RIFF is more than your usual film festival. Every year there are concerts, seminars and conferences in relations to each years schedule. The festival is growing more popular every year and each years schedule is more exciting than the one before. http://www.riff.is/
Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival
Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival has for several years been a vital stop on the international film festival circuit - famous for its´ cultural importance and creativity, and recognized as a good place to find new, soulful, cutting-edge work. Taking the pulse on the current Nordic short film & documentary scene, the festival creates a vibrant meeting-point for filmmakers, distributors, financiers and audience alike! Since 1989 the festival has rotated annually between the five Nordic countries Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Finland. http://www.nordiskpanorama.com/
Annual Sheep and Horse Round Up
Iceland's Annual Sheep and Horse Round Up (Réttdagur) takes these hardy animals from highland pastures to sheltered low-level fields for winter. During the month of September farmers set off on Horseback to gather up their sheep that have grazed freely in the highlands over the summer. When the sheep are brought down to the lowlands they are herded into pens and sorted. The end of this major event in the farming calendar is celebrated with singing, dancing, and general festivities.
Iceland Airwaves Festival
Going strong since 1999, the Iceland Airwaves Festival is the world's northernmost international music festival. Held in Reykjavik, it features an exciting mix of both up-and-coming and long-established Icelandic bands and also presents the hottest new bands from the USA and Europe. This 3-day showcase of Iceland's alternative/indie musical talent (with a few international bands thrown in) attracts more visitors to Iceland than any other event. Crowds are thick with notepad-wielding journalists and talent scouts; when the bands are through, top DJs spin until dawn. Icelandair sponsors Airwaves and arranges special packages from Europe and America. Mid-October.
Imagine Peace Tower
The Imagine Peace Tower is a work of art conceived by the legendary artist, musician and peace advocate Yoko Ono as a beacon to world peace. The work is in the form of a wishing well from which a strong and tall tower of light emerges. The artwork has been dedicated on October 9, 2007 to the memory of John Lennon birthday. Every year the Imagine Peace Tower will emerge between October 9th, John Lennon's birthday, and December 8th (the day of his death). In addition it will emanate on New Year's Eve and during the first week of spring.