Spring Events in Reykjavik
What to do and see in spring time in Reykjavik and Iceland. Iceland is not considered a warm place by any normal standards, but thanks to the Gulf Stream temperatures are usually moderate all year round. The biggest factor in Icelandic weather is its unpredictability, you never know what is going to happen next, so be prepared for anything and dress warm.
For bird lovers Iceland is a heaven bird life is at its highest in springtime and easy to spot, even in Reykjavik. In downtown city center you can expect to find Arctic Tern, Greater Scaup, Common Ringed Plove and many more. There are some cultural highlights happening in Reykajvik and here are some examples.
Beer Day on the 1rst of March
National Beer Day celebrates a 75 year long prohibition of beer which ended on March 1st, 1989. Highly festive celebrations are held at pubs, restaurants, and clubs all around Iceland, as now Icelanders are one of the world's leading beer drinkers. Making up for lost time, the citizens of Reykjavik indulge in a beer spree on the same day each year. A (bar crawl is a popular way of getting to know the various bars and beers in this city. Suggestions that 2 March should be declared National Hangover Day have apparently been strongly resisted. Icelandic beers include Viking Gylltur, a strong lager with a bitter taste, Viking Dimmur, Sterkur, Thule and Ice Bjor
International Festival of Advanced Music takes place in March every year and has taken place in the Icelandic capital since 2013.
The festival is an intimate experience where leading local and interantional talent perform throughout four stages of the Harpa Concert Hall, located by the charismatic old harbor area right in the heart of the Icelandic capital. Always showcasing the most exciting talent from the vibrant Icelandic music scene that has brought us artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, Ólafur Arnalds, Kaleo and GusGus.
Aldrei fór ég suður Music Festival
The music festival at the end of the world. Annual music festival in Ísafjörður, a charming place at the Westfjords in Iceland, has been held every Easter weekend since 2004. It’s about a 5-6 hour drive from Reykjavík and it takes about 40 minutes to fly there.
ÍR Crosscountry Race
The IR race was first held 1916 and has since then been an integral part of the City of Reykjavik’s First Day of Summer celebrations. No sporting event in Iceland has such a long and continuous history as the IR race. The race distance is 5k.
Fossavatn Ski Marathon
Fossavatn Ski Marathon is the oldest ski race in Iceland, dating back to 1935. Distance from 1, 5, 12, 25, 50 km. Fossavatnsgangan is the oldest and biggest festival of cross-country skiing in Iceland. Suitable for the whole family.
Iceland Winter Games
Iceland Winter Games is one of the fastest growing winter festivals with great variety of outdoor and winter sport activists to enjoy or take part in. Starting their first year in 2014, the wintergames has become one of the biggest winter festivals in Europe, with events ranging from ski- and snowboard compititions, on jumps carved from the snow like Icelandic volcano´s, to the Icelandic National Dog sledding championship.
Reykjavík Blues Festival
Blues music fills the streets, cafes, shops and concert halls of the Icelandic capital every spring, as international well known artists come to perform at the Reykjavík Blues Festival. A goving music festival every year.
The DesignMarch programme is exciting and impressive. A wealth of events, interesting lectures and exhibitions reflect the diversity in Icelandic design. DesignMarch is a four day feast for designers, businesses, those with an interest in design, the general public and tourists alike. DesignMarch will colour the city of Reykjavik and the country. It heralds the coming of spring, bright and joyous and throws light on new opportunities.
Festival of Sacred Arts - Late March
This biannual festival of sacred arts focuses on the spiritual in the Arts in a varied and ambitious programme, embracing many forms of sacred art as portrayed in music, visual art, theatre, dance and literature.
The festival is widely known and a great number of outstanding Icelandic and international artists have participated: Nancy Argenta, Jennifer Bate, Das Orchester Damals und Heute, Hans Fagius, Roy Goodman, Monica Groop, Jean Guillou, Martin Haselböck, Edgar Krapp, Daniel Roth, Roger Sayer, Das Neue Orchester, Andreas Schmidt, Olivier Latry and Gillian Weir to name but a few. Music has always played a prominent role, many compositions have been premiered during previous festivals and numerous masterworks of the church music literature have been performed. Admission to most of the festival’s events is free, but tickets need to be purchased for some concerts.
Horses week in Reykjavik
The Reykjavik City council has just announced that one week in March will be dedicated to the Icelandic horse. This will begin in 2011 and will be a yearly event. The focus will be on the horse and everything related to it, so clubs, companies etc will be part of the game.
EVE online Fanfest
Brings together players from all over the world in a massive celebration of the virtual world of EVE Online. Fanfest will again take place in Harpa, Reykjavik in April.
Easter - March or April
Easter is a great time to visit Iceland. Spring is coming, the days are longer and the aurora is at its best. Lots of time to relax, see the sites and eat a great meal when returning to the hotel.
Easter Sunday. Easter holds special meaning in Iceland, as it marks the end of the long, dark winter. Most workers get a full 5 days off, from Holy Thursday to Easter Monday, and closures cause difficulties for tourists. Families gather and celebrate with smoked lamb and huge chocolate eggs
First Day of Summer
Summer starts early in the old Icelandic calendar. The end of long winter nights is celebrated with gift-giving, parades, street entertainment, and sporting events. The Thursday that falls within April 19 to April 25. The magnificence of the midnight sun in Iceland is countered by the bleakness of midwinter. To mark its reappearance early in the season, the First Day of Summer is celebrated across Iceland.
Children´s Art Festival
Art Without Boundaries (List án landamæra) is an annual art festival in Iceland. It aims to promote the art of people with disabilities and to facilitate co-operation between people with and without disabilities. Different parties work together on various art projects and to say the least, with great results in the past. This has led to greater understanding between people for the greater good for the whole community.
The participants, give a good picture of the variety and the powerful art life in Iceland. We have many talented people who are disabled but sometimes they lack the opportunities. People with disabilities are not obvious in the common cultural environment. List án landamæra wants to change that and believes that opening between different groups and individuals in the society has an important role.
The organizers are National organization of people with disabilities (Landssamtökin Throskahjálp), The Organization of Disabled in Iceland (Öryrkjabandalag Íslands), Adult education for people with disabilities (Fjölmennt), Association of the Mentally handicapped (Átak), and Center for young people in Reykjavík (Hitt húsid).
The visibility of people with disabilities is very important and isinduced with their participation in culture.
Sequences is a real-time art festival with a focus on time-based work, performance, sound art, video and music. It features events all around the city in a variety of interesting settings.
Art Without Boundaries
Art Without Boundaries (List án landamæra) is an annual art festival in Iceland. It aims to promote the art of people with disabilities and to facilitate co-operation between people with and without disabilities. Different parties work together on various art projects and to say the least, with great results in the past.
Trout Fishing Season
Anglers from all over the world have long sought out the unusually fresh lakes and rivers of Iceland. Fishing permits may be purchased at short notice in numerous rivers and lakes.
Bird watchers and nature lovers alike flock every Spring to the Westmann Islands (20 miles south of Iceland) to view the return of the Puffin - or Lundi from its long winter at sea. During this time millions of Puffins, the clowns of the sea, return to nest and lay eggs.