Secret Solstice Festival

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Secret Solstice held this weekend (June 15-18) has been referred to as the most unique music festival on earth as it is held on the summer solstice weekend when the sun never fully sets in Iceland. This midnight sun music festival is a surreal party experience where you watch over 150 bands under the Icelandic midnight sun and this year the line-up is awesome.

Several big name artists will perform like Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, Dusky, Richard Ashcroft and of course the creme de la creme of local Icelandic artists such as Agent Fresco, Auður and many many more.

The festival is held in Laugardalurinn, a peaceful outdoor recreational area in Reykjavík where families often come together on weekends. There are acts playing all day and night and you will see locals bring their kids during the day and early evening hours. There will be 6 stages named from the nordic, viking mythology and lots of vendors and delicious food trucks.

If partying under the midnight sun isn´t enough musical adventure for you there will be several side events offered such as the once-in-a-lifetime party inside a glacier or a lava tunnel. And last but not least the Midnight Sun boat party.

Fisherman’s Sunday held in Reykjavík

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This Sunday Icelanders will be busy celebrating Fisherman’s Sunday – a day especially dedicated to fishermen in Iceland.  Seaman’s Sunday has been celebrated since 1938 to honor the hard work and sacrifices of the Icelandic fisherman. The day became a legal holiday in 1987 and so this year the holiday will be celebrating it´s 30th birthday.

Seaman’s Sunday is celebrated in fishing towns all over Iceland with sea-related entertainment for the whole family. In a way this is a fun reason for everyone to come together and remember the importance and impact that the fishing industry has had on the Icelandic culture.

In Reykjavík the festival “Festival of the sea” will be held in the old harbor area from Harpa to Grandagarður (West Harbor). There will be a diverse program starting with an opening ceremony by the old harbor on Saturday morning. Guests can enjoy sailing and sea swimming, there will of course be various entertainment for children at all ages like pier fishing, face painting and even a fun play area will be made from recycled material from the sea and nature for the youngest.  There will be a parade from Harpa music hall to Grandi area and the coast guard ship Óðinn will be welcoming visitors to explore the ship where crew members of the ship will be welcoming guests, telling stories of their stay on board.  

Various restaurants along the harbor and in Grandagarður will take part in the festivities and some of them will offer a special on Fish and Chips and other refreshments throughout the festivities. 

For those who would like to observe the festivities from a comfortable distance, SKÝ Restaurant & Bar, located at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll has an incredible view over Harpa and the old harbor and of course we recommend one of their delicious fish dishes in honor of Seaman’s Sunday. SKÝ Restaurant & Bar also offers happy hour between 16-18.

Now go out and join the festivities.

Multicultural day in Reykjavík

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Iceland might be an isolated island in the middle of the north Atlantic ocean, however in recent decades it has become noticeably more and more multicultural thanks to immigrants from all over the world, choosing this island as their new home.

This Saturday May 27th, Reykjavík will celebrate its multiculturalism and for the 9th time Multicultural Day will be held in Reykjavík.

Many cultural events will be held all over the city, there will be a colorful parade and a multicultural market will be held at Harpan.

The city mayor will officially launch the celebration by Hallgrímskirkjan at 13:00 with a Parade that will march from Hallgrímskirkjan to Harpan music hall. The idea is to bring together representatives from various groups to the parade. You will see flags, national costumes, music, dancing and lot’s of color.

At Harpa there will be a multicultural Flea market from 14:00-17:00 where you can find designs, arts and crafts and foods from various countries and cultures of world.

There will also be life entertainment at Harpa’s beautiful Silfurberg hall between 14:30-17:00 and the best thing is that admission is FREE.

Let´s come together on Saturday and celebrate Reykjavík´s Multicultural Day!