It feels like ages since we’ve had a Best of Reykjavík day here on the blog.
This time I thought we’d feature festivals, since we’re on the subject of them, an’ all.
Personally I have a really hard time choosing my favourite festivals because each has its own unique flavour and obviously attracts different people for different reasons. And there are MANY [did I mention that the Nicelanders like to party?] all throughout the year. The Visit Reykjavík website has a pretty good list here [click on the months in the sidebar to see what’s on when].
That said, I’m a big fan of the Culture Night celebrations in August, when I like to just head into town during the day and wander in and out of the different attractions. However, I also LOVE the Reykjavík Film Festival, which is coming up in a couple of days [woot!]. The only damper on it — if one can call it that — is that it’s so popular that screenings are usually sold out and people get there real early to get good seats [not so great for people who tend to show up at the last minute all the time, ahem].
Also coming up — and also wildly popular — is Iceland Airwaves, a music festival held every October. Confession: I have never been. Have often thought about going, but have never got past that [shocking, I know]. Probably because of my aversion to crowded bars and line-ups [see above]. But I’m told it’s a blast … in fact, at the Þjóðfundur last year I sat next to an American music journo who has covered music events all over the world and said Airwaves is her absolute favourite.
OK — over to you. What are your favourite Reykjavík festivals? [Assuming you’ve been to some, of course.]