Iceland - Winterlight Festival 2016

February 4 - 7, 2016

If you are in Iceland during the Winter Months, try to coincide with their Winter Light Festival.  Most places have this sort of festival to bring a bit of light and happiness during the lonely months of winter.

This year, we ended up being in Iceland coincidentally during the Winter light festival and attended a couple of their events.

February 4, 2016
Opening Night


Harpa, Studio Ólafur Elíasson and Visit Reykjavík called for proposals for an artwork which will utiliz the façade of Harpa Concert Hall. One artwork has been chosen and will be presented during The Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival. The authors are Halldór Eldjárn and Þórður Hans Baldursson. "We intend to convert the Harpa façade into a giant interactive canvas. Participants are able to illustrate the canvas by colliding it with virtual paint. Illustration takes place by opening a website,, on your phone, where you choose the colors and splash paint on the façade. The effects will be seen immediately and the virtual paint obeys the same laws of nature as other viscous liquids as it begins to run downwards. The Paint Splatter Artwork will run throughout the festival. (

The Mayor of Reykjavik, Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson

The Mayor with the App developers

February 5, 2016


Museum Night has become one of the highlighted events in Reykjavik’s winter calendar, attracting a loyal following of locals, as well as visitors. Almost 40 museums across the capital area open their doors and entertain their guests with unusual happenings such as dance, theater, lectures, live music, film, literature readings and more. The museums open their doors to guests at 7 pm and will stay open until midnight. Special Museums Night busses will transport guests between museums, and are free of charge, see (Transport). Back by popular demand, the Museum Night Quiz is on. Guests get to answer a few museum related questions and collect stamps along the way. Completed quiz cards may be returned via any of the special submission boxes available in all participating museums. (


Due to bad weather conditions this event will be held on Friday 5.2. instead of Thursday. A snow party where we have pro snowboarders showing off their talents where everyone can join in! There will be a DJ and bright lights, making the atmosphere amazing. You can bring your own snowboard to participate in the event. (


The joyful band MANDOLIN will play a mixture of klezmer and tango music in the Reykjavik Municipal Archives Friday February 5th at 10 pm. The band consists of accordions, violins, clarinet, double bass and guitar, and no less than seven singers! Do not miss it when Mandolin comes to the documents! (


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