• Reykjavik’s a Busy City in Winter

    by  • December 9, 2015 • Aurora Borealis, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Film, Reykjavik

    The Aurora Borealis aren’t at their peak at the moment but there are lots of other things to do in Reykjavik.


    The best season to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in Iceland is from September to mid-April.  Guaranteed darkness is probably the most important factor and these are the months where there are full dark nights.  Fine weather is also important and this certainly can never be guaranteed in Iceland, particularly in the winter months

    For anyone taking a Reykjavik city break at this time of year it’s therefore worth knowing about all the activities going on in the city in case the Northern Lights excursion doesn’t take place  There are plenty of activities  –  these are just a few which are taking place at the moment:-

    The Cinema of Fire, Ice and Northern Lights
    The cinema at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík has daily shows of various Icelandic nature and documentary films made by well known Icelandic film maker Valdimar Leifsson. Films include recent volcanic eruptions and glaciers as well as breathtaking film of the Aurora Borealis.

    The Hallgrimskirkja Motet Choir Christmas concerts 2015
    The Motet Choir of Hallgrimskirkja has performed Christmas concerts for the people of Reykjavik for over 30 years.. The program consists of Advent and Christmas music, German hymns from the baroque era and rarely heard English carols from the 20th century, as well as classic carols from Iceland and abroad

    Seawomen – the fishing women of Iceland, past and present
    In June 2015 Icelanders celebrated the 100-year anniversary of women’s parliamentary right to vote. To mark this occasion the Maritime Museum has been holding an exhibition about Icelandic women at sea based on research conducted by the anthropologist Dr. Margaret E. Willson. Dr. Willson´s findings overthrow previous ideas about women’s participation at sea in Iceland, which is higher than ever imagined. She discovered that women in Iceland have consistently worked at sea from the mid- 900s to the present day

    Photographic Exhibition by Gunnar Rúnar Ólafsson
    In this exhibition by Gunnar Rúnar Ólafsson entitled “Retrospective”, the works of one of the best known Icelandic photographers are on show. The exhibition includes some spectacular photographs shot in Iceland between 1947 and 1964.