Winter lights festival 2-5 February 2017

Winter Lights Festival

Hallgrimskirkja church, downtown Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja church, downtown Reykjavik

A splendid Winter Lights Festival will take place 2-5 February in all six municipalities of the capital area. This is the sixteenth time that this festival of light and darkness is held, comprising four main features – Museum Night, Swimming Pool Night, Snow Party and Light Art – along with more than 150 events to which countless artists contribute in order to create a unique ambiance in the Greater Reykjavík area. Green and purple – the hues of the Northern Lights – have been adopted as the Festival’s identifying colours, and over a dozen buildings in the capital area will be floodlit in those colours – more than ever before.

The aim of the Winter Lights Festival is to offer fun experiences to the people of the capital area, with the opportunity to enjoy culture and the arts, sports and outdoor life in their home town and/or by visiting neighbouring communities. Visit Reykjavík supervises the Winter Lights Festival, and all events at Museum Night and Swimming Pool Night are free. Energy provider Orkusalan is the principal sponsor of this year’s Winter Lights Festival.

Winter Lights Festival - schedule:

2 February , 19:40: Winter Lights Festival opening at Hallgrímskirkja: light art installation, illuminated horse-ride by Fákur equestrian club. Buildings floodlit in Festival colours.
3 February (Friday) 18-23: Museum Night at 45 museums, galleries and libraries. Brekkusprettur cycle race, 19:00.
4 February (Saturday) 18-23: Swimming Pool Night at nine pools. 19:00 WOW Northern Lights Fun Run
5 February (Sunday) 10-17 : Snow Party in the Bláfjöll mountains.
5 February (Sunday) 21-22: Street lights turned off in the central Reykjavík.
+ 150 more events



Central Reykjavik


2-5 February 2017


Most events free


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