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The second weekend of February The Winter festival is held to brighten up the darkest months here. The festival starts on Thursday night, but the main festivities start with "safnanótt" or musem night on Friday night. It starts at 19h and lasts until midnight.

Reykjavík offers its citizens and guests an evening of free admission to its museums and the museums in the neighbouring towns. It is a lovely tradition to brighen up the "most boring month" here in Iceland. All the museums take part and there are myriads of things to do - one cannot do everything in those 5 hours.

There are free busses which take you from one museum to another, as some of the museums are in other parts of towns and out of town, f.ex. Gljúfrasteinn, the former home of the Nobel prize winner Halldór Laxness, which is in Mosfellsdalur walley (see my tip). Then there is a bus which takes you to the neighbouring towns of Reykjavík, to the museums in Kópavogur, Garđabćr and Hafnarfjörđur. Another bus takes you from the center of town to the museums in the neighbouring town of Seltjarnarnes. And busses taking you to different museums around Reykjavík.

So if you are ever in Reykjavík around this time of year do take advantage of this free museum night. Reykjavík is crowded during this weekend... but of course this being February the weather can act up. Look up the agenda, I add the link in English. There is so much to do and so much fun.

On the Saturday night there is free admission to the swimming pools and an agenda there. The City hall has got a lot of events - all over town there are interesting things to see and do. Hallgrímskirkja church gets lit up in lovely colours and other buildings have a colour show.

During the festival in 2012 I visited the residence of the President of Iceland and the Saga museum at Perlan (see my tip) which is awesome. On that night there are dressed up Vikings who hid with the statues and jump out - they were able to frighten me twice ;). I also visited the gallery of one of our film directors, he opened his private gallery up to the public and offered people hamburgers and Coka Cola. And I visited a couple of more museums. Unfortunately it was influenza time so I was not able to cover everything I wanted.

Highly recommended!

Address: All over Reykjavík and neighbouring towns.
Website: http://vetrarhatid.is/winterfestival.pdf

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  • Updated Feb 12, 2012
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