Verslunarmannahelgi (Iceland Commerce Day): August 5th / All Iceland — Equivalent to a bank holiday weekend, celebrated on the first Monday in August. Every year, Icelanders head to festivals and other events to celebrate the day originally dedicated to Icelandic merchants.
Innipúkinn Music Festival: August 2nd-4th / Reykjavik — An annual music festival that takes place at two venues in Reykjavik. Established 16 years ago, Innipúkinn means “Indoor Demon” and it features a number of new Icelandic bands as well as well-known, established artists.
Þjóðhátíð (The National Festival): August 2nd-4th / Vestmannaeyjar (The Westman Islands), South Iceland — One of the largest outdoor festivals in the country with over 10,000 people attending every year. Expect concerts, bonfires, and fireworks!
Reykjavík Pride Week: August 8-17th / Reykjavik — A whole week celebrating equality and human rights with over 40 events across the capital. This includes theatre, cinema, lectures, parties, and even a cruise around the small islands off Reykjavík’s coast.
The Great Fish Day: August 10th / Dalvík, North Iceland — An annual festival that gathers thousands of fish producers and guests for a feast filled with plenty of fresh fish. The day is packed with sea-related exhibitions, cruises, theatre, and music of all styles. The highlight of the day is a mouthwatering seafood buffet!
Ed Sheeran: August 10th and 11th / Reykjavik — World-famous singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform at Laugardalsvöllur stadium. His first concert in Iceland sold out in under three hours, setting a new record in ticket sales in Iceland. The British pop star will be joined on the stage by Zara Larsson, James Bay, and Glowie.
Fireworks at Jökulsárlón: August 17th / Jökulsárlón, Southeastern Iceland — The annual show is a spectacular sight and starts at 11 p.m. Last year, the show attracted over 2,500 visitors and this year it’s expected to be even bigger. All proceeds go to the local Search and Rescue (SAR) teams.
Reykjavik Culture Night: August 24th / Reykjavik — The Culture Night has been held every year since 1996. Streets, squares, museums, and businesses in downtown Reykjavik open up for the night and invite residents and city guests to enjoy some Icelandic culture. All the events are free and the night ends with a large fireworks display.
Reykjavik Marathon: August 24th / Reykjavik — The marathon is held on the same day as Culture Night and both events welcome sports enthusiasts as well as culture lovers. Runners can choose from five different distances.