Winter Lights Festival About

Winter Lights Festival About


About the festival

Winter Lights Festival is an annual event that celebrates both the winter world and the growing sun light after a long period of darkness. The program consists of light installations, culture and outdoor activities. The festival provides entertainment for Reykjavík’s locals and guests alike. The program reflects the many faces of Reykjavík's capital area; with the participation of all the major museums and thermal pools.

The Winter Lights Festival 2023 will take place February 2 to 4 and all events are free of charge.

Museum Night

Museum Night takes place February 3 and is Winter Lights Festival’s most popular event.  Museums across the capital area open their doors and entertain their guests with happenings such as dance, theatre, lectures, live music, film, literature readings and much more free of charge. All museums are open from 6 pm to 11 pm.

Pool Night

Pool Night takes place on February 4, 2023 and invites visitors to try many of the city's exceptional thermal pools for free. Pool Night added attractions include thrilling in-pool activities, music and pool illuminations. And if you are lucky you might get a glimpse of the Northern Lights while relaxing in a hot tub in one of the outdoor pools. All swimming pools are open from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Light Trail

Every night during the festival six light installations will be illuminated from 6:30 pm to 11 pm. Take a walk around the city centre and experience the light installation.

Reykjavík Art Walk Mobile App

Reykjavik Art Museum proudly presents a new app where you can access around two hundred public artworks in Reykjavík that the museum takes care of. With this app you can access information on the works, look at images, read texts and listen to audio-guides as well as playing art games.

The app is called Reykjavík Art Walk and it uses your phone’s GPS function to guide you to the nearest public art location. The app contextualizes the pieces for you so you get the full story behind the art.

It is free to download for your smart phone, both android and iOS.