Iceland Airwaves – Put on Your Viking Hat and Head to the North to Experience Music You Have Never Heard Before!
Heat up the dance floor this year at Iceland Airwaves- Reykjavik’s coolest festival!
Icy Airwaves and Frozen Adventures
Held in the icy months of fall, Iceland’s premier music festival is a destination event for people from all over the world. You’ll get to sing and dance alongside your favorite bands while overlooking the gorgeous country of Iceland.
The beauty of this festival is that all shows and artists that you will see are incredibly personal and intimate. All the venues are pretty small and allow for an up close and personal concert experience.
The History of Icleand Airwaves
One of the COOLEST parts of the Iceland Airwaves is that you have never heard or a lot of the music and artists that are headlining this event. In fact, up until pretty recently, most people outside of Iceland had no idea what to expect from their music scene. Acts like Sigur Ros, Bjork, and many others have carved out Reykjavik as a scene for some of the hottest acts in the music world today.
This particular Iceland Airwaves festival actually got its start in the 90’s. During 1999, Icelandair threw a party in the actual airplane hangar! This party literally made “ear wave” synonymous with airwaves! This party was legendary and kickstarted the annual event that is now known as Iceland Airwaves.
In modern times, the Iceland Airwaves festival brings the best music, art, and fashion of the country to venues all around Reykjavik. The best thing about this festival is that it literally takes over the entire city. Once you step foot off the plane, you have arrived! The rest of the world is catching on to the greatness that is Iceland Airwaves and you may have to fight your way into getting a ticket as they sell out quickly.
Experiencing Iceland Airwaves
It is no coincidence that Iceland Airwaves has been compared to several other indie festivals like SXSW. From the laid back nature of the festival to all the obscure, insanely good, musical acts that dot the lineup, you will quickly feel at home at this festival if you are used to heading out to similar festivals. Just throw in a little cold weather, and you’re set!
You will see many crazy, beautiful things at Iceland Airwaves. This festival has been dubbed the Icelandic version of the hipster central known as South by Southwest. Many of the travelers that make the trip each year to Reykjavic are into the indie music scene and come specifically to discover new, unknown acts.
Tickets, Pricing and Accommodations
The admission fee into Iceland Airwaves Festival is actually really inexpensive. Tickets prices change depending on which venue you are at. Take a look at the Iceland Airwaves website to see a full look at the prices. Most of your expenses will be spent on food, accommodations, and travel.
One of the best things about Iceland Airwaves Ice Festival is the fact that it lasts for a full week. Try and stay for at least three days so you send a full day checking out all the different venues.
What to Bring to Iceland Airwaves
Iceland Airwaves is an icy mix of indie fest fun and an incredible art and street show. Be prepared for both! Bring a bandanna to keep the sweat and sun out of your eyes, sunblock to ward of the sun’s cancerous waves, a lot of empty water bottles to stay hydrated, and earplugs incase you need a break from all the noise. When it comes to camping gear, try to go for the more advanced tents and accessories. Splurging a little on the supplies now will really make it count in the end.
In addition to all your great winter clothes, bring a lot of water or empty water bottles to refill. Make sure you have converted currency so you can buy items at the festival and any snacks or food that you may need.
Getting to Iceland Airwaves
Many people that attend this destination festival are from Iceland. Don’t worry, there are several flights into Reykjavik and from there it should be smooth sailing. Make sure you have a valid passport before booking your tickets. Also, keep in mind that some countries have travel restrictions, so try your best to be sure you are allowed to leave from your city.
Carefully plan which way you are trying to get to the festival as it may take you several hours depending on what mode of transportation you take. Taking the train from Reykjavik airport may take up to ten hours, so be sure to know what you’re getting into. If you are flying from Reykjavik, it may just take you a few minutes to get to Iceland Airwaves.
The Iceland Airwaves festival website offers several different options for getting to the main event so keep checking the Festival’s website for more detailed information on transportation, prices and accommodations.
Who Can Come to this Festival?
Due to Iceland Airwaves’ hipster, music festival vibes, many people tend to leave their children at home. It is true that this festival is best experienced solo or with friends, as children are not allowed into most of these venues.
When it comes to what kind of attendees usually show up to Iceland Airwaves year after year, many of the recurring attendees are locals here to hear their favorite bands. As the years go on and the festival gains more popularity, people from around the world have been heading to Reykjavik in droves just to get a look at this European indie fest.
Dressing for a Icelandic Festival
When planning for Iceland Airwaves, consider the weather and your surroundings. You’re going to be outside in November surrounded by A LOT of cold and ice! Take your warmest winter gear with you and be sure to have all your cold weather accessories with you as well. Keep in mind that if you arrive during the day and plan to stay late until the night, this festival takes a much colder turn when the sun goes down. Be prepared with extra blankets and coats for night weather.
When packing for Iceland Airwaves, consider taking a lot of layers. All festival goers seem to swear by thick pants—as they are the most versatile and practical winter festival wear. When choosing footwear, ALWAYS choose comfort! You may very well be walking for half of the day, so you will need a pair of shoes that you know can support you. Always go for closed toed shoes like boots or athletic sneakers, preferably ones that can withstand snow.
Consider waterproof attire as it will most likely start raining or snowing as you explore this winter wonderland. Depending on where your staying and how much of the city you see, do take some swimwear with you. The Blue Lagoon is amazing, so try to at least dip your tows in! Additionally, take sunglasses, visors, bandanas, protective headwear, gloves, scarves and anything else you think might keep you warm!
Tips for Iceland Airwaves Festival
Make sure you are fully prepared for your trip to Iceland Airwaves. Many people that have attended this event in the past make sure to book all their tickets, flights, and accommodations through a knowledgable travel agent. Do your best to find someone who knows a lot about Iceland Airwaves so you don’t miss out on anything that you would truly like to see.
During the festival, make it a point to always follow the buddy system throughout the events at Fuji Rock Festival. Safety should always be your number one priority and you should have an emergency plan in case anything goes wrong. Consider picking up a walkie talkie as your cell phone coverage may not work in this country. Pick a meeting place for you and your friends through out the day so you guys can all check in on each other. This is especially helpful if technology stops working.
Additionally, when it comes to weather, if you’re not used to so much cold, try to pace yourself. Only go to the Ice festival for part of the day and if you go multiple days, only stay for a few hours. The worst thing that can happen to you is getting overheated, or getting too cold so be sure to monitor yourself. Keep in mind that cold weather may make you incredibly dehydrated so keep tabs on how much water you are drinking. If you are suffering from too much cold, please take a break and sit down somewhere.
So whether you’ve never been to Iceland before or you happen to live there, Iceland Airwaves Festival is something that is not to be missed!
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