Social and Cultural Programme

Day Tours

Sunday 19 June

Golden Circle Tour

The Golden Circle is the name commonly given to a combination of three sites of special significance in the west of Iceland. These sites are, Þingvellir National park, the hot springs of Geysir and the majestic waterfall Gullfoss. In addition to these stops, we will also stop and a sneak peek at the life of the ‘cave people’ of Laugardalshellir caves.

Our day tour will take you to all these essential stops and more as we share with you some of the highlights of Icelandic history and nature all in one magnificent route through the Icelandic countryside.

Price: 9990 ISK

Start time: 9:00

Duration: 8h

Pick-up and drop-off location: University of Iceland

Cancellation Policy: 7days

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Saturday 25 June

Borgarfjörður Valley & Settlement Center

Borgarfjörður is a stunning fjord in West Iceland. When driving through the valley it is impossible not to be amazed. The fjord is home to some of the most beautiful open landscapes and plays a big role in Icelandic folklore.

We will be visiting Reykholt in Reykholtsdalur valley which has long been known as one of the most remarkable historical places in Iceland. It served as an educational centre for decades and it was home to Snorri Sturluson (1206-1241), one of Iceland’s greatest artists and statesman who wrote the Snorra-Edda Sagas.

Close to Reykholt, we'll stop at Hraunarfoss waterfalls that run through the lava field, Hallmundarhraun, which formed during a volcanic eruption about one thousand years ago. We will also stop in Borgarnes city to visit the Settlement Centre which provides a wonderful insight into Iceland’s history in two exhibitions; one about the settlement of Iceland and the other on Egils saga that took place in the neighbourhood.

Price: 11990 ISK  - Admission to the Settlement Centre is included in the price

Start time: 9:00

Duration: 9-10h

Pick-up and drop-off location: University of Iceland

Cancellation Policy: 7days

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Afternoon Walking Tours

Walk With A Viking Tour

Our Reykjavik walking tour is your introduction to our country. It will help you get your bearings and make the most of your stay in Iceland and brings the history of Iceland to life with exciting stories and Icelandic mythology.

We’ll visit all of the famous landmarks in the city centre, such as Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik Harbour, and Hallgrímskirkja Church (we’ll teach you how to pronounce that), Reykjavik Pond, and the Parliament building. But, we’ll also share hidden, local spots with you like a visit to an Elf home; things you’d miss if you didn’t know what to look for.

We want you to feel the unique, friendly atmosphere of our quirky little city, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions. We’ll even have a small lesson on the Icelandic language so you can not only walk with a Viking but talk like one too.

Price: 4990 ISK

Start time: 18:00

Duration: 2h

Meeting point: Ingólfsstorg

Cancellation policy: 48h

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Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour

Iceland is sometimes called the land of the Sagas and on this walk, you get the chance to hear many interesting sagas involving the hidden people and creatures of Iceland.

We will tell you all about the Icelandic Elves, Trolls, Ghosts like the Deacon of the dark river, the unique mostly aquatic monsters, the 13 Santa (it's not enough to have just one Santa Claus in Iceland after all 😉), their mother the child-eating troll called Grýla and finally the only known serial killer of Iceland in a land where it's easy to get lost in the lava fields...

Price: 4490 ISK

Start time: 18:00

Duration: 90min

Meeting point: Ingólfsstorg

Cancellation policy: 48h

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All the tours above are on exclusively on offer for delegates of the 2022 IFTR conference. Click here for further tour options.

 

Performances and Events

Every Body Electric

Doris Uhlich

This highly charged dance piece by multi-award-winning choreographer Doris Uhlich challenges our conventional ideas of the body’s limitations and the energy that lives within us all. Combining explosive power with the gently poetic, a group of dancers with physical disabilities take the audience on a rhythmic and unpredictable journey into the essence of the human. Even the smallest movement can unleash an incredible amount of energy.

Every single body possesses its own unique, organic power, but in this piece the group also investigate the possibilities that come into play when the machine – be it an electric wheelchair, prosthetic limbs, or a pair of crutches – becomes an extension of the body.

Doris Uhlich has created a large number of dance pieces. In recent years, she has collaborated with artists with physical disabilities and sought new ways to examine the movements and rhythms of the body.

Location: Harpa Concert Hall

Date and time: Sunday 19 June, 17:00

Price: 2500-4500 ISK

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Moetivi Caravan

Handbendi

Moetivi Caravan is a unique micro-theatre experience for a small number of guests, set in a travelling caravan. This captivating production for all ages uses animation, music, theatre, puppet theatre and audio-visual production to explore the difference between the optional mobile home that a caravan symbolizes for many, and how the experience changes when a mobile home is the result of an involuntary journey or a crisis.

The audience is guided through an open-ended story, shaping their own experience as they glimpse into small worlds, private lives, and explore a thousand tiny moments that bring us back home.

Handbendi is a multi-award-winning puppetry theatre company based in Hvammstangi in northern Iceland.

Location: Elliðaárdalur

Date and time: Sunday 19 June, 10:00-17:00 (Elliðaárdalur)

Price: 2000 ISK

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ALDA

Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Eva Signý Berger and Baldvin Þór Magnússon

ALDA is a poignant installation that erodes the boundaries between dance and visual arts. In ALDA, choreographer Katrín Gunnarsdóttir draws upon the history of women's collective physical labour, in particular its relation to repetitive motions and song, to generate an event of intimate female assembly, convergence, and coalescence.

The driving force behind choreographer Katrín Gunnarsdóttir's current work has been the creation of movement language and imagery from softness, sensitivity, ever-changing movement, and the integration of bodies with their environment. This piece is the culmination of many years of collaboration between the choreographer and designer Eva Signý Berger where art forms merge to create a rhythmic wave of experience.

When translated as WAVE, ALDA not only reflects on the form of movement but also refers to time and history, the old and the emerging new.

Location: Gerðarsafn

Date and time: Every day, 10:00-17:00

Price: 1000 ISK

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Woods of Wonder

The biannual Reykjavik Art Festival comes to a close on Sunday 19 June and on that occasion the area around Elliðaárstöð in eastern Reykjavik will be transformed into a truly wondrous world where anything can happen!

Mysterious creatures will pop up amidst the trees, dancing along to live music. Masked members of the Cloud Factory and the agile acrobats of Hringleikur surprise guests with goosebump-inducing acts that will entertain all ages. Enticing scents from food trucks will whet our appetites as we enjoy a range of events in the gorgeous outdoors.

Location: Elliðaárdalur

Date and time: Sunday 19 June, 13:00-16:00

Price: Free

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Enigma

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Sigurður Guðjónsson and the Spektral Quartet

Enigma is a new string quartet by leading contemporary composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir with video art by renowned video artist Sigurður Guðjónsson. Inspired by the notion of the in-between, the music juxtaposes flow and fragmentation, as the expanding and contracting fundament in the form of pulsating stasis is contrasted by fragmented materials – shadows of things that live as part of the whole.

Four-time Grammy nominees the Spektral Quartet co-commissioned the work, described as „like no string quartet you‘ve ever heard“ and „wonderful work“ that resides on the border between concert music and installation art.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir‘s work has been performed by many of the world‘s leading orchestras and ensembles. Her accolades include the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize. Icelandic Visual Artist of the Year 2018 Sigurður Guðjónsson has exhibited around the world and represents Iceland at the 2022 Venice Biennale. In his video work, image, sound and space intertwine in powerful ways. The Perlan Planetarium creates a unique atmosphere for this fascinating work.

Location: Perlan Planetarium

Date and time: Sunday 19 June, 19:00 and 21:00

Price: 2900 ISK

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Emilíana Torrini & The Colorist Orchestra in Concert

Emilíana Torrini and The Colorist Orchestra take to the Eldborg stage in Harpa at the Reykjavík Arts Festival. Their musical collaboration is a truly enchanting, colourful and vibrant experience not to be missed.

Belgian band The Colorist Orchestra have garnered praise for their original and dynamic approach to arranging and performing music by various artists. In recent years Emilíana Torrini, one of Iceland’s most diverse and talented musical artists, has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the band which has given new life to her beloved songs. These musicians are now working on their second album together, Racing the Storm, as an identity with its own aural uniqueness emerges.

Location: Harpa Concert Hall

Date and time: Sunday 19 June, 20:00

Price: 4990-14990 ISK

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Farewell party

Thursday 23 June, 19:00

Place, price and further details TBA

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