It may not be the sort of place you think about for a short break, but when it comes to trying somewhere exciting, Iceland takes a lot of beating and next month you can include the Reykjavik Arts Festival too.
You can head to the Icelandic capital and join in the celebration of all art forms from 18th May to the 3rd June. Plus, flights with headline sponsor Iceland Express are only £89 one-way, including all taxed, a bag in the hold and cabin luggage too.
Granted, it’s not the cheapest destination once you get there, especially with high prices attached to alcohol. But when we’ve been there it’s been worth it.
Take a tour and see waterfalls, geysers shooting jets of steaming water into the air, and the Blue Lagoon Iceland geothermal spa. It all offers something very different and with the added benefit that Reykjavik’s Art Festival will ensure the capital is vibrant and fun during your stay.
The Arts Festival
Concert hall Harpa will house festival highlight, Arcadi Volodos on 20th May, one of the world’s most outstanding pianists. Other international names include the French multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen, mesmerising Spanish singer Buika and British conductor Richard Egarr.
There will be large-scale visual art installations directed by Swedish curator and theorist Jonatan Habib Engqvist across museums, galleries and public spaces in Reykjavik and Icelandic writers will be opening their homes to the public for a series of intimate readings.
There are six-weekly flights from London Gatwick with Iceland Express and you’ll be glad to know that they do not charge extra for flights booked on a debit card. Like we should be grateful!
Heimir Már Pétursson, Iceland Express PR manager said: “The festival promises to be an extravaganza of theatre, dance, visual arts and music from around the globe, but is also an important platform for Icelandic arts and at Iceland Express we work very hard to support local artists. We hope travellers will take the opportunity to experience a cultural city break, Iceland style.”
The full programme of artists and acts will be announced in early April on http://www.artfest.is.