The Reykjavik Culture Day, or rather culture night, is a festival in August. The events offered are create by the residents across all central Reykjavik. It includes celebrations in streets and squares but also museum, businesses and some residential gardens participate. The organizer “Visit Reykjavik” aims to deliver a diverse and rich offering of cultural events. It cooperates among others with the city departments, organizations, and artists.
It starts in the morning with a marathon and programs will continue til the late evening. In the afternoon there is in every corner some kind of program going on and in the evening there are a bunch of different concerts. At the end you can watch the firework at the harbor.
One main reason for me to go to the Reykjavik Culture Day was the free waffles. Between 2 and 4 pm there are different places in Reykjavik offering free waffles. Usually there are around 3 to 5 if I am not mistaken and you can just go there and get a waffle. It is served with whipped cream and rhubarb sauce. I liked the sauce so much that I just got it a few days later at the grocery store. Soooo tasty!
By the way, those places usually offer some kind of event there too. One place we visit was collecting money for cleaning up the city to reduce the waste. There had a little market there too with no fixed prices. They only made you a suggestion for the price and the money you spent was your donation to the project. Another place collected signatures for freeing a journalist in turkey if I remember right. So even if you do not like crowded events like me, just go there at least in the afternoon for the waffles.
One other great benefit is the free admission on the culture day. Not every museum is for free, but some of them. The ones participating are found on the website of the culture night and as mentioned they are no admission cost. Generally, that applies for every event offered by the culture day. By the way, the bus is also for free on this day. Usually a ticket costs 450 Icelandic kronur.
I went to several art museums and the National Museum of Iceland. All of them are worth seeing! Of course, my favorites were the art museums. Furthermore, you had the possibility to take a look into some art studios and new art exhibition.
Some of the museums are even open til 10pm so you do not have to hurry. Additionally, there are another hundred different events, like karaoke. You find in every corner something.
Get to know Reykjavik and enjoy a great day
If you are in Reykjavik during this time, just go there. It is one of the best ways to get to know the city because you find something in every corner. As mentioned many things are for free too. They also offer many other things like hot dogs (really Icelandic) and spun sugar. Just enjoy the afternoon seeing the city, going from museum to museum and finish your evening with a bunch of concerts in the evening. Around 11pm there is also a huge firework at the harbor (which I missed). Maybe you even have luck and have great weather like I did!
If you want to have a little bit more quiet time, just turn around the next corner, way from the Main Street, and the crowds dissolve like magic.