Established in August 2005, Eistnaflug is now in it’s teenage years. The festival emphasis has always been towards heavy metal, hardcore, punk and rock music. Eistnaflug takes place the first week of July in Neskaupsstaður - a small fishing village with about 1400 inhabitants on the east coast of Iceland. It has grown a lot in popularity recent years and nowadays, during the four day festival schedule, there are as much as three times many festival guests as there are villagers. The lineup consists of around 30-40 bands, mostly from the heavy metal scene in Iceland but usually there are always some noteworthy foreign bands that perform every year. Eistnaflug is considered to be one of the most friendly and behaved events there is (in Iceland at least). The festival planners created a strong message right from the gecko, by using the tagline : “don’t be an asshole” as a rule of thumb, by no means welcoming people who show or incline to violent manners or engage in such behavior. Go Eistnaflug!
When: First week of July
Aldrei fór ég suður
Aldrei fór ég suður (ÁFÉS) or “I never went south” music festival has been held every year since 2004. The festival has a set date during easter weekend in the beautiful town of Isafjordur on the Westfjords of Iceland - a small town of 3000 inhabitants approximately 5-6 hours drive from Reykjavik capital. The festival was founded by the well known Icelandic musician Mugison and his dad. It began as a small gathering of local bands and friends in an old degraded fish factory but quickly escalated into a much bigger event. Today some of the most popular bands in Iceland are regular guests at the festival, in addition supporting talented local bands by giving them a spot on the big stage. Amongst bands that have performed at ÁFÉS in the past are; Mugison, Hjaltalín, Retro Stefson, Kaleo, Glowie, Júníus Meyvant, Ham, ÚlfurÚlfur and Amabadama. Atmosphere is relaxed and friendly - guests are typically a blend of family attendants and younger dedicated music fans. There’s no entrance fee to the scheduled events - starting in the afternoon and finishing somewhere around midnight. Ísafjörður “ski week” also takes place the same weekend - so you can also grab the opportunity to go skiing or snowboarding if you choose too. Sounds good to us!
When: Easter weekend
Bræðslan is a two day music festival held in the small fishing village of Borgarfjörður Eystri with only on the East coast of Iceland. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Iceland, surrounded by mountains and unique landscape making the experience even more magical. The venue is a cozy redecorated 50 year old fish factory where the festival has been held annually since 2005 - every last week of July. Bræðslan offers mix of pop, rock, folk and indie bands and artists. Some of the most praised Icelandic bands and artists in Iceland have performed there, including: Of monsters and Men, Ásgeir, Mammút, Emilía Torrini, Hjálmar, Lay Low and Ensími to name a few. Bræðslan has also attracted some renowned international bands and artists, such as; Bell and Sebastian, Damien Rice, Fanfarlo, John Grant and Glen Hansard. There are only around 900 tickets available for the festival and it usually sells up prior to the scheduled event. Most of the guests stay at the local camping area in town.
Location: Borgarfjörður Eystri
When: Last weekend of July