A light show in Iceland that’s NOT the Northern Lights

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Shining a light into the long, dark winter days, Reykjavík’s annual Winter Lights Festival starts on Thursday (February 6) and runs until February 15.

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Shining a light into the long, dark winter days, Reykjavík’s annual Winter Lights Festival starts on Thursday (February 6).

Running until February 15, along with brilliant light installations, there are a couple of free events that will make the usually pricey Icelandic capital a little cheaper. On Museum Night (Friday, February 7) 40 museums will offer free admission until midnight while on Pool Night (Saturday, February 15) Laugardalslaug, Sundhöll, Grafarvogslaug, Lágafellslaug og Álftaneslaug swimming pools and Ylströnd thermal beach will be free from 8pm until midnight.

Light-art installations are sponsored by Kultur Kontakt Nord, the Scandinavian art and culture fund. These art commissions, which are also to be exhibited in both Torshavn and Manchester, include: Lys*arp by Ulf Pederson, On the bridge by Tine Bech, Jellyfish by Kitty von Sometime and Waking the Statues by Kristján Kristjánsson og Örvar Halldórsson.

What Reykjavík will look like during the festival:

A light show in Iceland that's NOT the Northern Lights
Hallgrímskirkja. Marcos Zotes „Pixel Cloud“, Winter Lights Festival 2013. Photo Raggi Th. Sigurðsson
A light show in Iceland that's NOT the Northern Lights
Hallgrímskirkja Marcos Zotes „Pixel Cloud“, Winter Lights Festival 2013. Photo Raggi Th. Sigurðsson
A light show in Iceland that's NOT the Northern Lights
Hallgrímskirkja Marcos Zotes „Pixel Cloud“, Winter Lights Festival 2013. Photo Raggi Th. Sigurðsson
A light show in Iceland that's NOT the Northern Lights
Marcos Zotes „Pixel Cloud“, Winter Lights Festival 2013. Photo Raggi Th. Sigurðsson
A light show in Iceland that's NOT the Northern Lights
Marcos Zotes „Pixel Cloud“, Winter Lights Festival 2013. Photo Raggi Th. Sigurðsson
A light show in Iceland that’s NOT the Northern Lights was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
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