There really is just one place to be at Easter and that is Isafjordur. Isafjordur is a small town in the North-West of Iceland. It can get pretty hard to get to this time of year, but somehow people do get there and create the best rock festival in the country. And it‘s all for free.
The story begins with the very popular and talented musician Mugison, who is from Isafjordur. He and his dad, Papamug, thought hey, why don‘t we create a rock festival where everybody plays for free just for fun and all the other work is based on volunteers. Lets also allow all kinds of people not so famous hit the stage and just play music. So they proposed the idea to several people and everyone was up for it. That happened in 2003 and the festival is now celebrating its 12th year.
The festival is called Aldrei for eg sudur, which literally means I never went south, but what that really means is I never moved to Reykjavik. The three day festival is an ongoing party in a small music hall (really small actually) but not only there as you have concerts and events in every corner of this tiny litle town during the festivities. You can party until morning and start at noon again, if you got the stomach for it. Speaking of stomachs, you can pack up your backpack with beverages and food and bring your own if you like. But also, just by the music hall you can warm up with the traditional Icelandic lamb soup and a beer. I say warm up because it‘s going to be cold. Do not forget your big coat, a hat, scarf and your gloves. You can find more information on the festival here.
So ready to party? I will tell you how to get there:
You start by flying to Iceland, KEF airoport. Than you get yourself to Reykjavik airoport and take a local plane to Ísafjörður with Air Iceland. Flights are twice a day (when weather allowes) and they take about 40-50 minutes. When lending the plain flyes quite close to one of the mountains so perhaps better not to look out the window exactely at that moment.
You can also rent a car and drive but conditions can be hard and we do not recommend you driving if you are not used to driving on icy roads often with limited view in the middle of the country. The car must also be well equiped for winter. That being said, it is about 455km between Reykjavik and Isafjordur so it can take up to 6 hours to drive there. There is no bus service to Isafjordur during winter.
So if you are brave enough to give it a go, I salut you! It will definetely be different. And if you like outdoor activities pack your skiing gear and enjoy the slopes in the area. Also, bring your bathing suit and take a dip in the local swimming pool.