What is Secret Solstice?

Secret Solstice is an Icelandic music festival in it’s fifth year that will take place on the 21st – 24th of June 2018. It showcases both established artists as well as exciting up-and-coming talent over the course of four days in the 24 hour midnight sun during the summer solstice. The festival is themed after the Norse religion and mythology of old and along with our side-event it’s been described as “one of the most unique events in the world”.

Wait a minute? 24 hour sunlight?

Because of how close Iceland is situated to the arctic circle, the nation gets the full on effect of seasonal changes on a unique scale. During the summer we get long sunny days and as expected winter comes with complete darkness.

Norse mythology? Tell me more?

The summer solstice was a time of bounty in the lives of the Nordic nations and a cause for celebration. The Norse mythology and religion commonly known as the Ásatru is deeply rooted in natural symbolism.

Side-Events?

The festival operates a number of side-events alongside the festival itself. Side-Events for 2018 will be announced soon.

Where is it?

The festival takes place in the Laugardalur area in Icelands capital city Reykjavík. The exact address is Engjavegur 7, 104 Reykjavík.

When does the festival take place?

The festival takes place from the 21st – 24th of June 2018 over the summer solstice. During that period Iceland has 24-hour sunlight which definitely provides a very unique atmosphere for the festival.

What kind of music can one hear there?:

The festival aims for a very diverse selection of music from both local and international, established and up-and-coming talent.

Who’s playing?

Our 2018 lineup has not been announced yet but is set to be released soon.

Where can I get a ticket?

As long as you‘re 18 years old tickets are available for purchase via the Book Now button below.
Book Now
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Do you offer package deals?

Festicket Packages

This year we have partnered with Festicket to provide a range of tickets and accommodation packages for international travellers. Booking is available in GBP, EUR, GBP, USD, CAD, ILS, CHF, DKK, NOK, SEK, AUD. Festicket also offers bookings in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese & Italian. For any queries relating to Festicket, please contact them directly here.
Festicket Packages
Festicket Packages

Beats Travel Packages

These specially tailored packages available for the first time this year include a variety of activities perfect for lone travellers or small groups. To learn more or book check the link below.
Beats Travel Packages
Beats Travel Packages

What about on-site accommodation and services?

Festival camping is available and can be booked here. On site there is a varied selection of food vendors to satisfy any taste and dietary preference as well as various merchandise stands.

What about off-site?

There are many hotels and hostels of varying quality depending on what you are after around the area and a bit further off (Reykjavik is a pretty small city so you can pretty much stay anywhere and still be close)).

What‘s the local currency and how expensive is it?

Iceland uses it‘s own currency called krónur which you can exchange most foreign currencies for at all local banks or the foreign exchange at Keflavik airport.

How to get there?

The best way for our international customers to get to Secret Solstice is either by flight or ship. You can see more information on available options and instructions on how to get to the festival site here.

What about the weather? What should I wear?

Icelandic weather can be very temperamental so you should bring clothes for most situations. Still this time of year tends to pretty mild so you should be fine with light protective clothing. Just pay attention to the forecast and consider what you want to do during your stay.

Are there any prohibited items on the festival site?

The following items are prohibited on the festival site:

  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed
  • Animals (except pre-approved service animals)
  • Professional photography and/or videography equipment without a media pass (DSLR cameras, detachable professional zoom lenses, stands or other commercial equipment)
  • Professional audio recording equipment
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies
  • Personal soundsystems and generators
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
  • Chairs or furniture of any kind
  • Hammocks
  • Umbrellas (over 100cm when open)
  • Luggage carriers (framed backpacks, camping backpacks, suitcases excludes standard soft-back backpacks)
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicles (excludes wheelchairs)
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons (Includes items that can be construed as weapons and explosives)
  • Containers (glass, metal, plastic or coolers of any kind)
  • Graffiti or painting supplies (paint, spray cans, graffiti pens and similar products)
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind, except 2 factory sealed bottles of water (up to 1 liter each)
  • Illicit Substances (illegal drugs, research chemicals, novel psychoactive substances, NPS, designer drugs, nitrous oxide, herbal highs)

The following items are prohibited on the camping site:

  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed
  • Animals (except pre-approved service animals)
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons (Includes items that can be construed as weapons and explosives)
  • Graffiti or painting supplies (paint, spray cans, graffiti pens and similar products)
  • Illicit Substances (illegal drugs, research chemicals, novel psychoactive substances, NPS, designer drugs, nitrous oxide, herbal highs)

What if me or my band is interested in playing the festival?

You can apply for performing at the festival through our artist application forms. We’ll be open for applications soon.

I am a member of a media organisation or an independent journalist/photographer/blogger interested in covering the festival. Can I get a get a free ticket for my coverage?

If you’re from an Icelandic media outlet please fill in an application here, if you’re from an international media outlet please fill in an application here.

Applications for independent photographers, videographers, bloggers and journalists will open soon.

For further enquiries you can send our media department an email here.

 

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