Christmas concerts are a staple of the Icelandic holiday season. Such is their popularity, that even the rappers – notorious opportunists that they are – have begun cashing in on the tradition. Below you will find seven Christmas concerts in Reykjavík.
Christmas with the Iceland Symphony
Where: Harpa Music Hall
When: December 14 and 15
Admission: ISK 2,800 – 3,300
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating the holiday season with two concerts on December 14 and 15. The symphony will perform new and old Christmas songs with guest performances from young musicians. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert is among the orchestra’s most popular concerts. Guest performers include Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað, Unnsteinn Manuel, and Kolbrún Völkudóttir.
Jón Jónsson and Friðrik Dór at Bæjarbíó
Where: Bæjarbíó (Hafnarfjörður)
When: December 13, 14, and 15
Admission: ISK 3,990 – 5,990
Brothers Jón Jónsson and Friðrik Dór are among the most personable human beings in Iceland. They are also talented musicians. These two qualities, musicality and amiability, are the prime ingredients for a good concert experience. This is why What’s On is rather excited for the brothers’ Christmas Concert in Hafnarfjörður (their hometown) on December 13, 14, and 15. The concert marks their first big collaborative performance.
Sigríður Thorlacius and Sigurður Guðmundsson
Where: Harpa Concert Hall
When: December 16 and 17
Admission: ISK 4,990 – 9,990
Two of Iceland’s most beloved singers, Sigurður Guðmundsson (Hjálmar) and Sigríður Thorlacius (Hjaltalín) will be holding their annual Christmas concert at the Harpa Music and Conference Hall on December 16 and 17. The records Nú stendur mikið til, which Sigurður Guðmundsson released in 2015, and Jólakveðja, which Sigríður Thorlacius released the same year, will be the focus of the concert. Additionally, the two singers will be performing other classics, both as a duet and on their own.
Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band
Where: Gamla Bíó
When: December 18
Admission: ISK 6,990
On December 18, the Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band will be performing at an annual Christmas concert in Gamla Bíó. This year, Samúel’s guest include Júníus Meyvant, Bryndís Jakobsdóttir, Bogomil Font, Valdimar Guðmundsson, and Magga Stína. The band and its guest will perform classic Christmas songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, and more, in addition to a few choice funky Christmas instrumental hits.
Björgvin’s Christmas Guests
Where: Harpa Concert Hall
When: December 21 and 22
Admission: ISK 5,990 – 14,990
Singer Björgvin Halldórsson has been celebrating Christmas by way of an annual concert series since at least 2007. Keeping to this tradition, Björgvin will be holding four concerts at the Harpa Music and Conference Hall on December 21 and 22 (there are few tickets left). This year, Björgvin will be joined on stage by Auður, Birgitta Haukdal, Svala Björgvins (his daughter), GDRN, along with a string orchestra, a choir, and more. Among Björgvin’s most popular Christmas songs is Þú komst með jólin til mín.
Jülevenner Emmsjé Gauta 2019
When: December 22 and 23
Admission: ISK 4,990 – 6,990
Two years ago, Icelandic rapper Emmsjé Gauti – looking to capitalise off the Icelandic Christmas-concert season – held his first official Jülevenner (Danish for “Christmas Friends”) in Gamla Bíó. The first concert sold out quickly, and in light of the favourable reception, Gauti moved the concert to Háskólabíó (a bigger venue) last year. This year, Gauti will be continuing the tradition by holding a total of four concerts on December 22 and 23. He will be joined on stage by a live band along with performers Aron Can, Salka Sól, Friðrik Dór, Páll Óskar, Bríet, and others. Gauti’s Strákarnir is a certified classic.
Auður and Band at Gamla Bíó
Where: Gamla Bíó
When: December 27
Admission: ISK 4,500
Icelandic pop star Auður released his sophomore album Afsakanir (Excuses) in November of last year. Subsequently, the album won Record of the Year at the Icelandic Music Awards. The musician has performed in various venues around Iceland this year, and at the Roskilde Festival this summer, and he intends on finishing the year in style with a final performance at Gamla Bíó in downtown Reykjavík on December 27. He will be joined on stage by a live band.
There are many other Christmas Concerts in Reykjavík during this holiday season, check out our Event Calendar to find some!