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12 Icelandair Stopover BY SARAH DEARNE. REYKJAVÍK January 26 to February 2 Dark Music Days Dark Music Days rouses the city from its post-holiday slumber with some refreshing new sounds. This festival of contemporary music features musicians from Iceland and abroad, with a special emphasis on new and pioneering compositions. Held in the warm chambers of Harpa Concert Hall, Dark Music Days is the perfect complement to this cold and peaceful time of year. I REYKJAVÍK February 7–10 Winter Lights Festival The annual Winter Lights Festival celebrates the returning daylight while cherishing the last of the darkness. Enchanting light projec- tions make the city their canvas, and museums across the capital stay open late to host special events, all free of charge. Pool Night then brings a psychedelic twist to Reykjavík’s geothermal pools, transforming them with surreal light shows, music and poetry. SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR February 10–14 and 15–16 Flat Earth Film Festival and List í ljósi (Art in the Light) Combining into a week-long program, Flat Earth Film Festival and List í ljósi light up the tiny town of Seyðisfjörður, the surprising hipster hub of East Iceland. The third annual Flat Earth Film Festival will present quirky new films from all genres, and List í ljósi will then set the town aglow with mesmerizing light installations and other illuminating events. Concerts and other happenings also take place throughout the week. I REYKJAVÍK February 27 to March 3 Food and Fun The Food and Fun festival pairs Reykjavík restaurants with international chefs, who then compete to create the best menu from Ice- land’s finest produce. The idea is to shake things up: Free from preconceptions, guest chefs devise novel ways to use unfamiliar products. To sample a menu for yourself, book a table at one of the participating restaurants and bring a healthy appetite. REYKJAVÍK February 28 toMarch 10 Stockfish Film Festival Stockfish handpicks the best indie flicks of the local and international festival circuits, and invites guests to rub shoulders with filmmakers at panel talks and workshops. Films are screened at the hip Bíó Paradís cinema, smack in the city center, so it’s easy to duck in for a touch of culture on a cold winter’s day. You can buy tickets for individual screenings, or invest in the festival pass for full arthouse immersion. I AKUREYRI March 22–24 and April 4–7 Iceland Winter Games (IWG) and AK Extreme Akureyri celebrates the peak of the ski season with two exhilarating winter festivals: The Iceland Winter Games (March 22–24) and AK Extreme (April 4–7). The Iceland Winter Games take place at Hlíðarfjall ski resort and pack in an eclectic mix of icy fun: Skiing and snowboarding, of course, but also snow biking, horse riding, dog sledding, and even snow volleyball. AK Extreme then hauls the fun downtown, rigging a makeshift snow- boarding jump out of 15 shipping containers right in the town center. Those with bound- less energy can then party till the wee hours with three consecutive nights of concerts. I REYKJAVÍK March 28–31 DesignMarch DesignMarch is Iceland’s foremost design event, curating the best of Icelandic fashion, furniture, product design, and all things crea- tive. The festival commences with Design- Talks, a day of inspiring lectures held by acclaimed creators. Over a hundred events transform the capital into a sprawling design studio, and you can wander into most free of charge. I Top left: Seyðisfjörður’s iconic Blue Church lights up for List í ljósi. Photo by Lorenzo Meucci. Celebrating a snow biking win. Photo courtesy of Iceland Winter Games. HERE AND THERE Here’s what’s happening on the hippest island in the North Atlantic this winter. n Reykjavík n Akureyri Seyðisfjörður n