For the second year in the row, Iceland’s premier music showcase festival Iceland Airwaves was canceled due to pandemic concerns. But where there’s a will, there’s an airwaves. In lieu of the multi-day, multi-venue festival that usually takes place in downtown Reykjavik, the festival organizers put on four separate ticketed events on the same night. And sticking to tradition, a smattering of other venues also put on “unofficial” shows throughout the week, all featuring some of Iceland’s best musical acts.
Not that one needs an excuse to visit the land of fire and ice — my one week visit included the northern lights, secret hot springs, endless waterfalls, and jaw-dropping landscapes—but Iceland Airwaves will hopefully be back next year, November 2-5.