This year, we’re celebrating the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, by spending it in the world’s most northerly capital city. That’s right, we’re hitting Reykjavik June 21st - 23rd. Summer solstice means Secret Solstice!
Here’s a few reasons why you should too...
No expense spared on acts
With five years of experience behind them delivering the top tier of musical talent to Iceland, Secret Solstice maintain this consistency heading into year number six. Diverse without ever compromising quality. Topping the bill is DJ Mag’s reigning, three-time Top 100 DJ - Dutch wonderkid Martin Garrix, UK popstar Rita Ora, pioneering electronica band Morcheeba and Russian anti-establishment activists Pussy Riot. Scandinavian pin-up Boy Pablo is also confirmed, while fans of underground electronic music are catered for in the form of DJ Nitin, who returns following rave reviews from the previous year. Of course, there are still many names yet to be announced.
If, like us, you hanker for those extended days of sunlight during summer, this might arouse some intrigue. Granted, temperatures will still be hovering around the relatively nipping 10 degree C mark, owing to the . But how cool is this: because of how close Iceland is to the Arctic Circle, it’s guaranteed to be 24 hours of sunlight on these dates (weather dependent!) Brilliant sunshine at midnight - imagine that! You are unlikely to experience a festival quite like it.
Unique geographical features
Iceland isn’t known as the land of ice and fire for nothing. Natural hot springs creating lagoons, active volcanoes and glaciers - this island has it all. In fact, it’s terrain is so unique, that it is often the location of choice for movie directors, with the setting used for incredible cinematic backdrops to the likes of Thor, Interstellar and the Alien franchise. Breathtakingly beautiful and other-worldly.
The friendly locals
Approximately 300,000 people live in Iceland, of which, over a third of the population reside in Reykjavik. It’s cliche, but it really has small, close-knit community values where everybody knows each other! It also boasts some of the most content and happy citizens on the planet - in no small part due to its low unemployment, progressive policies, liberal attitudes and widespread equality. It has also been receptive to a surge in popularity in sofa surfing culture. So for those of you who want to meet like minded locals, this is a great way to be shown the delights of the city whilst cutting the cost of visiting. Even if you don’t fancy staying with strangers, there’s a great hotel networks as well as AirBnb options.
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