Welcome to the

Reykjavík International Literary Festival

Set in cozy venues in downtown Reykjavík every two years, the festival offers interesting and entertaining programs for literature enthusiasts. Over a span of more than 30 years, the festival has welcomed Nobel-prize winners, novelists, historians, political activists, philosophers, cartoonists and more to take part in lively programs.

All programs are in English and admission is free.

New date for 2021: Due to the pandemic, a new date has been set for the festival in 2021. The festival will take place, pandemic permitting, on September 8 – September 11 2021.


Application Form: Fellowship 2021

The application form for the Reykjavík Fellowship Program can be found here. Applications are open…

Reykjavík Fellowship Program 2021

The biannual Reykjavík Fellowship Program, held since 2000, is scheduled to take place during the…

Ian McEwan awarded the first Halldór Laxness International Literary Prize in Reykjavík

On Thursday September 19th, Ian McEwan was awarded the first Halldór Laxness International Literary Prize.…

Past Events

List of authors who have taken part in the festival throughout the years

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