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Why come to DesignMarch?

DesignMarch showcases the best of the Icelandic design scene. Fresh, exciting, exotic and under the radar elsewhere, during DesignMarch you will see what is going on and meet all the local designers – plus a handful of the most interesting international names.

The event takes place in downtown Reykjavik – for four days, the most Northerly capital in the world turns into a venue for hundreds of openings, events, exhibitions and parties. The scene is small and intimate, so you will get up close and personal with both locals and the design superstars.

It is more like a town festival than a professional fair – the entire city participates. You don’t have to be a professional in design to enjoy and partake in DesignMarch.

Alongside the cream of the crop of the local design scene, DesignMarch in Iceland offers beautiful otherworldly landscapes, amazing experiences, fantastic Nordic cuisine and lively nightlife – the perfect long weekend, with some serious substance right there.

Where to stay? 

Our partner Icelandair Hotels runs two hotels in central Reykjavik, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura and Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina. 

Marina is situated in the heart of the Reykjavik fishing harbour, with an operating dock as its next door neighbour. It’s quirky, fun design is inspired by the seafaring culture, and the busy cocktail bar and restaurant downstairs keep the place alive around the clock. 

Natura is located a stone throw away from the city centre, by the small downtown airport. The geothermal beach of Nautholtsvík is closeby, the Sóley Natura Spa and Satt restaurant operate in the hotel. 

Tickets and Admission

DesignMarch is a town festival with dozens of exhibitions, openings and other events taking place all over Reykjavik, from the fishing harbor to the main street shops, studios and galleries. Most of the events are free of charge and open for all. 

Be sure to book tickets in advance to DesignTalks, tickets will be availible directly from the Harpa website.

The full festival program will be made available on in the end of February here on the official DesignMarch website.

Practical Information

Language 
Most Icelanders speak excellent English.

Climate and weather
Average temperature in Reykjavik in March is +0.6°C. The weather changes quickly and often. You will find the weather forecast in English at www.vedur.is/english. If you plan to drive while in Iceland, you will find information on the road conditions in English at www.vegagerdin.is/english.

What to wear 
Warm, water and windproof clothing may make your life easier. Bring sturdy walking shoes if you plan to explore the nature, and always bring a bathing suit – thermal pools are an essential part of the culture.

Electricity 
Icelandic electrical standards are European (50Hz, 220 volts). Internet access Several restaurants, cafés and hotels have free wi-fi access. Cell phones Iceland’s country code is +354. There are no area codes in Iceland. Iceland belongs to the European cell phone system, which may cause problems for North-American cell phone users.

Passport regulations 
A valid passport is required for visitors to Iceland, the passport must be valid until three months after your stay. Nationals of the following countries do not require visas to travel to Iceland as visitors. United States of America, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (applicable for those holding HKSAR passports), Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (applicable for those holding MSAR passports), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain (incl. Bermuda, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, St. Helena, Falkland Islands and Gibraltar), Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela. Iceland is part of the Schengen agreement.