One of Iceland’s oldest music festivals, Dark Music Days was launched by the Society of Icelandic Composers in 1980. YoungReporters explore the program and have their own writers‘ hub at Gröndalshús downtown Reykjavík.

Dragged into a magical world

Lilja Sól Helgadóttir, 17 Jahre

Entering Harpa, shining in the pouring rain, gives one a warm and happy feeling. Although Reykjavík’s concerthall is on every guide’s list, coming here does not take you into another tourist trap, but prepares you for the real magic of an intense music experience.

Music in the Dark

Inga Margrét Bragadóttir, 17 Jahre

January is not an enjoyable month in Iceland. But amid the cold and windy days, a festival is held – a music festival.

Growing downwards

Solvéig Gabriela , 15 Jahre

Bára describes SILVA to be built on the idea of a downward growing forest, when I ask her after the concert. She is intrigued at the thought of life that usually reaches and stretches towards light and air, just the other way around.

Composing personality

Hugi Garðarsson, 25 Jahre

Harpa is hosting many of the Dark Music Days concerts. One program is called „Flekarnir“, tectonic plates in English, and includes pieces from various Icelandic composers.

A Modern Homage to the Past

Alvilda Eyvör Elmarsdóttir, 18 Jahre

I am admittedly not the biggest fan of modern day classical music and as we are walking into the hall of Eldborg, I feel a tad nervous about what is to come.


Snædís Birna Brynjarsdóttir, 16 Jahre

Capriccio is a beautiful work done by Áskel Másson, it’s magical the entire time and makes you feel more alive.