DesignMarch 2014 | VISIT



DesignMarch brings one of the most exciting emerging new design scenes to you on a silver platter, for you to experience first hand. Here, we’ve gathered all the practical information for you to arrange your trip. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us.


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. You will find the schedule online at DesignMarch.is.

The complete program will be released in late February. Most of the events are free of charge and open for everyone. Exceptions will be stated in the program. Be sure to book tickets in advance for the following two events:

  • DesignTalks, a day of lectures with local and international speakers that opens the festival.
  • Reykjavik Fashion Festival that brings you two days of catwalk shows by the leading Icelandic fashion designers.

You may also book an exclusive program package via our travel partner Pink Iceland. The package includes
  • admission to DesignTalks
  • Reykjavik Fashion Festival
  • Entrance to a design spa experience in Blue Lagoon including transport
  • Unique food design dinner Order to Effect at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Restaurant Satt
  • Admission to DesignWalk, a guided design and architecture city tour of downtown Reykjavik
  • Designmarch Survival Kit
  • Exclusive program for VIP events, insider tips and locals’ recommendations to the festival program and more to make the most of your visit

All program listed above is also part of the Icelandair and Air Iceland DesignMarch packages (see below).

HOW TO GET THERE

You may either book your trip independently or reserve a handy package, available via Icelandair.

Icelandair DesignMarch Package

The DesignMarch package brings one of the most exciting emerging new design scenes to you on a silver platter, for you to experience first hand.

In addition to some one hundred exciting events in the festival program your experience includes access to exclusive events: A soak in the milky waters of the one-of-its-kind geothermal spa Blue Lagoon during our special design visit, savoring Icelandic delicacies at the design dinner Order to Effect and exploring the small alleys amidst the colorful houses of 101 Reykjavik during our guided design and architecture tour. We have also reserved a seat for you to see the cutting edge local fashion design on the catwalk at Reykjavik Fashion Festival, and you’ll be inspired by leading local and international design thinkers at the DesignTalks.

Available via

Icelandair Canada
Icelandair Denmark
Icelandair France
Icelandair Germany
Icelandair Netherlands
Icelandair Norway
Icelandair Sweden
Icelandair UK
Icelandair USA

and from Greenland, via Air Iceland.

Itinerary

Wednesday, March 26
Arrivals

Thursday, March 27
DesignTalks
Official opening of the festival at Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhus
Opening parties (Invitations included in the DesignMarch Survival Kit)

Friday, March 28
DesignWalk, guided design and architecture tour in downtown Reykjavik
Exclusive design spa visit at the Blue Lagoon, including transport from Reykjavik
Openings Invitations included in the DesignMarch survival kit)

Saturday, March 29
Reykjavik Fashion Festival, bringing cutting edge local fashion design on the catwalk
Town fair with some one hundred events open across Reykjavik turns the city into a huge venue for design
Order to Effect, food design dinner at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Restaurant Satt

Sunday, March 30
Sunday is for winding down, relaxing, sleeping in and breathing the clean Atlantic air. With many of the exhibitions and events still on, take a leisurely walk downtown to cover the things you may have missed on the days before. Sunday is also perfect for tours to the otherworldly Icelandic landscapes on Reykjavik’s doorstep. Are you in the mood for geysers and waterfalls or a Sunday stroll on a glacier?

Monday, March 31
Departures

Includes

Return flights to and from Reykjavik/Keflavik International Airport (accommodation in a hotel in Reykjavik upon purchase of a package including a hotel stay.)
Entrance to DesignTalks, including light lunch
Entrance to Reykjavik Fashion Festival, RSVP
Entrance to a design spa experience in Blue Lagoon including transport
Unique food design dinner Order to Effect at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Restaurant Satt
Admission to DesignWalk, a guided design and architecture city tour of downtown Reykjavik
Designmarch Survival Kit – Exclusive program for VIP events, insider tips and locals’ recommendations to the festival program and more to make the most of your visit
Airport taxes and fuel surcharge

Excludes

Transfers from and to Keflavik international airport to Reykjavik, hotel transfers which can be purchased online or upon arrival at Keflavik airport.
Transportation to and from events, unless otherwise specified.

For all the design destinations in Reykjavik and beyond, visit the Iceland Design Centre design guide here.

More information on the festival website at www.designmarch.is

Our travel partner is Pink Iceland.


WHERE TO STAY

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

Marina is situated in the heart of the Reykjavik fishing harbor, with an operating dock as its next door neighbor. 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.


WHAT TO SEE AND DO

The full festival program will be made available on the festival website at designmarch.is in the end of February.
In addition to the festival program, we have gathered designy tips to Reykjavik in our blog.
We recommend you to add a visit to Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle tour to see the geysers and the waterfalls or some other visit to the stunning Icelandic nature to make the most out of your trip. You will find general information about Iceland here.

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.


Image: Float, DesignMarch 2013
Photographer: Hulda Sif