In August 2009, Stereo Hypnosis held a release concert in Hellissandur, a village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. That is when the idea to locate the music festival at Hellissandur saw the light of day.
One year later, the electronic music festival Extreme Chill – Undir Jökli, was held over the weekend 6-8 August in 2010. Around twenty Icelandic musicians performed at the festival along with two international guests; Xerses from Norway and Moonlight Sonata from France. The festival got a lot of attention and an audience far above the most optimistic expectations. This impacted the entire electronic music scene here in Iceland.
In 2011 the festival was held for the second time, this time taking a step further by hosting around 35 artists, including the legend Biosphere from Norway and the amazing Solar Fields from Sweden, and of course all of the wonderful Icelandic artists, in the best sound system you will find in Iceland, Funktion One. The festival has continued to grow and is held annually in August.
The atmosphere at the festival is unique because it takes place in such a special environment, with the sea on your right and the beautiful Snæfelsglacier on the left, with like minded people attending, all there to come and see music that they love, and having a good time in these truly special surroundings.
We felt a great need to integrate this kind of music more into the Icelandic scene and draw more attention to it. Doing so with a major music festival is the best way, and this remains as one of the main objectives of the Extreme Chill music festival in Hellissandur. The electronic music scene in Iceland has been neglected throughout the years, and we are changing that with our festival.