Söngvakeppnin 2016 consists of two semi-finals and one final:
- 6 February 2016: Semi-final 1
- 13 February 2016: Semi-final 2
- 20 February 2016: Final
Six songs will compete in each semi-final, and three songs from each will qualify to the final. The six songs that didn't qualify from one of the semi-finals get a second chance to go to the final. After the second semi-final, an expert jury will award one of the eliminated songs a wildcard to the final.
All three shows will be broadcasted live.
The submission period for Söngvakeppnin 2016 is now open. It closes on 2 November 2015 at 11:59. Use the online form at ruv.is to submit your song.
Just like last year, all the songs must be performed in Icelandic language at the semi-finals of Söngvakeppnin. If a song proceeds to the final of Söngvakeppnin the song shall be performed in the language intended for Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm.