Craftsmen meet in competition

Ísmót 2007 – The Icelandic Skills Competition, a contest between the best hairstylists, cosmetologists, goldsmiths, fashion designers, and photographers, will take place at the new Show Hall in Laugardalur, central Reykjavik, the first weekend in September.

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Today is Merchants’ Holiday

Today is Merchants’ Holiday in Iceland, a public holiday celebrated annually on the first Monday in August. People of all walks of life use the long weekend, known as the Merchants’ Weekend, to travel to the countryside and celebrate at outdoor festivals.

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Culture Night in Reykjavík

Every year downtown Reykjavík fills with 80,000 to 100,000 people who come to enjoy Menningarnótt (“Culture Night”), a celebration of Icelandic culture. Festivities officially begin Saturday August 18 at noon in the city center and end in the evening with a fireworks show.

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Improvements to airport in Akureyri

Minister of Transport Kristján Möller announced last weekend that the government had agreed to speed up the improvements to the airport in Akureyri, northeast Iceland, by one year; they are now scheduled to finish in fall 2008.

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