The biggest travel weekend of the year, verslunarmannahelgi (Merchants’ Weekend), went generally well although fewer people seem to have gone camping than in previous years. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
Thjódhátíd, the annual festival in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Westman Islands, seems to have attracted most visitors of all festivals in Iceland this year. Fréttabladid daily reports that the police in the town of Westman Island believes that around 10,000 people attended the celebrations. Eleven incidents involving people possessing drugs and a few minor assaults were reported.
Around 6,000 people were staying in Akureyri during the weekend. The local authorities had implemented an age limit at the town’s campsites. That is believed to be a major reason for much fewer visitors in Akureyri this weekend than in previous years. Two thousand people visited Neskaupsstadur in the east of Iceland and 7,000 stayed in Höfn for the annual youth games of Iceland.