The Verslunarmannahelgi long weekend, which drew to a close last night, went relatively well, according to police and municipal authorities throughout Iceland. All major media kept a close watch on proceedings. The weekend is characterized by outdoor festivals held in various locations around the country, that inevitably draw large crowds. The best known is the Thjódhátíd festival in the Westman Islands, which has a long-standing tradition among islanders and mainlanders alike and which this year drew some 10,000 people. The largest festival was in Akureyri, where some 18,000 people gathered.
Police reports that over 100 drug-related cases came up at the festivals this weekend and this number is set to rise. Assaults and traffic accidents are an inherent part of the weekend’s activities and this year one individual was sent to hospital with a broken skull, two cases of sexual assault were reported and there was one fatality on the road.