Two annual festivals will be held in Iceland next weekend to mark the beginning of the berry picking season: Blueberry Days in Súðavík in the West Fjords and Berry Nights in Ólafsfjörður, which is also an art and music festival. Both festivals run from August 16 to 18.
Photo: Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir/Iceland Review.
“There’s an outlook for a marvelous berry harvest in North and East Iceland,” physician and berry enthusiast Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson told . These regions have seen the most sun this summer.
“It appears that the harvest in West Iceland will not be as good as expected,” he added.
Sveinn said that he doubts the harvest will be particularly good in South and Southwest Iceland either, although pickers in the capital region can look around for blueberries and crowberries at Þingvellir, Mosfellsheiði, Kjós, Heiðmörk and Hvalfjörður.
On the bright side, the rainy summer in South and Southwest Iceland has resulted in a good harvest for mushrooms, as nurse and mushroom enthusiast Ása Margrét Ásgrímsdóttir told mbl.is.