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Festival Weekend Successful in Iceland

The Merchants’ Festival Weekend was a success throughout Iceland; 12,000 people attended the main concert at the festival in Akureyri, 6,000 people visited Siglufjördur, there were 3,000 visitors in Neskaupstadur and as many as 16,000 people attended the festival in the Westman Islands—a new record.

People like partying during the Merchants’ Weekend. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Overall, the celebrations took place without major mishaps and the traffic was calmer than it has been in two decades, Morgunbladid reports.

However, two cases of rape were reported in the Westman Islands and police made 40 drug busts; 300 grams of substances were confiscated, mostly amphetamines and cocaine but not much cannabis.

It was the other way around in Borgarnes, where the UMFÍ national youth tournament in track and field was held with 12,000 people in attendance.

The police in Borgarnes confiscated almost 500 grams of drugs from Wednesday to Monday, mostly cannabis. However, that was mostly due to the traffic through town rather than the sports festival.

Click here to read more about the Merchants’ Holiday.

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