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Folk Music Festival in North Iceland in Full Swing

By Iceland Review

The annual Folk Music Festival in Siglufjördur, north Iceland, is currently in full swing; it began on Wednesday and will carry on until Sunday, July 10. The festival, which has the subtitle “Let’s Dance”, is a celebration of national song and dance.


From a previous Folk Music Festival in Siglufjördur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The program includes various lectures, concerts and dance performances from around the world. For example, a dance group from Gudbjerg, Denmark, will demonstrate Danish national costumes and dances in the Blue House tonight at 9:30 pm.

Tomorrow morning Norwegian and Icelandic folk dancers will teach guests the right moves at the local sports center, starting at 10 am.

Organized by the Siglufjördur Folk Music Center, the town is now also home to the Icelandic Poetry Center, which will be opened by former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir in a formal ceremony today, as reported on

The center includes more than 1,000 Icelandic poetry books, old and new, most of which were donated to the center. Visitors can browse through the books in a “cozy atmosphere” while sipping on a cup of coffee or tea. There are also poetry books for sale, some of which are quite rare.

The Icelandic Poetry Center is located on Túngata 5 and will be open every day this summer from 2 to 6 pm.

Siglufjördur is probably mostly famous for its Herring Era Museum, Iceland’s largest maritime museum.

A Herring Adventure festival is held in the town every year during the first weekend of August, the so-called Merchants’ Weekend or Labor Day Weekend, this year from July 29 to August 1.

As for other upcoming festivals, the “highly praised and delightful” family festival Kátir Dagar will be held in the municipality Langanesbyggd in northeast Iceland, which includes the villages Thórshöfn and Bakkafjördur in addition to rural areas, July 12-17.

Walks, children’s plays, an open-air market, concerts, dances and masses are among events on the program.

Also, the Nordic coastal culture festival Sail Húsavík is coming up, July 16-23. A report on the festival will be posted on this weekend.

Click here to read more about the program of the Folk Music Festival.

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