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Grímsey Island Celebrates Summer Solstice

The inhabitants of Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island and the only part of the country that lies above the Arctic Circle, will celebrate the summer solstice with a festival this weekend, offering visitors a chance to participate in the celebrations.

This is the first time Grímsey celebrates the longest day of the year in such a fashion but from now on, islanders will hold an annual festival to honor the summer solstice (which always falls on either June 20 or June 21), reports.

Tonight, locals and guests will assemble in the Grímsey community center where hors-d’oeuvres will be offered. At midnight, weather permitting, the crowd will move to the tip of Eyjarfótur peninsula to watch the sun float above the horizon before it rises again.

The following evening, master chefs Snaebjörn Kristjánsson and Gunnar Karl, will prepare special dishes at local restaurant Krían, using ingredients from the island, including fresh fish, wild seabirds, eggs picked from the cliffs, dolphin and porpoise meat.

At the harbor, islanders will entertain festival participants with music, the accordion will be played, the band Fedgabandid will play a few songs and the local children’s choir will perform. Local fishermen will also show visitors baiting techniques.

At the festival, participants can ride on a horse carriage, sail around the island and even fish.

Walks with local guides will be organized and Grímsey’s highest-ranking officials, the district administrative officer, the chairman of the district council and the machinist will demonstrate how to collect eggs from the cliffs.

Click here to read more about Grímsey island.

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