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Iceland Prepares for Big Festival Weekend

The first weekend of August is known as Verslunarmannahelgi in Iceland (Merchants’ Weekend or Labor Day Weekend). With Monday, Merchants’ Day, being a holiday, the long weekend is celebrated with outdoor festivals of various kinds around the country.


The herring festival Síldarævintýri in Siglufjörður, North Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Most of these festivals kick off today and heavy traffic is expected when people abandon the city for the countryside. However, Reykjavík will have a festival of its own, an indoor festival at Iðnó downtown called Innipúkinn, reports.

Moving south, Grindavík will celebrate its centennial anniversary with a hiking festival, while in Selfoss, further to the east, the UMFÍ national track and field festival for teenage athletes will take place, where participants compete in 14 sports.

In nearby Flúðir, an off-road race on tractors is planned and in the rural district Fljótshlíð by Hvolsvöllur two festivals are scheduled. An aviation festival will take place at Múlakot and the annual national festival of the Pentecostal Church at Kirkjulækjarkot.

The sober family festival of SÁÁ (Center of Addiction Medicine) will be held at Laugaland, South Iceland, and in the Westman Islands, the country’s longest-standing festival, Þjóðhátíð, will be celebrated as usual (yet with tighter security than in 2011).

In the East Fjords, the annual festival Neistaflug will take place in Neskaupstaður and in Borgarfjörður eystri, elves and other supernatural creatures will celebrate alongside humans at the festival Álfaborgarséns.

The family festival Ein með öllu will be held as usual in Akureyri in the north and further north still, in Siglufjörður, the long-standing herring festival Síldarævintýri will take place.

People will crowd Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, to participate in or observe the annual European Championship in swamp soccer and, to close the cycle, the family festival Sæludagar will be hosted by YMCA and YWCA in the forest Vatnaskógur, West Iceland.

The weather forecast is good for the upcoming festival weekend, especially for the south.


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