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Irish Days in Akranes

This weekend, July 1-3, the coastal town of Akranes will be hosting their annual community festival, Irish Days. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the festival.

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From Akranes. Photo by Páll Stefánsson

The festival celebrates the town’s Irish roots; the book Akranes – Saga og Samtíð, published by Harpa Publication, tells the story of two brothers, Thormódur and Ketill Bresason who settled in the then uninhabited region with their adult children and other companions in 880 AD.

According to Tómas Gudmundsson, one of the organizers, the festival is expected to attract somewhere between 6000 to 8000 visitors. A program in English will be published this afternoon.

Those fortunate enough to be natural redheads can sign up for a competition celebrating this rare hair color so often identified with Ireland. According to Wikipedia only four percent of the world population are natural redheads.

Accommodations available are reasonably priced. The campsite charges 2000 ISK per tent or caravans of all sizes, and 2000 ISK per person for the whole weekend.

Akranes is on the west coast of Iceland, and only a 45-minute drive from the center of Reykjavík.

Click here to find out more about the local Tourist Information Center.

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