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Midsummer and Midnight Sun Festivities in Iceland

Jónsmessa (“Mass of John the Baptist”)—which is what Midsummer Night is known as in Iceland—is coming up on June 24. According to folklore, seals become human, cows speak in human tongue and elves come out of their hiding places on this magical night.


The midnight sun by Lake Mývatn, north Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The dew is believed to have special healing powers on Midsummer Night and therefore it is considered healthy to roll around naked in the grass in the midnight sun, as stated on the University of Iceland Science Web.

The Brák Festival (named after a character in Egils Saga) will be held in Borgarnes in west Iceland for the fourth time on June 23.

The program begins at 9:30 am with Viking-style jewelry making for the youngest generation at the local Settlement Center and concludes with a family dance at Brákarey. Click here for further information (in Icelandic).

The classical music festival Við Djúpið is currently taking place for the tenth time in Ísafjörður in the West Fjords. The program will continue with three concerts every day throughout this weekend.

Meanwhile, the annual Baroque Festival is taking place at the ancient bishopric Hólar in north Iceland, dedicated to music, dance and other arts from that period.

In Skagafjörður, the Icelandic delicacy lummur (which look similar to American pancakes) will be feasted upon alongside eventful programs in Sauðárkrókur, Hofsós and Varmahlíð this weekend and in Akureyri aviation days are taking place.

A summer solstice festival will be held in Kópasker in northeast Iceland this weekend with a varied program, including walks and viewing of the midnight sun.

A similar celebration, the Bright Nights festival, characterized by culture, food and music, will be held for the 18th time on Vatnsnes peninsula in northwest Iceland on June 23, starting at 7 pm. Go to northwest.is for further information about the area.

The same day a Midsummer Night walk will take place, starting at the guesthouse Kiðagil in the rural Bárðardalur near Akureyri, and in Dalvík a whole week of hiking programs is about to start.

In Grindavík, southwest Iceland, there will also be “midsummer night fun” this weekend.

Click here to read more about the festivities.


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