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Midsummer Concerts and Festivities in Iceland

The longest day of the year, the summer solstice, is today. It is followed by Jónsmessa, Midsummer Day, on June 24, which calls for renewed celebration. A Midsummer Day festival will take place at Aldey in Bárdardalur valley in rural northeast Iceland, among other locations.

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A sunny day in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The program, which begins at 11 pm on June 24, includes a concert by the group Sálubót, a violin performance by Marika Alavere and a midnight walk to the Aldeyjarfoss waterfall, as stated on kidagil.is. For further information, email [email protected].

Other events include two concerts on Videy island off Reykjavík on June 23 where Svavar Knútur and Kristjana Stefáns will perform duets.

According to midi.is, the musicians were praised for their Midsummer Day performance of last year. They performed a variety of songs: covers by a wide range of musicians from Dolly Parton to Nick Cave, in addition to their own songs and Icelandic classics.

The first concert begins at 8 pm and concert goers are asked to arrive at the ferry port one hour earlier. For latecomers, there will be another concert at 11 pm. Weather depending, the concerts will either be outside or inside Videyjarstofa.

Tickets cost ISK 3,000 (ferry: ISK 1,000, concert: ISK 2,000) and ISK 1,000 (USD 8.7, EUR 6.0) for children. They are available on midi.is as well as at the Brim box office in Kringlan and on Laugavegur 71. Click here for ferry schedules.

Also on the occasion of the Midsummer Day, a festival will be held in Eyrarbakki, southwest Iceland on June 25, including a bonfire and singing.

The musicians Uni and Jón Tryggvi will host a concert in their home Merkigil in Eyrarbakki, which has become a makeshift concert venue in the past few months.

The “common people’s band” Ómar Didriks og Sveitasynir will perform and entertain the crowd, as stated in Morgunbladid. The concert begins at 4:30 pm on June 25.

Other Midsummer Day festivities around the country include Brákarhátíd in Borgarnes, west Iceland on June 25, Jónsmessuhátíd in Siglufjördur, north Iceland, Vid Djúpid, a classical music festival in Ísafjördur, the West Fjords, June 21-26, and a baroque festival in Hólar, north Iceland, June 23-26, as stated on gerumeitthvad.is.

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