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Nearly Half of Icelanders Hit the Road This Weekend

By Yelena

Mt. Eystrahorn in Southeast Iceland
Photo: Taken in Southeast Iceland Eystrahorn.

This holiday weekend, 42.8% of Icelanders plan to travel within the country, Vísir reports. Verslunarmannahelgi, or Merchant’s Weekend, is the busiest holiday weekend of the year in Iceland when it comes to domestic travel.

The data comes from a survey conducted by Zenter on behalf of Fréttablaðið. Respondents in the 18-24 year age group were most likely to travel: 65% of the group planned to hit the road this weekend. In comparison, only 35% of those aged 55-64 were planning to travel during the holiday.

Of those who plan to travel, 5.1% are headed for the Þjóðhátíð festival in the Westman Islands, the country’s largest annual multi-day festival. While many other festivals are on offer around the country, 25.4% of respondents said they were not planning to attend an organised event during their travels.

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