Skólavördustígur, the road leading from Hallgrímskirkja church to Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main shopping street, will reopen after renovation today. A festival will be held to mark the occasion with singing and dancing in the streets.
The festival begins at 1 pm when the mayor of Reykjavík reopens Skólavördustígur to the public and the festivities last until 5 pm. “The program is dedicated to downtown Reykjavík,” furrier Eggert Jóhannsson, whose boutique is located on Skólavördustígur, told 24 Stundir.
“The entire city center celebrates the opening because many feel that downtown Reykjavík is closed when Skólavördustígur is closed so I hope it will have positive influence on business in the entire city center,” Jóhannsson said.
Although the street festival will be held to celebrate the opening of Skólavördustígur it will be closed for traffic until after 5 pm. “We’re opening Skólavördustígur by closing it,” Jóhannsson commented laughingly.
The festival’s main events will take place on a stage on Kárastígur. Dance performances will take place by the old prison and further down Skólavördustígur, and shop keepers also have events organized in their stores.