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Summer Solstice Festivities in Iceland

The longest day of the year is approaching; the summer solstice is tomorrow, on June 21. In Iceland’s capital region, the summer solstice will be celebrated with an annual walk on Videy island, led by meteorologist Thór Jakobsson.


The members of Ásatrúarfélagid are among those celebrating the summer solstice in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Jakobsson will discuss the summer solstice and various festivities and traditions held in relation to it, in addition to mentioning the main events of the island’s history, Morgunbladid reports.

The tour, which will be in Icelandic, takes approximately two hours and begins outside Videyjarstofa, the island’s main building, at 7:30 pm. Participation is free (click here for ferry schedules).

Tomorrow, the members of the Norse religious organization Ásatrúarfélagid celebrate the summer solstice with a traditional ceremony.

Next weekend the inhabitants of Kópasker, northeast Iceland, will celebrate the summer solstice with a festival, including art exhibitions, a meat soup feast, midnight walk, various outdoor recreation and concerts, as it says on the town’s news website.

At this time of the year, the sun hardly sets in north Iceland. On Grímsey island, the only inhabited part of Iceland which lies above the Arctic Circle, the annual summer solstice festival was held last weekend, but the midnight sun still attracts visitors.

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