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Travel Tips and Easter Events in Iceland

As in previous years, many people are planning to travel around Iceland at Easter. According to Árni Gunnarsson, managing director of domestic airline Air Iceland, as many as 6,000 people have booked flights to domestic destinations for the upcoming Easter weekend.

Skiing in Akureyri. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In Ísafjördur in the West Fjords the music festival Aldrei fór ég sudur will take place. Director of the local tourist information, Heimir Hansson, told Morgunbladid that almost all accommodation space has been booked but there is still room in the neighboring villages of Sudureyri and Thingeyri and at Hótel Núpur in Dýrafjördur.

On top of the festival, the Easter weekend is popular for skiing and Ísafjördur will also offer a varied cultural program, including a play and classical concerts. Hansson said he expects the town’s population of 4,000 to double or triple in the upcoming weekend.

Hulda Sif Hermannsdóttir, project manager at the events and culture office of Akureyri in north Iceland, said the town has much to offer during Easter.

Skiing is naturally the biggest attraction but additionally museums will be open, plays will be staged and concerts held. You can read more about the “Easter Adventure in Akureyri” on visitakureyri.is.

Managing director of the East Iceland Marketing Office Ásta Thorleifsdóttir said the skiing conditions at the local ski resorts in Oddsskard and Stafdalur are excellent.

Many people are coming to stay in summer houses in the area; ski-doo and jeep trips are popular among visitors, as are ice cave tours and bathing in Laugarvalladalur. For further information visit east.is.

As for religious events, the “Passion Hymns” by pastor and poet Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674) will be read on Good Friday in various locations, including Saurbaer in Hvalfjördur where the pastor used to serve, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík as part of the Festival of Sacred Arts, Hofskirkja in Vopnafjördur, Mödruvallarkirkja near Akureyri and the church in Hvammstangi.

Furthermore, Pétursson’s “Passion Hymns” will be read at the Skútustadakirkja by the lake Mývatn in northeast Iceland. There will also be a procession around the lake on Good Friday.

For further information on what’s on in the capital region, check out whatson.is and visitreykjavik.is. Here is some information on the opening hours of restaurants, museums, swimming pools and other service outlets during Easter.

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