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Westman Islands Expect 18,000 Visitors

It is expected that up to 18,000 people will attend the Thjódhátíd festival in the Westman Islands next weekend—the Merchants’ Weekend which is celebrated with outdoor festivals in Iceland—which is a new record and 4,000 more visitors than last year.

From the festival’s website.

The first tents were erected at the local campsite in Herjólfsdalur valley yesterday and ferry tickets with the Westman Islands’ ferry Herjólfur are sold out until next week. The ferry will take 2,000 people to the islands today, visir.is reports.

A number of people have booked flights to the Westman Islands and charter flights will be offered from the Bakki airport near the new harbor, Landeyjahöfn in Bakkafjara.

The police are preparing for a busy weekend and a police drug dog will be used to sniff most festival goers when they arrive to the islands. The weather is warm and sunny and the forecast is good for next weekend.

The Merchants’ Weekend (Verslunarmannahelgi) is always held the first weekend in August with the first Monday in August being a national holiday, originally established as a holiday for merchants. The festival is celebrated with outdoor concerts and festivals throughout Iceland.

Thjódhátíd in the Westman Islands is the largest festival; other popular festival locations include Akureyri, Neskaupstadur and Siglufjördur, not to forget Ísafjördur, where an annual swamp soccer tournament takes place. This year there will also be a horse show festival in Skagafjördur.

Click here to read more about the origins of the Merchants’ Holiday, here to read a column about the festival weekend and here to read more about the new harbor in Bakkafjara.

Click here to read more about Thjódhátíd.

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