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Large Turnout Expected for Reykjavík’s Annual Culture Night


Reykjavík’s annual Culture Night will be held this Saturday, August 19. Organisers expect a large turnout, and attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the bus to the city centre, RÚV reports.

Visitors urged to bike or take the bus

Reykjavík’s 28th annual Culture Night will be held tomorrow, Saturday, August 19. This year’s programme will feature concerts, workshops, art exhibitions, and more, before culminating in the annual fireworks display at 11 PM (click here for more information on the programme). Meteorologists expect good visibility.

As always, attendees are urged to bike or take the bus to the city centre. As noted by RÚV, while past bus rides on Culture Night have been free – standard fares will apply this year. During the festivities, buses will depart with increased frequency on routes 1-6, 11-15.

After 10.30 PM, all buses will reroute to Sæbraut (near the Sun Voyager sculpture), from where passengers will be ferried home for free following the fireworks. Reykjavík’s nighttime bus service will commence at 1 AM.

Limited parking space

Those who intend to drive to the city centre should be mindful of limited parking space. Drivers are encouraged to park in Laugardalur or Borgartún and use the free Strætó shuttle service from the Laugardalshöll arena (with stops at Borgartún and Hlemmur en route to the Hallgrímskirkja church).

See below map for details on street closures and key locations.

Menningarnótt 2023

Major streets including Hverfisgata, Laugavegur, Sóleyjargata, Skothúsvegur, and Geirsgata will close from 7 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, with Sæbraut being partially closed, as well.

The Reykjavík Marathon, which will be ongoing from 8 AM to 4 PM, will also affect traffic, starting today at 4 PM (see the marathon website for details).

Westman Islands the Guest of Honour

The guest of honour at this year’s Culture Night will be the Westman Islands, with representatives from the archipelago hosting an entertainment programme at Reykjavík City Hall. Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson and Mayor of the Westman Islands Íris Róbertsdóttir will hold a joint press conference at the Hljómskálagarðurinn Park at 11 AM on Saturday.

The concert at Arnarhóll will begin at 19.30 PM. Flóni, Aron Can, Diljá, Una Torfa, HAM, Klara Elias will take the stage. Ragga Gísla will close the concert, joined by Valdimar, GDRN, and Mugison.

Reykjavík Marathon Hasn’t Run Out of Hope for 2021 Race

Organizers are considering what, if any, options they have for holding the Reykjavík Marathon this year in a way that abides by current COVID control measures, Vísir reports. The marathon was not held last year because of the pandemic.

The Reykjavík Marathon is the biggest race of the year in Iceland and is currently set to take place on August 21. About 15,000 people take part every year. However, current gathering restrictions are set at a maximum of 200 people.

Current COVID control measures will be in effect until August 13 and there’s a fair amount of uncertainty about what will happen after that.

Silja Úlfarsdóttir, information officer for the Reykjavík Sports Association (ÍBR), says that organizers haven’t given up hope of holding the race in some form this year. Staff is currently assessing the situation in consultation with civil defense authorities.

“We were pretty optimistic about being able to hold the race this year, but we’re taking a closer look at it. We’re still relatively optimistic, though.”

A number of socially distanced running initiatives were launched last year when the marathon was cancelled and gyms had to be closed. One was ‘Run Your Way!’ which encouraged would-be marathoners to run on their own and collect money for charity. Another was ‘Let’s Run Around the World,’ which allowed participants to participate in a virtual relay race around the world.

Silja says that there are a lot of ideas on the table, but can’t comment on which direction race organizers are leaning just yet. “The dream, of course, is to be able to hold the marathon, because the [donations collected] are so important for all the charities.”

She says that participating runners have been understanding about the uncertainty: “I think people have just gotten pretty used to this and know that people just need a little time to make decisions about these things.”

ÍBR will announce its decision about this year’s Reykjavík Marathon in the coming days.

President and First Lady Take Part in Reykjavík Relay

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid were among those who participated in a relay race to raise money for charity on Saturday, RÚV reports. The relay was scheduled in place of the Reykjavík Marathon, which under normal circumstances, would have taken place this weekend but had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The relay was ten kilometres total, which was subdivided into four shorter stages. Guðni and Eliza kicked the race off, and were followed by doctor and marathoner Elín Edda Sigurðardóttir, TV presenter Eva Ruza Miljevic, marathoners Arnar Pétursson and Martha Ernst, and several capital-area firefighters. Reykjavík mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson and entertainer Steindi ran the final stage.

Donations are still being collected for the 159 charities that have been registered in this year’s marathon. At time of writing, ISK 63,158,645 [$458,305; €388,559] had been collected for charity. See the marathon website for more information on how to donate.

Reykjavík Marathon Times Invalid

Runners’ times from the Reykjavík marathon and half marathon held on August 18 are invalid, RÚVreports. This was stated in a press release from the Reykjavík Sports Union, which details that as a consequence of a last-minute mistake, the route was 213 metres too short.

Barriers at a turning point on the route were moved shortly before the race began to accommodate traffic. Organisers then neglected to return them to their original location before the race began. As a consequence, the marathon and half marathon routes were both 213 metres too short. Although runners’ times are invalid due to the mistake, rankings and prizes in all categories will remain as determined.

“The Reykjavík Sports Union has sincerely apologised to runners for this mistake in an email sent today. This year as in previous years much work and ambition was invested in order to make this running event as splendid as possible and the organisers of the run are devastated over this. It has already been decided to increase the number of inspectors on the route next year to prevent this from happening again,” stated the press release.