Verslunarmannahelgi 2011

A map of the biggest festivals

Many of Icelanders think of the first weekend of August as the best time of the year to go out camping with their friends and drink Brennivín until the weekend is over, which is on the Monday because the Verslunarmannahelgi is an annual bank holiday weekend in Iceland.
Because of this holiday, many festivals all over are trying to attract people to come to their town and enjoy the Verslunarmannahelgi with them.
Next few articles will be covering some of the wheres and what’s about the festivals that will be on the menu for the weekend.

Eyjar
For many years, people have been going to the Westman islands, which is a small island outside the mainland, over this weekend and celebrating Þjóðhátíð with whomever they might meet.
Þjóðhátíð has a great schedule that includes bonfires, fireworks and a night where Árni Johnsen played guitar while everybody sitting in the hill of the valley sing along.
Eyjar is a great place to party 24 hours for at least three days, it’s also great for meeting and getting to know some great people and enjoy life.
Many say if you go, you will definitely go next year.
(More info on Þjóðhátíð í Eyjum: http://www.dalurinn.is/index.php?p=200&i=12)

Ein með öllu
While the name references to what people say when buying themselves a hotdog, Ein með öllu (One with everything) really might just have everything for you to offer.
The Ein með öllu festival takes place in Akureyri and is it a family oriented festival even though so many young people go there each year for some fun.
The theme of the festival is love and care for your friends and the people around you. You can even see, if you look closely enough when stopping on red light, that the red light in the traffic lights is shaped as hearts. Open air concerts are downtown every night and all the clubs may have something to offer as well.
(More info on Ein með öllu: http://einmedollu.is/frettir/english)

Innipúkinn
For those who just want to stay in Reykjavík and be able to sleep at home evey night insted of camping, Innipúkinn is probably the best choice of all on this list.
Innipúkinn is an annual music festival held in Reykjavík over Verslunarmannahelgin and has it been held every year since 2002.
Innipúkinn is a very popular festival which offers a great lineup of mainly Icelandic artists.
(More info on Innipúkinn festival: http://innipukinnfestival.is/)
(Purchase tickets to the festival: http://midi.is/tonleikar/1/6535)

Neistaflug
Some people might confuse this festival with the rock and roll festival Eistnaflug which was held early July, but the only thing the two festivals have in common is that they’re both held in Neskaupsstaður.
Neistaflug is now being held for the 19th time and is the main focus for this year’s festival that the family enjoy themselves together.
The schedule radiates with family-together events over the day and then when the night closes in some events are more fitting for people aged over 18, such as concerts all three nights.
(More info on Neistaflug: http://www.neistaflug.is/)

Mýrarbolti
The European championship in Swamp soccer will be held in Ísafjörður over the weekend. Swamp soccer is when people play soccer in the swamp, as easy and simple as it might sound it absolutely is not.
You don’t have to be a part of a team to participate in the tournament, you can sign up and if any teams need more members you might get in on the action.
(More info on Mýrarbolti: http://www.myrarbolti.com/english)

Sæludagar
If something is as tempting as hearing about a small camping site in a small Icelandic forest near a big lake you can rent a boat and sail on. No wonder this small festival in Vatnaskógur is called Sæludagar, or Happydays as it might translate. If you want to go somewhere peaceful, beautiful, and quiet and just be one with nature, Sæludagar is the place for you. They even have tap-dancing lessons on the Saturday morning, how brilliant?
(More info on Sæludagar: http://www.kfum.is/sumarbudir-og-leikjanamskeid/vatnaskogur/saeludagar/)

Síldarævintýrið
The sardine is very important to us here in Iceland where it played a big part in keeping us alive here back in the days. Each year over the Verslunarmannahelgi, the story and the adventure of the sardine is recreated in the town of Siglufjörður, which was the sardine-capital of Iceland.
So if you have any interest in experiencing and learning about our beloved sardine, Siglufjörður is the place to be.

Færeyskir fjölskyldudagar
Here in Iceland we often look at the Danes, the Faroers and the Greenlanders as our cousins. Honoring the people of the Faroe Island this weekend will be the people of Stokkseyri where they’ve put together a program for this weekend they call “Föroyan family days”.
If you’re interested in Faroyan culture, you should definitely go to Stokkseyri and row a canoe and shake yourself to some Faroyan folk-music.
(More info on Færeyskir fjölskyldudagar: http://is-is.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=222655274436351&comments)

 

birta

Birta Rán Björgvinsdóttir is a young photographer from Borgarnes that enjoys everything concerning travel and culture, whether it’s in Iceland or abroad. She studied at the Technical College in Reykjavík before she moved back to her hometown of Borgarnes to finish her university entrance examination with emphasis on sociology.

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