Best of Iceland July 18-25
Best of Iceland This Week is a guide for those who are curious about what's going on across Iceland and want local recommendations about events, activities and places of interest. This is the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.
12 Hour Music Marathon
If you like alternative and indie rock music, the backyard of KEX Hostel in Reykjavík is the place to beon Saturday July 19th. The annual KEXPort music festival kicks off at noon and ends at midnight, with twelve bands performing, one every hour.
Performing this year are local bands Ghostigital, Dimma, Kimono, 1860, Reykjavíkurdætur, Kött Grá Pjé, Low Roar, Pétur Ben, Dj Flugvél & Geimskip, Atónal blús, Mr. Silla and Sometime. The festival is held in collaboration with Seattle radio station KEXP-FM .
Admission is free. Rock on! See more at kexhostel.is
Way, way over there
The exhibition Way Way Over There opens tomorrow (Saturday 19th) at 6pm in the old freezing plants in Hnúksnes, Dagverðarnes. The artist, Sara Gillies, explains: When I was a little girl I used to look through my binoculars over the Breidafjordur waters, to a mountain that was way way over there.
At the bottom of the mountain was a little, white house, and I always thought "who lives there?" It seemed so far away and so mystical to me. Then, last year, I met Elsa, and she took me her family’s country home. We drove there in the middle of the night surrounded by the mist. The next morning I woke up and went for a walk. It was then I realised I was in the magic house.”
There will be fun activities for children on location, some refreshments and live music.
Old school dance in Ögur
Want to experience a traditional “sveitaball”? The annual country ball in Ögur takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the old community centre Ögur in Ísafjarðardjúp. The old building, which was built in 1926, has housed many dances – most famous of which is the Ögurball. Woollen sweaters, wellies and snaps are mandatory!
Middle ages celebrated
The medieval festival Miðaldadagar take place at Gásir in Eyjafjörður this weekend. Organizers have recreated the old, Icelandic trading centre, Gásir, in order to illustrate the life and culture of Iceland in the 1300’s. Join the party and experience sword battles, medieval food, archers and music dating back to the 1300’s.
Entrance fee for adults is 1.500 krónur, 750 krónur for children 13 years old and younger. Children smaller than a medieval sword enter free of charge
Jazz under the Mountains in Skógar Museum
The initiators of the “Jazz under the Mountains” festival are the Skógar Folk Museum and the saxophonist Sigurður Flosason, who is the museum’s artistic director. The original idea behind the festival was to organize dynamic and positive cultural events in order to promote the Icelandic culture and increase the region’s tourist flow. But the festival also exists in order to offer jazz fans the unique opportunity of seeing and enjoying great Icelandic artists in a beautiful setting. The event take place this Saturday, July 19.
Power Plant Earth Exhibition
Located at the main power house in Reykjanesvirkjun, the Power Plant Exhibition gives visitors a tour through the universe starting from the Big Bang Theory up until present day. One essential feature that contributes to the popularity of the exhibition is the interactive nature of the tour. Visitors can experience various inventions that have changed the lives of humans through the touch screens and displays found in the facility. Furthermore, the theme of energy, and more specifically geothermal energy, is explored for future generations, helping to stimulate the mind and soul during this unique experience. Tours take place Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 4.30pm.
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