Best of Iceland July 25 - August 1
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.
Starting in Toronto, Canada, back in 2011, the SlutWalk has turned into a world phenomenon, and Reykjavik is no exception. Being held for the fourth time in Reykjavik, participants of the walk, walk in protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman’s (or a man’s) appearance and call for an end to rape culture. On Saturday, July 26th, you can show your support by joining the walk down Skólavörðustígur from Hallgrímskirkja church at 2:00pm. The walk will come to a stop at Austurvöllur where there will be organized spoken word and musical acts.
Music festival in Reykholt
Reykholtshátíð is a classical music festival that takes place in Reykholt the last weekend of July each year. Reykholt is an important historic site and used to be the home of medieval poet and politician Snorri Sturluson.
A dip in the hot tubs
Should you find yourself in the tiny town of Drangsnes, situated on the northern part of the Westfjords, be sure to bring your swimsuit. On the sea front you’ll find three hot tubs that are open to public and free of charge.
Those in need of peace and quiet arrive around midnight and enjoy the midnight sun or Northern Lights. Others bring their children during the day.
Visit the circus
The only circus in Iceland will be performing in Akureyri until August 2nd. Sirkus Íslands offers three different shows; “Heima er best” is a family show, “S.I.R.K.U.S.” is aimed at the youngest generation and then there is “Skinnsemi”, a show for adults only.
Tickets can be purchased on Midi.is.
Music festival in an old fish factory
Bræðslan Music Festival the village of Borgarfjörður Eystri continues to be one of the most popular events every year in Iceland with tickets having sold-out months ago. The main event, each year, is a big concert on Saturday night, but whilst you may have missed your chance to get tickets to the main event, you can still enjoy the festival by attending smaller events leading up to Saturday. Bands and musicians performing this year include Pollapönk, Emiliana Torrini, and Lára Rúnars.
Ingólfshöfði – Nature reserve and Tours on tractor-drawn hay cart
Ingólfshöfði cape is an isolated island between the black sands of the south coast of Iceland and the North Atlantic Ocean.This historic cape is named after Iceland's first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter here with his family over 1200 years ago, around 874. Ingolfshöfdi cape is a headland isolated from the mainland by the black sands and the dangerous rivers. Its isolation makes it a perfect residence for thousands of nesting seabirds, especially puffins and the great skua. The tour offers trips to the cape in a tractor pulled hay trolley across the six km of waters, marshes and sands.
Great history of Grindavík's seafaring culture
The Saltfisksetrið exhibition provides a great history of Grindavík's seafaring culture, highlighting the town's most prominent profession. The museum attracts tourists and local students alike, as the production of dried salted cod is summarized in an interesting and informative manner. The exhibition opened in 2002 and has slowly grown its collection of pictures details the historical objects of the town. Located under 20 minutes from Keflavik airport, the Saltfish Museum will give you the opportunity to learn about an important part of Icelandic culture.
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