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Best of South Iceland August 8-15

By Staff

  • Festival Season The town of Eyrarbakki will be hosting a festival this upcoming weekend. Photo courtesy of eyrarbakki.is

This is the South Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.

 

Going back in time at Eyrarbakki village
It is festival season in Iceland, and this weekend in Eyrarbakki is no exception. This festival provides a unique atmosphere in which locals and guests try to recreate the environmental from over 100 years ago. They dress up in clothes and partake in the common activities from that period in time. The festival will offer a nice history lesson for any visitors hoping to understand the Icelandic culture and will also like to enjoy some authentic Icelandic food!

Selfoss town summer festival
The town of Selfoss hosts a big summer festival every year during this weekend. There will be various activities for the whole family mixed in with some first-dvision football action as Selfoss takes on HK at 19.15 (7.15pm) on August 7. Like all Icelandic festivals, there promises to be great music and tastey food to keep visitors entertained and stomach's full. To attend the festival you can drive yourself, Selfoss is only a short 40 minutes ride from Reykjavik. If you don't have transportation, you can catch a bus from Mjódd terminal in Reykjavik, which has frequent routes heading to Selfoss. 

Hjörleifshöfði near Vík village
Hjörleifshöfði is a 221 meter high promontory cliff that rises like an island in the sea towards the south of the sand flats of Mýrdalssandur. The promontory was actually once an island, but during the early settlement period it became attached to the mainland as a fjord. Today it is surrounded by sand and stands approximately two kilometres away from the sea. Glacial outburst floods from Katla Glacier caused these alterations to the landscape. The promontory was most likely formed during the latter part of the last Ice age during a sub-glacial eruption or eruption under sea level. There is a marked hiking trail in Hjörleifshöfði and information signs at the beginning of the trail with a map.

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