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Happy festival weekend, ends without major incident

By Matt Eliason

  • Þjóðhátíð festival had some amazing musical performances and breathtaking scenery. More importantly, the weekend went off with very few incidents of illegal activity. Photo courtesy of Flickr.com

With over 18 thousand people migrating to Vestmannaeyjar for the Þjóðhátíð festival this holiday weekend, it was good news to hear that the festivities occurred without any major incidents. Vestmannaeyjar, also known as the Westman Islands, is a small fishing town located on an island off the south coast of Iceland, which is home to only 5,000 residents. However, during this special weekend, masses of Icelanders and tourists from all over the world flock to the scenic island for a one-of-a-kind festival atmosphere.

There was also a festival in the town of Isafjördur, located in the West Fjords. Mud-football and music filled the air, as the remote Icelandic town in the Northwestern part of the country enjoyed a weekend of "dirty fun." This festival also went on without incident, however, participants will be busy today at their washing machines trying to scrub out the dirt stains that they accumulated over the weekend.

Akureyri in North Iceland also participated in the holiday weekend with a festival of their own. “Ein með öllu” (meaning “with all the trimmings”) is an annual family festival that takes place in Akureyri on the first weekend of August, with various activities in the town. The festival’s theme is “romance with a dash of nostalgia”. Some of the activities included family yoga, food market shopping, a flea market and a cosy ‘50’s themed picnic located in a grove by the Industrial Museum.

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