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Iceland’s only circus will be touring the country this summer

By Staff

  • At the circus Sirkús Íslands’ shows include acrobatics, unicycles, and, of course, clowns.

Iceland’s first and only circus, Sirkús Íslands, is touring the country this summer and will set up camp in Siglufjörður, the Westman Islands, Fáskrúðsfjörður, and Reykjavík, among other places.

The circus offers three different acts, each aimed at a different age group: ‘Heima er best’ is a family show, S.I.R.K.U.S. is a show for the youngest crowd, and Skinnsemi is a show for adults only. The acts feature little or no talking, making it the ideal amusement for non-Icelandic speakers as well as natives.

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‘Heima er best’ is Sirkús Íslands’ biggest show. The two-hour event includes juggling, hula hoops, aerial acts, acrobatics, unicycles, and, of course, clowns.

“We’re very excited to begin touring,” says Margrét Erla Maack, a member of Sirkús Íslands. “Our work-days will be long because we take care of everything ourselves: Put up the circus tent, star in the show, cook, clean, and drive. But we truly love every aspect of it.”

Three of the circus’ founding members have studied circus arts at Codarts, an international university in Holland providing high-level professional arts education in music, dance, and circus arts. “They come home every summer with something new and exciting to teach the rest of us – which is great,” Margrét Erla concludes.

Schedule:
Westman Islands: 2nd – 5th July
Klambratún Park, Reykjavík:  9th -12th July
Blönduós, North Iceland: 16th – 19th July
Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland: 23rd - 26th  July
Siglufjörður, North Iceland: 30th July – 3rd August
Klambratún Park, Reykjavík: 7th – 23rd August (Shows: Wednesday through Sunday)

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