Place of the week – Akureyri Town Ferstival

The theme of the Akureyri Town Festival 2015 is “daughter, mother, grandmother” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Iceland.

The Birthday of Akureyri is celebrated annually on the last weekend of August. The opening ceremony of the festival always takes place on Friday evening in the Botanical Garden. Other highlights are: the Ghost Hunt Evening in the old town, Science Center and events along the Artist Alley. More information visit Akureyri.

One of the biggest event is a Concert with Big Band Akureyri, Jónas Sig, Samúel J. Samúelsson, Lay Low and band along with various guests and dance performance on Saturday night, See photo from last year.

Candle lighting at the church steps. Guests are encouraged to light a candle and put it on one of the many church steps as a symbol of peace for everyone, everywhere.

Place of the week – Culture Night in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Culture Night will be held for the twentieth time on August 22. Culture Night focuses on all things cultural, from music and arts to food and traditions.

The event takes place all across Reykjavík with celebrations in city streets and squares, in museums, businesses and even in residential gardens!

The day starts with the running of the annual marathon, and slowly the streets fill with people. There are several outdoor stages with live music playing into the night, craft and art making on offer, Icelandic food samples, longer opening hours for museums and bars, and an exciting fireworks display to end the evening.

Culture Night marks the start of the city’s cultural year, when museums and theatres and other cultural institutions launch their annual program of events.

The event’s slogan “Come on in!” is a reference to those good old fashioned customs of hospitality.
Photo Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson

Place of the week – Kolugljúfur North Iceland

Kolugljúfur is a 2 km long and 20-25 m deep beautiful canyon of the river Víðidalsá North Iceland, side road by road no 715.

The many waterfalls in Kolugljúfur bear the name Kolufossar Falls in honour of the giantess, Kola.

The ascending salmon does not get any further in the river of Víðidalsá than to the waterfalls in the canyon.

It is a breathtaking sight to drive across the bridge and watch the calm waters of the river suddenly leap and tumble onwards over so many impressive falls.

Place of the week – Hamarsrétt on Vatnsnes Peninsula

Hamarsrétt (sheep roundup) is unique where it stands next to the shore on Vatnsnes peninsula a few km north of the village Hvammstangi by road no 711.

Hamarsrétt sheep round up corral is the largest in the area and the only one in all of Iceland on the coast. Hamarsrétt comes to life in September when the sheep are brought down from the mountains and separated there.

Hamarsrétt is great place to enjoy the nature and look at the divers numbers of birds that can be found.