First weekend in August, Icelanders get the Monday off work for a bank holiday called “the shopkeepers day“. Þjóðhátíð or “the national festival” is the biggest event of the weekend. It is celebrated in the Westman islands, south of Iceland and consists of thousands of young and older people camping in Herjólfsdalur valley for a music festival, bonfires, crowd singing and all round party.
Great Fish Day in Dalvík
The Great Fish day is held the first or second Saturday in August, in Dalvík in the north of Iceland. The theme of the day is preparing and eating delicious fish. The menu changes from year to year but local people go back year after year to enjoy the fish burger or the fish soup. Its not all about eating. The entertainment is a big part of what makes this festival so great. Examples of entertainment are the fish exhibition where multiple fish species are on display, cruises of the fjord, art exhibitions and music of all kinds is on the stage throughout the day and in the evening.
Secret Solstice is a music festival held 16th of – 19th of June in Laugardalur, Reykjavik. At the festival Icelandic as well as foreign artists celebrate the height of summer in a location where the sun never sets and the fun never stops. This year will be the third Secret solstice festival and some of the highlights will include Radiohead, Iceland’s Of monsters and men and Deftones.
Bræðslan is a an annual music festival set up in an fish-smelting plant in the beautiful Borgarfjörður Eystri, in the east part of Iceland. The festival began in 2005 in order to support the culture of the Icelandic countryside. The show is accompanied by off-venue concerts as well as all around fun in the area. The music is not the only attraction of the weekend as the surroundings of magnificent mountains and the spectacular landscape will surely leave you feeling breathless.
Lobster Festival in Höfn
Located near Vatnajökull and the spectacular glacier lagoon this festival is all about preparing and eating lobster in different ways. For entertainment locals put on a flea market, parade, concerts and workshops that are available all over town. If that is not enough entertainment they also have a cow bingo which one has to see to believe. On the menu are lobster mousse, lobster lasagna, grilled lobster and of course the famous lobster soup.