The first weekend in August, just a regular weekend for you perhaps, but for Icelanders this is our biggest festival weekend of the year and the most travelled one. We call it Verslunarmannahelgi or (Labor Day Weekend), a three day long weekend that many people use to get out of town to different camp sights around the country, many of which offer outside festivals with live music and entertainment for the whole family.
Some popular festivals held on this big party weekend are Þjóðhátíð í eyjum held in Westman Islands, Ein með Öllu in Akureyri, Mýrarboltinn in Bolungarvík and Innipúkinn in Reykjavík to name just a few.
Þjóðhátíð – Westman Islands
The biggest festival of the weekend and an event that many look forward to all year round is Þjóðhátíð í Eyjum. It starts on Thursday and ends on Monday and is held in the Westman Islands. With a population of barely 4.000 inhabitants, the population of the island rises to 16.000 during Þjóðhátíð.
It is a long fun filled weekend with all sorts of entertainment, two music stages, big Sunday night bonfire and firework show. People gather in the valley in their ‘lopapeysa’ (Icelandic wool sweater) and sing along to classic songs, both in Icelandic and English.
Ein með Öllu – Akureyri
A family festival held in Akureyri (the capital of the north). You can expect the city to be full of live with entertainment for the whole family, concerts and a firework show on Sunday night.
Mýrarboltinn – Bolungarvík
Mýrarboltinn or ‘Swamp soccer’ is a popular football match held in Bolungarvík in the North West fjords of Iceland. The match takes place on a mud covered field so get ready to get mud filthy. Everyone can sign up for the match and in addition to the football there is live music and party throughout the weekend.
Innipúkinn – Reykjavík
Will you be in Reykjavík for the weekend? Don’t worry..there is a music festival held in Reykjavík as well called Innipúkinn.
Innipúkinn is a small indoor music festival held in Reykjavík on Labor Day weekend at music venues like Húrra and Gaukur á Stöng both located in down town Reykjavík. You can see the line up and purchase festival tickets here.
Many Icelanders often plan this weekend or their camping location according to the weather forecast because who wants to set up camp in pouring rain.