We fought for our right to party!

SKÝ venues
01/03/2021 08:03

In Iceland, surprisingly, beer was prohibited during most part of the 20th Century. In 1908 Icelanders voted in favor of a ban on all alcoholic beverages and the ban went into effect 1915. The ban was partially lifted in 1921 because Spain refused to buy Icelandic fish if Iceland didn’t purchase Spanish wines. Then in 1935 alcohol was again legalized EXCEPT for beer (with alcohol content of more than 2.5 %) and the argument was that beer would lead to more debauchery due to it’s low price. What!?

During the time of the prohibition smuggling of alcohol and underground brewing was not uncommon and many pubs would often serve light beer (pilsner) with strong liquor like vodka added to it. But soon that was also banned by the minister of justice.

The beer prohibition lasted 74 years and finally ended on March 1, 1989. This is why Icelanders celebrate Beer Day on March 1st. (We had to fight for our right to party!)

Today beer has become the drink of choice for most Icelanders and the Icelandic beer brewing industry is prospering fastly and several new breweries focusing on craftsmanship in beers started their operations offering the widest selection of local beers Iceland ever had.

So if you like beer; then let’s honor the day by grabbing a cold Icelandic brew.


The shopkeepers weekend
The weekend all Icelanders have been waiting for is finally here. Verslunarmannahelgi or "Shopkeepers weekend" is the biggest travel and festival weekend of the year! Thousands of Icelanders will pack their stuff and head to different places around the country ready to have the time of their lives. If you are in Iceland, make sure you check out what is happening this weekend so you don´t miss out!
Women's euro 2022
It's that season. It's football time and we love it! The women's EURO 2022 is taking place in England and the Icelandic national team is competing. Following them are the ever so cheerful and a bit loud Icelandic supporters that have followed them to the tournament supporting them in the way we know best by singing, cheering as well as supporting them with the Viking clap!
Icelandic Christmas Season
Icelanders LOVE their Christmas traditions and most families hold onto them very strongly. Here you will learn about some of them.
A Famous Little Tourist Volcano
The volcano in Fagradalsfjall is still going strong, new fissure vents keep opening and the everchanging volcano has not only caught the attention Icelandic hikers but planetry scientist, international news media and even musicians and wedding planners.
A local favorite
Visiting a local thermal pool in Iceland is a great and inexpensive fun for the whole family and a great way to experience the local culture.
We use cookies to personalize content and to analyze our traffic. Please decide if you are willing to accept cookies from our website.