Festivities in rural Iceland!
A guide to a festive summer on the road.
One of the unique thing about traveling in Iceland over the summer time are the
festivals being held in many of the smaller towns around the island. On these weekends Icelanders get in their Campervans or Cars with tents/trailers attached and hit the roads.
A popular theme are the European weekends. Festivals that are aimed at old European cultures. For an example the Danish day, the Irish day in the south, Faroe Island day in the west and loads of others.
You‘ll find a festival in Iceland in some part of the country almost every weekend. The most famous one however and largest being Þjóðhátíð which translates into the national festival. It‘s held every year at a small island called Vestmannaeyjar, located just outside the southwest coast. The traditional Icelandic experience consist of loads of singing, drinking, eating and dancing, all with a unique Icelandic flavor and style.
Aldrei fór ég suður – Ísafjörður Rock Festival
This already legendary “For I never went South” – music festival takes place in Isafjörður, the capital of the West Fjords. The West Fjords are known for their versatile birdlife and beautiful nature. A perfect place to visit in a campervan.
March 29th – 30th, 2013
First Day of Summer
Summer in April? Yes, according to the old Icelandic calendar, dating back to a time when people only made a distinction between summer and winter. A time of festive atmosphere all around the country.
April 25th 2013
The Sailor and family celebration in Grindavík
The sailor and family celebration in Grindavík is a festival to honor the sailor and his family. A versatile festival where everyone should find something to their liking. The town offers good camping sites and not a long drive from Keflavík, a perfect place to start your CampEasy road trip.
May 31st – June 2nd, 2013
A sailor celebration festival in Ólafsfjörður.
A fun festival in a beautiful town. Great activities in the area and good camping around and in the town itself.
May 31st – June 2nd, 2013
Celebrated since 1944 with parade and street shows, markets, music and what not, all around the country. If you wish to travel alongside the locals and find the camping areas lively, this is the time for your campervan trip.
June 17th, 2013
Extreme Chill Festival 2013 – Undir Jökli, Snæfellsnes
The electronic music festival Undir Jökli – Under the Glacier, will take place for the 3rd time in Hellissandur, a village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. And yes, the village is under the glacier of Snæfellsjökull. Great camping areas and a beautiful place for enjoying Icelandic nature at it‘s best.
July 12th – 14th, 2013
Rauðasandur Festival – West Fjords
The Rauðasandur Festival (Red Sands) takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the West Fjords of Iceland. This music festival was founded in 2011 and is accompanied by many other events.
July 4th – 7th, 2013
Reykholt Music Festival – Borgarfjörður
It´s repertoire mainly consists of classical music featuring both Icelandic musicians and well known foreign artists. Reykholt festival has earned a reputation as being one of the most interesting cultural events in Iceland.
July 26th – 27th, 2013
Bræðslan Music Festival in Borgarfjörður eystri
In the East of Iceland you can find many hidden treasures. In a beautiful village Bakkagerði in Borgarfjöður, just 60 km north of Egilsstaðir, will you find a music festival of another kind.
July 27th, 2013
Verslunarmannahelgi and Þjóðhátíð (Biggest traveling weekend of the year)
The last weekend of July or on the first weekend of August, Icelanders have their annual shopkeeper’s holiday, named Verslunarmannahelgi. All over the country they celebrate in a classic Icelandic manner. If you want to find the camping areas lively and find a festive atmosphere in every single town, this is the weekend for you.
August 1st – 3rd 2013
Mýrarboltinn – European Championship in Swamp soccer
You like to play football? Then how about football in an entirely new setting? The annual European championship in Swamp soccer will take place in beautiful surroundings in Ísafjörður.
August 2nd – 4th 2013
Northern Wave Short Film Festival in Grundarfjörður
If you feel like getting out of town, the Northern Wave Short Film Festival takes place in a small fishing village named Grundarfjörður in Snæfellsnes. It is the most alternative film and music event of the year.
November 15-17th 2013
This list only gives a glimpse at the top of the Iceberg when it comes to the vast variety of available cultural and musical festivals found in the Icelandic countryside every summer.
All these towns and festivals make special arrangements for campervan travellers that come to town. In Iceland there is no law against parking in a normal parking spot and staying there for the weekend. Everything points you towards the campervan way of traveling, our laws, our weather and nature and don‘t forget the comforts of having a mobile home. www.campeasy.is a brilliant way to experience Iceland.