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Best of Iceland June 27 - July 4

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  • From the Landmannalaugar nature reserve in the central highlands. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Best of Iceland This Week is a guide for those who are curious about what's going on across Iceland and want local recommendations about events, activities and places of interest. This is the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.



The Art of being Icelandic
An exhibition at Reykjavik City Hall, titled ‘The Art of Being Icelandic’ opens today, June 27th and is open for a month, or until July 27th. The exhibit focuses on translated Icelandic literature and is held in cooperation with Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature. Surrounding the literature is Icelandic design by Syrusson Design Company, but the furniture is mostly designed and manufactured in Iceland. The movie ‘Heild’ will also be shown at the exhibit but it captures the raw and magnificent beauty of this island nation. City Hall is open every weekday from 8am until 7pm; and from 12-noon until 6pm on weekends.

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West Iceland

Sea-kayaking in Hvalfjörður fjord
Arctic Rafting offers sea-kayaking trips in the beautiful surroundings of Hvalfjörður fjord. One does have to be and experienced kayaker to be able to enjoy the trip. Paddle around the magnificent fjord, then have your lunch in the quiet of the country-side before paddling back.
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Visit the Nonsence Museum
“Ísafjörður is a part of a municipality known as Ísafjarðarbær which includes the towns of Hnífsdalur, Suðureyri, Flateyri and Þingeyri, all well worth a visit. The Nonsense museum in Flateyri showcases private collections of everything imaginable, from teaspoons to sugar-cubes.”
Recommended by Thelma Hjaltadóttir, a receptionist at the district commissioner´s office in Ísafjörður

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North Iceland

Blue North Music Festival
The oldest blues festival in Iceland is held annually in the town of Ólafsfjörður in North Iceland and it’s being held for the 15th time this year. For two days only, June 27th and 28th, visitors and locals get to listen to a variety of musicians showcase their talent.

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East Iceland

Favourite restaurants in the town of Egilsstaðir
“We are lucky in Egilsstaðir to have a number of good restaurants. Café Nilsen is cosy and surrounded by trees, Egilsstaðir Guesthouse and Icelandair Hotel both have very good restaurants. But my favourite restaurant right now is Salt café and bistro. My son told me the other day when we were having lunch there that it was the best restaurant in East Iceland, so I have to go with that.”
Recommended by Ívar Ingimarsson, the owner of Birta and Olga Guesthouse, and a former professional soccer player .

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Southeast Iceland

Lobster Festival in the town of Höfn
The annual Lobster Festival in the town of Höfn in Hornafjörður is the far biggest event in Southeast iceland this weeekend. Lobster is of great importance for Höfn with some of Iceland's best lobster fishing grounds off its coast. Restaurants, companies and the general public of the town all join in to make this quite a special event. Expect a big party with all kinds of exhibitions, music acts, dancing and drinking in addition to the lobster feast. From June 27th to 29th.

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South Iceland

The National Icelandic Horse Competition
Also known as the "Landsmót," the national horse competition is the largest outdoor sporting event in Iceland, showcasing iceland's best horses and riders. The bi-annual event has been held since 1950 and is held at rotating locations. This year the festival will be held in the town of Hella in South Iceland. Attendance for the 2008 event held in Hella reached 14,000 people, so be sure to make your plans as soon as possible!

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Reykjanes peninsula

Vikingworld Iceland
Vikingworld Iceland is a five exhibition museum located in Reykjanesbær town, right along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, the facility also includes a settlement zoo, a playground for kids, and an outdoor classroom for lectures. The biggest attraction of Vikingworld is the authentic Viking ship built by the Icelandic ship builder Gunnar Marel Eggertsson in 1996 and was sailed to New York in the year 2000 as a part of the millennial celebration of Leifur Eiríksson's journey to the New World. Visit Vikingworld Iceland for a chance to learn about the history and lifestyle of the Vikings of the North Atlantic from over a thousand years ago. 

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