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Best of West Iceland July 4-11

By Staff

  • Akranes town. Irish Days, a local festival, takes place in Akranes this weekend. Photo/GVA

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Luck of the Irish
This weekend Akranes will host their annual community festival, Irish Days, which celebrates the town‘s Irish roots.
Street barbeques, street markets and a golf turnament are among the many events which will take place this weekend in connection with the festival. Also, natural redheads can sign up for a competition celebrating this rare hair color so often identified with Ireland.
Akranes is only a 45-minute drive from the center of Reykjavík.

Visit Akranes Lighthouse
„Akranesviti lighthouse is located in the oldest part of Akranes and was built in 1918. It was opened for the public a couple of years ago and the view from the top is simply magnificent.
Recommended by Freyr Bjarnason, a journalist and former professional football player.

Barn concert at Bjarteyjarsandur farm
Musicians Svavar Knútur and Kristjana Stefáns will perform in the barn at Bjarteyjarsandur farm in Hvalfjörður fjord on Sunday at 8.30pm. 
Bjarteyjarsandur farm is beautifully situated between rolling hills and the sea front in the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord. The family living on the farm raises livestock, offers accommodation, and runs a shop where they sell their products directly to consumers. Their products, which include lamb meat, organic pork, jam, smoked lamb, and bjúga, a traditional smoked sausage, as well as jam, are only available at the little farm shop.

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