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Best of Westfjords Iceland June 27 – July 4

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  • Mount Bolafjall in Bolugnarvík, Westfjords. Photo/Pjetur Sigurðsson

This is the Westfjords section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Market Weekend in Bolungarvík
Markaðshelgin í Bolungarvík (Market Weekend in Bolungarvík) begins Thurdsay 3. July and lasts until Sunday. The festivities begin with a concert on Thurdsday evening featuring some of Iceland‘s most popular artists (including Ragnheiður Gröndal and Pálmi Gunnarsson).
A golf tournament takes place on the Friday and later a parade, a bonfire followed by „brekkusöngur“ led by Hafdís Huld and Alisdair Wright (people gather for brekkusöngur and sing popular songs, old and new). Saturday is „market-day“ which ends on a high note: A concert and dance with the Rokkabillýbandið (The Rockabilly Band).

Steampunk festival in Bíldudalur
The tiny town of Bíldudalur turns into the fictional town of Bíldalía during the days of June 27th-29th, when Iceland’s only steampunk-fest kicks off. Steampunks will gather at the edge of the world to enjoy exhibitions, concerts and other festivities.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and is often inspired by industrialized Western civilizations during the 19th century.

Football match in Ísafjörður
„Try not to miss a football game if Akranes football club, ÍA, is playing. Akranes is often referred to as a football-town because of its great football tradition and the atmosphere created in the stadium is wonderful during summertime.“
Recommended by Freyr Bjarnason, a journalist and former professional football player.
ÍA and Bolungarvík will meet in Torfnesvöllur field in Ísafjörður on Saturday at 3 pm. Bring a blanket and a thermos full of hot cocoa and enjoy the game.

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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