You can sign up as a team or as an individual and play with other singles. Musical entertainment will be provided by Áttan, Todmobile, Stuðlabandið and Dimma among others. While the tournament takes place during the day there is a variety of entertainment available during the night with performances from rapper Emm-sjé Gauti, pop-icon Páll Óskar and the golden oldies of SSSÓL. mbl.is/Skapti Hallgrímsson
Neistaflug in Neskaupsstaður is a family event that includes a Frisbee-golf tournament, beer-courses, soap-ball and a fishing competition in the harbor. So, let’s see what’s out there. 12.000 people attended last year and organizers expect a similar number this weekend. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”>
The term Verslunarmannahelgi directly translates to merchant’s weekend and describes the weekend preceding the first Monday in August, a national holiday dedicated to Icelandic merchants. Todmobile, Pétur Jóhann, Eyþór Ingi, Á móti sól and Made in sveitin are among those entertaining guests with music and stand-up but the festival also includes special events for children. Vestmannaeyjar), is the biggest of them all. It dates back to 1874 when 400 people took part but this year around 15.000 are expected to attend. Every year, people flock to festivals around the country from Thursday to Monday, celebrating the long weekend and frankly, so should you. The bonfire, fireworks, hillside singing and a line-up that boasts many of Iceland’s most popular popstars are the biggest attraction but the white tents where locals meet up for drinking, eating and general merriment are also a staple. Flúðir um versló
2017 marks the third year of the festival Flúðir um versló, appropriately held in Flúðir. Ein með öllu takes place in Akureyri. It is typically held in Ísafjörður but this year the muddy soccer-resembling game will be played in the neighboring town of Bolungarvík. Þjóðhátíð
This festival, held in the Westman Islands (Ice.
The European Mudball Championships
This is the 14th Mudball tournament of its kind. Costumes are highly recommended.
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Beloved singer Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson has announced that he will not have a float in this year’s Pride Parade, citing time constraints. Páll Óskar has taken part in the parade almost every year since it was first held in 1999 and his majestic floats are considered Pride’s crowning jewel by many. He is wrapping up an album, to be released in the coming weeks, and intends to personally deliver each one to everyone who bought it during presale. Then there’s the upcoming production of Rocky Horror where Páll will reprise the role of Frank N Furter and his plans for a big concert for September. He claims this concert will be one of his biggest endeavors to date and rest assured; Páll Óskar likes to keep things flashy. “If I’m making a big sculpture like I have been for the past years I usually start working on them in April, May at the very least, and now it just so happens that I am, no joke, working a 400% job,” Páll Óskar explains. Those hours are filled with many different engagements.
He says traffic to the idyllic village has grown so much that the gravel road can’t handle it and that adding to it every year is like pissing in one’s boots. [Editor’s note: For those not familiar with this Icelandic saying, the full version goes something like this: The warmth from peeing in one’s boots is short-lived.]
The villagers say that the road easily gets destroyed by the weather and traffic, especially in the summer and when it gets wet. The road brings shame upon the Eastern Region according to Hafþór Snjólfur Helgason, chair of the village’s tourism group. He told mbl.is that tourists had even turned around at the start of the road rather than risk the ride. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”>
People aren’t asking for a better gravel road, people are asking for asphalt says Magnús Jóhannsson, project leader for Fellabær that maintains the road to Borgarfjörður eystri in Iceland’s Eastern Region.