The Viking Festival

Magazine The Viking Festival

In Iceland, we’re proud of our Viking heritage. Nowhere is that sentiment more apparent than at the annual Viking Festival, held at the Viking Village in Hafnarfjörður. Just a short drive or bus ride from Reykjavik, the Viking Festival takes place every year in mid-June. It’s a great time of year to get outside and make merry.

There’s a little something for everyone at this family-friendly event. Similar to Renaissance faires in other countries, the Viking Festival focuses on keeping things as authentic as possible. Performers and guests often dress in Viking-style attire, and reenactors face off in mock battles. Swords, axes, bows, and shields all make a ferocious appearance here. But don’t worry, it’s in good fun!

For those feeling more pacifistic, the market is home to a variety of merchants (some hailing from America and elsewhere in Europe), offering jewelry, handcrafts, artwork, costume gear, and playful wooden weapons for the kids. Music and storytelling is plentiful, as is food and drink. Visitors can try their hand with a longbow, play festive games, or have runes read by a wise woman. If you’re lucky, you might even see a Viking wedding!

The Viking Festival typically runs for five to six days, beginning in the early afternoon and lasting through the night (the market closes in the evening). If you’re in Iceland in mid-June, be sure to make time for this jovial event.

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