A round-up of things to do in Iceland this August, as prepared by your festively inclined editors.
1-4 August: Verslunarmannahelgi. The wildest and most unpronounceable party in
the universe Iceland is Þjóðhátíð, in the Westman Islands. Thousands flock to the tiny island of Heimaey to drink, dance, sing, and “get to know each other.” It’s no coincidence that most Icelanders have their birthdays in April. Naked Twister anyone?
7-10 August: Reykjavik Gay Pride. It’s the time to frock up, put on some red lippy and flutter those fake eyelashes. Oh, and ladies are also welcome of course. It’ll be like Eurovision all over again!
23 August: Reykjavik Marathon and Culture Night. Men and women panting, sweating and wearing tight clothing? Yep, we’re talking about the internationally renowned Reykjavík Marathon of course. All that running should get the blood pumping for Culture Night, a smorgasbord of pick-and-mix amusements that include art, music, dance, theatre, et cetera. And the best bit? It’s free!
26-30 August: Reykjavik Jazz Festival. The best of the burgeoning Nordic jazz scene, where there’ll be lots of trumpets, saxophones and other instruments that make lots of noise.
28-31 August: Tango Festival. Sexy, sassy and seductive. Oh and we hear there’ll be dancing too. If the Funky Chicken Dance doesn’t score any dates on a Saturday night out, then maybe a little tango will help spice things up.