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Medieval Day and Blueberry Fest in West Fjords

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Medieval Day and Blueberry Fest in West Fjords

Tomorrow, August 20, the Inndjúpsdagur, a one-day festival in the innermost fjord Ísafjardardjúp in the West Fjords, will be held for the first time. The family-friendly program will have a medieval flair.

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Ísafjördur in Ísafjardardjúp. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The Inndjúpsdagur is a collaboration between scientists who have worked on archeological research in Vatnsfjördur, tourism representatives in the inner Ísafjardardjúp and the Súdavík municipality, Morgunbladid reports.

Visitors can learn about Vatnsfjördur’s ancient glory under the guidance of academics and locals and in Heydalur there will be a medieval program and a dance in the spirit of Björn Jórsalafari (Björn the Jerusalem voyager) who lived in Vatnsfjördur in the 14th and 15th century with his court.

Vatnsfjördur by Ísafjardardjúp is among the more notable historical sites in Iceland. Since the settlement era in the 9th century AD and until after the conversion to Evangelism in 1550 it was the residence of chieftains.

In the past eight years extensive archeological research has taken place in Vatnsfjördur and since 2005 an international archeological school has been operated there alongside the excavation.

The following weekend, August 26-28, a Blueberry Festival will be held in Súdavík by Ísafjardardjúp. As the name indicates, blueberries will be the theme of the festival, which grow all around the town, as stated on bb.is.

Guests are encouraged to pick as many blueberries as they can and enjoy various events in between berry picking. These include musical performances by Mugison, Skundi litli, Gummi Hjalta and the Nielsen band, among others.

There will be a competition in original blueberry dishes and afterwards attendees are invited to enjoy them at an open buffet for all.

Handicrafts and blueberry products will be sold at a market square and various games and contests for young and old are on the program.

Visit the festival’s website for further information (in Icelandic).

Click here to read more about berry picking.

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