Parades, games and outdoor activities marked yesterday’s First Day of Summer public holiday, right across Iceland.
There was a parade and a program of activities on offer in most towns and villages, with young and old using the day off to enjoy the warm weather. Due to the warmth, summer and winter did not “freeze together”, which folklore dictates would have been a sign of a good summer to come. People generally tend to believe the omen more when it happens than when it fails to happen, however.
The sun shone brightly over nearly all of Iceland and popular activities included barbecues, face painting, bouncy castles and candy floss – as always.
The Donald Duck Games for Children in Akureyri benefited from the good weather as well, and hundreds of children donned their skis and took to the slopes of Mount Hlíðarfjall.
The snow conditions on the mountain were perfect, RÚV reports, and over 750 children competed in the Games – which is a hundred more than last year. The number of people involved in the Games overall was closer to 3,000.
With Icelanders now mentally in full summer mode, it is perhaps not surprising that a less settled period of colder weather is forecast for early next week.