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Wild Celebration Following Win in Nice

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Wild Celebration Following Win in Nice

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From Reykjavík last night. Photo: Stefán Pálsson.

There was wild celebration in downtown Reykjavík last night, following Iceland’s 2-1 win over England at the EURO2016 in Nice. At least 10,000 football fans watched the game downtown and celebrated long into the night.

Fireworks were shot, despite being illegal at this time of year, song were sung, and people shouted “Áfram Ísland!” (Go Iceland!) . Restaurants were full until closing at 1 am.

Police were busy and had to intervene in 50 instances to avert trouble. Two people were arrested and spent the night in prison.

Other aftershocks were apparent: Airlines were busy accommodating those who were eager to attend Sunday’s upcoming game against France in Paris. WOW Air’s website couldn’t handle the sudden traffic.

Google reported that not since the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 had the word “Iceland” been searched as frequently.

There have been countless EURO2016 specials offered by businesses. Mbl.is reports that you can get anything from flatbread to a fridge at a EURO2016 special. There is camping gear, restaurant food, shoes and trips to warmer destinations to be found at a discount. The more goals scored by the Icelandic team, the cheaper it gets to fill up your tank at the gas station.

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