Merchants’ Weekend in Iceland

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Merchants’ Weekend in Iceland

Camping in Iceland

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Q: I will be in Iceland during Merchants’ Weekend (Verslunarmannahelgi). I know that the Westman Islands has a big festival that weekend, but I would prefer something a bit smaller, and perhaps quieter! Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks!

Sheldon Bluestein.


A: In Borgarfjörður Eystri, East Iceland, there is the small family and elves festival of Álfaborgarsjéns. Beautiful nature, hundreds of puffins, and some elves. It is also a great place to meet real Icelanders, having fun outdoors.

The main festivals around Iceland are usually listed on