Iceland’s Oldest & Biggest Viking Festival
Relive Iceland’s glorious Viking past.
Watch epic battles, play Viking games, and dance under the midnight sun!
Video: Iceland’s Biggest Viking Festival
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Rimmugýgur Viking Festival
For a week around Iceland’s Independence Day, June 17, the campground at 220 Hafnarfjordur is transformed into a Viking camp where modern-day Vikings and visitors fight, play, dance, eat, drink and shop together. A few days prior to the event, a full schedule is posted on the group’s website/Facebook page.
The highlight of each day is the epic battle display where all Vikings fight with real metal until the last Viking remains and resurrects all the fallen warriors.
Another major activity to look forward to are the Viking games where common folk are invited to challenge Vikings in tests of strength, speed and cunning.
The Vikings may look intimidating but they are in fact a very warm-hearted community that embraces outsiders.
Don’t Miss an Event
- Cars: If you’re already driving Iceland’s famous golden circle and/or ring road, you can park for free at the event.
- Camping: Camping is available nearby at numerous campsites for a fee.
- Public transportation is available nearby, with connections in and around the greater Reykjavik area. Tickets for city buses can be paid for using the Strætó app, which is available in both Icelandic and English. Longer distance buses can be paid for using credit card.
- Hotels can be expensive in Iceland and AirBNB opportunities are still lacking in many parts of Iceland. The best value options are guesthouses and farmstays. They often have more privacy than hostels, but competitive prices; some also offer a more local and personal experience than hotels.You can find additional farmstays through https://www.heyiceland.is/ as many farmstays are not listed on major accommodation search engines including ours.
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Iceland’s Biggest Viking Festival
It was a real treat to visit Rimmugýgur – Iceland’s biggest Viking festival! It was fun to see the sparing taking place throughout the day, and thus meant there was never a dull moment! The many crafts available were great too, and we even managed to pick up a Viking game at a discounted price!
The biggest attraction had to be te the games and daily battle! I’m so glad we were able to see both! All these combined with the warm and welcoming spirit has me hooked and I can’t wait to attend more Viking festivals! Maybe next up we can try to attend the Gudvangen festival in a remote and beautiful part of Norway, among waterfalls!
Vikings’ have always excited my imagination and this experience was an amazing time-travel across more than a thousand years – a journey that helped me better appreciate where Icelanders are now.
I especially enjoyed the epic battle re-enactment—it’s no wonder it’s the crowd’s favourite! I wished I had participated in the games as they looked like so much fun! Unfortunately I had some aches and pains, otherwise I would’ve joined in and asked a Viking to teach me how they fight! I hope I get to spar with a Viking and play traditional games at a future Viking Festival. I’m excited to attend the Moesgaard Viking Moot in Denmark one day – it has the biggest Viking battle re-enactment.
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