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Rimmugýgur Viking Festival

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Iceland’s Biggest Viking Festival

Viking Festival Games
Viking Warrior with Shield and Axe
VIking Market Arts and Crafts
Where
Hafnarfjörður (near Reykjavik)

Iceland

When
One week near mid-June (yearly)
Great For
  • History Buffs
  • Families
  • Photographers
Ticketed?
Free! No tickets required!

Basics

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.

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Transportation

The nearest major airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF), with flights to many major European, US, and Canadian cities

  • 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.

Accommodation

  • 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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Tips

Photography
Photography is largely welcome, with few exceptions for rituals
Viking Games
Participate in the Viking Games–they are loads of fun!
Official Site
Check out the official website for more information!
Money
Some merchants accept cash only, but an ATM was on-site when we attended
Drink with a Viking
Have a beer/mead with a Viking–they’re very friendly!

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Iceland’s Biggest Viking Festival

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