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Vikings at the Viking Festival in Hafnarfjörður

Hafnarfjörður city, the neighbouring city of Reykjavík the place I dwell, hosts the annual Viking Competition, which is the oldest and largest competition of its type in Iceland. Visiting this competition will make you are feeling like you’ve got been transferred again in time a thousand years or so.

The competition, which has been held since 1995, takes place on the second weekend of June and lasts for 4 days! For me, that is probably the most enjoyable time to be in Hafnarfjörður.

I’ve photographs from many Viking Festivals, however among the photographs on this travel-blog are from the competition in 2015 on the Viking Village.Vikings at the Viking Festival in Hafnarfjörður

Gudrun the Seeress from Denmark and Guðmann the Shaman from Iceland have a sales space on the Viking Competition

The Viking Village hosted the competition for a few years, and a Center Age market was arrange in between and in entrance of the buildings of the Viking Village.

The brand new location for the Viking competition is at Víðistaðatún park and the market is open from 13-19 with free entrance. 

The Vikings promote their wares on the market;  leather-based items, fur, silver jewelry, swords, and beautiful horns fabricated from bones. They roast a lamb, struggle, dance, inform tales, and present us the methods of residing of the outdated Vikings. 

Elín Reynisdóttir at the Vking festival in Hafnarfjörður

This stunning valkyrie is the primary girl to be accepted into the Rimmugýgur Viking membership – Elín Reynisdóttir 

The Viking Competition 2018 was held in one other location, at Víðistaðatún park, the place all of it started, and which is a a lot greater venue. Look up the Viking membership on Fb Rimmugýgur, for dates and participation within the Viking Competition. 

Crowds of Vikings from everywhere in the world (principally Scandinavia, England, and Germany, plus Icelanders after all) collect at Víðistaðatún park and the enjoyable goes on for 4 days.

The Viking Competition is turning into an increasing number of standard and it’s estimated that some 250-300 Vikings took half within the competition in 2015.

The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

Meals preparations on the Viking competition

The key a part of the Vikings come from Hafnarfjörður and a Viking membership was based in affiliation with Fjörukráin on the Viking Village.

This Viking membership is known as Rimmugýgur, which is a reputation from the Saga of Njáll, the jewel of the crown of the Icelandic Sagas – the axe Rimmugýgur in that Saga means a preventing troll!

This largest of all Icelandic Viking golf equipment has grown in measurement by way of the years with round 200 members immediately – round 60 of which partake within the Viking reenactment fights. 

The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

Guðrún the Seeress ingesting from the Viking horn

You possibly can learn far more about Rimmugýgur in my travel-blog about Viking actions in Iceland immediately.

The Vikings on the Viking Competition educate us methods to throw spears and axes, shoot with bows and arrows, there’s wood-carving, and so forth, and so forth.

And on occasion you’ll be able to have your fortune advised by a fortune teller in a tent on the market. 

Iceland is the “Mekka” of Vikings and visiting the competition is a should if you’re visiting Iceland on the second weekend of June. I ensure to not miss the Viking Competition.

The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

With the Danish Gudrun the Seeress (Völva) on the Viking Competition in 2019

On the final day of the competition, on the seventeenth of June, Iceland celebrates its Nationwide Day, so think about how a lot enjoyable there’s on that day in Hafnarfjörður city – Vikings and a neighborhood parade with festivities throughout city!

The Viking market is open from 13-19 and after the Viking market closes the enjoyable does not finish, as that’s when the Vikings begin partying

The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

A Viking fight on the Viking Competition in 2018 – in heavy rain and hail! In 2019 we had such stunning climate

There’ll in all probability be a Viking feast on the Fjörukráin restaurant on the Viking Village – and the enjoyable will final till the wee hours of the morning with a live performance and dancing – Viking model! 

To me, the spotlight of the competition is the Viking reenactment battles! The Vikings placed on fairly a practical battle twice every day through the Viking Competition. Guests are requested to maintain their distance, as it may possibly get scary. And I can let you know that the battles are fairly life like – minus the blood, after all.

The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

Jón Gestur of Rimmugýgur in a Viking Reenactment battle

On the finish of the battle, a whole lot of Vikings lie “useless” within the subject, in all probability on their option to Valhalla, the place they’ll proceed preventing. Bear in mind that they then rise up and run screaming in the direction of the group!

It’s all only for enjoyable, however once I introduced my nieces to look at the Viking battle, I held on to them when the Vikings ran screaming in the direction of the group. In case you have a look at the picture beneath I do know you’ll perceive why 😉 

However these Vikings have a coronary heart of gold so there’s nothing to fret about. And that is only a reenactment of a Viking battle.

The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

Vikings attacking on the Viking competition

There are additionally completely different Viking battles, when the youngsters “struggle”, so the Viking Competition can also be good enjoyable for the youngsters. Once I visited the Viking Competition on the primary day of the competition at Víðistaðatún park it was crowded with youngsters, as you’ll be able to see in a few of my photographs right here.

They will participate within the Viking College for kids, the place the youngsters f.ex. learn to use Viking weapons and struggle. Viking swords for kids fabricated from wooden are bought on the Viking Competition.

The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

Kids on the competition being taught methods to use Viking weapons

On the webpage of the Viking Village, I noticed this pretty video of the Viking Competition, and so they had been type sufficient to let me use it right here in my travel-blog. It was shot by Netkynning – I simply love the music they’ve added to the video!

My picture beneath is of the initiation of the Viking Competition in 2018 at Víðistaðatún. I had visited the competition so many instances, however this was the primary time I bought the possibility to witness the initiation.

Jóhanna G. Harðardóttir, Kjalnesingagoði – the Priestess of the outdated Norse religion, set the competition by invoking the outdated Norse gods of the outdated Icelandic religion.

The annual Viking festival in HafnarfjörðurJóhanna Kjalnesingagoði set the Viking Competition

The Viking Competition is such good enjoyable – do not miss it if you’re visiting Iceland presently, the second weekend of June. The final competition was held on the fifteenth – nineteenth of June 2022 – right here is the Fb occasion

You possibly can contact the Viking membership Rimmugýgur for extra data. That is simply my travel-blog concerning the competition, however I do not symbolize the Viking competition in any manner, I’m only a fan 🙂

Víkingahátíðin 2022Jökull Tandri set the Viking competition in 2022

I’ve written one other travel-blog about the Viking Village restaurant, Fjörukráin, and the resort within the Viking Village, Resort Viking. I am completely in love with this place and take all my overseas company there 🙂

And, if you’re within the Vikings, then I’ve written one other travel-blog about Viking Ruins and Burial Mounds I’ve visited on my Travels in Iceland – which is an inventory of all of the archaeological websites and burial mounds, which I’ve visited in Iceland.

A Viking at the The annual Viking festival in Hafnarfjörður

To go to Víðistaðatún from Reykjavík you’ll be able to both take bus #1 or lease a automobile in Reykjavík and drive there your self.

Whereas visiting Hafnarfjörður you may also need to take a look at the elf areas on this stunning city, which can also be nicknamed Álfabærinn – the Elf City of Iceland


Have enjoyable on the Viking competition 🙂



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