Þjóðhátíð í Eyjum (National Festival)
|Country and Region||Iceland — Southland|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Vestmannaeyjar, Southland, Iceland|
Þjóðhátíð is an annual outdoor festival held in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, on the weekend before the first Monday in August. Locals and guests gather in Herjólfsdalur valley on the island of Heimaey, for four days of various events, most prominently big stage concerts, bonfires, fireworks shows and the festival’s signature Sunday night crowd singing. The crowd singing is the single event of the weekend which draws the most attendees. Approximately 15,000-20,000 people attend the festival every year.
Þjóðhátíð was first held in 1874 when islanders were hindered by bad weather from attending the one-thousand-year anniversary celebration of Icelandic settlement on the Icelandic mainland. The festival has grown to become the largest and oldest multi-day festival in Iceland, and one of the largest annual cultural events in the country making Þjóðhátíð a highly publicized event in the Icelandic media.
|Festival Dates||August 3 - 6, 2012|
- Þjóðhátíð í eyjum - Föstudagur (Friday)
- Þjóðhátíð 2011 - Laugardagur (Saturday)
- Þjóðhátíð 2011 - Sunnudagur (Sunday)
- Music video for last years festival song “La Dolce Vita by Páll Óskar”
- Tickets and all information can be found on the festivals web page at