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First annual Viking Festival in Reykjavík - This Weekend

Ingólfur Júlíusson (left) and the organizer Gunnar Viking Ólafsson (right) Ingólfur Júlíusson (left) and the organizer Gunnar Viking Ólafsson (right)

The first annual Viking Festival in Reykjavík - Ingólfshátíð - will take place this weekend, 13th and 14th of July 2013. The Festival was conceived, organized and facilitated by Gunnar Viking Ólafsson, leader of Einherjar. Admission is free and the festivities take place from noon to 6 pm both days.

After years of planning for a heritage celebration of Iceland´s Viking age founders, the residents and tourists of Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik will experience the exciting and historic first-ever Viking festival, to be held this year.

The setting will be Reykjavík's City Center Park, Hljomskalagardurinn, on the 13th and 14th of July, 2013. The Festival was conceived, organized and facilitated by Reykjavík city resident, Gunnar Viking Ólafsson. As leader of Einherjar (Army of one), Gunnar and members of his nonprofit Viking-age group re-enact Viking battles in Reykjavík.

This exciting first celebration of Iceland's founding discoverers and settlers will be an affair to attend and remember. Teams will be coming from both Great Britain and Norway and will join with the Icelandic Viking Re-enactment team in mock duels and larger group battles on both days, sure to entertain the many guests in attendance.

Admission to the event is free.

The name of the festival - INGÓLFSHÁTÍÐ

This first Viking festival is held in memory of a great friend and fellow viking, Ingólfur Júlíusson who died earlier this year.

The name of the festival is "Ingólfshátíð" The name comes from two reasons, the first and foremost is our team member Ingólfur Júliusson, who lost his battle to cancer April 22, 2013 and we want to honor him with this first naming of our festival. The second and there after the Viking festivals of Reykjavík to come we will keep the same name since it is the same name as the first Viking settler of Iceland, Ingólfur Arnarsson, who built his first home which later became our capitol Reykjavík in 874 AD.

Modern Icelandic horses, the original horse breed of the Vikings of Iceland will also be on display.

Visitors will see carved reproduction Viking dragons' heads rendered for the tops of the five Viking tent poles at this year’s event. The carvings were completed after weeks of donated volunteer labor at the Reykjavík studio of Icelandic master stone and wood carver, Jón Ádolf Steinólfsson. Working in collaboration with Jón Ádolf was the Icelandic-American master wood sculptor, Tryggvi Thorlief Larum, who traveled all the way from California to add his talents to those of his colleague.

These artists were requested to assist Gunnar Ólafsson with his dream of the celebration of Icelandic heritage. Gunnar and his group intend to make ancient Icelandic history come alive for two days in the capital city, and showcase this very proud part of his nation’s heritage.

The group will be taking Icelandic Viking history and the world-famous Icelandic sagas temporarily out of the classrooms and re-present it to their nation’s people through a living visualization of the tools, crafts, fabrics, lifestyles and civilization of this bygone era. This noble past continues to resonate with Iceland's people of today.

Gunnar foresees that this festival will be the first of many, and that it will grow in years to come.

He now wishes to extend an invitation to all peoples of Icelandic heritage living in Canada and North America to please consider joining them if they are in Iceland in July.

More information about this exciting first ever event can be found by going to the Facebook page "Viking Festival of Reykjavik Ingólfshátíð" or contacting Gunnar Ólafsson by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it








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