Family-friendly music festival HEIMA returns to the town of Hafnarfjörður tomorrow for the sixth year in a row.


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‘HEIMA’ is the Icelandic word for ‘home’ and several live musical performances by homegrown artists will take place inside residential houses in Hafnarfjörður. The local church and long-established Bæjarbíó cinema will also open their doors to welcome HEIMA attendees.

There are thirteen acts booked in total and each set of concerts will be staggered throughout the evening, allowing festival-goers to wander between houses and catch as much live music as they can.

The view from Hafnarfjörður harbour. Photo Credit: Facebook/Guðmundur Fylkisson

A large amount of local talent is booked including big names such as hip hop outfit Úlfur Úlfur, folk legend Mugison and pop princess Svala who has previously represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Other big names include experimental artist and all-around fun guy Prins Póló, the soothing sounds of sweetheart Ragnheiður Gröndal and rock-pop legends Á móti sól.

Given the big names and the broad variety of musical genres, the festival is guaranteed to bring a large local crowd but it’s also a great chance for visitors to join in the festivities and get a taste for Icelandic music and culture.


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The first concert begins at 8 PMand the festival spirit is expected to be alive across the town of Hafnarfjörður which is only a 15-minute drive from downtown Reykjavík. Performances will continue until 11 PM and tickets cost 5,900 ISK for entrance to all of the events.

The view from Hafnarfjörður harbour. Photo Credit: Facebook/Guðmundur Fylkisson

HEIMA begins on the last day of winter, the day before Iceland’s national First Day of Summer which, this year, falls on Thursday the 25th of April. Icelanders celebrate the coming of summer with a national holiday where many will receive a paid day off work and parents give children summer presents.

Check back to Guide to Iceland Now on Thursday for more information about the First Day of Summer in Iceland.


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