05. April 2018

Spring festival in Katla Geopark!

The Katla Geopark spring festival is an ongoing event between April 19th and May 18th. A collection of fun and interesting events will be held on selected dates during the festival. 

An updated version of the festival calendar can be found here!


Thursday - April 19th:
"The power of the wilderness" (Máttur víðernanna)

In relation with the Katla Geopark Spring Festival, Eldvötn - a coalition of nature preservation in Skaftárhreppur municipality - is hosting an open forum on the first day of summer, April 19th from 13:00-17:00 (1:00PM - 5:00PM) at Kirkjuhvol in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The topic of the forum will evolve around "The power of the wilderness" - our relation with it and the benefits it has for the community. 

Eldstó Art Café - Hvolsvollur (Concert)
Eldstó Art Café invites you to enjoy a wonderful concert 19:30-22:00 (7:30PM - 10:00PM). The band "Remedía" will be playing along with the winner of 2017 FSU's singing competition Magdalena Eldey Þórisdóttir (The college of South Iceland). Special offers on food and bar. 50% off Gull draft beer, selected offers a la carte and 10% discount on everything in the gallery. 

Friday - April 20th:
Handcrafted tanned hides.

Kristbjörg Hilmarsdóttir, a local wool farmer, invites you to her workshop at Þykkvabæjarklaustur on the eve of Friday between 19:00-22:00 (7:00-10:00 PM). There she will go over her tanning procedures in her unique wokshop, located in the storehouse next to Nonna og Brynjuhús Guesthouse at Þykkvabæjarklaustur. A unique oppurtunity!

Saturday - April 21st:
An scenic off-road trail run around Hjörleifshöfði promontory.

East of Vík village, the run has two courses: 7 km and 11 km - timed. The course goes around Hjörleifshöfði, ending with a 200m climb before reaching the flatland and finish-line. More information and registration found at hlaup.is

Sunday - April 22nd:
Earth day - Clean the nature on Earth Day!

We are meeting up and transforming ourselves into adventurous trashpickers! We encourage everyone to particiapate. Join us for a fulfilling trash picking adventure! More information by sending mail to: trashpickers2016@gmail.com. Don't miss it!

Tuesday - April 24th:
A hike with Ferðafélag Mýrdælinga (Travel Association of the people of Mýrdalur)

The walk goes to Kvernufoss waterfall. Difficulty: 1 shoe. We meet at 19:30 (7:30 PM) outside of Bank Arion in Vík and the hike is estimated to take around 1-2 hrs. More info at: myrdalur@gmail.com

Wednesday - April 25th:
The day of the environment and birthday of Sveinn Pálsson

Eyrarland invites you to come see the motion picture experience The Perfect Circle ! Come and enjoy the incredible show during the open house from 10:00-17:00 (10 AM - 5 PM). Coffee on the pot and great fun throughout!

The day of the environment at Skaftárstofa in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Vatnajökull National Park invites you to celebrate the day of the environment at Skaftárstofa. Fun activities in celebration of the day. Dont miss out! More info at klaustur@vjp.is 

Friday - April 27th:
Relics and artifacts meeting (Minjaþing) in Skaftárhreppur municipality - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Held in the clubhouse Kirkjuhvol in Kirkjubæjarklaustur from 12:30-16:30. Indroductions of relics and studies from Skaftárhreppur municipality where the work "Fornar ferðaleiðir Í Vestur-Skaftafellssýslu um aldamótin 1900" will be indroduced. (Ancient traveling paths in W-Skaftafell county around the turn of the century in 1900)
The schedule will be announced at http://www.klaustur.is as soon as it is completed. Further information at kbstofa@simnet.is.

Tuesday - May 1st:
Labour Day

Free Zip-Line ride! - Limited "seats"
At 10:00 in the morning. Registration by contacting Æsa*, tlf: (+354) 698-8890
*(pronounced Aisa) - More info found here

Northern Lights - Fairy tales and folklore - Vík

Kötlusetur invites you to a magical photo exhibition at Skaftfellingsskemman at 17:00 (5 PM). Located at Víkurbraut 28 in Vík. The exhibition gives the viewer a glimpse of the magic of the northern lights, nature and folklore around Patricja Makowskas home in Iceland. Versatility, opposites and change is the undertext of the exhibition that captures the beauty our world has to offer. A picture is worth a thousand words! 

Sunday - May 6th:
The great nordic beach cleaning day -
Katla Geopark

Would you like to particiapate in the largest event of beach-cleaning Iceland has to offer? Great fun and outdoor oppurtunities with scenic possibilities. Contact us by mail prior to April 30th: info@katlageopark.is

Thursday - May 10th:
Ascension Day - A hike with Ferðafélag Mýrdælinga - Vík 

The hike will lead to Hólmardyngjur in Botnar. Difficulty: 1 shoe (wet area). The walk will start at 19:30 at the bank-plaza at Ránargata 1 in Vík. The hike is estamated to take 1-2 hrs. 

An educational hike of Dyrhólaey with a ranger from the Environmental agency of Iceland.

The hike is around 3 km and is of avarage difficulty. Sturdy shoes are reccommended. Narration will be in english and icelandic. The start of the hike will be at the WC facilities on Lágey at 14:00 (2 PM)

Friday - May 11th:
The man and the ocean

The students of the kindergarten and elementary school in Vík invite you to see the show - The man and the ocean. The show connects events of the area with nature and history through theatre. Time will be announced later.

Saturday - May 12th:
World Migratory Bird Day. 

Katla Geopark, Birdlife Iceland, Icelandic Institute of Natural History and South Iceland Research Center offer a field trip and education on the 12th of May at 10:00-16:00 in Hvolsvöllur (10 AM - 4 PM). A more detailed schedule will be announced later on the homepage/Facebook of Katla Geopark. 

Friday - May 18th:
Skaftfellingur anniversary - 100 years.

Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the trading vessel Skaftfellingur in the Skaftfellingsskemma at Víkurbraut 28 in Vík. From 17:00-20:00 (5 PM - 8 PM). Concerts, speeches and art galleries. Local food and refreshments. A great oppurtunity to experience the history and culture of Icelanders along with a sample of the local community and cuisine. 

Saturday - May 19th:
The grand opening of the Icelandic LAVA Show -

In the beginning of summer, the Icelandic Lava Show will open their doors to the public. A unique volcanic exhibition where glowing hot lava is poured over ice with the accompanying visual spectacle. The founders of the show would like to invite all to join the for two examples of the show at 12:00 (12 PM) and 14:00 (2 PM).
Located at Víkurbraut 5 in Vík. Hot and delicious Lava soup from the Soup Company (Súpufélagið) for those daring enough to show up. 

The opening of Smiðjan Brewery (Smiðjan Brugghús) - Vík

We invite you to an open house at Smiðjan Brewery in Vík from 12:00 - 16:00 (12 PM - 4 PM). Located at Sunnubraut 15 in Vík.

Prins Pólo at Midgard (Concert) - Hvolsvöllur

The legendary and awesome Icelandic band Prins Póló wil be playing at an open house in Midgard Base Camp and introduce their new album - Þriðja kryddið or "The third spice". When is it happening? Starts at 21:00 and ends around 23:00 (9 PM - 11 PM -ish) Information and more about the band found here


Offers and other information during the festival:

10% discount on entrance to the LAVA Center - Hvolsvöllur

10% discount on 2hr Glacier Walk with Arcanum - Ytri Sólheimum 1, 871 Vík.
For more information, contact (+354) 487-1500 or send mail to info@arcanum.is


Finally we would like to use this oppurtunity to THANK OUR COLLABORATORS AND SPONSORS. Without them none of this would be possible!

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