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30. October - 3. November

Days of Darkness

The Days of Darkness is a town festival held mutually by all inhabitants in East Iceland with the goal of emphasizing local togetherness. The festival has a strong connection to Icelandic and Celtic rituals from earlier times. The festival is primarily planned with local participation in mind, but everyone is most welcome to join in the festivities. This year, the festival will be held from October 30th until November 3rd all over the region.

The festival is held annually over the last weekend in October or the first weekend in November. It begins on
Wednesday afternoon and ends on Sunday afternoon. These dates are chosen with the traditional Celtic harvest festival in mind, held annually on October 31st, akin to the Day of the Dead. Similar festivities were held in Iceland before Christianity, called the Winter Nights. Ethnologist Terry Gunnell has pointed out that this type of harvest festival is actually of Icelandic origin. The Celtic festival was later transported to America with the Celts and today it is widely known as Halloween. In East Iceland, these ancient rituals of Halloween or the Winter Festival are combined in the town festival Days of Darkness.

The Days of Darkness festival obviously has a strong connection to the darkness, but also supernatural beings, romance, and the ways of old from our Celtic background and traditional Icelandic customs before Christianity. Local participation is essential, both in attending events but also in creating events connected to the darkness. Events will be advertised in East Iceland’s TV Guide (Dagskráin), the municipalities’ websites, on Facebook and Instagram.

As part of the Days of Darkness, a photo competition will be held with the theme “The Human in the Dark.” Submissions should be sent to dagarmyrkurs@austurbru.is or via the hashtag #dagarmyrkurs on Instagram. Participants can submit entries until 23:59 GMT on November 3rd, 2019. 1st price is 50,000 ISK. Submitting an entry automatically grants Austurbrú the right to use the photograph to promote the festival.

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N65° 15' 32.420" W14° 22' 32.197"
Location
Austurland

Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur