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Culture Night, Jazz Festival & More August Events in Reykjavik

With over 100,000 guests and 600 events, Reykjavik Culture Night is one of Iceland’s biggest celebrations. Held on August 28 this year, festivities take place all over the city: in the streets and squares, in museums and businesses, and even in residential gardens! Other festivals taking place this August include Reykjavik Pride, the annual Jazz Festival and the Reykjavik Marathon. Click here to find out more about these unique events!

Brennivin T-Shirt Giveaway!

Iceland’s favorite distilled spirit, Brennivin, is giving away t-shirts to three lucky fans in celebration of its expansion into the U.S. market! Earn up to three entries by visiting Iceland Naturally on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Click here for complete contest details.

Wall Street Journal on Iceland’s Laugavegurinn Trail: Beautiful, But Tough

Wall Street Journal travel blogger Henry Wismayer recently took a hike through Laugavegurinn, Iceland’s most popular trail, which winds through volcanic terrain, snowfields, and freezing rivers. Wismayer wrote that Laugavegurinn “provided us with an unforgettable glimpse of Iceland’s glacier-bound, lava-spewing wonderland, and proved, somewhat reassuringly, that this was a place where nature remained very much in charge.” Click here to see what Wismayer encountered on his 34-mile hike.

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Experience Iceland in North America

Bjork’s distinct style and impressive career will be honored at a special MoMA exhibit next year. Uni Stefson, an up-and-coming Icelandic musician and one-half of the band Retro Stefson (a regular Taste of Iceland performer), released his first solo single this month. Those living in Seattle, Reykjavik’s sister city, can enjoy the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Viking Days festival August 16 & 17, which includes a 5K run (Viking costumes encouraged), a Swedish pancake breakfast, a Viking encampment and much more. Plus, Iceland lovers everywhere can enter Inspired by Iceland’s Win a Trip Back to Iceland Instagram contest!

News About Iceland

Bokeh is an upcoming independent film about a young couple vacationing in Iceland when suddenly everyone else on the planet disappears. Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like filming at over 55 locations in Iceland, courtesy of the film’s producer. For more stories about love in Iceland, check out the Huffington Post article “Breathtaking Wedding Photos Will Make You Want to Visit Iceland ASAP.” If all this talk is putting you in the mood for a drink, see what Men’s Journal found out about Iceland’s emerging cocktail industry and check out the top chefs who sipped Reyka Vodka cocktails at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen! Iceland’s renewable energy business is also growing: Landsvirkjun, Iceland’s National Power Company, and United Silicon finalized a contract to build a silicon metal facility in Iceland that will be powered entirely by renewable hydro and geothermal power.

Happening in Iceland

As if Reykjavik Pride, the annual Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Culture Night and the Reykjavik Marathon weren’t enough, there are several other exciting things happening in Iceland this month. There’s a truly unique work of art on display in Keflavik International Airport, where they’ve also amped-up Wi-Fi capabilities, and Blue Lagoon’s LAVA restaurant is celebrating summer with a new menu in honor of its award-winning chefs. In northern Iceland, the Nordic Committee for Folk Music is putting on the Tradition for Tomorrow: Safeguarding Nordic Intangible Cultural Heritage festival in Akureyri. 

Uniquely Icelandic: Icelandic Glacial 

Iceland Naturally is excited to showcase this month’s featured member, Icelandic Glacial Water! A leader in super-premium natural spring water, Icelandic Glacial is the world’s first Carbon Neutral certified bottled water. Icelandic Glacial earned this coveted distinction by sourcing its water from a sustainable and renewable resource - Iceland’s Ölfus Spring - and by using only 100% recyclable plastic in its signature glacier bottles. We are happy to announce that Icelandic Glacial is now available at all Sprouts stores in the U.S., nationwide throughout Belarus, and at Whole Foods locations all along the west coast! Check out their Instagram contest for the chance to win $25 to Whole Foods, enter to win a case of Icelandic Glacial by entering their Facebook Share Your Iceland Photo Contest, and find out where you can buy Icelandic Glacial near you at IcelandicGlacial.com.
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