Thjodhatid

Thjodhatid

First weekend in August
Thjodhatid is a three-day "people's feast" celebrated in the Vestmannaeyjar area (or Westmann Islands) of Iceland. The festival commemorates the granting of Iceland's constitution on July 1, 1874, which permitted the nation, long under the control of Denmark, to handle its own domestic affairs. Because of foul weather, the island people of Vestmannaeyjar weren't able to attend the mainland celebration, so they held their own festival at home a month later. They've been holding this month-late celebration ever since.
Most of the festivities take place in Herjólfsdalur on Heimaey Island. Enormous bonfires are built, and there are sporting events, dancing, singing, and eating and drinking. People come from the mainland for this event, so the island is filled with campers.
CONTACTS:
Vestmannaeyjar Tourist Information Center
Vestmannabraut 38
Vestmannaeyjar, 900 Iceland
354-481-1271; fax: 354-481-1572