Breakfast at Kolkuós after which the morning will be spent at the Icelandic Emigration Center and museum. At the museum you will get to know the history of the emigration from Iceland as well as find more about your ancestors and their origins.
Lunch at Kolkuós Guesthouse, followed by traditional Icelandic dance lessons to Icelandic folk songs. New skills that might come in handy this evening!
An afternoon of free time and relaxation, or more time at the Icelandic Emigration Center. You will then spend the evening at a local Þorrablót (Jan-Feb), a traditional Icelandic festival featuring traditional food, song and dance or a traditional Kvöldvaka (Feb-mar) with Sagas, song, dance and local food. You never know, you might even meet some of your frænka and frændi!
Insider info: Þorrablót
This is an Icelandic midwinter festival originating in pagan times. Back then, Þorri was a month in the old Icelandic calendar, the period from mid-January to mid-February. The second part of the word – blót – refers to worship, in the honor of the Norse god Þór. The first festival was apparently organized by Icelandic students in Copenhagen in the middle of the 19th century. It gradually caught on in Iceland and has since then always been based on traditional Icelandic food. The feast certainly gives first-hand insight into the various food items found in every Icelandic home throughout history. But there is more to the celebration as singing and dancing play a significant role.
Insider Info: Kvöldvaka
Evening get-together. Icelanders lived for centuries scattered on farms in the country side. During the long dark winter days any form of communication with neighbors, family or friends in other parts of the country was very limited. People did not travel during those months but carried on with life in total isolation at home. When the daily chores were completed and supper had been served, the „kvöldvaka“ began. In a poorly lit room, the only warm placeon in the farm, people gathered. In times of neither radio nor television, any form of entertainment was in the hands of the household. There was reading from the Sagas, reciting of poetry and folktales were told. The singing of rhymes was a popular event in every home.