The Danish Days
The Danish Days of Stykkishólmur are one of the oldest town festival in Iceland, and the first Danish Days were held in 1994 – so this year marks its twentieth anniversary. As a celebration of the numerous town celebrations that have been established since then the Icelandic Mail are going to release a stamp featuring amongst other Stykkishólmur‘s Danish Days.
Danish Days, as the name refers to, are a celebration of Stykkishólmur connection to Denmark, as through its history the small town was a center of commerce for Snæfellsnes. It was said that the Hólmarar (residents of Stykkishólmur) didn‘t speak a word of Icelandic on Sundays, only Danish. Even though that tradition didn‘t survive to this day, this heritage of Stykkishólmur deserved some celebration and the Danish Days were born. Expatriate Hólmarar flock to the town, and families come together for this celebration in the month of August. Streets are renamed to fit the theme and houses are decorated in the Danish flag colors. Emphasis is put on having a variety of activites for all ages and for the family to have fun together. On Saturday the big finale is a dance and this year‘s is hosted by the Icelandic performer and DJ Páll Óskar.