"17th of June - Our National holiday." Top 5 Page for this destination ReykjavÝk Local Custom Tip by Regina1965

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  Jˇn Sigur­sson (1811-1879) on Austurv÷llur.
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  • Jón Sigurðsson (1811-1879) on Austurvöllur. - Reykjavík
      Jˇn Sigur­sson (1811-1879) on Austurv÷llur.
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  • Concert on Arnarhóll hill. - Reykjavík
      Concert on Arnarhˇll hill.
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  • The parade in Lækjargata. - Reykjavík
      The parade in LŠkjargata.
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  • Concert in Lækjargata. - Reykjavík
      Concert in LŠkjargata.
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  • Concert in Ingólfstorg square. - Reykjavík
      Concert in Ingˇlfstorg square.
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We have been celebrating our National holiday since 1874 when it was first held on the 1000 year anniversary of settlement here in Iceland and the arrival of our Danish King Christian the 9th to Iceland with our constitution.

If you visit ReykjavÝk on the 17th of June don't miss the festival down-town which starts at 10 and goes on until 23 in the evening. 17th of June is the birthday of Jˇn Sigur­sson (1811-1879) which we call Jˇn forseti (president), but he was the president of the Parliament and played a key-role in Iceland becoming a republic in 1944. Before that we were under the reign of the Danish monarchy, although we got our sovereignty in 1918.

The program starts at 10 when the president of the city council lays a wreath on the grave of Jˇn Sigur­sson and at 10:40 the formal program starts on Austurv÷llur by the statue of Jˇn Sigur­sson where the President of Iceland makes a speach, followed by a speach by the Prime minister and "The woman of the mountains" Fjallkonan.
The program for the kids is at 13-17 in Hljˇmskßlagar­ur by the south-end of Tj÷rnin (the pond) and in Hallargar­ur. The parade starts from Hlemmur at 13:40 and goes to Ingˇlfstorg. There are concerts on Arnarhˇll, LŠkjargata and on Ingˇlfstorg and dancing in all those places and festivities all over this part of the city center. This is not an event to be missed. I add more pictures in a travelogue here.

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