Sweet Days in Húsavík
Almost every town in Iceland has a special day or weekend, and Húsavík is no exception. The town’s festival is called Mærudagar, which means Candy Days, and it is held the last weekend in July as a time for everyone to come together and enjoy Húsavík.
The town is divided into 3 districts: Pink, Orange, and Green, and people decorates houses, businesses, light posts and themselves in their colors. The population more than doubles during the festival, as many people who have moved away pick this weekend to come back for a visit, and the whole town is buzzing with life.
During Mærudagar, there is something for everyone: art exhibitions, open-air theatre performances for kids of all ages, a parade, a golf tournament, a market and a small carnival at the harbor, the shops & restaurants are open longer, and there is live music all over town.
In the evening, the harbor fills with people enjoying the music and meeting old & new friends.
At North Sailing, both Gamli Baukur and Hvalbak café were open late and offered live music. On Saturday night, there was also a special midnight cruise on board Náttfari. The sea was perfectly calm, the temperatures were not too cold, and it was a perfect night for a cruise.
No matter what the weather forecast says, in Húsavík on Mærudagar, people expect good weather, and this year was no exception. The sun is still shining on Húsavík as this year’s Mærudagar festival winds to a close. So next year, why not plan to be in Húsavík at the end of July and join the party? Just remember to bring something pink, orange, or green to wear.