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Medieval Trading weekend at Gásir (July)

Cancelled 2020 & 2021

Each summer in July on the old medieval trading site Gásir, a medieval trading area is re-created. The interactive medieval market event takes place over two days with daily demonstrations in medieval crafts and games. http://www.gasir.is/

The villagers are dressed in medieval costume and can be seen demonstrating medieval crafts; spinning wool, wood carving, tanning, blacksmithing and much more. Shows of medieval sword fighting are held each day and members of the public can join in with medieval ball games and archery.
One can buy hand crafted items on site (no credit cards as they did not exist in the medieval times ;-)
Entrance fee can though be payed with credit cards.  

Bring a picnic and enjoy it at this beautiful outdoor venue.

Program 2019: Hopefully the event will take place 2022 - the program will be posted here when ready.

Medieval Days at Gásir 20. - 21. july 11:00 - 17:00
11:00 -17:00 Medieval market open – artisans at work.
11:00 – 16:00 Can you shoot an arrow? Archery for those who dare.
11:30 Gásverjar – Re-enactment group put on a show.
12:00 Guided tour of the archaeological site.
12:30 Gásverjar – Re-enactment group put on a show. 
13:00 Medieval songs – Hymnodiu choir.
13:30 Sword fighting – Rimmugýgur Re-enactment group.
14:00 Gold at Gásir!? Could it be? Dr. Orri Vésteinsson archaeologist talks about sulphur. 
14:30 Medieval songs - Jónína Björg performs Icelandic folk songs
15:00 Parchment making. Jiri the Czech talks about his work.
15:15 Medieval amusement and fun facts by the actors Vandræðaskáld.
15:30 Sword fighting – Rimmugýgur Re-enactment group.
16:00 Guided tour of the archaeological site.
16:30 Will someone end up in the pillory? Rotten eggs for sale just in case.

A nice 2 minutes presentation about Gásir

How to get there
Gásir, situated 11 km north of Akureyri on the shore of the fjord Eyjafjörður.
Drive from Akureyri along main road 1 for aprox 4 km (direction Reykjavik), then turn right on to the road nr. 816 (by the community house Hlíðarbær) and continue along this road for aprox 6 km or until you come to the parking lot at Gásir.

More information on the webpage Gásir.