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Colors of Keflavik - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Keflavik While walking around Keflavik, you can notice are a lot of shops selling knitwear and yarn. Knitting remains one of the favorite hobbies among locals. Moreover, not only women but also men love and know how to knit. Such an interesting national feature is explained by the fact that the region has very long and dark winters. To spend evening hours with benefit, locals knit warm clothes from sheep's wool for themselves and loved ones.
Keflavik is quite a small town, which can be easily explored on foot in just a few hours. Within the city limits, there are no historical buildings, here you can admire only colorful houses … Open
Sweaters and hats made from the wool of local production are very easy to distinguish in the store - they are very itchy. Usually, in tourist-focused shops, one can buy goods from softer wool imported here from other countries. Sweaters from real local wool have several important advantages - they are very warm and moisture-proof. Many residents of Keflavik wear this kind of sweaters as outerwear. All guests of the city can join the local knitting culture, there are a lot of specialized shops here.
Despite the fact that Keflavik is a modern and actively developing city, locals have not lost their love for interesting old traditions. Some rituals amazing for modern people can be observed on major holidays. One of the favorite ones among locals is Winter Holiday. Hundreds of years ago, in the first days of winter, it was customary to put pants on one leg jumping around the house barefoot. Locals perform such an original ritual even now, it is believed that after this "greeting" it will be easier to survive the long winter. A must-have attribute of Winter Holiday is a lavish feast. Copyright
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Like many years ago, townspeople celebrate traditional holiday Jól, the tradition of which dates back more than one hundred years. The main feature of this holiday is huge bonfires, for which several special sites are regularly built in Keflavik. The beautiful holiday is dedicated to the goddesses of destiny and fate. Locals try to attract good luck by honoring them with bright bonfires and treats.
Keflavik Traditions of some holidays have their roots in pagan times. A great example is Sumardagurinn fyrsti, which is traditionally celebrated on the first day of summer. Many interesting beliefs are associated with this holiday. If there is frost on the night before the holiday, it is evaluated as a good omen and a guarantee of a warm summer. It will be very interesting to visit Keflavik during one of the traditional holidays. Today, beautiful solemn processions are held in the city, interesting competitions and gastronomic celebrations are organized for locals and guests of the city.
1. Keflavik has one of the largest and most advanced airports in the world. The fastest and easiest way to get to the city is by plane. 2. In the city, literally everywhere you can pay … Open
Local people are known for their openness and simple nature. Since Keflavik is a relatively small city, locals aren't used to a huge number of tourists. They treat foreigners with some interest and are always ready to keep a casual conversation even with strangers. So you should not be surprised if locals invite you to their table in a restaurant. They are very friendly and gladly let tourists in on local lifestyle and traditions.
Keflavik It is important to note that even citizens are distinguished by love and respect for nature, not to mention those who live in the countryside. On the city streets, one can see a lot of warning signs calling for the protection of nature. Violation of the rules imposes serious penalties up to imprisonment. To show respect for citizens, one should definitely take into account and follow the simple rules concerning the attitude towards living nature in all its manifestations.
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Among other interesting features of the local mentality is the indifferent attitude towards low-alcohol beverages. Despite the fact that the city has many bars and pubs offering a huge selection of beer and cocktails, drinks of this kind are absolutely unpopular among locals. Throughout the 20th century, drinking low-alcohol beverages was prohibited by law here. After the abolition of this law, beer and other low-alcohol drinks never gained popularity.
Residents of Keflavik consider schnapps to be one of their main traditional drinks, it can be tasted literally in any local restaurant and bar. There are many schnapps varieties here, small bottles containing this strong alcoholic drink often serve as tourist souvenirs. Homemade snaps sold on local food markets are especially valued.
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