Four out of Ten Plan to Travel this Weekend

Vala Hafstað

The year’s biggest travel weekend is coming up tomorrow, and a new poll by Zenter indicates that no less than 42.8 percent of Icelanders are planning to travel the country this long weekend, called Merchants’ Weekend, or verslunarmannahelgin.

As expected, young people show the most interest in traveling, with 65 percent of respondents aged 18-24 reporting they plan to travel the country this weekend, 42 percent of those aged 25-34, 51 percent of 35-44-year olds, 39 percent of those aged 45-54, whereas only 35 percent of 55-64-year olds and 29 percent of 65-year-olds and older have that intention.

Most of the people headed to an organized festival plan to visit Þjóðhátíð in Vestmannaeyjar islands, or 5.1 percent. Most of the people planning to travel the country, however, or 25.4 percent, are not headed to organized festivals.

The poll was conducted for Fréttablaðið July 24-29. Questions were sent to 2,000 individuals, who are part of the Zenter focus group. The response rate was 51 percent, and the results were weighted by gender, age and residence.

You can view a list of all the major festivities here.

Weather should not hamper travel plans, for the forecast looks promising:

Today, the Icelandic Met Office predicts calm, variable winds and partly cloudy skies, with some fog banks or drizzle on the north and east coasts. Afternoon showers possible inland. Cloudy in many areas tomorrow. Daytime temperatures today will range from 12 to 19° C (54-66° F), but cooler in in the far east. Somewhat cooler tomorrow.

On Sunday, the outlook is for easterly winds of 3-10 m/sec – windiest on the south coast. Partly cloudy, but fogbanks in the far east and isolated afternoon showers. Daytime temperatures of 10-18° C (50-64° F) - coolest on the east coast. Cooler on Monday and cloudy in most parts of the country.


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