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Reykjavík Guide May 9-16

By Staff

  • The International Day of Migratory Birds is this coming Saturday. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the Reykjavík chapter of What to do and see this week around Iceland, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.

GusGus and Reykjavík Dance Productions in Harpa
Live dance-concert performance Jorney is an unconventional piece where the interplay of dance, music and film. The team behind the piece is the splendid band GusGus and Reykjavík Dance Productions. Created in May 2012 for the Iceland Dance Company and Reykjavík Arts Festival, Journey is back on stage in in Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík after traveling around Europe. Dates May 8 and 9. Tickets available here.

It was a boy and a girl! The first two lambs at the Reykjavik Petting Zoo were born May 2. The proud mother is obviously a little bit sceptical about the photographer. Photo/The Reykjavík Petting Zoo.

Lambing season in the capital Petting Zoo
The only type of sheep in Iceland is the native northern European short-tailed sheep brought there by the settlers, the Vikings, 1100–1200 years ago. There are almost half a million sheep in Iceland outnumbering the human population (325.000) by a good margin. In May the margin grows even larger when the lambing season starts. The Reykjavík Petting Zoo in Laugardalur valley has a small flock of sheep. This coming weekend is a great time to stop by to witness the newborn lambs taking their first tiny step into the outside world. There are two newborns already around and more are expected in the next few days.

A  free of charge guided nature walk and birdwatching tour
The International Day of Migratory Birds is on Saturday May 10. That day you can take a guided nature walk and birdwatching tour whithin Reykjavík limits led by a natural scientist. The walk will start from Foldasafn library in Grafarvogur neighborhood in the east part of the city. The walk is  hosted by The Department of Environment and Planning and is a part of the educational programme “Reykjavík – bursting with life”, which is about the biological diversity found in nature of the city. The walk starts at 10. 30, takes about an hour, is free of charge and everybody is welcome.

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