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    The last Catholic bishop, Jón Arason, and his two sons were executed at Skálholt for the sakes of undermining the Lutheran church.

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Culture

icelandic culture, guide to cultureThe Icelandic nation is rich in cultural tradition. Icelanders take pride in their heritage, as numerous museums all around the country bear witness to. Historical museums, embracing Icelandic heritage from the Viking era up to the 20th century, can be found both in Reykjavík and around the country. In the countryside, there are also many museums that cover aspects of local history and heritage. Admission fee to museums is usually low, 0-900 ISK. History put aside, there is much going on in music and arts as well. Art museums and galleries are growing in number and Icelandic design is becoming ever more popular. Music plays a big part in the cultural lives of Icelanders; the Icelandic symphony orchestra as well as the Icelandic Opera are notable for ambitious work in this small community. Those looking for something more progressive might want to check out the Airwaves music festival, held in October every year, where the newest trends in Icelandic and international rock and pop music are represented. Another cultural event that should not be missed is Culture Night, third weekend in August, when the streets of Reykjavík are filled with art performers and spectators.

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Art gallery - Sjöfn Har
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