In this introductory video, organizer Mörður Gunnarsson gives a summary of what we can expect from this year‘s festival. Furthermore, he shares his experience from former festivals and permaculture in general.
Why this festival?
The Nordic Permaculture Festival opens up the field of sustainability to a broader public view with a hands-on as well as theoretical focus. The festival is an opportunity for participants from the Nordic countries to gather and exchange information about sustainable solutions from their areas - both on a national and local level. The festival is a rotating event, which first took place in Denmark in 2011. The festival has been in all independent Nordic countries except Iceland and now Iceland is more than ready to host a great event! This festival is an opportunity for all to share experiences, visions, lifestyles, and practical knowledge.
History of the festival
The first Nordic Permaculture Festival was created in Hegnstrup in Denmark in 2011. Ängsbacka course center in Sweden held the festival In 2012. In 2013 the festival traveled to Norway to the Ecovillage in Hurdalen, then to Friland in Denmark, Stjärnsund in Sweden and Isnäs in Finland and now it will be in Iceland 2017!
What is permaculture?
Permaculture is a design method that repeats natural cycles in a way that creates yields for humans in ways that does minimal environmental harm. It builds on three ethics which are Earth care, People care and Fair share. In short permaculture is a clever way of working with nature to produce the most with nature instead of abusing it.
Iceland this summer
The Nordic Permaculture Festival is held in Iceland this summer near the fishing town Þorlákshöfn. The county has graciously loaned land to Töfrastaðir/Permavillage for the next 10 years, Töfrastaðir is a permaculture organization that spreads permaculture in Iceland. The land is very raw, with lava fields, sand banks, moss and a little grass here and there. In the coming months this land will turn into a magical festival area and the participants of the festival can contribute in the future of this land by adding their touches and wisdom.
The Nordic Permaculture Festival is a participatory festival where the guests are also the workshop holders and keepers of the area. There will be an emphasis on balanced values between the different views within permaculture and tolerance for all. Since the festival location and Icelandic permaculture society is in the starting stages, the focus in workshop selection will be on how to implement ideas and information that helps projects to grow in their early stages.
We will limit the tickets available to 350 as our infrastructure, ecosystem, and associates want to make sure we build up this land right and healthy.
Workshop holders get 15% discount.
From the 10th of July, presale closes and the price is 111 euros without food but 166 euros with food for the whole festival.
It is possible to buy day tickets:
- First day (Thursday, 20th): €33
- Second day (Friday, 21st): €66
- Third day (Saturday, 22nd): €66
- Fourth day (Sunday, 23nd): €33
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE NORDIC PERMACULTURE FESTIVAL ARE:
- To spread knowledge of practical permaculture solutions.
- To be a networking forum for Nordic permaculture enthusiasts.
- To rotate each year between the Nordic countries, enabling as many people as possible to participate.
- To keep the festival affordable for as many people as possible.
- To show examples of permaculture on the festival site.
- For the catering to consist of mainly local, minimum ecological, produce.
- To be open for everyone independent of culture, age or sex etc, or previous experience with permaculture. Active participation and engagement is the only requirement.
- To be based on voluntary engagement.
Head to Þorlákshöfn which is a cute town in south Iceland. When getting close to town (before the roundabout) you will see a sign saying "Nordic Permaculture Festival" and "Sandar Suðursins" Turn in there. It is very evident where the festival site is and fine to park in the side of the road so long as access paths are not blocked (prefer that cars are parked on the side farther from the festival side.
Getting there by bus: There are threes buses to Þorlákshöfn on weekdays but 8 from Hveragerði. On the 20th we will pick up people from the stop at Hveragerði to save people the hazzle of organizing to get from there to the site. A small gas contribution is expected if picked up. People are also picked up at the bus stop in Þorlákshöfn and moved to the festival area if that is requested.