Events and Festivals

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Events and Festivals

40 Annual Events and Festivals in Akureyri and Surroundings

All year around there’s something happening in Akureyri. Here you can find information about the annual events and festivals that takes place in Akureyri and surroundings. On the list below is an introduction of every event/festival alphabetically. For a timeline please click “READ MORE”.
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Ak Extreme - Snowboarding Competition (April)

Ak Extreme - Snowboarding Competition (April)

The first snowboarding event of AK Extreme was held in 2002 and each year the jump ramp that is built in Akureyri near to the swimming pool seems to get higher and higher. A collection of diehard snowboarders and skiers jump, twist and summersault in a bid to be the champion of this awesome event!
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Akureyrarvaka Akureyri Town Festival (August - September)

Akureyrarvaka Akureyri Town Festival (August - September)

The Birthday of Akureyri is celebrated annually on the last weekend of August.
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Akureyri Motor Events (June)

Akureyri Motor Events (June)

Akureyri Motor Events (Bíladagar) 2017 will be held in Akureyri, from June 10th to 17th.
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Akureyri Summer Arts Festival

Akureyri Summer Arts Festival

Summer Arts Festival was the setting for art events in Akureyri for almost two decades and is the ideal platform for young and old artists to promote themselves.
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Arctic Handcraft and Design, Hrafnagil (August)

Arctic Handcraft and Design, Hrafnagil (August)

About 100 individuals are selected to sell their exclusive handcraft, art and design that often is based on the old Icelandic traditions.
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Arctic Open Golf tournament (June)

Arctic Open Golf tournament (June)

This international golf tournament takes place at the end of June around Summer Solstice.
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Arctic Run - Trail Running in Grímsey Island

Arctic Run - Trail Running in Grímsey Island

The trail running takes place each year around early September in the island Grímsey. It was held for the first time in 2012 and has become very popular amongst Icelanders since then. The run covers most of the island and crosses the Arctic Circle.
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Art Without Borders (May)

Art Without Borders (May)

Art Without Borders is an annual event where disabled and able-bodied artists meet with in their shared love of art.
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Aviation Day (June)

Aviation Day (June)

The Akureyri Aviation Museum Flight Day is held at the end of June.
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Christmas and New Year in Akureyri

Christmas and New Year in Akureyri

Visitors coming to Akureyri during Christmas and New Year can enjoy the fascinating festive celebrations of the holidays with colourful decorations and lights during Christmas followed by an enourmouse bonfire and fireworks show that lights up the night sky above the town during New Year.
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Donald Duck Ski Competition (April)

Donald Duck Ski Competition (April)

The Donald Duck Ski Competition has been hosted in Mt. Hlidarfjall in Akureyri at the end of April every year since 1976. It is the biggest ski event in Iceland and are intended for kids at the age of 6-15.
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Easter Adventure in Akureyri (March/April)

Easter Adventure in Akureyri (March/April)

Easter in Akureyri is an unforgettable experience. Whether you fancy going to a concert, a trip down the ski slopes of Mt. Hlíðafjall, a swim in one of the best Thermal pools in the country or treat yourself to an excellent night out of wining and dining , Akureyri is the right place.
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Fish Festival in Dalvík (August)

Fish Festival in Dalvík (August)

All you can eat - for free ! The Great Fish Day of Dalvík - everybody is invited to a sea food buffet – nobody has to pay.
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Fishermen´s Day (June)

Fishermen´s Day (June)

This event takes place on the first Sunday in June. Fishing has always been very important to the Icelandic way of living and as Akureyri houses one of the largest fishing companies in Iceland the day is celebrated with various events. Fishing vessels stay docked in the harbour during the celebrations, so that the sailors can spend the day with their families.
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Grímsey - Summer Solstice (21st of June)

Grímsey - Summer Solstice (21st of June)

The inhabitants of Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island and the only part of the country that lies above the Arctic Circle, will celebrate the summer solstice on the 21th June with a festival , offering visitors a chance to participate in the celebrations.
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Grímsey Festival (May/June)

Grímsey Festival (May/June)

This event takes place at the beginning of June each year. An annual fest focusing on old traditions from Grímsey. Collecting eggs, boat tours, childrens games, seek out the eggs of the Artic Tern, enjoy meals of specialities of the season, music etc.
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Hiking Weeks (June/July)

Hiking Weeks (June/July)

Annual hiking weeks with different hikes in and around Akureyri. Varied levels ranging from easy 2-4 hours walks to difficult 24 hours hikes (the 24 mountain tops in 24 hours).
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Hrísey festival (July)

Hrísey festival (July)

Hrísey is a small island in the middle of Eyfjafjörður 35 km from Akureyri with population of 170. One weekend in July a Family Festival has been held since 1997.
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Iceland Summer Games (July/August)

Iceland Summer Games (July/August)

During the „verslunarmannahelgi“ and the week before, the town of Akureyri will be the host of the 2017 Iceland Summer Games: where all sort of extreme sports, endurance tests and recreational games will take place, for all ages. The residents as well as the guests will have the opportunity to try mountain hiking, triathlon, swimming in the sea, biking, sailing and more.
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Iceland Winter Games (March)

Iceland Winter Games (March)

Iceland's first and only AFP slopestyle competition takes place in Akureyri, the ski capital of Iceland. A unique opportunity for skiers and followers to discover and experience this truly magnificent town close to the Arctic Circle. Outdoor and winter sport activists will find a great variety of events to enjoy or partake in... and in breathtaking landscape! Next competition is year 2018.
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Icelandic National Day (17.June)

Icelandic National Day (17.June)

The National Day of Iceland which is on the 17th of June is a very important celebration for the people of Akureyri as it is to all the people of Iceland, as this is the day the Republic of Iceland was formed. The town is decorated with flags and a full celebratory program starts at 12.45 and runs until midnight, suitable for all ages.
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Ladies Days (October)

Ladies Days (October)

Get pink and shimmery and enjoy Ladies Days with concerts, exhibitions and various events happening around the town.
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Local Food Festival (September/October)

Local Food Festival (September/October)

Local Food Festival takes place in Akureyri 30th of September.-1st of October and consists of The Local Food Fair which takes place in the Sports Stadium in Akureyri and Food &Fun Pop-Up Akureyri which is the first part of the festival with four-course menu at selected restaurants in Akureyri. This gives people interested in food and food culture an opportunity to entertain their taste buds.
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Medieval Trading Weekend at Gásir (July)

Medieval Trading Weekend at Gásir (July)

Each summer in July on the old medieval trading site Gásir a medieval trading village is re-created. The interactive medieval market event takes place over four days. Daily demonstrations in medieval crafts and games. www.gasir.is
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Motorbike Days (July)

Motorbike Days (July)

An annual motorbike meeting is held in Akureyri in late July. The motorbike club Tian (The Ten) organises this event , it offers a diverse programming to suits all who have a passion for motorbikes.
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Museums Day in Eyjafjord (April)

Museums Day in Eyjafjord (April)

Every year there is a 'Museum Day' in Eyjafjord: The numerous and interesting museums in the fjord organize different programs. Entrance on this day is free to all the museums. See www.minjasafnid.is
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N1 Football Tournament (June-July)

N1 Football Tournament (June-July)

N1 Football Tournament Youth boys football tournament (age 12).
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New Year

New Year

The New Year in Akureyri is celebrated in the traditional Icelandic way. An enourmous bonfire at Réttarhvammur (area on the way up to Hlíðarfjall ski centre) kicks off the celebrations around 8pm and then at 9pm a wonderful fireworks display follows, hosted by the local search and rescue organisation Súlur.
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Pollamót- Football tournament (July)

Pollamót- Football tournament (July)

The “Pollamót” is an annual sporting event held by Icelandair and Þór football club at the beginning of July. It is a football tournament for adult people who want to show they haven’t lost their touch. Both men and women compete in the tournament, in age groups of 30+, 40+, and 45+ for men, and 20+ and 30+ for the women.
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Siglufjörður Folk Music Festival (July)

Siglufjörður Folk Music Festival (July)

The annual Siglufjörður Folk Music Festival received a special award recognizing outstanding cultural events in the countryside of Iceland. Icelandic folk ballads, folkdance, courses and lectures are available during the festival since 1999.
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The 24 Peaks in 24 hours Hike (July)

The 24 Peaks in 24 hours Hike (July)

The 24 peaks in 24 hours is an ambitious annual hiking event set in July. This event covers 24 mountains in 24 hours, a great challenge for any hiker. Please note that this event will not take place in 2016.
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Twelfth Night - Þrettándinn (January 6th.)

Twelfth Night - Þrettándinn (January 6th.)

January 6th. (Twelfth Night) is celebrated as the last day of Christmas in Iceland. The 13 Yule lads start going back up to the mountains on Christmas day, one by one, the last one leaving on 6th. of January, marking the end of the Christmas season. This day is celebrated in a similar way to New Year's Eve, but on a smaller scale with festive dinners, bonfires and fire-works.
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Vaka Folk Festival - Nordic Art Festival in Akureyri

Vaka Folk Festival - Nordic Art Festival in Akureyri

The Nordic Arts Festival in Akureyri will be held on the 24th- 27th of May 2017. Emerging talented musicians and dancers from all of the Nordic countries will perform. They will show the power , beauty and fun of living art form that is founded on well-established Nordic traditions. Everyone is welcome to join as the festival is for people of all ages , especially the young people who undoubtedly will discover that new Icelandic music extends its roots far back in history .
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Winter Half Term School Holidays. (Feb & Oct)

Winter Half Term School Holidays. (Feb & Oct)

Icelandic schools have half term breaks in both February and October.
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Ymur - experimental sound- and visual Art Festival in Akureyri (June)

Ymur - experimental sound- and visual Art Festival in Akureyri (June)

Ymis a 24 hour experimental sound- and visual art festival in Akureyri, Iceland, now being held for the first time on the 12th -13th of June 2015, from 18:00pm - 18:00pm. The festival’s goal is to create a platform where diverse forms of art are brought together with emphasis on primary trials, experimentation and a creative flow in a ‘feel free to fuck up’ atmosphere. Ymur takes place in Akureyri's central art-street
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