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.
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A! Performance Festival

A! Performance Festival

A! Is a four-day performance festival, now held for the fourth time. The festival is a collaboration between Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri Culture Society, Akureyri Theatre, LÓKAL International Theatre Festival, Reykjavík Dance Festival and Icelandic Art Center.
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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 Cultural Night (August - September)

Akureyrarvaka Cultural Night (August - September)

The Anniversary of Akureyri is celebrated annually on the last weekend of August with a event called Cultural Night or in icelandic Akureyrarvaka.
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Akureyri Art Summer

Akureyri Art Summer

Akureyri Art Summer 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. On the menu are concerts with pop and rock,classical music,visual Art,exhibitions, various happenings and outdoor Art.
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Akureyri Motor Events (June)

Akureyri Motor Events (June)

Akureyri Motor Events (Bíladagar) 2019 will be held in Akureyri, from June 14th to 17th.
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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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Autumn Sheep and Horse roundups (réttir)

Autumn Sheep and Horse roundups (réttir)

Early September is the time for all the sheep scattered in the Icelandic nature to be gathered together and sent to their respective farms: this roundups are charged with tradition and reunite farmers, friends and visitors on a day where the sheep or the horse are the protagonists.
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Aviation Day

Aviation Day

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 enormous 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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Family festival „EIN MEÐ ÖLLU“ & Iceland Summer Games

Family festival „EIN MEÐ ÖLLU“ & Iceland Summer Games

During the „verslunarmannahelgi“, the Merchants‘ Weekend, the town of Akureyri hosts the event "Ein með Öllu" family festival: where live music, tivoli and different performances fill up the streets of Akureyri together with sportevents on the Iceland Summer Games.
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Fish Festival in Dalvík (August)

Fish Festival in Dalvík (August)

The Great Fish day is an annual festival in Dalvíkurbyggð (44 km north of Akureyri) held on the second Saturday of August. Fish producers and other members of the society of Dalvík invite guests to a sea food buffet between 11.00 and 17.00 at the harbour in Dalvík. The purpose with this generous offer is to get as many people as possible together to taste fish and enjoy a good day in Dalvík.
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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 - Solstice Festival

Grímsey - Solstice Festival

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 from 21st to 24th June with a festival, offering visitors a chance to participate in the celebrations.
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Hello Easter (April 12th - 22nd)

Hello Easter (April 12th - 22nd)

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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Hiking Weeks (June/July)

Hiking Weeks (June/July)

Annual hiking weeks with different hikes in and around Akureyri. Varied levels ranging from 2-4 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 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!
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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 (March)

Local Food Festival (March)

Local Food Festival is a food culture festival in the Hof Cultural Centre in Akureyri. The big show will be held on March 16th. The purpose of the festival is to draw attention to the north and the great food industry that goes on in the North, a diverse selection of restaurants, food culture and other sectors related to food. Local Food Festival wants to achieve both Icelanders and tourists as there is a big increase in interest worldwide in food tourism.
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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 two days. Daily demonstrations in medieval crafts and games. www.gasir.is
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Midsummer Magic

Midsummer Magic

Midsummer Night this year (2019) is celebrated during the weekend of 22nd to the 23rd of June. In Iceland this day is called Jónsmessa named after John the Baptist. According Icelandic folklore many strange things happens during Midsummer Night e.g. the cows gain the power to speech and seals can become human.
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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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National Day of Iceland (17.June)

National Day of Iceland (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 13.30 and runs until midnight, suitable for all ages.
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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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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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Vintage car meeting

Vintage car meeting

Members of the vintage car divison of The Akureyri Car Club will meet on Wednesday nights at 8 o‘clock by the Hof Cultural House during the summer monthes.
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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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