Family festival „EIN MEĐ ÖLLU“ & Iceland Summer Games

Family festival „EIN MEĐ ÖLLU“ & Iceland Summer Games During the „verslunarmannahelgi“, the Merchants‘ Weekend, the town of Akureyri hosts the event "Ein

Family festival „EIN MEĐ ÖLLU“ & Iceland Summer Games

Verslunarmannahelgi (“Merchants‘ Weekend”) initially came about because the first Monday in August was designated a statutory holiday for merchants and anyone working in trade in Iceland. In 2019 will take place 1st-4th of August.

Nowdays, convenience stores, roadside shops and tourist shops are mostly open during the whole weekend and even on Monday. Meanwhile, most other icelanders are enjoying an extra day off, because Monday is simply a bank holiday and the weekend leading up to it is the summer’s biggest camping and festival weekend in Iceland.

During the „Verslunarmannahelgi“, the Merchants‘ Weekend, the town of Akureyri hosts the event "Ein međ Öllu" family festival: where live music, tivoli and different performances fill up the streets of Akureyri together with sportevents on the Iceland Summer Games. 

The festivals offers many events and everybody should find a suitable event. To name a few there while be a fairground, entertainment for children, a request song concert in the Akureyri church and marketplace in the town center, a the fundraising event „moms and muffins“ (i. „mömmur og möffins“) and during the final night of the festival there will be the large concert of the festival itself called „Sparitónleikar“ in Icelandic. Well known Icelandic artists will perform, bands, solo artists and promising young artists. The festival will finally conclude with an extensive fireworks show.

Parallel to the festival there will be the Icelandic summer games in the town. There will be a footrace in the church stairs, a beach volleyball tournament in Kjarnaskógur, which is a forest to the south of Akureyri. Additionally the Motorcycle Club Tían will hold a conjunction of motorcycles driving in the town and a triathlon in Hrafnagil, which is a small village about 12,5 km south of Akureyri.


Below is the program of the festival 2019.

1st of August, Thursday:
Glerártorg shopping center: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Children‘s program
Botanical garden: 6:00 pm The theater company Lotta play „Little Mermaid“, in Icelandic
Glerártorg shopping center: Evening opening, open until 10:00 pm. Performances by Tumi & Gaui, Rán Ringsted, Stefán Haukur, KÁ/AKÁ and more.
*Grćni Hatturinn concert venue: 10:00 pm – concert by Hvanndalsbrćđur

After midnight:
Götubarinn: Comfortable bar vibes and someone might play the piano 

2nd of August, Friday:

*Hamarkotstún park: Frisbee Golf competition, 16-18:00
* The church steps below the Akureyri church: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm A church step footrace. The competiton will be held in four age groups. Participants must register and show up in a costume. Further information can be found at the website
Akureyri swimmingpool: 7:00 pm Aqua Zumba with Ţórunn Kristín.
Akureyrarkirkja: 8:00 pm A requested songs concert with Óskar Pétursson and Eyţór Ingi Jónsson. Ticket sales will be at the entrance, the house opens at 7:00 pm.
Akureyri town square „Ráđhústorg“: 8:00 pm Conjunction driving of the Motorcycle Club Tían 
* Town center: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Friday vibes in the town center. Performing artists will be Anton Líni, Stefán Elí, Rán Ringsted, Spiceman, KÁ/AKÁ, Rebekka Hvönn – Birkir Blćr, and others. Sygn Blöndal will conduct the evening.
Grćni Hatturinn concert venue: 10:00 pm – Killer Queen, concert

After midnight:
Götubarinn: Fun bar vibes

3rd of August, Saturday:
* Akureyri town square „Ráđhústorg“: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Marketplace vibes. Do you have anything to sell? Contact Valdísi or via telephone +354 843 4499 and book your space.
Glerártorg shopping center: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fun and games for kids.
Town center main stage: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Festival program. Children gets to try pizza from Greifinn and Flóridana juice. Performing will be Sigyn Blöndal, Dance recital from Steps Dancecenter, Zumba Kids, Einar Mikael, Anton Líni, Húlladúllan, Gutti and Selma. Every kid will get a chance to get the a photo with the artists when it ends.
Botanical Garden: 15:00 pm, - 17:00 pm Moms and Muffins „Mömmur og möffins“ – Muffins, coffee og juice boxes for sale. All proceeds will go to the maternity ward of the Akureyri hospital. Muffins can be delivered after 3:00 pm
*Town center main stage: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Festival program. Music performances by Omotrack, Svala Björgvins, Stefán Elí, ClubDub, Flóni.
*Hof cultural house: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am N3 DJ‘s. 30 year age limit.
*Grćni Hatturinn concert venue: Kl. 10:00 pm – Jónas Sig, concert.

After midnight:
Götubarinn: Fun bar vibes
Sjallinn: Club Dub & Fóni

4th of August, Sunday:
* Kjarnaskógur: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Forest day in Kjarnaskógur.  A fun new event this year is the forest day in Kjarnaskógur the entire Sunday. There will sports competition and tournaments. To name a few, beach volleyball, archery and orienteering. Children will be able to partake in wood carving (bring your own knife) and make popcorn over and open fire and parents will be able to taste kettle coffee that is made over and open fire. Furthermore there are many playground spread throughout the forest and the goal is that the family can show up, walked around the forest and have a good time togeather. Additionally the archery division of the Akureyri Sports Club will offer people to try archery from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. 
* Akureyri town square „Ráđhústorg“: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Marketplace vibes. Do you have anything to sell? Contact Valdísi or via telephone +354 843 4499 and book your space.
Glerártorg: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Youth talent competition. The competition will be in two categories, 8-12 y/o and 13-16 y/o. Fantastic prizes.

Akureyrarkirkja: 17:00 Concert by Swedish organist Robert Pauker

Torfunefsbryggja Pier5:00 pm Free sailing with Old oak boat Húni II
The area below the old Akureyri theater: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am „Main event concert“ Sparitónleikar. Hosting will be Sigyn Blöndal. Halla Björk Reynisdóttir chairman of the Akureyri town council will hold a speech. Performances by AK CITY, Gréta Salomé, Jóna Sig, Húlladúllan, Fríđrik Dór, Herra Hnetusmjör, Flammeus. and the winners from the days youth talent competition. The program will conclude with an extended fireworks show.
*Grćni Hatturinn concert venue: 10:00 pm – Hjálmar, concert.

After midnight:
Götubarinn: Skemmtileg barstemning.
*Sjallin: Fríđrik Dór and Herra Hnetusmjör 


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