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Family festival „EIN MEÐ 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 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. 

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 2018 which gives an idea of its content. New program for the year 2019 will be added as soon as it is known or minimum 2 weeks prior  to the festival.

2nd of August, Thursday:
Glerártorg shopping center: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Childrens program – The theater company Lotta, bouncycastle, fund and games and balloon animals.
Hof Cultural house: 4:00 pm Guided tour around the Hof cultural house, admission 1000 kr. Tour in Icelandic at 5:00 pm
Botanical garden: 6:00 pm The theater company Lotta and the play „Pinoccio“ in Icelandic
Hof Cultural house: 8:00 pm Concert– "Íslenskir dægurlagamolar í bauk" - Icelandic pop songs in tin – Valmar Valjaots, Brynleifur Hallsson and Erla Dóra Vogler. Admission 2500 kr
Glerártorg shopping center: Evening opening, open until 10:00 pm. Music and circus acts. Performing will be Jóhanna Guðrún, Gringlo, Kristín Tómas, Circus of Iceland and Birkir Blær.
*Græni Hatturinn concert venue: 10:00 pm – Local musicians Guðrún Gunnars, Óskar Péturs and Magni Ásgeirs perform their favorite songs.

After midnight:
Cafe Amour: Rúnar Eff troubadour
Götubarinn: Comfortable bar vibes and someone might play the piano 

3rd of August, Friday:
Glerártorg shopping center: 2:00 pm - A ballon animal workshop for kids aged 7-12. Admission 2000 kr. Tickets for the workshop can be purchased at tix.is
* 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 www.einmedollu.is
The area below the old Akureyri theater: 5:00 pm Circus of Iceland – A performance for the entire family „A decade of Circus“
Akureyri swimmingpool: 7:00 pm Aqua Zumba with Þórunn Kristín.
Hof Cultural house: 8:00 pm Concert
Akureyrarkirkja: 8:00 pm A requested songs concert with Óskar Pétursson and Eyþór Ingi Jónsson. Ticket sales will be at the entrance, the house opens at 7:00 pm.
Akureyri town square „Ráðhústorg“: 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 Dúndurfréttir, Hamrabandið, Anton, Marína og Mikael, Kristín Tómas, Gréta Salóme. Sigyn Blöndal will host the evening. 
* The area below the old Akureyri theater: 8:00 pm Circus of Iceland – a performance for grown ups „Skinnsemi“
* The kettle house „Ketilhúsið“: 8:00 pm A movie screening – KvikYndisListaSumar – The Mirror
Græni Hatturinn concert venue: 10:00 pm – Dúndurfréttir, concert

After midnight:
Cafe Amour: Stórleikur, Útvarp Akureyri
Pósthúsbarinn: DJ Fúzi
Götubarinn: Fun bar vibes.
Sjallinn: Hamrabandið, 20 years age limit.

4th of August, Saturday:
* Hrafnagil sportscenter: Triathlon. Registration axel@vidburdarstofa.is
* Akureyri town square „Ráðhústorg“: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Marketplace vibes. Do you have anything to sell? Contact Valdísi valdislara@gmail.com or via telephone +354 843 4499 and book your space.
Glerártorg shopping center: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fun and games. Live music 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Perfroming will be Club Dub, Anton, Beebee and the Bluebirds. 
Town center main stage: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Festival program. Children to the downtown presented by Greifans and Flóridana. Performing will be Sigyn Blöndal, Dance recital from Steps Dancecenter, Zumba Kids, Dagur Guðna, KÁ/AKÁ, Gutti and Selma. Every kid will get a chance to get the a photo with the artist when it ends
Akureyri Art Museum: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Guided tour around the exhibition Sovereignty Revised, the artist Guðmundur Ármann Sigurjónsson 
The area below the old Akureyri theater: 4:00 pm Circus of Iceland – A performance for the entire family „A decade of Circus“
Botanical Garden: 4:00 pm, - 6:00 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
Hof Cultural house: 8:00 pm Tónleikar – Íslenskir dægurlagamolar í bauk – Valmar Valjaots, Brynleifur Hallsson og Erla Dóra Vogler. Aðgangseyrir 2500 kr Concert - Icelandic pop songs in tin - – Valmar Valjaots, Brynleifur Hallsson and Erla Dóra Vogler. Admission 2500 kr
* The area below the old Akureyri theater: 9:00 pm Circus of Iceland – a performance for grown ups „Skinnsemi“
*Town center main stage: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Festival program. Music performances by Birkir Blær, Rhytmatik, Omotrack, Beebee and the Bluebirds, Gringlo, Stefán Elí, Birnir, Flóni.
*Hof cultural house: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am N3 DJ‘s. 30 year age limit.
*Græni Hatturinn concert venue: Kl. 10:00 pm – Hjálmar, concert.

Eftir miðnætti:
Cafe Amour: DJ Sveinbjörn
Pósthúsbarinn: DJ Fúzi
Götubarinn: Fun bad vibes.
Sjallinn: Birnir, Flóni, Club Dub & Veigar Gauti alongside DJ Snorri Ástráðs.

5th of August, Sunday:
* Akureyri town square „Ráðhústorg“: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Marketplace vibes. Do you have anything to sell? Contact Valdísi valdislara@gmail.com 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. Registattion is with bjarneyhall@gmail.com
The area below the old Akureyri theater: 2:00 pm Circus of Iceland – A performance for the entire family „A decade of Circus“
* 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.
Torfunefsbryggja Pier: 5:00 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 Volta, KÁ/AKÁ, Hera Björk, Dagur Sigurðsson, Emmsjé Gauti, Páll Óskar, Úlfur Úlfur and the winners from the days youth talent competition. The program will conclude with an extended fireworks show.
*Græni Hatturinn concert venue: 10:00 pm – Hjálmar, concert.

After midnight:
Menningarhúsið Hof: Páll Óskar. 22 year age limit.
Cafe Amour: DJ Sveinbjörn
Pósthúsbarinn: DJ Hennri
Götubarinn: Skemmtileg barstemning.


Other activities – Fri-Sun

Fairgrounds: Fairgrounds by the parking lot/car park in Skipagata open until midnight
Fun with balls: Fun with balls and water by the Ráðhústorg main square
Hof Cultural Center: Fairgrounds by the Hof Cultural House parking lot/car park

Opening hours

Akureyri Art Museum: Daily 10.00-17.00. Aníta Hirlekar—”Pink & Green” and “Sovereignty Revisited”, outdoor exhibition
Akureyri Museum: Daily 10.00-17.00. Exhibitions „“Scouts in Akureyri for 100 years“ and “Land Ahoy”
Nonni’s House: Daily 10.00-17.00
The old turfhouse Laufás: Daily 09.00-17.00
Davíð’s House: Tue-Sat 13.00-17.00
Industrial Museum: Daily 10.00-17.00. “Verksmiðjustúlkan Jana í Höfða” / The factory-girl “Jana í Höfða”, Fishing in the early days and  Wood work of Hörður Jörundarson
Motorcycle Museum: Daily 10.00-17.00
Aviation Museum: Daily 11.00-17.00
Municipal Library: Mon-Fri 10.00-19.00
Into the Arctic: Mon-Fri 11.00-18.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-17.00
The Toy Museum: Daily 13.00-17.00
Safnasafnið, Svalbarðsströnd: Daily 10.00-17.00
Smámunasafnið: Daily 11.00-17.00
Akureyri Thermal Pool: Mon-Fri 06.45-21.00, Sat 08.00-21.00, Sun 08.00-19.30
Hlíðarfjall: Fri-Sat, Chairlift open from 10.00-17.00 

Ongoing Exhibitions

Hof Cultural Center: Exhibition “Stórval í 110 ár“  
Botanical Garden: “Life” Photography exhibition by ÁLFkonur
Hvítspói Art Gallery: Art Exhibition—Ilona Fintland og Modesty Sofronenkoff
Verksmiðjan Hjalteyri: Exhibition: “Oh, So Quiet” 

For furher information please visit the festival´s website www.einmedollu.is