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Events & festivals

A! Performance Festival (October)

A! Is a four-day performance festival, a variety of performances and theatre-based projects of all kinds are on the agenda. Participants are young up-and-coming artists as well as experienced and well known performance artists and theatre professionals.
Art
Culture

Christmas Holidays in Akureyri (December)

Visitors coming to Akureyri during Christmas and New Year can enjoy the cultural festive celebrations of the holidays along with colourful Christmas lights & decorations.
Culture
For the whole family

Akureyri Town Festival (August)

The Anniversary of Akureyri Municipality is celebrated annually on the weekend closest to the day of establishment which is the 29th of August. It´s a celebration including cultural events like exhibitions, visual art, music, science and so on.
For the whole family
Live Music

Donald Duck Children Ski Competition (April)

Donald Duck ski competition is always held on the last week of April. Every year about 800 kids from all over Iceland get together in Mt. Hlidarfjall to compete in cross country skiing, alpine skiing and snowboarding.
For the whole family
Sports

Arctic Open Golf Tournament (June)

This international golf tournament takes place at the end of June around Summer Solstice, at he northernmost golf course in the world: Akureyri Golf Club.
Sports

New Year Celebrations (December)

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.
For the whole family

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.

Motorsport festival (August)

The Motorsport festival is one of the largest events of its kind held in Iceland and is an annual celebration of all cars, motorbikes and general motor sport vehicles from around Iceland.
Sports

Cosy Days (October)

Enjoy treating yourself at Cosy Days with concerts, exhibitions and various events happening around the town. Many stores and companies invite guests to enjoy a special day or evening during the weekend with a variety of art, music and light refreshments along with new fashion and products. During the weekend stores offer various discounts and organized events for women of all ages.
Culture
For the whole family

Family festival & Iceland Summer Games (July /August)

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.
For the whole family
Live Music

Museum Day in Eyjafjörður (April)

Last Thursday in April is ' Museum Day ' in Eyjafjord. The numerous and interesting museums in the fjord organize different programs and open their doors collectively to the public.
Culture
For the whole family

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.
Culture
For the whole family
Live Music

Hiking Week (June & August)

Each summer Akureyri Touring Club arranges two hiking weeks in addition to their day hike program and some more complex hikes with tour guides for club members and one-timers that want to join the fun.
Sports

Hello Easter! - Easter Adventure in Akureyri (Easter week)

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 a good meal or drink, Akureyri is the right place.
For the whole family

Arctic Handcraft and Design in Hrafnagil (August)

About 100 individuals are selected to sell their exclusive handcraft, art and design that often is based on the old Icelandic traditions.
Art
For the whole family

Motorbike Days (June)

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.

Bike festival of Greifinn & HFA (July)

Various bike races and events, for all ages and abilities.
Sports

Hrísey Festival (July)

Hrísey is a small island in the middle of Eyfjafjörður 35 km from Akureyri with population of 165. During one of the first weekends in July a Family Festival has been held in the island since 1997.
Culture
For the whole family

Akureyri Art Summer (July)

Akureyri Art Summer (Listasumar) is a multievent festival in July. On the menu are concerts with pop and rock, classical music, visual Art, exhibitions, various happenings and outdoor Art.
Art
Culture

Local Food Festival (October)

Local Food Festival is a food culture festival in the Hof Cultural Centre in Akureyri. The festival is held every other year.
Culture

Medieval Trading weekend at Gásir (July)

Cancelled 2020 & 2021 Each summer in July on the old medieval trading site Gásir, a medieval trading area is re-created. The interactive medieval market event takes place over two days with daily demonstrations in medieval crafts and games.
Culture
For the whole family

N1 Football Tournament (July)

Held over 4 days with over 1,500 participants including coaches and managers, this is one of the largest football competitions held annually in Iceland. Based at KA football grounds, Akureyri.
Sports

Pollamot 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.
Sports

Fishermen's Day (June)

Fishermen's Day is an event dedicated to Iceland’s seamen, called Sjómannadagur in Icelandic. This is an annual event that commemorates Iceland’s seafaring culture and sailors. The celebration traditionally take place on the first Sunday in June.
Culture
For the whole family

Summer Solstice - Grímsey (June)

The inhabitants of Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island and the only part of the country that lies above the Arctic Circle, celebrates the summer solstice the days surrounding 22nd of June with a family festival, offering visitors a chance to participate in the celebrations.
Culture
For the whole family
Live Music

Súlur Vertical (July - August)

The race takes participants from the highest peaks around Akureyri down to the central heart of town, arriving with a big smile on their face at the finishing line.
Sports

Family festival in Siglufjörður (July)

The local town festival "Trilludagar" in Siglufjörður is a family festival. Guests are invited on sea angling and sailing on the fjord. Barbeque where guests are invited to taste tasty fish straight from the sea.
Culture
For the whole family

Winter holiday (February)

In February most schools in Iceland have a winter break. Akureyri is a popular destination during these holidays. Families come to Akureyri for skiing, for a swim and a slide in Akureyri geothermal pool or to enjoy good food and relaxation in the winter scenery.
Art
Culture
For the whole family
Live Music
Sports

National Day of Iceland (17th of June)

The National Day of Iceland which is on the 17th of June is 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 13.00 in and runs until midnight, suitable for all ages.
Culture
For the whole family
Live Music

Folk Music Festival in Siglufjörður (July)

The town of Siglufjörður is the venue for the annual Folk Music Festival (July 4th-8th, 2018), where music from all around the world is performed alongside traditional Icelandic music. At the same time, children and adults can attend special courses on Icelandic music, dance and handicrafts. The Festival is one of Iceland’s most popular musical events.
Culture
For the whole family

Thorvaldsdalur Terrain Run (July)

Thorvaldsdalur Terrain Run is the oldest terrain run in Iceland. It took place for the first time in 1994 and every year since. The run is held early July each year in the Þorvaldsdalur Valley in northern Iceland (about 20 km north of Akureyri town).
Sports