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Events & festivals

A! Performance Festival (1st -4th of October 2020)

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 (1st-23rd of 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

Akureyrarvaka - Akureyri Town Festival (28th-30th of August 2020)

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 (22nd-25th of April 2020)

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 (24th-27th of June 2020)

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

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.

Bíladagar - Akureyri motor days (31st of July to 2nd of August 2020)

Bíladagar is one of the largest motor sports events held in Iceland and is an annual celebration of all cars, motorbikes and general motor sport vehicles from around Iceland.
Sports

Dekurdagar á Akureyri - Cosy Days (1st-4th of October 2020)

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 "Ein með Öllu" and "Iceland Summer Games" (30th of July - 2nd of August 2020)

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 (23rd of April 2020)

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

Fiskidagurinn Mikli - Fish Festival in Dalvík (6th-9th of August 2020)

Cancelled 2020 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 (22nd-25th of June 2020) Hiking Days (20th-23rd of July 2020)

During 2 weeks over summer, the hiking club of Akureyri offers daily hikes with guide for their 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

Handverkshátið - Arctic Handcraft and Design in Hrafnagil (6th-9th of August 2020)

Cancelled 2020 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 (17th-18th of July 2020)

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 and HFA (22nd-26th of July)

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

Hrísey Festival (9th-10th of July 2021)

Cancelled 2020. 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

Iceland Winter Games (March)

Starting in 2014 as a single event, AFP world tour Freeskiing competition, IWG has become one of the biggest winter festivals in Europe, with events ranging from ski- and snowboard competitions, on jumps carved from the snow like Icelandic volcanoes, to the Icelandic National Dog sledding championship. Outdoor and winter sport activists will find a great variety of events to enjoy or partake in... and in breathtaking landscape!
For the whole family
Sports

Midsummer Magic (27th to 28th of june)

Midsummer Magic is celebrated non-stop during 24h on a weekend night 27th to 28th of June 2020. In Iceland 24th of June is called Jónsmessa, named after John the Baptist. According Icelandic folklore many strange things happen during Midsummer Night: Cows gain the power to speech and seals can become human... among others. In Akureyri this day is celebrated with various events, some relating to old traditions and folklore.
Culture
For the whole family
Live Music

Listasumar - Akureyri Art Summer (3rd-31st of july 2020)

Akureyri Art Summer 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 (3rd of October 2020)

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 (18th-19th of July 2020)

Cancelled 2020 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 (1st-4th of July 2020)

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 (1st-4th of July 2020)

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 (7th of June 2020)

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.
Culture
For the whole family

Summer Solstice Festival in Grímsey (18th - 21st of June 2020)

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

Trilludagar - Family festival in Siglufjörður (July)

At Trilludagar in Siglufjörður everyone finds something they like. Guests are invited to sea angling and sailing in the fjörð. There is fresh grilled fish to try. There is entertainment for the little ones. Live music and a ball for the whole family at the end of the day.
Culture
For the whole family

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

Siglufjörður Folk Music Festival (7th-11th of July 2021)

Cancelled 2020. 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 (4th of July 2020)

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