Go back

Hrísey Festival (July)

The Hrísey Festival 2022 will take place 8th - 10th July

The annual Hrísey festival takes place in July each year and includes family friendly events such as kid-disco, bonfire, live-music, art-shows and tractor rides.

The program 2021 was like below, the program for 2022 will be added closer to the date of the event.

The Hrísey Festival programme 2021:

  • Art Workshops in Sæborg [Sign-ups at bilda@simnet.is]   11am - 1pm, Saturday & 10am - 1pm, Sunday
  • Fun activities at the festival venue 1pm - 4pm
  • Locals welcoming you, 5 locations 3pm - 5 pm
    - Rhubarb tasting at Miðbraut 11
    - Yard sale at Miðbraut 2a
    - Street market at Hlein
    - Student council's hamburgerstand at the festival venue.
    - Painting exhibition at Verbúðin 66 (Open 12pm - 9pm)
  • Popcorn machine on the stage 3:30pm
  • Traktors gathering 6pm 
  • Kid Disco at the festival 8pm
  • Bonfire and singing with Ómar Hlyns 9pm
  • Firework-show courtesy of the Rescuing-Squad (Björgunarsveitin)


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.
During this weekend the islanders invite people to come and enjoy music, tractor trailer rides, taste local food among many other things.

This festival is first and foremost a family festival where everyone should find something to his or her liking. Scheduled ferry connects Hrísey to the village Árskógssandur, about 35 km from Akureyri. There are up to nine departures a day; each crossing is about 15 minutes. Here is the schedule for the ferry and all transportation to and from the island.

All information about how to get to Hrísey and other details can be found on www.hrisey.is

Popular things to do in Hrísey are a tractor sightseeing trip in a hay wagon and a museum about shark fishing and the local history. Hrisey is also known as the tranquil energy point where you can recharge your batteries with the mysterious lay-line power emerging from the great Mount Kaldbakur on the mainland. Service includes overnight facilities, a restaurant shop and geothermal swimming pool.  

Opening hours

Hríseyjarbúðin - Local shop
Fri: 11.30 - 22.00
Sat: 10.00-24.00
Sun: 12.00 - 16.00

Swimming pool
Fri: 10.30 - 19.00
Sat: 10.30 - 17.00
Sun: 10.30 - 17.00

Verbúðin 66 - Restaurant
Fri: From 11, kitchen open until 20.30
Sat: From 11, kitchen open until til 20.30
Sun: From 11-22, kitchen open until 20.30

Hrísey Ferry Sævar

From Hrísey: 9.00 - 11.00 - 13.00 - 15.00 - 17.00 - 19.00 - 21.00 - 23.00 - Extra ferry Saturday at midnight
From Árskógssandur: 9.30 - 11.30 - 13.30 - 15.30 - 17.30 - 19.30 - 21.30 - 23.30