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Hrísey Festival (July)

The Hrísey Festival 2022 will take place 7th - 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 mysteri tours. 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 enjoying the small village, having a walk or visit the local exhibition 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.

The program 2022 see below, the program for 2023 will be added closer to the date of the event.

The Hrísey Festival programme 2022:

Thursday 7th July

Sæborg at 17.00 Pub-kviss and karaoke for youth 13-17 years of age
Brekka at 20.30 Concert with Rúnar Eff
Sæborg at 21.00 Basvar and islandaroke where participants can show their abilities in song or artistic expression


Friday 8th July
Kaffe in the gardens at 15.00 - 18.00 In some of the local gardens guests are invited for refreshments
Brekka at 15.00 - 18.00 inviting for soup and bread
The Jamshop at Miðbraut 11 at 15.00 - 18.00 Handicraftexhibition and taste of ruhbarb
Verbúðin 66 at 16.00 Flosi Þorleifsson opnens art exhibitions in the small hall.
Ungmennafélagið Narfi at 18.00. Mistery tour for children
Ungmennafélagið Narfi kl. 22.00. Mistery tour for 18 years and older


Saturday 9th July
Program begins at 13.00
The jam-shop at Miðbraut 11 at 13.00 - 17.00  
Handicraftexhibition and taste of ruhbarb
Coffesale of the Wimens Cociety at 14.00 - 16.00
Playground and fun at the Festivity area:
Ívar Helgason has program for children
Stulli and Danni
Treasure hunt at 16.30
Tracktor Group driving at 18.00
Evening entertainment by the fire at 21.00 - Music and talk by the fire with some icelandic performers Siggi Gunnars, Lukkukonur, Rúnar Eff and Ómari Hlyns


Sunday 10th July
Sæborg at 21:00. Concert with group Mandólín. Free entrance


Hrísey services 
In Hrísey you find all main services such as a ferry, store, restaurants, campsite, accommodation and a swimmingpool.
The ferry connects the island to the mainland with about 9 departures a day. The tour only takes about 15 minutes. Departures are from the small village Árskógssandur, which is about 35 km from Akureyri. You find all info about Hrísey on the webpage www.hrisey.net

Openinghours:

Hrísey store
Fri: 11.30 - 22.00
Sat: 11.30-24.00
Sun: 12.00 - 17.00

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

Verbúðin 66 Restaurant
Fri: From 13.00
Sat: From 13.00
Sun: From 13.00 - 21.00

Brekka Restaurant
Fri from 12.00
Sat from 12.00
Sun from 12.00 - 17.00

Gallerí Perla
Fri 12.30 - 17.00
Sat 12.30 - 17.00
Sun: 12.30 - 17.00

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

The festival was first held in 1997 og has been a annual event since.