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Week 25

Pancake day

28.-29. Jun
Lummudagar (Pikelet days) is a local festival held in Skagafjörður on the last weekend in June every year. The main events are held in Sauðárkrók but the programme extends to all the towns in the district as well as to a large number of farms that also decorate their homes and driveways. The aim of the festival is for locals, ex-locals and neigbhours to get together and have an enjoyable time together.

Week 26

The Folk Music Festival in Siglufjordur

3.- 6. Jul
The Folk Music Festival in Siglufjordur

Siglufjörður Folk Musik Festival

3.- 7. Jul
Concerts, workshops on music and lectures on folk music.

Thorvaldsdalur Terrain Run

6. Jul
The oldest terrain run in Iceland, about 25 km north of Akureyri.

Week 27

Siglufjörður Folk Musik Festival

3.- 7. Jul
Concerts, workshops on music and lectures on folk music.

Family Festival

12.-13. Jul
Games, music, campfire and dancing – great family based festival and fun.

Week 28

Húnavaka

18.-21. Jul
Húnavaka is a town festival for the whole family

Medieval Days in Gásir

19.-21. Jul
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 four days with daily demonstrations in medieval crafts and games. The villagers are dressed in medieval costume and can be seen demonstrating medieval crafts; spinning wool, wood carving, tanning, blacksmithing and much more. Shows of medieval sword fighting are held each day and members of the public can join in with medieval ball games and archery.

Biker days

19.-21. Jul
Bikers , bands food and fun

Week 29

Húnavaka

18.-21. Jul
Húnavaka is a town festival for the whole family

Medieval Days in Gásir

19.-21. Jul
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 four days with daily demonstrations in medieval crafts and games. The villagers are dressed in medieval costume and can be seen demonstrating medieval crafts; spinning wool, wood carving, tanning, blacksmithing and much more. Shows of medieval sword fighting are held each day and members of the public can join in with medieval ball games and archery.

Biker days

19.-21. Jul
Bikers , bands food and fun

Fire in Hunathing

25.-28. Jul
Eldur is more than a festival. It is an ever-evolving expression of our community – a celebration of our past and an investment in our future in Hunthing vestra. A time when we can come together to enjoy the simplicity of simultaneous existence. A time to be with family, meet old and new friends, listen to great music, feed our brains and enjoy the summer sun. Held every year since it’s inception in 2003, Eldur has become a much anticipated community event among residents and visitors alike.

Candy Days

26.-28. Jul
Local Family festival

Drift

27. Jul
Drift

Week 30

Fire in Hunathing

25.-28. Jul
Eldur is more than a festival. It is an ever-evolving expression of our community – a celebration of our past and an investment in our future in Hunthing vestra. A time when we can come together to enjoy the simplicity of simultaneous existence. A time to be with family, meet old and new friends, listen to great music, feed our brains and enjoy the summer sun. Held every year since it’s inception in 2003, Eldur has become a much anticipated community event among residents and visitors alike.

Candy Days

26.-28. Jul
Local Family festival

Iceland Summer Games

1.- 4. Aug
During the „verslunarmannahelgi“, the town of Akureyri will be the host of the 2017 Iceland Summer Games: where all sort of extreme sports, endurance tests and recreational games will take place, for all ages. The residents as well as the guests will have the opportunity to try mountain hiking, triathlon, swimming in the sea, biking, sailing and more. People will be able to compete with each other, or simply try the different sports. The main purpose is to encourage whole families as well as individuals to take part in the games while enjoying the exercise and outdoor activities.

Ein með Öllu - Akureyri Family Festival

1.- 4. Aug
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.

Berjadagar (blueberry days) Music festival in Olafsfjordur

1.- 4. Aug
Á Berjadögum er flutt aðgengileg kammertónlist, auk þess sem gestir úr öðru

Week 31

Iceland Summer Games

1.- 4. Aug
During the „verslunarmannahelgi“, the town of Akureyri will be the host of the 2017 Iceland Summer Games: where all sort of extreme sports, endurance tests and recreational games will take place, for all ages. The residents as well as the guests will have the opportunity to try mountain hiking, triathlon, swimming in the sea, biking, sailing and more. People will be able to compete with each other, or simply try the different sports. The main purpose is to encourage whole families as well as individuals to take part in the games while enjoying the exercise and outdoor activities.

Ein með Öllu - Akureyri Family Festival

1.- 4. Aug
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.

Berjadagar (blueberry days) Music festival in Olafsfjordur

1.- 4. Aug
Á Berjadögum er flutt aðgengileg kammertónlist, auk þess sem gestir úr öðru

Arctic Handcraft and Design Fair - Hranfagili Eyjafjarðarsveit

8.-11. Aug
Exclusive handcraft, art and design based on the old Icelandic traditions.

The Great Fish Day

9.-11. Aug
The Great Fish day is an annual festival in Dalvíkurbyggð. Fish producers and other members of the society invite guests to a sea food buffet between 11:00 and 17:00 at the harbour in Dalvík.

Week 32

Arctic Handcraft and Design Fair - Hranfagili Eyjafjarðarsveit

8.-11. Aug
Exclusive handcraft, art and design based on the old Icelandic traditions.

The Great Fish Day

9.-11. Aug
The Great Fish day is an annual festival in Dalvíkurbyggð. Fish producers and other members of the society invite guests to a sea food buffet between 11:00 and 17:00 at the harbour in Dalvík.

Rural Idyll - Agricultural Show

17. Aug
The farmers of Skagafjörður and the Equestrian centre at Svaðastaðir host an agricultural fair every August. The displays include farming machinery, domesticated animal zoo, local businesses, market stalls with local produce, a farmers market and displays from other businesses in Iceland related to agriculture. Old techniques in the making of skyr and butter are also on show, as well as sheep dog trials, ram judging, calf show, competitions in machinery useage, best horse in show, farmer’s fitness, to name a few. This is then followed by an open house invitation to all to join in an evenings barbeque and entertainment.

Week 33

Akureyri Town Festival

23.-24. Aug
The Birthday of Akureyri celebrations. Annual highlights are: Opening ceremony in the Botanical garden, Spooky evening in the old town, concerts in the center of town and events along the Artist Alley. Every year has a special theme.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri