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Best of North Iceland August 1-8

By Staff

  • Akureyri town will be bustling with life this weekend when the town festival Ein með öllu takes place. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the North Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


With all the trimmings
“Ein með öllu” (meaning “with all the trimmings”) is an annual family festival that takes place in Akureyri on the first weekend of August, with various activities in the town. The festival’s theme is “romance with a dash of nostalgia”.
Among the countless activities taking place during the weekend are family yoga, a food market, a flea market and a cosy ‘50’s themed picnic located in a grove by the Industrial Museum.

Visit the circus
The only circus in Iceland will be performing in Akureyri until August 2nd. Sirkus Íslands offers three different shows; “Heima er best” is a family show, “S.I.R.K.U.S.” is aimed at the youngest generation and then there is “Skinnsemi”, a show for adults only.
Tickets can be purchased on

In the footsteps of Vikings
“I recommend taking a drive to the nearby town of Hofsós, where you can unwind in their beautiful infinity pool. If you’d rather take a dip in a historic site, I recommend Grettislaug.”
Recommended by Hafdís Arnardóttir is a student of tourism and event management at Hólar University, North Iceland.

The Great Herring Adventure
The build up to the Síldarævintýrið, or The Great Herring Adventure in Siglufjörður town starts a week before the first weekend of August, with various activities in the town. The offfical festival kicks of on Friday August 1st and last until the Monday 4th.
The weekend is packed with entertainment for the whole family, and camping-sites and guesthouses are available for guests in the town. For a break from all the herring, Siglufjörður is home to a beautiful golf-course that will be open over the weekend for those who want to enjoy some midnight-sun (or daytime) golfing.  

Stuffed birds and polar bears
The Museum of Natural History in Ólafsfjörður, North Iceland, is well worth a visit. The museum boasts of a great collection of specimens and artifacts and includes a collection of eggs, stuffed birds, an replica of a fox‘s lair and a stuffed polar bear.
The museum is open from June 1st until August 31st between 2 pm and 5 pm. Closed on Mondays.


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