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Week 15

Festival in the Ski area in Oddskard

20.-22. Apr
Festival over the Eastern in the ski area in Oddskarð. All kinds of events over these days.

Eastern dance 2019 in Valaskjálf - Egilsstaðir

20. Apr
The musicians Stjórnin, Herra Hnetusmjör and Dj Egill Spegill will play in the Eastern dance 2019 in Valaskjálf Egilsstaðir Saturday night 20. Apríl. Tickets in tix.is

Week 16

Festival in the Ski area in Oddskard

20.-22. Apr
Festival over the Eastern in the ski area in Oddskarð. All kinds of events over these days.

Hammond Festival - Djúpivogur

25.-28. Apr
A four-day music festival where the main purpose is to honor and introduce the Hammond pipe. Local artists and well-known artists play their music at the festival. The festival is always held on the first day of summer.

Week 17

Hammond Festival - Djúpivogur

25.-28. Apr
A four-day music festival where the main purpose is to honor and introduce the Hammond pipe. Local artists and well-known artists play their music at the festival. The festival is always held on the first day of summer.

Week 18

Héraðsdætur spring concert - Eskifjörður

11. May
Women's choir Héraðsdætur with a concert in Tónlistarmiðstöð Austurlands

Week 21

Aretha Franklin - Eskifjörður

29. May
Fjarðadætur will play songs after Aretha Franklin

The Seamens‘ Day - Fjarðabyggð

1.- 2. Jun
The sea and its sailors are hugely important to Icelandic culture and each year we celebrate seafaring culture with the Sailors Day. Originating from the traditional Icelandic Sjómannadagur or Seaman’s Day, celebrated on the first Sunday of June, there is also some activity on Saturday. Every ship in Iceland remains in harbor over the weekend and all sailors have the day off to take part in the maritime festivities! You will find festivals in Norfjörður, Eskifjörður, Seyðisfjörður, and Fáskrúðsfjörður.

Street Triathlon in Eskifjörður

1. Jun
Street - Triathlon, held first Saturday in June every year. Held during the Sjómannadagshelgi. The competition is both for children and adults. You can either compete in a team or as an individual. Also possible for families because team for children can include one adult) We swim in a 25 m long swimming pool and run and bike through the village Eskifjörður in East Iceland. SUPER SPRINT (Children and teams) * 400 m. swim * 10 km. bike * 2,5 km. run Super Sprint is for children 7 years old and older. Maximum 1 adult in each team. An adult is 14 years old and older. Price 3000 ISK (50% discount if a parent is also competing. SPRINT (Individuals and teams ) * 750 m. swim * 20 km. bike * 5 km. run Price 4000 ISK OLYMPIC (Individuals and teams) * 1500 m. swim * 40 km. bike * 10 km. run The street triathlon gives all the admission fee to good cause for young people in East Iceland. For further information and/or registration send us an e-mail.

Week 22

The Seamens‘ Day - Fjarðabyggð

1.- 2. Jun
The sea and its sailors are hugely important to Icelandic culture and each year we celebrate seafaring culture with the Sailors Day. Originating from the traditional Icelandic Sjómannadagur or Seaman’s Day, celebrated on the first Sunday of June, there is also some activity on Saturday. Every ship in Iceland remains in harbor over the weekend and all sailors have the day off to take part in the maritime festivities! You will find festivals in Norfjörður, Eskifjörður, Seyðisfjörður, and Fáskrúðsfjörður.

Week 23

Concert with Hjálmar in Havarí

15. Jun
Concert with the Icelandic band Hjálmar in Havarí Tickets in tix.is

Week 24

Icelandic National Day

17. Jun
An annual holiday in Iceland which commemorates the foundation of the Republic of Iceland on June 17th 1944 and its independence from Danish rule. Today Icelanders celebrate this holiday on a national scale. The celebration traditionally takes the form of a parade through each urban area, with a brass band at the fore and varied events in every town.

FJARÐABYGGÐ HIKING WEEK

22.-28. Jun
FJARÐABYGGÐ HIKING WEEK A WEEK-LONG HIKING FESTIVAL The last week in June which includes two Saturdays is the time to come for Fjarðabyggð Hiking Week. This is one of Iceland's biggest outdoor recreation events, a whole eight days of entertainment and organized activities to suit the entire family. Get on your feet and try it out, enjoying the nature of the East Fjords in all its splendor and variety! The week's programme spans from family walks to historical walks and even to challenges for hiking mountaineers, as well as categories in between. The youngest generation can participate in an outdoor activities course. Evening entertainment is provided every day, including singing, music, and parties. During the eight days of Fjarðabyggð Hiking Week, numerous walks and hikes are offered, varying in length and graded for their difficulty. Scheduled entertainment, such as communal singing, provides a pleasant conclusion to every day. You can either pay for individual events or you can buy a pass that will allow admission to all events. The five mountains are a fun challenge for all participants. Regularly, five mountains are chosen to represent the mountains of Fjarðabyggð in the hiking week and those who climb these mountains during the week get the honorary title Fjarðabyggð Mountain Hiker. For children 15 years old or younger, hiking three of those mountains will suffice to obtain the desirable title. During the hiking week, organizers have offered a school of nature for the youngest participants so that parents can get the opportunity to partake in the walks that are not suitable for small feet.

Week 25

FJARÐABYGGÐ HIKING WEEK

22.-28. Jun
FJARÐABYGGÐ HIKING WEEK A WEEK-LONG HIKING FESTIVAL The last week in June which includes two Saturdays is the time to come for Fjarðabyggð Hiking Week. This is one of Iceland's biggest outdoor recreation events, a whole eight days of entertainment and organized activities to suit the entire family. Get on your feet and try it out, enjoying the nature of the East Fjords in all its splendor and variety! The week's programme spans from family walks to historical walks and even to challenges for hiking mountaineers, as well as categories in between. The youngest generation can participate in an outdoor activities course. Evening entertainment is provided every day, including singing, music, and parties. During the eight days of Fjarðabyggð Hiking Week, numerous walks and hikes are offered, varying in length and graded for their difficulty. Scheduled entertainment, such as communal singing, provides a pleasant conclusion to every day. You can either pay for individual events or you can buy a pass that will allow admission to all events. The five mountains are a fun challenge for all participants. Regularly, five mountains are chosen to represent the mountains of Fjarðabyggð in the hiking week and those who climb these mountains during the week get the honorary title Fjarðabyggð Mountain Hiker. For children 15 years old or younger, hiking three of those mountains will suffice to obtain the desirable title. During the hiking week, organizers have offered a school of nature for the youngest participants so that parents can get the opportunity to partake in the walks that are not suitable for small feet.

Sport festival for people 50+ - Neskaupstaður

28.-30. Jun
Sports festival for people 50+. Annual sports festival for people over 50 years old.

Week 26

Sport festival for people 50+ - Neskaupstaður

28.-30. Jun
Sports festival for people 50+. Annual sports festival for people over 50 years old.

Week 27

Eistnaflug rock festival- Neskaupstaður

10.-13. Jul
Music festival in Neskaupstaður that consists of the friendliest metalheads, rockers and overall party animals that you will ever meet. From indie rock to hardcore rock to black metal, that is what Eistnaflug has to offer and of course a great atmosphere and vibe.

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Week 28

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Lunga art and music festival - Seyðisfjörður

14.-21. Jul
In the year 2000 LungA Art festival was held for the first time. It’s an intimate art festival where creativity, arts and culture are celebrated with workshops, lectures and events. The festival goes off with a bang in a culmination of exhibitions and concerts that take place over the final weekend. LungA has earned quite the reputation, both locally and internationally, for its great ambiance, good-quality workshops and the fantastic enthusiasm of the participants year on year. Furthermore, the festival has fostered joy, self-knowledge, new lovers, new friends and warm memories to those who come to participate in it. The LungA “family” now consists of both the yearly art festival and the LungA school. These are separately run projects but they share the same name, values and ideology.

Dyrfjallahlaup race - Borgarfjörður Eystri

20. Jul
2018 will be the second time this race around the mountains of Dyrfjöll is held. Dyrfjöll are some of the more majestic mountains in the East. Their name means "Door mountains" and the name comes from the pass that goes right between the mountain ridge, like a door ("Door Mountains Race"). It's certainly worth the visit every day, but for a mountain runner, the Dyrfjallahlaup race is the perfect event to explore the area. The view from the mountain passes on this route does not let anyone down. Elevation is more than 1000 meters so one gets a good view over the area. The route also lies through Stórurð, which consists of gigantic boulders made of tuff, meadows and fresh water ponds. Distance 22.97km Elevation 1087m Highest point 683 m above sea level

Week 29

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Lunga art and music festival - Seyðisfjörður

14.-21. Jul
In the year 2000 LungA Art festival was held for the first time. It’s an intimate art festival where creativity, arts and culture are celebrated with workshops, lectures and events. The festival goes off with a bang in a culmination of exhibitions and concerts that take place over the final weekend. LungA has earned quite the reputation, both locally and internationally, for its great ambiance, good-quality workshops and the fantastic enthusiasm of the participants year on year. Furthermore, the festival has fostered joy, self-knowledge, new lovers, new friends and warm memories to those who come to participate in it. The LungA “family” now consists of both the yearly art festival and the LungA school. These are separately run projects but they share the same name, values and ideology.

Bræðslan music festival - Borgarfjörður Eystri

24.-28. Jul
In Borgarfjörður Eystri, a small fishing hamlet of only 130 people, Bræðslan music festival is held every year. They only sell 800 tickets. It’s held in an old fishing factory. In the past, big names like Of Monsters And Men, Mammút, Belle & Sebastian, Emiliana Torrini, and Damien Rice have played this exclusive festival. Prepare for an experience you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life.

French Days in Fáskrúðsfjörður

25.-28. Jul
This pleasant three-day festival, a special connection for Fáskrúðsfjörður of France and French seamen being earlier centuries mentioned in various ways. Locals and visitors have a good time, as well as representatives from the French town of Gravelines friends join in the celebrations.

Week 30

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Bræðslan music festival - Borgarfjörður Eystri

24.-28. Jul
In Borgarfjörður Eystri, a small fishing hamlet of only 130 people, Bræðslan music festival is held every year. They only sell 800 tickets. It’s held in an old fishing factory. In the past, big names like Of Monsters And Men, Mammút, Belle & Sebastian, Emiliana Torrini, and Damien Rice have played this exclusive festival. Prepare for an experience you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life.

French Days in Fáskrúðsfjörður

25.-28. Jul
This pleasant three-day festival, a special connection for Fáskrúðsfjörður of France and French seamen being earlier centuries mentioned in various ways. Locals and visitors have a good time, as well as representatives from the French town of Gravelines friends join in the celebrations.

Neistaflug Festival - Neskaupstaður

1.- 5. Aug
NEISTAFLUG FESTIVAL FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN This Neskaupstaður town festival is held annually on the holiday weekend (verslunarmannahelgin) which includes the first Monday in August. The wide array of events actually start on has, and provide lots of fun for people of all ages and neighborhood every member of the family. Throughout the last couple of years the weekend has started with a Thursday concert with some of Iceland's most popular bands. The festival however officially starts on Friday night with a parade starting from a designated spot from each Thursday that have been divided into colors. People decorate their house in that color and finally themselves before setting of for the parade. The festivities continue throughout the weekend with market fairs, children's plays, a beach party for the younger generation and dances to name a few, ending with a bon fire and a sing-a-long in front of the Neskaupstaður elementary finally a firework display on Sunday night. Check out the latest information at the festival website.

Bardsnes off road run - Neskaupstaður

3. Aug
The Bardsnes off road run is an annual 27 km adventure race in East-Iceland, held in and around the town of Neskaupstadur the first Saturday in August. In Iceland, the first weekend of August is "Verslunarmannahelgi" or, loosely translated, "service worker's weekend" during which many outdoor festivities are held in Iceland. One of these "fiestas" is held in the town of Neskaupstadur where the race ends (check out the route on the map) and the townspeople greet every runner when he or she crosses the finishing line. The Bardsnes run is categorized as for everyone that is "relatively" fit, but it must be pointed out that parts of the route can be very difficult, especially for the unseasoned runner and for people not used to walking in rocky mountain landscape. The run starts at the Bardsnes farm on the cape of Bardsnes. From there the runners race through the fjords of Vidfjordur, Hellisfjordur and Nordfjordur, finishing in down town Neskaupstadur. If you are not up to the whole 27 km race you can participate in a shorter run which spans the latter half of the Bardsnes run. This circa 13 km run starts hence in Hellisfjordur and ends in Neskaupstadur. The ideal run for beginners.

Week 31

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Neistaflug Festival - Neskaupstaður

1.- 5. Aug
NEISTAFLUG FESTIVAL FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN This Neskaupstaður town festival is held annually on the holiday weekend (verslunarmannahelgin) which includes the first Monday in August. The wide array of events actually start on has, and provide lots of fun for people of all ages and neighborhood every member of the family. Throughout the last couple of years the weekend has started with a Thursday concert with some of Iceland's most popular bands. The festival however officially starts on Friday night with a parade starting from a designated spot from each Thursday that have been divided into colors. People decorate their house in that color and finally themselves before setting of for the parade. The festivities continue throughout the weekend with market fairs, children's plays, a beach party for the younger generation and dances to name a few, ending with a bon fire and a sing-a-long in front of the Neskaupstaður elementary finally a firework display on Sunday night. Check out the latest information at the festival website.

Week 32

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Week 33

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Week 34

Rolling Snowball - Djúpivogur

13. Jul - 25. Aug
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video.

Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur