What's happening in Iceland in June?

As you know, plenty of fishing is happening in June, the salmon season has just started and official openings of the salmon rivers take place.

There are though other interesting things to explore in June than fishing, here we have listed some of them.

The Color Run

June 10th

The Color Run is a unique color race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the largest running series in the world, “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” has been experienced by over 6 million runners worldwide in 35+ countries.

Less about the 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed event in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

The Seaman's Day

June 10th-12th

The annual event of celebrating the Seaman’s Day is held throughout all of Iceland’s coastline towns and villages.

The Seaman's Day has been celebrated in Iceland since 1938 to honour those who work at sea and the fishery in Iceland.

In Reykjavík, this weekend is celebrated with the Festival of the Sea, a family festival with a diverse programme of events taking place from 10 in the morning on Saturday until Sunday afternoon, at Reykjavik's Grandagardur (West Harbour).

In Hafnarfjordur, one of Reykjavik's municipalities, celebrations of the seaman's day will take place at their harbour area from 11:00 - 17:00 om on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival of the Sea

June 10th - 12th

Festival of the Sea is an extension of Fishermen’s Day which is held on the first Sunday in June. The festival celebrations take place on both the Saturday and Sunday, with the events on the Saturday being referred to as Harbor Day. The festival reflects traditional Icelandic culture and the nation’s long-standing dependence on fishing. The festival celebrates all aspects of the sea, such as seamanship, vessels, fish, mermaids, sea shanties, and so on.

Secret Solstice Music Festival

June 15th - 18th

It takes place during the surreal summer solstice, when the sun never sets. It means 96 hours of never-ending daylight, more than 150 acts on the bill, partying under Iceland's midnight sun, and experiencing the fantastical Icelandic landscape. The festival is sometimes called "The Most Unique Festival on Earth".

Secret Solstice is Iceland's premier music festival, each year welcoming an eclectic lineup to the naturally breathtaking country for main stage sets, glacier raves, midnight sun boat parties and secret lagoon blowouts.

The National Day of Iceland

June 17th

The Icelandic National Day celebrations in Reykjavík take place annually in the city centre on June 17th from 10:00 - 19:00.

The programme includes family oriented entertainment with street theatre and a variety of wonderful activites, followed by a concert at Arnarhóll and an accordion ball at City Hall.

Mt. Esja Ultra®

June 17th

It is considered the toughest single stage race in Iceland. The race takes place on the most popular hiking path at Mt. Esja and racers have to run a 7 km loop eleven times. Total elevation gain for the race is 6600m. The course is very runnable but with some technical down-hill sections. You will be cheered by spectators every time you enter into the aid station at the bottom of the mountain where you will receive food and drink before you head up again.

The race starts at midnight at Esjustofa.

Mt. Esja Marathon

June 18th

The Mt. Esja marathon will be the first mountain marathon held in Iceland. The distance will be measured approximately 42 km with the total elevation gain of 3500 m. The course is designed with as few repetitions as possible so there will be a lot of new views of the mountains around and the city of Reykjavik.

It is a very demanding and technical course for either competitive trail runners or experienced fast hikers.

The race starts at 8:00 am at Esjustofa.

WOW Cyclothon

//June 20th - 23rd

It is the largest in number and longest road race in Iceland. Held annually in June the cyclothon takes riders 1358 km around Iceland in a maximum of 72 hours. WOW Cyclothon combines magnificent nature, unity, persistence and teamwork in an amazing way.

There are three main categories, A-category (4person team relay), B-category (10 person team relay) and individual category. As well the race has encouraged young riders, members of the Icelandic cycling society, Hjólakraftur to participate. Hjólakraftur (e. cycling power) as its own race category for the youngest participants.

The Arctic Open

June 21st - 24th

A golf tournament that takes place under the midnight sun. The Akureyri Golf Club hosts this tournament which is known as The Arctic Open Golf Championship. It is an international event which attracts golfers from various parts of the world. Highest number of international players so far is 120 participants.

The Arctic Open is a 36 hole tournament, played under the Stableford point system over 2 days (nights), 18 holes each day.

This championship tournament is open to professional and amateur golfers alike.

Reykjavík Midsummer Music

//June 22nd - 25th

Reykjavík Midsummer Music is an award-winning chamber music festival founded by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in 2012. It takes place in Reykjavik’s magnificent concert hall, Harpa, every second year around summer solstice. Since the festival's inception, its goal has been to bring some of the best musicians of the world together in Reykjavík to play great music from all times under the arctic midnight sun.

Suzuki Midnight Sun Run

June 23rd

Participants can choose between three distances. Runners will start running at the street Engjavegur and finish by the old laundry springs in Laugardalur. Laugardalur is in full bloom by this time of year. The course is measured by certified AIMS measurer and accredited by the Icelandic Athletic Federation.

Close by the start and finish area is one of the city's wonderful geothermal outdoor swimming pools, Laugardalslaug. All participant are invited to the swimming pool, hot tubs and steam baths after the race.

Best regards, Johanna G