Hrísey is a small island in the middle of Eyfjafjörður 35 km from Akureyri with population of 170. One weekend in July a Family Festival has been held from 1997. This year it is to be held on weekend of 11th – 13th of July. During this weekend the islanders invite people to come and enjoy music, tractor rides, taste of the islands food among a great many other things. The festivities begin Friday afternoon with separate adventure tours for kids, teenangers and grown ups. The main festivities begin around noon on Saturday and go on into the night. There is music, tastes of the local foods , orienteering, a playground, tractor rides, a trip to the beach with the world famous local clown and lots of other activity. In the evening the festival high point is held on the stage in the middle of the grounds which concludes with a bonfire where everybody joins in singing. This festival is first and foremost a Family festival where everyone should find something to his or her liking .Scheduled ferry crossing are from the village Árskógs-sandur to Hrisey up to nine times a day and the trip takes about 15 minutes.
All information about how to get there and more can be found on www.hrisey.is. Amongst other tourist attractions on the island are a tractor sightseeing trip in a hay wagon and a museum 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.