Vaka Folk Arts Festival 

Tradition for Tomorrow

Concerts - Workshops - Sessions - Seminars

The fourth Vaka Folk Arts Festival takes place in Akureyri, North Iceland
from the
30th May – 2nd June 2018

The Vaka Folk Arts Festival presents a singular opportunity to enjoy Iceland’s very best folk musicians and dancers along with performers from northern Europe, who are all deeply rooted in the traditions of their place. 

Our festival artists attend all four days of the festival, so there are numerous opportunities to meet, chat and play with them. In addition to their concerts and workshops, the musicians also regularly take part in open jam sessions – so don’t miss out on a chance to learn from some of Europe’s best performers!

Vaka is a small and friendly festival with a varied programme that offers something for everyone.

  • Afternoon and evening concerts and dances, where you can listen to the ancient Icelandic rímur ballads and the old traditional instruments, langspil and fiðla, alongside performances which carry the old traditions into the present day, and look to the future. 

  • Morning and afternoon singing and instrumental workshops for all ages and abilities.

  • Informal song and tune sessions, as well as social dancing, where everyone is welcome to join in.

Vaka is held in the vibrant town of Akureyri, the small capital of northern Iceland.  With its spectacular scenery and historic sites, which are home to many rich folklore traditions, Akureyri is the ideal location for our festival and a great base for exploring the north of Iceland.

Vaka's main concerts take place in the state-of-the-art Hof Cultural Centre, which is located right beside the harbour. Hof is also home to TónAK, the Akureyri music school with which Vaka runs a comprehensive workshop programme during the festival. Other festival events and sessions take place in intimate local settings that are all within easy walking distance of each other, and the many cafes, restaurants and bars in the town centre.

During the festival, Vaka's main information booth and ticket office is located in Hof Cultural Centre.

Before the festival week you can contact us via email at:     vaka(at)

Tickets are now on sale,

Vaka offers flexible ticketing, ranging from full-season tickets to tickets for individual events.
Discounts are offered to senior citizens aged 67 and over, children, full-time students, and unemployed and registered disabled people.
There are also some free events, so whether you are coming for the whole festival or just passing through Akureyri for a day or night, there is a ticket package to suit everyone.

contact us at: vaka(at) for early bird offers.