The Mývatn Winter Festival is a one of a kind event in Iceland, where people (and animals) compete in multiple non-traditional winter sports, mostly on frozen Lake Mývatn! Those competitions include Mývatn Open - Horses on Ice, the national competition of Dog Sledding and the "Sled of Mývatn" - where teams bring a home made sled the track. Snocross is also popular winter sport in Iceland but hasn't been very visible for the past years, that is about to be changed! The weekend of March 4-7 2021 will be full of events and activities for the whole family. Learn how to fish through Ice, go Cross Country Skiing, try out one of the tracks yourself, visit the Snow Dogs and enjoy good food and good music! 

See you at Mývatn Winter Festival in 2021.


​Here below you can learn a little bit about each event and competitions. 


Full schedule HERE

Mývatn Winter Festival

Mývatn Open - Horses on Ice

The Icelandic horse, snow and ice are fascinating phenomenon that you meet at Lake Mývatn. The Icelandic horse is known for its special gaits Tölt and flying pace – both gaits come into their own in the beautiful pseudo-craters of Skútustaður.


There are not many places in the world where you can take part in horse racing on ice. There will be tournament in "tölt" both for professional riders and amateurs.

Íslandsmeistaramót Sleðahundaklúbbs Íslands á hundasleða og skijoring.

Keppt verður í mörgum greinum sem fer eftir fjölda hunda og vegalengd á hundasleða eða skíðum.    

Keppnin verður í Neslandavíkinni við Fuglasafnið.    

Ath. Möguleiki er fyrir gesti að prófa spyrnu 500 m á laugardeginum kl 15:00 eins og hægt er.   Einnig er opið hús hjá Snow Dogs á Sunnudeginum kl 10:00-11:00 

Skráning er á heimasíðu Sleðahundaklúbbs Íslands. 

National Dog Sledding Competition

The legendary Sled of Mývatn competition (Mývatnssleðinn) is held every two years.
Each team must include 2 competitors that have to build their own sled that has make it from start to finish (no motors or animals allowed).
The race has 4 point categories and points are rewarded from one to five: 

  1. Speed track (longer track, 2 rounds)

  2. Obstacle course (Short track, 1 round)

  3. Design and appearance (voted by contestants)

  4. Audience´s favorite

Cost per team is 4.000,- ISK and Buff´s are included with Mývatn´s sled logo.
We will, as always, have hot chocolate and coffee for everyone and audience and groupies especially welcome to join the fun.

Sled of Mývatn Competition


Nú skal endurvekja gamla Mývatns mótið! 

Ice fishing

The Mývatn Fishing Association is the older fishing association in Iceland, established in 1905. The association celebrates its 115th birthday this year!  The role of the association is to protect the fish in Lake Mývatn, the stock  and to make sure it is sustainable.