Snowboarding festival in Akureyri, Iceland

Winteraction – Extreme in Akureyri

Snowboarder jumping over a fire

Photos: Þórir Tryggvason

Ak Extreme is an annual winter event that brings snowboarding right into the centre of Akureyri, Iceland’s northern capital. First held in 2002 this cool competition is now one of the country‘s biggest snowboarding competitions. Find cheap flights to Iceland with WOW air and take part in this cool event.

Ak Extreme will be held on April 3-6 2014. This four day snowboarding event has a notorious grand finale held in the middle of town. Close to 7,000 spectators gathered to watch the big container jump in downtown Akureyri last year. Built from 15 large shipping containers the great jump is a venue where all the best snowboarders of Iceland come to compete.

King of the Hill
The opening event of Ak Extreme is a sort of “Chinese downhill”, an off-piste competition starting at the top of Mt. Hlidarfjall (a mere 10 minute drive above Akureyri) all the way down to the ski hotel. Competitors carry a glass of energy drink down the slope and are punished for every spill. There are 10 poles on the way down that serve as a lottery tickets and those who are able to grab one have a chance to win great prizes.

 The Burn Jib Session
The Burn Jib event takes place in Akureyri’s main shopping street on Friday night, and has become one of the more popular events of Ak Extreme.

Slopestyle for beginners
Ak Extreme also has something for the younger generation. The future of Icelandic snowboarders gathers at Mt. Hlidarfjall on Saturday morning to compete in the Slopestyle event.The Big Container jump, Akureyri, Ak extreme

The big container jump
Saturday night it’s time for the main event that draws the biggest crowd. Due to its extreme nature only the best of the best are invited to show their skills in the big container jump. A giant screen is set up so the audience won’t miss a thing.

Snowboarder mid-jump at Ak extremeNighttime fun
The fun never ends at Ak Extreme and the Akureyri nightlife is vibrant during those days with numerous musicians and DJ’s keeping the party alive until the early hours.

Don’t miss out on Ak Extreme. Visit Iceland, snowboard, see the best of the best and party with the locals in the amazing town of Akureyri. WOW air offers cheap flights to Iceland from London, Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen all year round.