Gæran Music festival

Once a year, great magic happens in a small town in the north of Iceland called Sauðárkrókur. A storage house of a woolskin tannery factory is emptied of lamb skin rugs (Icelandic: gæra) to make way for a concert stage and a group of people, ready to have fun and listen to great music.

The music festival Gæran is much like the lamb skin rug it is named after, cosy, genuine and welcoming to all. It offers a great variety of music genre, folk, rap, rock and everything in between, so everyone can find something to their taste.

The festival

The festival is a three-day event. We start on Thursday the 14th of August 2014 with a soloist night at Mælifell, one of our local bars. There you will find an easy going pub atmosphere with great music from a variety of solo musicians. A lovely start to a weekend of pure enjoyment.

The main events of the festival take place on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th in Loðskinn, the tannery factory that inspired this whole event. The storage house will be empty of any woolskin to make way for musicians and music enthusiasts, but the atmosphere will be enough to charm any sheep out of its hide!

The music that will be heard at Gæran is from a great variety. A blend of local musicians, smaller bands and renowned performers is what we offer. In the past we’ve had musicians such as singer/songwriter Eivør Palsdottir from the Faroe Islands and many other great artists. We can promise great music, something fresh, something local and some of the best performers Iceland has to offer.

Tickets / Line-up

Tickets can be bought through midi.is from the 14th of July. Tickets can also be bought on site at the festival weekend, in case of a spontaneous need for great music and even better company!

The line up this year consists of 20 artists: Kiriyama family, Sóldögg, Úlfur Úlfur, Dimma, Reykjavíkurdætur, Rúnar Þóris, Klassart, Boogie Trouble, Una Stef, Myrká, Kvika, Nykur, Johnny and the rest, Skúli mennski, Sjálfsprottin spévísi, MAFAMA, Tuttugu, Beebee and the bluebirds, The Bangoura band and Sunny Side Road,


Sauðárkrókur, the home of Gæran, is a charming little town in the north of Iceland. Imagine the past clashing with the present, the town clashing with the countryside, and there you have Sauðárkrókur.

The town has everything you need, supermarkets, a pool, camping sites, restaurants, and last but not least, bars. Sauðárkrókur even has a real old fashion shopkeeper on the corner. In his store you can buy everything from gasoline and garden gloves to chocolate cakes and kitchen appliances.

The area takes pride in supreme horse breeding, singing (we have proportionally the greatest number of choirs in Iceland, possibly in Europe!) and beautiful scenery. Take note of the islands you can see from the coast, each of them has a big role in the folklore of the area (one is cursed, one is the capital of elves in Iceland, and one cannot be christened, because evil creatures also need a home).

Everything else you need to know, you can find out on the website visitskagafjordur.com. If that does not satisfy your curiosity you are welcome to contact us via e-mail at gaeranmusic(at)gmail.com.