People of Lake Mývatn celebrate first annual Winter Festival

Icelandic dogs on Ice

The Mývatn Winter Festival will be held for the first time next month, from March 6 to 8.

According to the festival’s website, the event will be one of a kind in Iceland, where people and animals compete in multiple non-traditional winter sports, mostly on the frozen lake. The 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. The people of Mývatn hope to change that. Guests will also have the oportunity to learn how to fish through the ice, go Cross Country Skiing, and visit the Snow Dogs.

Cape Hotel in Húsavík offers a special on accommodation in the week leading up to the festival for people who want to explore the region.