For many, it is the beautiful and unique landscapes that attract tourists to Iceland year after year. From the infamous Blue Lagoon to the breath-taking waterfalls, this picturesque country should be on everyone’s bucket list. However, there is more to Iceland than these natural wonders. The Island is full of other activities for you to try out, including the Arctic Open golf tournament.
What is the tournament?
The tournament started in 1986 and has since become one of the best-kept secrets in golf. As the sun barely dips below the horizon in Iceland’s summer months, it provides a rare situation where golf can be played into the night. It is played on the most northern 18-hole golf course in the world, which attracts over 100 players from around the globe.
Where is the tournament?
The Arctic Open takes place at the Akureyri Golf Club during the summer and consists of a 36 hole tournament, with 18 holes played over two days. It is played under the Stableford point system and is open to both professional and amateur golfers alike, with prizes going to the winner (the person with the lowest score with handicap) as well as to those with the best scratch score, best ladies score and best seniors score. Alongside the main competition, there is also a team tournament, with participants being randomly drawn to into groups of four, who compete for their own prize.
How can I enter?
There is a registration fee for the tournament, with entry costing a total of US $589 for each participant. The entry fee for the tournament also includes an invitation to the opening reception, award presentation and dinners, as well as a golfer gift and one practice round. You will need to make your reservations for the tournament early, however, as there are a limited number of places available. The Akureyri Golf Club, also known as Jaðarsvöllur, is located in the region of Akureyi, which is around 4 hours’ drive from the capital of Reykjavik. Ideally, you will want to find accommodation closer to the tournament to avoid a long commute to the course each day.
The Arctic Open is one of the many surprising activities taking place in Iceland. Although the winters in Iceland are often very cold and icy, the summer months are much milder, with temperatures averaging at a mild 10°C – the perfect temperature to try many of these activities. If you want to find out more information about the Arctic Open, then head to their website, here.