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Organized sports in Iceland began about 130 years ago. The most popular sports in Iceland are football, golf, equestrian, handball, basketball, badminton, athletics and Sport-for-All. The greatest growth has been in golf and equestrian sports. The sport environment has been enriched in recent years with the addition of several new sports.
The Organization of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, (abbreviated ÍSÍ)Is the highest authority for voluntary sports activities in Iceland, cf. the provisions of the Icelandic Sports Act. The purpose is to promote, coordinate and organize sports activities, promote the development of high-performance sports as well as public sports and form, organize and lead Iceland´s delegations at the Olympic Games.
ÍSÍ is a national association of regional districts/sport unions and national federations. Members of regional districts/sport unions are clubs having the practice of sports in their program. As a national association in Iceland, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and under the umbrella of the Olympic Movement, ÍSÍ undertakes, on its own behalf and on behalf of its Executive Board and all association members, to honor the Olympic Charter and the World Anti-Doping Code and to abide by the decisions of IOC Sessions.
Reykjavik Sports Union (abbreviated ÍBR) is a member of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland.
Sport and Leisure Department of Reykjavik (abbreviated ÍTR)The City of Reykjavik offers recreational services such as swimming pools, sport centres, geothermal beach, family farm zoo and ski areas. They work in partnership with stakeholders in sports and leisure activities.
Laugardalshöll Sports & Exhibition Hall Is located in Reykjavík city and is a 20.000 m2 multi-purpose sporting arena and exhibition hall. The capacity of the arena is 5,500 people. It hosts various sporting events, such as handball, basketball, volleyball and athletics, as well as for other events such as trade shows, banquets and corporate events. Aside from sporting events, it is one of the largest concert venue in Iceland, with audience capacity of up to 12,000 people and 3240 persons at a banquette set-up. Aside from sports and music events, it serves as a general purpose hall for all manner of events. Several additional rooms surrounding the main hall may also be utilized to create a range of combinations for conferences, exhibitions, workshops, catering areas and entertainment. Laugardalshöll contains over 700 sq. meters of mixed sizes of conferences rooms, this rooms can be split up to six different sizes that can be used for 40 up to 400 people in meetings or other events. Conferences room are equipped with PA system, projector and access to Wi-Fi, other equipment can varies by type of exhibition.
Laugardalur Stadium has an audience capacity of 9.800.
Egilshöll Recreation and Sports HallIt is a 24.000 m2 multi-purpose sporting facility. Egilshöll has an indoor football hall, skating arena and facilities for various other sports. The venue also has a cinema and a bowling alley.
Sport in Reykjavik Iceland from Meet in Reykjavik on Vimeo.
Reykjavik offers an environmentally friendly city with clean air, water and superior facilities and infrastructure to support large events. Our capability and drive to deliver are shown through the sport events that we have hosted for example the 16th Games of the small states of Europe, the European TeamGym Championship and many more.
Members of Sport in Reykjavik are major stakeholders in the sports sector in Iceland.
• National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ)
• Sport and Leisure Department of Reykjavik (ÍTR)
• Reykjavik Sports Union (ÍBR)
• Laugardalshöll Sports & Exhibition Center
• Egilshöll Recreation and Sports Hall
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