Arctic Open draws midnight golfers

Between June 20 and June 24 Iceland’s second city Akureyri played host to the 21st Arctic Open on the world’s most northerly 18-hole golf course. One hundred and twenty golfers competed at the annual tournament against a backdrop of snowy mountains and under the midnight sun.

Held over the summer solstice, most areas of Iceland experienced close to 24 hours of sunlight at the time of the Arctic Open. Participants came all over the world for the unique experience of playing golf at midnight and onwards into the night.

Registration for the event cost US$450 and is open to both professionals and amateurs. The fee included a final award dinner and a commemorative gift.

The first Artic Open was held in Akureyri in 1986. The Akureyri Golf Club was founded in 1935 and has more than 6,400 yards of greens surrounded by mountains and countryside. There are currently 500 members of the golf club.

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