Swedish Midsummer Party

Swedish Midsummer Party on Ios GreeceMidsummer parade passing outside Scorpions Nightclub
Swedish Midsummer Party on Ios GreeceThe parade continues past Hermes hotel on the way to the beach

The Swedish Midsummer Party in Ios Greece is legendary. It starts before noon at Flames Bar and the main square of Chora with drinking in the narrow streets and in the pubs. Later, in the early afternoon, the crowd will walk down to the beach together and get ready to attack Far Out Club and continue the partying there. The parade of celebrating people will fill up the road as it makes its slow progress towards the Far Out Club on Mylopotas Beach. The crowd then comes together outside Far Out Club, before everybody runs in to Far Out filling its outdoor dance floor with happy people celebrating the Swedish Midsummer Party on Ios Greece. The party continues on Far Out into the night when it moves up into the village again as of every night on Ios. At the end of the night you will probably end up at your hotel or someone else’s if you get lucky.

Do only people from Sweden celebrate this party in Ios?

Some of the people that celebrating the Swedish Midsummer, or Midsommarafton as it is called in Sweden, is from Sweden but many are from other countries. When it comes to the Midsummer feast on Ios everybody is welcome to join in on the fun so you do not have to Swedish or Scandinavian to paint your face blue and yellow, the colours of the Swedish flag, and become Swedish for a day.

Swedish Midsummer Party on Mylopotas in Ios GreeceThe midsummer party has reached Mylopotas beach
Swedish Midsummer Party on Mylopotas Beach in Ios GreeceThe crowed is gathering outside Far Out getting ready to attack

On what date is the Swedish Midsummer Party 2016 celebrated?

So when is Midsummer on Ios? Well the dates changes every year but it is always on a Friday between June 19 and June 25. The Ios Midsummer Party 2016 will take place on June 24. Hopefully I will see you there for Ios Midsummer 2016.

  • June 22, 2012
  • June 21, 2013
  • June 20, 2014
  • June 19, 2015
  • June 24, 2016
  • June 23, 2017
  • June 22, 2018
  • June 21, 2019


Do you have any pictures from the Party 2014?

Unfortunately I missed the party of 2014, arriving in Ios a week later, but I have been to many of the previous Midsummer feasts on Ios and the pictures on this page are from some them. You can contact me if you have pictures to share from this years celebration in Ios 2014.  Update: I do have pictures from 2015 here.

Swedish Midsummer Party at Far Out Club in Ios GreeceThe midsummer party goes on all afternoon
Swedish Midsummer Party at Far Out Club in Ios GreeceDancing around the maypole at Far Out Club