Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training in Iceland

Here's where to go if you want to see how Icelanders do it when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you're just visiting, you might as well drop by.

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Haraldur Gísli Sigfússon

14. November 2017

The BJJ scene in Iceland is vibrant and ever growing. Currently there are 9 Jiu Jitsu academies and they range in size from small ones to the biggest one without a doubt Mjölnir. If you are travelling to Iceland and want to get your roll in then I suggest checking out the grappling scene in one of the academies. 

All of them have a very friendly attitude towards drop-in travellers and whether you are in Reykjavik, Akureyri or Keflavík you can start rolling.

Mjölnir has built a great reputation in the last years from their biggest MMA-star Gunnar Nelson who is a well-known UFC fighter. 

Gunnar Nelson.

Below are the three main BJJ academies in Iceland, drop them a line or just drop by and I can guarantee a welcoming attitude by all these academies.


Mjölnir draws their name from Thor’s hammer in old norse mythology.

The gym’s main focus are martial arts, such as MMA, Brazilian jiu jitsu, box and kickbox. For those who don’t like punching and kicking, there is program called Víkingaþrek, which translates to Viking Workout.

Mjölnir recently moved to a staggering 32.000 square feet gym. It has all the modern equipment for working out, weight training, stretch or cardio training. They offer over 100 classes per week so you are sure to find something that fits your need.

Mjölnir is located at Flugvallarvegur 3-3a, 101 Reykjavík.

An empty gym at Mjölnir. Photo: www.mjolnir.is


VBC is a wrestling, muay thai, BJJ and boxing gym. It is smaller in size than Mjölnir and has a very nice and cozy atmosphere. The guy running the BJJ classes is Daði Steinn, who is super welcoming to any guests. VBC is an affiliate of Checkmat which is a leading international Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu association.

VBC is located in Smiðjuvegur 28, 200 Kópavogur.


(photo from www.vbc.is)


Fenrir is an MMA gym located in the north of Iceland in the town of Akureyri. They offer classes in BJJ, muay thai, boxing and mma. Their head coach in BJJ is Ingþór Örn Valdimarsson a black belt in BJJ and Judo. Be sure to check them out if you are travelling in the north of Iceland!

Fenrir is located in Austursíða 2, Akureyri.

A man wearing jiu jitsu clothes. Photo: www.mmafrettir.is


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