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Akureyri

The Capital of the North

Akureyri is often described as the capital city of North Iceland. Although it only has around 18,000 residents it really is a vibrant place, with an active arts scene and many possibilities when it comes to things to do.

The Capital of the North

Akureyri is often mentioned as the capital city of North Iceland. Though the city is small, there is a great number of activities available. There is Hof Menningahúsið (The Hof Culture House), the atmospheric Græni Hatturinn (The Green Hat) right in the center of town offering a wide range of concerts and events. There are charming local shops and an array of restaurants and coffee houses to suit all tastes. Why not wander through the old part of Akureyri past the charming traditional houses? Maybe you will end up at Akureyri Museum, there is always local information on display and also different exhibitions from time to time.

At any time of year Akureyri Church, with its twin spire, is well worth visiting. The stained glass window above the altar has an interesting history. This was actually set in Coventry Cathedral, England before much of it was destroyed in an air raid in the second world war. This glass now has a new life in Akureyri!

In summer Listagarðurinn (The Botanical Gardens) are an absolute riot of color – why not sit outside the cafe to enjoy your coffee with a view in the sunshine? Akureyri is situated at the base of beautiful Eyjafjörður (Island Fjord), which is surrounded by steep mountains, in winter many people come to ski.

Akureyri tours offer some unusual possibilities including a fabulous tour which will take you through some of the most dramatic and remotest scenery in Iceland, way up into the highlands. Enjoy a never to be forgotten hike around Lake Askja and the Víti explosion crater – walk in the footsteps of the NASA astronauts who trained here for their moon landing. Challenging, spectacular and adrenaline pumping white water rafting tours can be taken from Akureyri, Austari-Jökulsá (The East Glacial River) has consistently been rated as one of Europe‘s best rafting rivers. Exciting high-speed whale watching tours can be taken from nearby Dalvík.

Whether you desire challenge and excitement or a calm time there are many tour options available.

Things to do in Akureyri

At any time of year Akureyri Church, with its twin spire is well worth visiting. The stained glass window above the altar has an interesting history. This was actually set in Coventry Cathedral, England before much of it was destroyed in an air raid in the second world war. This glass now has a new life in Akureyri!

In summer Listagarðurinn (The Botanical Gardens) is an absolute riot of color – why not sit outside the cafe to enjoy your coffee with a view in the sunshine? Akureyri is situated at the base of beautiful Eyjafjörður (Island Fjord), which is surrounded by steep mountains, in winter many people come to ski.

Tours to do from Akureyri

Akureyri tours offer some unusual possibilities including a fabulous tour which will take you through some of the most dramatic and remotest scenery in Iceland, way up into the highlands. Enjoy a never to be forgotten hike around Lake Askja and the Víti explosion crater – walk in the footsteps of the NASA astronauts who trained here for their moon landing. Challenging, spectacular and adrenaline pumping white water rafting tours can be taken from Akureyri, Austari-Jökulsá (The East Glacial River) has consistently been rated as one of Europe‘s best rafting rivers. Exciting high speed whale watching tours can be taken from nearby Dalvík.  

Whether you are seeking challenge and excitement or a calm and relaxing time there are many tour options available.

Where is Akureyri located?

Akureyri is located in the north of Iceland is 380 km from Reykjavík, for those traveling from the east the distances are 266 km from Egilsstaðir, and 292 km from the ferry at Seyðisfjörður. Dalvík is 42.3 km, Húsavík is 93.6 km, and Dettifoss waterfall is 151 km. Places of interest in the area around Akureyri, include Lake Mývatn and the incredible geothermal areas nearby, the distance to the Mývatn Nature Baths is 105 km.

Interesting places near Akureyri

  • The Christmas House
  • The Beer Baths
  • Dalvík fishing Village
  • Hesteyri
  • Strýtan Diving Site