Nearby Akureyri

Akureyri lies at the very bottom of the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjörður – the “Fjord of Islands”. It’s not to say though that it has a particularly large amount of islands on it – but they are quite significant, with Hrísey being the largest.

Eyjafjörður

Eyjafjörður is speckled with small villages and local attractions, for instance check out the tiny fishing villages of Dalvík and Siglufjörður or the farming town of Svalbarðseyri for some local flavour, visit Árskógssandur, home of the Kaldi brewery, drive by countless small farms, stop by the historical Laufás turf farm & Saurbær church as well as the numerous other churches in fjord. Dive to the unique Strýturnar sub-aquatic geothermal cones or try out the different skiing areas in the area at Akureyri, Dalvík, Ólafsfjörður or Siglufjörður.

The fjord is very narrow, measuring only about 10 km across for most of its 60 km length, but is quite deep. It’s completely surrounded by mountains and has several rivers running into the ocean down both sides, making the scenery here both stunning and beautiful, and the perfect place for the outdoorsman to experience nature first hand. Furthermore Eyjafjörður is one of the most popular destinations for cruise ships visiting Iceland.

Local food production plays a big role in the culture of Eyjafjörður – as it’s one of the biggest food production areas in Iceland, making Akureyri a great place to experience the local food culture.

The north of Iceland is a treasure chest of magnificent nature and quaint, charming local culture, and Eyjafjörður is no exception. Akureyri is the perfect launch point from which to explore these hidden gems and the lively locals will welcome you every day of the year – even in the heaviest of blizzards!

Grímsey

Grímsey

Grímsey is another popular island, known for being the northernmost settlement in Iceland with the Arctic Circle running straight through it. Despite that, Grímsey’s summers are generally mild and the island holds a rich vegetation. Up to sixty species of birds and one of the biggest puffin colonies in Iceland make Grímsey ideal for bird watching. For the history enthusiast there’s the Grímsey church, built in 1867 and renovated in 1932. On the eastern side of the island you can see the dramatic coastline where the islanders climb down the sheer rock cliffs with a rope, at great personal risk, to collect eggs for themselves and their families.

To get to Grímsey you can take the ferry, which takes 3 hours, from the village of Dalvík (30 min drive from Akureyri, departure on Mon, Wed and Fridays). Taking this refreshing boat trip is ideal for families, particularly on a sunny day. If you prefer, you can also travel to Grímsey by air, a 25 min flight from Akureyri Airport, daily departures in summer and on Sun, Tue and Fri during winter.

Hrísey

Hrísey

Hrísey, the pearl of Eyjafjörður, is known for its beautiful nature, diverse bird life and many pleasant walking trails. A good way to get to know the island is to take one of the so ever-popular tractor sightseeing tours, strike up a conversation with one of the 170 inhabitants of the island or just walk around and enjoy the scenery on your own two feet.

Hrísey is the second largest island off the coast of Iceland after Heimaey in the Westman Islands, and it has been continuously inhabited since the settlement of Iceland in the 9th century. It is particularly famous as a bird watching haven; since there are no natural predators of birds on the island it forms a natural bird sanctuary, making it ideal for its 40 native species of birds, including ptarmigan, arctic tern and eider duck.

To get to Hrísey, there’s a regular ferry which takes 15 min on sea, from Ársskógssandur harbor (25 min drive from Akureyri).

Flight times to akureyri

Akureyri