Fun for the Whole Family

No matter what age, travelers should be able to find enjoyable activities suited to their interests.

Splashing around in pools is pleasant for the whole family, as is looking out for whales, trolls or whatever your imagination desires. Iceland is definitely a kid-friendly nation (we tend to have a lot of them). Much of Icelandic life is centered on activities with our children. Akureyri is a safe and clean town offering family oriented environment where high chairs can be found in every café, babies sleep in their prams outside and breastfeeding is nothing to be ashamed of.

For a pleasant surprise, Jólagarðurinn (The Christmas Garden) is not far away. Open all year round despite the name and only a few minutes drive from the centre of Akureyri, this beautiful garden environment, with benches and tables provided, makes it an excellent spot for a picnic.
The Akureyri festival calendar is another thing to keep an eye out for – conventionally filled with activities and celebrations.

Firm favourites include the First Day of Summer (April), National Day (June 17), Medieval Days at Gásir (July), and Akureyri Family Festival (beginning of August).

Active Akureyri

Akureyri, being a small, family friendly town that’s very close to nature, offers tons of opportunities for outdoor activities at any time of year. You could hire a bike, for instance, and roll your family through Akureyri; most of the town’s green spaces are set up for excellent cycling tours. Contact the information center about schedules or rentals. Another option is ice skating or skiing, on cold days in winter, there is nothing more refreshing. Take a spin around on skates at the skating rink “Skautahöllin” at Naustavegur 1, and in case you didn’t bring your own skates you can always rent a pair. Call and check opening hours +354 461 2440. Akureyri is also one of the best places in Iceland for cross-country and downhill skiing, most notably in mount Hlíðafjall (see

A visit to Akureyri Museum, House of Nonni or the Toy Display at Friðbjarnarhús are all examples of perfect ways to spend a day with the family, especially when the weather isn‘t too kind. Finishing a long day of exploring the town with a swim in one of the great geothermal pools finally is a great way to unwind and relax.

Things To Do in Akureyri