Since Akureyri is so far north, it’s a prime spot to experience the midnight sun. Around the summer solstice, the sun doesn’t even set for the whole 24 hours.
Many of the older houses in town have a quilted texture, unlike the usual ridges of corrugated iron you’ll most often see. The houses are tiled with prepressed iron plates imported from America in the 1930s.
Akureyri is the second largest urban area outside the Reykjavík capital area with a population of around 18,800.
The Botanical Garden contains almost all plants that grow in Iceland along with several species from other countries, including Greenland.
In Akureyri, stopping at a red light is much more pleasant than elsewhere; the red lights are heart-shaped! Stopping for a selfie in the middle of traffic is dangerous but you’ll find a heart-shaped red light by the tourist information centre in Hof, for a safe but still envy-inducing Instagram moment.
In 1863, more than 50 years before women got the right to vote, a woman in Akureyri voted in the municipal elections. Her vote was accepted because of a loophole due to a translating error in the originally Danish law.
Akureyri is only about 90km south of the Arctic Circle.
Akureyri sits at the head of the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjörður.