Downtown Akureyri is best enjoyed on foot. Taking a stroll through the town centre is perfect if you’re looking to stop by a shop, a café or a restaurant. If you want to get acquainted with the roots of the town, walking through the old town and stopping by a museum or two will give you a glimpse of days gone by.
This is the beating heart of the town, where you’ll find the greatest density of cafés, restaurants and shops – everything from handmade sushi to the latest in Icelandic music. Although most of the shops line Hafnarstræti and Skipagata, if you wander out into the residential areas, you’ll find some smaller shops, bistros and galleries. Here you’ll also find bus stops, taxi stands and booking centres.
Located just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, is Akureyri’s shopping mall, Glerártorg. Built in the year 2000, Glerártorg offers a selection of local fashion stores, cafés, restaurants, outdoor and sports stores, a supermarket and much, much more. Glerártorg is definitely the place to be for the avid shopper in Akureyri.
THE ART STREET
The centre of cultural life in Akureyri is on Kaupvangsstræti, which curves through Grófargil in the middle of Akureyri, nicknamed Art Street. The buildings in Art Street used to house industrial operations but when they gradually moved elsewhere, it freed up a lot of housing that turned out to be ideal for the artistic crowd. The newly renovated Akureyri Art Museum, the Akureyri School of Visual Arts, small galleries and shops and the multipurpose Deiglan, among others, have now taken up residence there instead.
The Old Town
Strolling south from Akureyri’s centre is a walk through the town’s history. The narrow strip of land between the water and the mountains is the birthplace of Akureyri with picturesque rows of old wooden houses in every colour of the rainbow. Stopping for ice cream in Brynja, one of the oldest shops in Iceland, is practically a requirement for every visit to Akureyri. You can also see the oldest building in Akureyri, Laxdalshús, built in 1795, and have a chance to visit several museums such as the former home of author Jón Sveinsson (Nonni) and Akureyri Museum, giving a glimpse into what life was like in days gone by.