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Interesting Places & Activities Near Akureyri

  1. The Christmas Garden 

Christmas is not just in December anymore! In the Christmas Garden, there are Christmas tunes and smell the sweet smell of Christmas every day of the year!

  1. Hrísey Island

The island is known as the pearl of Eyjafjörður. Visit for beautiful hiking trails with stunning views, vibrant birdlife, and a slice of island life!

  1. The Old Rectory at Laufás

Walking into the gabled turf farmhouse at Laufás feels like taking a step back in time.

  1. Boat Excursions

Take a ferry ride out to Hrísey island from Árskógssandur, enjoy ocean views, or just get a taste of beer from the local brewery, Kaldi.

  1. Dalvík Fishing Village

Dalvík is a traditional Icelandic fishing village, with rows of colourful boats bobbing gently in the harbour and a stunning mountain range backdrop.

  1. Horse Rentals

Riding an Icelandic horse through the beautiful nature in the north is an unforgettable experience.

  1. SnowCat Trips

Taking a snowcat up Mt. Kaldbakur in winter not only gives you a chance to admire the view at the top, but you can also choose whether to get a ride back down or ski down the slope!

  1. Goðafoss Waterfall

Legend has it that after Iceland converted to Christianity, the local chieftain threw his carved idols of the Norse gods into Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods.

  1. Lake Mývatn

The birdlife and nature in Lake Mývatn and the surrounding area are completely unique! The landscape is brimming with natural wonders, and the whole area is a birdwatcher’s paradise!

  1. Mývatn Nature Baths

The nature baths by Mývatn are a great way to relax after a long day of travelling. Soaking in the milky blue waters surrounded by Iceland’s volcanic landscape might just be the highlight of your trip.

  1. Whale Watching

Húsavík is not just a charming town, it also has some of the best whale watching tours in Iceland due to its proximity to the open ocean.

  1. The Herring Era Museum

The herring era was a fascinating period in Icelandic history, and a visit to this impressive museum is sure to entertain as well as educate!

  1. Grímsey Island

Grímsey is the northernmost part of Iceland and the only part which crosses the Arctic Circle. Visiting the island is a great chance to have a real arctic experience!

  1. Rafting

A thrilling boat ride on a river consistently voted one of the best rafting rivers in the world is an adrenaline junkie’s dream!

  1. The Icelandic Emigration Centre

Hofsós is one of the oldest trading centres in Iceland, and the Emigration Centre tells the story of the substantial number of Icelanders who emigrated to North America.

  1. The Krafla Area & Víti Crater

The alien landscapes of the geothermal area around Krafla are impressive but seeing lake Víti in all its glory is even better!

  1. The National Park: Dettifoss

Iceland has a lot of impressive waterfalls, but Dettifoss is one of the most majestic manifestations of nature’s power Iceland has to offer.

  1. The National Park: Ásbyrgi

Legend has it that the horseshoe-shaped valley of Ásbyrgi was created when Óðinn’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir stepped down, leaving his hoofprint in the young land.

  1. The Beer Spa

Bathing in geothermal spas is fine, but did you know that there’s a spa in Árskógssandur where you can bathe in beer?

  1. Hauganes Hot Tubs

Check out the hot tubs on the black beach of Hauganes. Enjoy the ocean view and don’t worry about a thing.

  1. GeoSea

A modern retreat located right next to the North Atlantic? Yes, please! Sit back and relax in the warm water and let the sea minerals do their work.

  1. Drangey

The island is not only a striking natural phenomenon and a birdwatcher’s paradise, it also features prominently in the Saga of Grettir the Strong, a settlement-era story recorded in ancient manuscripts. More than a thousand years ago, Grettir had to brave the elements and risk swimming to the island from the mainland, to save his life.

Last updated on 9 May 2023.