Getting to Akureyri
Air Iceland Connect offers multiple daily scheduled flights between Reykjavík and Akureyri. The airport is located about 3km south of the town centre and, unless you’re travelling very light, we recommend getting a taxi from the airport or renting a car.
Strætó, the public bus system, has scheduled departures to and from Akureyri two times a day, but only once on Thursdays. Check out www.bus.is or download the Strætó app for more information.
During summer, a daily highland route is available with SBA Norðurleið between Reykjavík and Akureyri over the Kjölur route, see www.sba.is.
Getting around Akureyri
Akureyri by bike – Renting a bicycle is a great way to get to know Akureyri. There are a number of paths along the coast (including Glerárgata to the north and Drottningarbraut to the south) that will take you around the Akureyri area.
Another popular attraction is Kjarnaskógur woodlands and valley, a lush, green, nature reserve close to the centre. Here you find the first tailor-made mountain bike path in the country, inaugurated in the summer of 2008. The round trip is about 12km.
Akureyri by bus – The Akureyri Citybus is free of charge and will take you anywhere you need to go in town. Just figure out the route you want to take and step on the bus!
Maps are available at the tourist information centre in Hof. Most bus stops with a shelter also include a route map.
Taxis – If you need to get around after the buses stop running, or the buses don’t suit your needs, you can always take a taxi. You can stop by the taxi station in the town centre or call for a cab (+354 461 1010).
Getting from Akureyri
Norlandair operates flight services within the vicinity of Akureyri and also to East Greenland. For trips to Grímsey island, on the Arctic Circle, contact Norlandair. Go to www.grimsey.is for more information.
If you want to get to the islands of Hrísey or Grímsey, you could take the ferry or a day tour from Akureyri. Ferries leave from Dalvík or Árskógssandur. Go to www.hrisey.is or www.grimsey.is for more information.
Strætó also runs to some of the towns in the Eyjafjörður and Tröllaskagi areas, including Dalvík, Siglufjörður, Húsavík and Blönduós. The buses run a few times a day, giving you the opportunity to explore the town but still get back to Akureyri at the end of the day. Get more information at www.bus.is.
While there is no fare for buses inside the town limits of Akureyri, the buses taking you out of town will charge a modest sum for the fare. It’s a great option if you feel like exploring the north but aren’t comfortable with driving in unfamiliar circumstances.
If you’re headed east from Akureyri, you might encounter the Vaðlaheiði tunnel. Recently opened, the tunnel not only shortens the way to Mývatn and Húsavík, it also makes the route safer, especially over the winter months. You won’t find any toll booths flanking the tunnel, the toll is paid online. Simply register your vehicle’s license plate online at www.tunnel.is or in the app and choose whether you want to pay for a single trip or get prepaid trips at a discounted rate.
Strætó’s Operating Hours
Daily from 06:25 to 23:03 on weekdays and from 12:49 to 18:36 on weekends and holidays. Schedules during weekends depend upon time of year, for further information check www.bus.is or call +354 462 4929. There is no bus service on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Akureyri Municipal Airport
+354 570 3000 | www.airicelandconnect.is
+354 414 6960 | www.norlandair.is
Ferry Sæfari to Grímsey
+354 853 2211 | www.landflutningar.is/saefari/
Ferry Sævar to Hrísey
+345 695 5544 | www.hrisey.net
Hof Cultural Centre
Strandgata 12, Akureyri
+354 540 2700 | www.bus.is
Oddeyrarbót 2, Akureyri
+354 550 0720 | www.english.sba.is
+354 461 1010