Skip to content

Walking in Akureyri

Historical Path (Blue) 

4.1 km/2.5 mi

The historic old town of Akureyri, with its colourful and historic buildings, is characterised by steep slopes and stunning views it offers. 

Start your walk at Ráðhústorg Square. The name translates to Town Hall Square, although the planned town hall was never actually built! Walk south, through the centre of town, into the oldest part of Akureyri, with its vividly coloured houses. Walking along Hafnarstræti street, you’ll pass historic buildings, such as the 1906 Akureyri theatre and Sigurhæðir, the former home of poet Matthías Jochumsson (who wrote the national anthem), now home to artist residency Flóra. 

You will also come across Akureyri’s most famous ice cream shop, Brynja. When you get to Akureyri Museum, stop to admire the childhood home of Nonni, a popular author of children’s books and a 19th-century church. When you pass the museum, turn right and head up the hill. As you walk towards the centre on your way back towards the Ráðhústorg square, you’ll walk past the Akureyri Botanical Garden and school. Alternatively, walk towards the sea and take the coastal route back. You’ll cross the Rendezvous Bridge, perfect for a selfie with an ocean view.

The First Settlers & Town Architecture (Green)

2.9 km/1.2 mi

The first settlers of Eyjafjörður in the 10th century were Helgi Magri (Helgi the thin) and his wife, Þórunn Hyrna. Taking this path past their statues and following the streets named in their honour will give you a feel for modern-day Akureyri. 

Starting once again from the Town Hall Square sans town hall, walk up the slope past the Municipal Library to a hill where statues of the first settlers of Akureyri, Helgi Magri and Þórunn Hyrna, look over Eyjafjörður. Fittingly, the route back towards the town lies along Helgamagrastræti. The Akureyri geothermal swimming pool is at the end of the street, perfect for a refreshing swim. 

Continue along Þórunnarstræti till you get to the Botanical Garden. This beautiful park is the northernmost botanic garden in the world and contains several thousand plant species. When you leave the garden, pass the Akureyri school and walk atop the edge of the hill towards the Akureyri church. On your way, you’ll also pass the Akureyri Catholic church.

The Sea & Oddeyrin (Pink)

1.9 km/0.6 mi

If you don’t have a lot of time but would still like to get a feel for the town of Akureyri, take a short stroll through the old neighbourhood of Oddeyri by the sea. With its charming old houses, outdoor artwork and stunning view of Eyjafjörður fjord and the mountains on the other side, this route will give you a taste of what Akureyri is all about. 

Starting at the town square, Ráðhústorg, you walk east, towards the sea. You will pass Hof, the cultural centre, on your right. The circular concert hall is undoubtedly impressive, but it has nothing on the view over the Eyjafjörðurfjord. 

Take a turn to the left and enter the residential neighbourhood. This is one of the oldest parts of town, and the delightful old houses are painted in every colour of the rainbow. Many homes here feature the classic tiles that cover many of Akureyri’s oldest houses. Walking back through the neighbourhood will take you back to Ráðhústorg square. 

If you have time to spare, continue walking south along the coastal path. Not only can you admire the view of Eyjafjörður fjord and the surrounding mountains, but the path also features plenty of outdoor artwork.

River and Gardens (Orange)

5.1 km/3,1 mi

One of the best things about cities and towns in Iceland is that you never feel too far from nature. Even in Akureyri, the second-biggest settlement in Iceland, you can still find plenty of peaceful green areas, rivers and gardens. 

Walking up Brekkugata Street, you’ll find statues of the first settlers of Eyjafjörður perched atop a wild-looking cliff. 

As you continue over the hill, you get to the Glerá River that passes through Akureyri. Follow the walking path along the river and take in the incredible scenery. In the summer, Akureyri often gets the best weather in all of Iceland, so a stroll along the river is an absolute delight. Cross the river and pass Akureyri University. 

As you walk back towards the town centre, you’ll pass through green areas and playgrounds in the residential areas of Akureyri, getting a look at the peaceful Akureyri life. As you get closer to the centre, you pass the Akureyri swimming pool, which is highly recommended for freshening up after a long walk through nature before ending your walk back at the Ráðhústorg (Town Hall) Square.

Last updated on 9 May 2023.