As you get acquainted with Akureyri, you’ll notice how steep some of the streets are. Starting out as a tiny harbour village by the sea, it only had one direction to grow, uphill! The result is a town filled with spectacularly picturesque views in every direction. The town panorama is impressive, with Akureyri church on the steepest hill as a crowning jewel. The view from the church steps isn’t bad either, offering a stunning view of Eyjafjörður fjord and the surrounding mountains.
AKUREYRI AT A GLANCE
Akureyri is a popular tourist destination both for short and long visits. The town offers a wide range of activities and interesting places to visit e.g. notable museums, the world’s northernmost botanical garden, a great swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, the best skiing area in the country and good hiking trails. To top it all off, the public bus system in Akureyri is completely free of charge, making it easy to get between these attractions!
THE CAPITAL OF THE NORTH
Akureyri is also great base camp if you’re interested in exploring the many natural wonders of the north of Iceland. The area surrounding Akureyri has waterfalls, volcanic areas and canyons, as well as numerous exciting activities, such as rafting, hiking, caving, whale watching and horseback riding. You can enjoy the culture and bustling life of the town, while still being just a short drive from some of the most magnificent sights Iceland has to offer.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Akureyri is a great place for the lover of the outdoors. Those fond of hiking or cycling can enjoy Akureyri’s many trails and routes; take a scenic walk along Glerá river, Mt. Súlur is great for a hike, and in winter, Hlíðarfjall is one of the best places in the country to go skiing. Strolling by the harbour or along the coastal path offers an invigorating breeze from the ocean while Kjarnaskógur forest will fill you with peace and serenity.
Akureyri has two geothermal swimming pools; perfect for kids and great for striking up a conversation with locals. Finally, the famous Mývatn Nature Baths, the North’s answer to the Blue Lagoon, are only about an hour’s drive from town.
Perhaps the most important attraction of Akureyri and the north is the people. The locals are friendly and proud of their town. Even stopping at a red light will bring a smile to your face, as the red light is in the shape of a heart.