Akureyri Capital of the North

Akureyri is the little big city of Iceland. It is large enough to offer a rich selection of entertainment, art and culture, yet small enough to be very personal and close to nature. It‘s easy to be fascinated by Akureyri with it‘s with brightly painted wooden houses, cosy bars and steep streets leading down from the hills into the friendly city centre. Even the traffic lights are cute, with stop lights in the shape of red hearts. 

With a population of only 19,000, it’s remarkably calm in comparison to Reykjavik.

You can easily explore all the major spots in town on foot. Here you‘ll find a wide range of activities and interesting places e.g. notable museums, the world’s most northerly botanic garden, one of Iceland’s most popular swimming facilities, 18-hole golf course, the best skiing area in the country and great hiking trails. Best of all, use of the city buses is completely free of charge.

Akureyri is also a great base camp for many of Iceland’s most beautiful natural wonders, such as waterfalls, volcanic areas and canyons, as well as numerous exciting activities, such as rafting, hiking, caving, whale watching and horseback riding.

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Akureyri
GPS Points N65° 40' 57.491" W18° 5' 28.677"
Postal codes

600,601,602,603

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Deiglan
Exhibitions
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23 / Grófargil
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2609
Hraun in Öxnadalur
Museums
  • Þelamerkurskóli
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 460 1750
Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri
Museums
  • Hjalteyri
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-1450, 692-7450
The Skating Arena
Winter adventure
  • Naustavegur 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2440
Europe Pay
Day Tour Provider
  • Hofsbót 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 774-1740
Kátur riding tours
Horse Activities
  • Kaupvangsbakkar, Eyjafjarðarsveit
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 695-7218
Europe Pay
Day Tour Provider
  • Hofsbót 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 774-1740
Ómur Yoga & Gong Centre
Team Building and Incentive tours
  • Brekkugata 3A
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 862-3700
Europe Pay
Day Tour Provider
  • Hofsbót 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 774-1740
FAB Travel / IG Ferðir / IG TOURS
Day Tour Provider
  • Strandgata 49
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 847-6957
Old Toys on display in Friðbjarnarhus
Museums
  • Aðalstræti 46
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-4162
Alkemia
Travel Agency
  • Helgafell
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 847-4133, 821-5215
HestaNet
Horse Activities
  • Hléskógar
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-4878
JS bus
Day Tour Provider
  • Urðargil 25
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 892-9325
Home Visiting
Day Tours
  • Þrastarhóll
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 615-2928
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 6623762, 663-2650
The District Archives in Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1290
The Municipal Library of Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1250
Hjalteyri
Museums
  • Þelamerkurskóli
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 896-8412
VisitHrisey.is
Guesthouses
  • Norðurvegur 17
  • 630 Hrísey
  • 898-9408
Icelandic Hunting Adventures
Travel Agency
  • Brúnahlíð 5
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 896-8404
Uppsalir
Guesthouses
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894-6076, 777-8201
Dyngjan - listhús
Exhibitions
  • Fíflbrekka
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-8770
600 North
Day Tour Provider
  • Heiðarlundur 6a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-6758
Stable Stop
Day Tour Provider
  • Ytri Bægisá
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 774-4336
Europe Pay
Day Tour Provider
  • Hofsbót 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 774-1740
Akureyri Whale Watching
Day Tours
  • Oddeyrarbót 2 / Torfunesbryggja
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 497-1000
Flóra
Shopping
  • Hafnarstræti 90
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-0168
Vikingland
Museums
  • Moldhaugar
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-1072
FAB Travel Akureyri
Travel Agency
  • Heiðarlundur 6b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-2282
Taste of Iceland travel
Day Tour Provider
  • Skarðshlíð 8 - 304
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 6948989
Trans - Atlantic
Travel Agency
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 588-8900, 588-8904
Borgarbíó
Family & Fun Parks
  • Hólabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3500
AOT Travel
Day Tours
  • Laufásgata 9
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2829, 698-0781
Arnarnes Álfasetur
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Arnarnes
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894 5358
TAXI BSO
Taxi
  • Strandgata
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1010
Extreme Icelandic Adventures
Jeep- & Glacier Tours
  • Súluvegur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 862-7988, 895-9665
Europe Pay
Day Tour Provider
  • Hofsbót 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 774-1740
Paddle North Iceland
Day Tour Provider
  • Steinahlíð 3H
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 6964044
Wide Open
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Aðalstræti 54a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-3992
Iceland Fishing Guide
Day Tours
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642
Akureyri Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Jaðar
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2974
Iceland Hunting Guide
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642
Phookatravels
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Norðurgata 37
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-4540
IcelandPhotoTravel.is
Day Tours
  • 896-6001
Icelandic Adventure
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 6601642
goHusky
Day Tours
  • Glæsibær
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-9355
Lundur Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Fnjóskadalur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 897-0760
Ski Service - Akureyri
Winter adventure
  • Fjölnisgata 4b
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 462-1713

Others

Sílastaðir Cottages
Cottages
  • Sílastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
Skipagata 5 - Aparments
Apartments
  • Skipagata 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201 , 691-0601
Hléskógar
Guesthouses
  • Hléskógar Fnr 216-0712
  • 601 Akureyri
Helgi magri holiday apartment
Apartments
  • Helgamagrastræti 30
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 821-3278
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 8
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Klettastígur 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
Hafdals Hotel
Hotels
  • Stekkjarlækur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-8347
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Hafnarstræti 86a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
A Friendly Cottage
Guesthouses
  • Smáratún 5
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5043, 893-6843
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1133
ÁS Guest House
Guesthouses
  • Eyrarlandsvegur 33
  • 600 Akureyri
Guesthouse Akureyri
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 108
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 3548208
Nordic Lodges Hamragil
Guesthouses
  • í landi Víðifells, Fnjóskadal
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 897-3015
Glerá Íbúðagisting
Apartments
  • Glerá II
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5723, 669-7131
gista apartments
Apartments
  • Gránufélagsgata 43
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-4314
Holiday Apartments Akureyri
Apartments
  • Hamratún 6 & 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 8926515
Viking Cottages & Apartments
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 15-16
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 8935050
Bakkakot Cabins
Cottages
  • 8963569
6 Ravens
Apartments
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 770-2020
Bjarmó Guesthouse
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 845-5930
Guesthouse Brekkusel
Guesthouses
  • Byggðavegur 97
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2660, 895-1260
VisitHrisey.is
Guesthouses
  • Norðurvegur 17
  • 630 Hrísey
  • 898-9408
Lundargata 6 - Apartment
Apartments
  • Lundargata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 788-1226
Uppsalir
Guesthouses
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894-6076, 777-8201
Camping site Grímsey island
Camping
  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3102
Cozy Cabins
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 14
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 892-3154
Lambi - Ferðafél. Akureyrar/ITA
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Strandgata 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2720
Torg Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 1b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201
Acco Luxury Apartments
Apartments
  • Ráðhðústorg 5 / Skipagata 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 547-2226
Hrímland Cottages
Cottages
  • Hlíðarfjall
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Möðruvallastræti 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Sólsteinn
Guesthouses
  • Vökuland III
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 6630498
Aurora Vacation Homes Fagravik
Farm Holidays
  • Hörgársveit
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 6900007, 690-0006
Centrum Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 773-6600 , 620-9960
B33 Apartment
Apartments
  • Brekkugata 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-2219
Hrímland Apartments
Apartments
  • Strandgata 29
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Munkaþverárstræti 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Hvassaland
Guesthouses
  • Hvassaland 2
  • 601 Akureyri
Kaupvangsstæti 19 Apartment
Apartments
  • Kaupvangsstæti 19
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 695-5542
Vaðlaborgir 17
Apartments
  • Vaðlaborgir 17
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 869-6190
Apartment Akureyri top location
Cottages
  • Kaupvangsstræti 19
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 663-5790
Our Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 82
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1200, 777-0200
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 6623762, 663-2650
Akureyri - Þórunnarstræti Camping Ground
Camping
  • Hafnarstræti 49
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3379
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Þórunnarstræti 93
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400, 4611160
Strandgata apartment 201
Apartments
  • Strandgata 9
  • 600 Akureyri
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Þingvallastræti 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 8968464
Hafnarstræti Hostel
Hostels
  • Hafnarstræti 99-101
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 5548855
Bjarmastígur 4 Apartment
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201, 691-0601
Amma Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Skólastigur 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 777-0200
Ráðhústorg 1 Akureyri
Guesthouses
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 895-1116
The Viking Country Club
Guesthouses
  • Richardshús
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 777-8300

Others

Bakaríið við brúna
Cafés
  • Gleráreyrar 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4612700
N1 - Service Station Leiruveg, Akureyri
Gas station
  • Við Leiruveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3414
Vitinn, Hóras ehf.
Tourist Information Centres
  • Oddeyrarbryggju
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-7771, 894-3039
Sprettur-Inn
Restaurants
  • Kaupangi v/Mýrarveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 464-6464
Berlin
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 7725061, 661-0661
Sykurverk Café
Cafés
  • Brekkugata 3
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 5717977
R5 Bar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Ráðhústorg 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4129933
Isbudinn Akureyri
Cafés
  • Geislagata 10
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1112
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5552
Mosi - streetfood
Diners
  • -
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 772-3389
DJ Grill
Diners
  • Strandgata 11
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-1800
Grillstofan
Restaurants
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3005
Domino’s Pizza
Take Away
  • Undirhlíð 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 581-2345
Galleri Sol
Cafés
  • Sólberg
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3190, 467-3150
Eyrin Restauran
Restaurants
  • Hof
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4600660
Serrano
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 519-6918
Bláa Kannan
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4600
Axelsbakarí
Cafés
  • Hvannavellir 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4614010
N1 - Service Station Hörgárbraut, Akureyri
Gas station
  • Við Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3012
Olís - Service Station - Quiznos
Diners
  • Tryggvabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-3939
Kaffi Torg
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg verslunarmiðstöð
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2279
Indian Curry House
Take Away
  • Ráðhústorg 3
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4242
Gamla Prestshúsið
Restaurants
  • Laufás
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-3196
Verksmiðjan Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 5554055
Orðakaffi - Eat, Drink & More
Restaurants
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-4638
Subway
Diners
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 530-7067
Kaffi & list
Cafés
  • Kaupvangsstræti 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 680-6292
Prepared hot food in Hrísalundur Shopping Centre
Restaurants
  • Verslunarmiðstöðin Hrísalundi
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2277
Valdís Ice cream shop
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 100b
  • 600 Akureyri
Flugkaffi
Cafés
  • Akureyrarflugvöllur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5017
Kaffi Ilmur
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 107b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 5716444, 862-4258, 865-1743
Aurora Bar – Café – Grill
Restaurants
  • Þingvallastræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 518-1000
Graeni Hatturinn
Pubs & Clubs
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4646
Kristjáns Café
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 108
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-5930
Freyvangsleykhúsið
Cafés
  • Freyvangur
  • 601 Akureyri
Sjanghæ
Restaurants
  • Strandgata 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 562-6888
Subway
Diners
  • Kaupvangsstræti 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 530-7068
Olstofa Akureyrar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 663-8886
Centrum Kitchen & Bar
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 6666078
FAB Travel Akureyri
Travel Agency
  • Heiðarlundur 6b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-2282
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Glerárgata 32
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4625552
Salatsjoppan
Restaurants
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4622245
Krían veitingastaður
Restaurants
  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3112, 898-2058
Kurdo Kebab Akureyri
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 784-2084
Skeljungur - Service Station Ak-inn
Cafés
  • Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4646484
History and Culture
First settlers

A statue of Helgi magri (Helgi the lean)
and Þórunn hyrna (Þórunn the horned), the first settlers of the
area, about the year 890, stands on the Hamarkot Rocks on the street
Brekkugata near the police station.

The story tells that the parents of
Helgi handed him over for fostering into the Hebrides, and when they came there
two winters afterwards, he was so starved that they did not know him; they
brought him away with them and called him Helgi the lean. He was brought up in
Ireland, and when he was grown up, he married Þórunn hyrna (Þórunn the horned).
They moved to Iceland with their children and settled the whole of Eyjafjörður.
Helgi magri handed out parts of the settlement, which was very big, to his
children and kin but selected and built his own farm at a site which he
named Kristnes (Christ Cape) some 12 km south of Akureyri, a place where he
dwelt during the remainder of his life. Helgi believed in Christ and therefore
gave this name to his dwelling.


Þórunn hyrna, was the
daughter of Ketill flatnefur. Ketill Björnsson, nicknamed Flatnose (Flatnefur), who
was a chieftain of the Isles of the 9th century. All his children
settled big parts of Iceland, Þórunn hyrna in Eyjafjörður,
Auður djúpúðga, at Hvammur in West-Iceland.
Her brother, Helgi bjóla, settled Kjalarnes and her other brother, Björn
austræni, settled
Snæfellsnes and lived in Bjarnarhöfn.


The statue, which was made by Jónas S. Jakobsson in 1956, is located on top of
Hamarkotsklappir behind the Police station (Lögreglustöðin). About 5-10
min. walk from town center.

Two prominent streets in Akureyri are
named after these settlers - Helgamagrastræti street and Þórunnarstræti street
and the kindergarten Hólmasól is named after Helgi and Þórunn first child
(daughter)
Next to the statue, one can find an old view-dial. On the view-dial is
written 1949 - Ferðafélag Akureyrar, but these view-dials show the names of the
surrounding mountains.

History and Culture
Hraun í Öxnadal
Residence for writers, poets and scholars of nature studies. An exhibition of the live and works of Jónas Hallgrímsson, one of Iceland's most beloved poets.
History and Culture
Akureyri Old Town

The old town of Akureyri brings you back to the beginning of the town. The area is located just a short stroll from town centre, towards the south.

The area is a monument to the town's history and culture. Many of the town oldest houses have been preserved and the original street planning has been maintained. Informative signposts guide visitors about the history of a different era. On this walk, you see the old Theatre, the old Primary School and the Old Hospital built in 1827, the first
two-storied house built in Iceland and the oldest building in Akureyri, Laxdalshús, built in 1795.

The name of Akureyri dates back to the 15th century, but it was not until 1778 that the first dwelling was built on the site. The oldest building that still remains was built in 1795, called Laxdalshús.

The houses and style of architecture are what draws the attention in this area. Around what used to be the main harbour but now home to the local sailing club Nökkvi you find many of the original buildings that kicked off this small harbour town. As time passed and the population grew, the hills behind the town developed as there was only one way to go - up!

Many of the buildings feature coting of corrugated iron. Traditionally this was used as a roofing material and for building farming sheds but in Iceland, it was commonly used as an external covering on walls to protect the woodwork. Another
method of shielding houses that is quite special for Akureyri, as it is rarely found in other places in Iceland, is the use of pressed iron plates, like tiles. These were imported from the US in the 1930s, and many of the oldest houses still wear this type of coating with beautiful colours.

For more information about the old town and the houses see our historical signboards.

https://www.visitakureyri.is/en/see-and-do/culture/skilti-baejarins

History and Culture
Gasir - Medival Trading place

Gásir is a unique place. In no other place in Iceland is it possible to find so many remainings from a trading post from the Middle Ages. Gásir was the main trading post in northern Iceland during the Middle Ages, and the place is mentioned many times in Old Icelandic Sagas from the 13th and 14th centuries. Archaeological digging in the area during the last six years has shown that it was a trading post up to the 16th century, possibly until trading started in Akureyri.

Each year in July Medieval life at Gásir is reconstructed with help from Icelandic craftsmen who wear medieval clothes and sell handicraft. Various handcrafts are on display; dyeing with plant extracts, wool-work, sewing, sewing leather and weaving.

Nature
Kjarnaskógur woods

Kjarnaskógur Woods

South of Akureyri is one of the towns most popular outdoor area
- the woodland Kjarnaskógur. The recreational area is approx 800
hectars with more than 1.5 million trees, of many species planted within the
last 50 years. The area has diverse selection of trees and along the creek
Brunná one can find a tree sample track. For bird lovers, the area
is rich of birds and by the marshland in the north of the area (by Hundatjörn
in Naustaborgir) there is a bird watching shelter. A campsite is nearby,
Hamrar, with easy access to the forest.

In the forest you find:

* Three playgrounds

* Volleyball courts and outdoor gym


* Grill houses and pick-nick areas for both individuals and groups


* Aprox. 12 km of gravel-tracks for hiking, running and biking, of which 6 km
are lighted during dark hours. Also plenty of forest tracks and other vast
network of back country trails. For more details view the maps further down the
page.


* Restrooms and water fountain


* 4 carparks


* Mountain bike trails are in the woods and are also connected to the mountain
bike trails in Mt. Hlíðarfjall - These combined create the longest mountain
bike trail in Iceland with a total of 21.6 km.


* During winter - the largest organized cross country tracks area (in a
woodland area in Iceland) with around 20 km of groomed trails and 6
km are lighted. The grooming statues can be
viewed here. The colors on
the map indicate the time since they were groomed last (green, orange and pink
are from a couple of hours up to 48 hours, while light blue, dark blue and grey
are from 2 days or up to 14 days or more). Areas for sledding are also groomed
during winter, by the statue of the Einar wood-ranger and below the sun-clock.

How to get there:

Head south from the town along the road no. 823, pass the airport and turn
right by the sign "Kjarnaskogur" and follow the bending road up to
the parking area. Aprox 5 min drive from town center and 30 minutes walk.


It is possible to take bus number 1, 2 or 5 from town square,
Ráðhústorg, and go out at Kjarnagata/Vallatún, by the golf course. From there
is about two km. walk to Kjarnaskógur area.

Contact info:

Skógræktarfélag Eyfirðinga


Sími: (+354) 462 4047


Email: ingi@kjarnaskogur.is


Webpage:
www.skog.is/skograektarfelag-eyfirdinga/

Map of the area: Kjarnaskógur - Easy and shorter walks
https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kjarnasogur-lettleidir-1-.pdf

Kjarnaskógur - All tails - overview map
https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kort-2018-stora-kortid-a-orva-a2.pdf

Hamrar - the campingsite and surrounding
trails

https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kort-2018-hamrar-lett-an-orva.pdf

Naustaborgir - Naturereserve area -
trails

https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kort-2018-naustaborgir-lett-an-orva.pdf

Gönguskíðabrautir - Crosscountrytrails
https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/gonguskidi.pdf

History and Culture
Akureyri Church

The Akureyri church is the symbol of Akureyri. It is a Lutheran church and was designed by the famous architect Gudjon Samuelsson and consecrated in 1940. The central stained-glass window above the altar formed a
part of a set originating from England. The bas-reliefs on the nave balcony are by sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson and the baptismal font is a replica of a work by sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

The church is above the town center.

Attention!
Please note that the church is closed
when funerals or other services are taking place and it is advertised
especially on the church door. For more information check the website akureyrarkirkja.is or send an email at akirkja@akirkja.is.

History and Culture
Hearts of Akureyri

In Akureyri, stopping at a red light is much more pleasant than elsewhere.

The red lights are heart-shaped!

The heart in the traffic lights have caught the attention of those visiting Akureyri and the hearts of the inhabitants.

The hearts lit up all over town as a consequence of the finance crash in Iceland in year 2008, when there was a need for some positive thinking and to put emphasis on what really matters.

Since then the red hearts in the traffic lights are visible as well as plenty of red hearts made of the flower "forget me not" decorating windows, cars and signs throughout the town.

A perfect place for a selfie with the red traffic light always glowing, is down by the harbor in the city center close to Hof Cultural house.

Use the hashtag #heartsofakureyri

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Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri