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, where the relentless stream of tourists can feel overwhelming.

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° 41' 14.946" W18° 6' 4.053"
Postal codes

600,601,602,603

Travel directory for Akureyri

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VisitHrisey.is
Guesthouses
  • Norðurvegur 17
  • 630 Hrísey
  • 898-9408
Akureyri Walk & Visit
Day Tour Provider
  • Álfabyggð 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 623-9595
TAXI BSO
Taxi
  • Strandgata
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1010
Old Toys on display in Friðbjarnarhus
Museums
  • Aðalstræti 46
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-4162
Flóra
Shopping
  • Hafnarstræti 90
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-0168
The District Archives in Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1290
IcelandPhotoTravel.is
Day Tours
  • 896-6001
Phookatravels
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Norðurgata 37
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-4540
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 662-3762, 663-2650
Paddle North Iceland
Day Tour Provider
  • Steinahlíð 3H
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 696-4044
Akureyri Whale Watching
Day Tours
  • Oddeyrarbót 2 / Torfunesbryggja
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 497-1000
Iceland Hunting Guide
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642
Deiglan
Exhibitions
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23 / Grófargil
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2609
Ski Service - Akureyri
Winter adventure
  • Fjölnisgata 4b
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 462-1713
The Municipal Library of Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1250
Iceland Fishing Guide
Day Tours
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642
The Skating Arena
Winter adventure
  • Naustavegur 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2440
AOT Travel
Day Tours
  • Laufásgata 9
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2829, 698-0781
Trans - Atlantic
Travel Agency
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 588-8900, 588-8904
Borgarbíó
Family & Fun Parks
  • Hólabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3500
Akureyri Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Jaðar
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2974
goHusky
Day Tours
  • Glæsibær
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-9355
FAB Travel Akureyri
Travel Agency
  • Heiðarlundur 6b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-2282
Icelandic Adventure
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 6601642
Ómur Yoga & Gong Centre
Team Building and Incentive tours
  • Brekkugata 3A
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 862-3700
Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir
Tour Operators
  • Hjallalundur 11c
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 869-4101
Extreme Icelandic Adventures
Jeep- & Glacier Tours
  • Súluvegur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 862-7988, 895-9665
600 North
Day Tour Provider
  • Heiðarlundur 6a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-6758

Others

Our Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 82
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1200, 777-0200
Hrímland Apartments
Apartments
  • Strandgata 29
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
ÁS Guest House
Guesthouses
  • Eyrarlandsvegur 33
  • 600 Akureyri
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Þingvallastræti 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Lambi - Ferðafél. Akureyrar/ITA
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Strandgata 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2720
Lundargata 6 - Apartment
Apartments
  • Lundargata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 788-1226
Holiday Apartments Akureyri
Apartments
  • Hamratún 6 & 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 892-6515
6 Ravens
Apartments
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 770-2020
gista apartments
Apartments
  • Gránufélagsgata 43
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-4314
B33 Apartment
Apartments
  • Brekkugata 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-2219
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Möðruvallastræti 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 8
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Hrímland Cottages
Cottages
  • Hlíðarfjall
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
Hafnarstræti Hostel
Hostels
  • Hafnarstræti 99-101
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 554-8855
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1133
VisitHrisey.is
Guesthouses
  • Norðurvegur 17
  • 630 Hrísey
  • 898-9408
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Hafnarstræti 86a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Nordic Lodges Hamragil
Guesthouses
  • í landi Víðifells, Fnjóskadal
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 897-3015
Hvassaland
Guesthouses
  • Hvassaland 2
  • 601 Akureyri
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 662-3762, 663-2650
Sólsteinn
Guesthouses
  • Vökuland III
  • 601 Akureyri
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Klettastígur 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
Camping site Grímsey island
Camping
  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3102
Akureyri - Þórunnarstræti Camping Ground
Camping
  • Hafnarstræti 49
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3379
Acco Luxury Apartments
Apartments
  • Ráðhðústorg 5 / Skipagata 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 547-2226
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Þórunnarstræti 93
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
Sílastaðir Cottages
Cottages
  • Sílastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
Kaupvangsstæti 19 Apartment
Apartments
  • Kaupvangsstæti 19
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 695-5542
Torg Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 1b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201
Bjarmó Guesthouse
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 845-5930
Helgi magri
Apartments
  • Helgamagrastræti 30
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 899-3551
Skipagata 5 - Aparments
Apartments
  • Skipagata 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201 , 691-0601
Amma Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Skólastigur 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 777-0200
Strandgata apartment 201
Apartments
  • Strandgata 9
  • 600 Akureyri
Vaðlaborgir 17
Apartments
  • Vaðlaborgir 17
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 869-6190
Guesthouse Akureyri
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 108
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2302
Cozy Cabins
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 14
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 892-3154
Bjarmastígur 4 Apartment
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201, 691-0601
Ráðhústorg 1 Akureyri
Guesthouses
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 895-1116
Guesthouse Brekkusel
Guesthouses
  • Byggðavegur 97
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2660, 895-1260
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Munkaþverárstræti 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Centrum Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 773-6600 , 620-9960
Bakkakot Cabins
Cottages

Others

Grillstofan
Restaurants
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3005
FAB Travel Akureyri
Travel Agency
  • Heiðarlundur 6b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-2282
Sykurverk Café
Cafés
  • Brekkugata 3
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7977
Subway
Diners
  • Kaupvangsstræti 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 530-7068
R5 Bar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Ráðhústorg 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 412-9933
Verksmiðjan Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 555-4055
DJ Grill
Diners
  • Strandgata 11
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-1800
Indian Curry House
Take Away
  • Ráðhústorg 3
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4242
Orðakaffi - Eat, Drink & More
Restaurants
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-4638
Serrano
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 519-6918
Subway
Diners
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 530-7067
Kaffi Ilmur
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 107b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-6444, 862-4258, 865-1743
Vitinn, Hóras ehf.
Tourist Information Centres
  • Oddeyrarbryggju
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-7771, 894-3039
Centrum Kitchen & Bar
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 666-6078
Isbudinn Akureyri
Cafés
  • Geislagata 10
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1112
Graeni Hatturinn
Pubs & Clubs
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4646
Kurdo Kebab Akureyri
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 784-2084
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5552
Krían veitingastaður
Restaurants
  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3112, 898-2058
Bakaríið við brúna
Cafés
  • Gleráreyrar 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2700
Flugkaffi
Cafés
  • Akureyrarflugvöllur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5017
Kristjáns Café
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 108
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-5930
Kaffi & list
Cafés
  • Kaupvangsstræti 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 680-6292
Galleri Sol
Cafés
  • Sólberg
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3190, 467-3150
Salatsjoppan
Restaurants
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2245
Kaffi Torg
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg verslunarmiðstöð
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2279
Sprettur-Inn
Restaurants
  • Kaupangi v/Mýrarveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 464-6464
Sjanghæ
Restaurants
  • Strandgata 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 562-6888
Bláa Kannan
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4600
Skeljungur - Service Station Ak-inn
Cafés
  • Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 464-6484
Nætursalan
Diners
  • Strandgata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1300
Eyrin Restauran
Restaurants
  • Hof
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-0660
Posthusbarinn
Pubs & Clubs
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-6186
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Glerárgata 32
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5552
N1 - Service Station
Gas station
  • Við Leiruveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3414
Axelsbakarí
Cafés
  • Hvannavellir 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4614010
Valdís Ice cream shop
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 100b
  • 600 Akureyri
N1 - Service Station
Gas station
  • Við Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3012
Olstofa Akureyrar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 663-8886
Freyvangsleykhúsið
Cafés
  • Freyvangur
  • 601 Akureyri
Domino's Pizza
Take Away
  • Undirhlíð 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 581-2345
Olís - Service Station - Quiznos
Diners
  • Tryggvabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-3939
Berlin
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 772-5061, 661-0661
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

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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.

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