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Direct flights have significant impact on tourism

"Direct international flights to Akureyri naturally increase access to our area. It's quicker to come to us, so it matters. Especially over the winter period, it is not always feasible by land route, but possible by air. So, it has a significant impact," says Freyja Rut Emilsdóttir, CEO of 1238: Battle of Iceland.
Photo by Departmen of Civil Protection

Tourism in North Iceland unaffected by new volcanic eruption 500 km away

A new fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula by Mt. Stóra-Skógfell on Thursday, February 8th. Akureyri International Airport is open and in service. All flights are on schedule.
Photo: Isavia

Kontiki arrives to North Iceland from Zurich

The Swiss travel agency Kontiki arrived in North Iceland with its first aeroplane flying directly from Zurich to Akureyri last Sunday. The inaugural flight went very well, with majestic views and clear skies as the Edelweiss-operated plane arrived at a snow-covered Akureyri.

Direct flights a turning point for tourism in North Iceland

"Direct international flights to Akureyri are a turning point for tourism in North Iceland, I believe, and hopefully we are just seeing the beginning of it," says Fjóla Viktorsdóttir, co-owner of Syðra-Skörðugil, a horse rental and a guesthouse.
Photo from Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management

Travel and tourism in Iceland not affected by new Grindavík eruption

A volcanic eruption started on Sunday, January 14, near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Travel and tourism in Iceland is not affected.

Chris Hagan becomes the UK representative for North Iceland

Visit North Iceland is pleased to welcome Chris Hagan temporarily as its new UK representative through the Nature Direct initiative, a collaboration with Visit Iceland, Isavia, and Austurbrú.

North Iceland by Roger Kinder and Fatmustard Films

In early December, Roger Kinder and his wife came to Akureyri in North Iceland with easyJet from London Gatwick. Roger is a filmmaker and sent a video from the trip to Visit North Iceland, along with a short story about his travel.

"Great opportunities for winter tourism"

"Direct flights to Akureyri, brings travellers to us in an easier way. We receive a very small portion of those travellers coming south, too small indeed. But here, tourists come directly into the area, increasing the likelihood of using services available here," says Arinbjörn Þórarinsson, manager of Greifinn restaurant in Akureyri.

easyJet announces North Iceland flights for 2024-2025

British airline easyJet has started selling flights to Akureyri Airport from London Gatwick in October and November of next year.
Photo: RÚV, National Broadcasting Service. Image from a webcam.

Volcanic eruption is underway on the Reykjanes Peninsula

A fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula on Monday, December 18th at 10:17 PM. This marks the fourth eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in three years

"We can offer so much to our visitors in wintertime"

"Direct flights to Akureyri is a big thing for us and the community here. Both for my workplace, the Mývatn Nature Baths and the community, because we have such a big chance to increase tourism, especially during winter time as easyJet is now flying here."
The Yule Lads at Dimmuborgir Lake Mývatn area

13 Yule Lads live in Iceland

13 Yule Lads live in Iceland, the sons of the old trolls Grýla and Leppalúði. Grýla and Leppalúði keep a pet, a wicked cat, which may sometimes catch children. Grýla, who is big and formidable, was said to collect the naughty children in a sack and take them home to eat for Christmas dinner. If a child is naughty, Grýla finds out immediately. Grýla can´t lay her hands on good children.