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Akureyri the Capital of North Iceland number 1 in Lonely Planet's best destinations 2015

Akureyri the Capital of North Iceland number 1 in Lonely Planet's best destinations 2015
Akureyri North Iceland

A tiny city in northern Iceland has topped travel guide Lonely Planet's list of the 10 best places to visit in Europe this summer. 

The capital of North Iceland, Akureyri has been voted the top destination in Europe to visit this summer by Lonely Planet. The leading travel publisher put its Europe-based editors to work on what they saw to be the top destination this summer. Akureyri and the nature highlights surrounding in North Iceland area topped the list.

“This year’s list features a mix of rejuvenated classics, up-and-coming places making a bid for our attention, and a few out-of-the-way spots that just make us want to book a ticket, throw some stuff in a bag and go - welcome to Lonely Planet’s best places in Europe for 2015.“

Akureyri has a population of just 18,000 people but it is the heart of North Iceland and lures travellers with its fantastic local food and culture. Akureyri is a great base for exploring the local area, including Lake Mývatn where Game of Thrones ‘beyond the wall’ takes place, Goðafoss, the ‘waterfalls of the gods’ and the fishing village of Siglufjörður that holds the only museum in Iceland with a European museums award. Akureyri is also the number one ski destination for Icelanders.

Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir, managing director of Visit North Iceland welcomes visitors to North Iceland. “We are proud to hear that Lonely Planet has seen the potential in North Iceland and Akureyri which is an area that has been growing in popularity during the past few years. We have many of Iceland’s most popular natural attractions such as, Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and in Grímsey island you can cross the Arctic Circle. The area is very versatile and has been attracting visitors during summer and also in wintertime when magical northern lights dance in the sky and you can enjoy watching seals, whales, birds, ski in the nature, take on exciting jeep tours or simply enjoy the icy landscape.”

For more information, please visit Visitors can get directly to Akureyri, North Iceland from Reykjavik via Icelandair. 

Direct connecting flights with Icelandair to Akureyri, North Iceland

North Iceland

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 Eyjafjarðarsveit 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