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Fosshótel at the Forest Lagoon

New hotels under construction in and near Akureyri in North Iceland

Travellers and agencies will have plenty of new options when looking for accommodation in Akureyri and nearby in the near future. This spring, announcements have been made about two new hotels in Akureyri, with the third one close to being completed this year at Grenivík – just a half an hour's drive away from Akureyri. Increased availability of direct flights to North Iceland year-round, both scheduled and chartered, has increased the demand for hotel rooms as well as the increased number of visitors to Iceland in general.

easyJet offers flights to Akureyri through February 2025

Tourism unaffected by fourth eruption in four months

A new fissure eruption started on the Reykjanes Peninsula by Hagafell and Stóra-Skógfell at 8:23 PM on March 16. This marks the fourth eruption in the area since December of 2023.

Akureyri International Airport expanded

The first part of the expansion of Akureyri International Airport has now been completed. A new terminal for international flights was opened late in February, with passengers travelling with Voigt Travel and Transavia the first to arrive. The new building will have significant impact on the experience for travellers, with more room, improved baggage claim, bigger duty-free shop and more. 

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.