Akureyri Capital of the North

Whatever the time of year, Akureyri is a lively and energetic town, and home to around 20.000 inhabitants. It is by far the most densely populated community outside the Reykjavík area, and is the centre of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland.

It is a town closely associated with educational institutions and cultural events, all of those having strong traditional roots. Two of the largest fisheries in Iceland are based in Akureyri, and the growth of the tourist industry means that this is playing an ever more important role in the life of the town.

Akureyri is close to many of Iceland's most renowned natural beauty spots and the town itself is a popular stopping place for both long and short stays.

Below is a list of places we would recommend as being well worth a visit while in Akureyri:

  • The Akureyri Botanical Garden (with 400 plants indigenous to Iceland and more than 7,500 foreign species)
  • the Akureyri Art Museum Listagil Art Centre
  • Akureyri swimming pool
  • Húni II - a boat built from oak in 1963, which is to be found at Torfunefsbryggja pier
  • restaurants which offer dishes prepared from produce originating in the surrounding countryside
  • Kjarnaskógur wood the
  • old town -museums, a church and historical buildings
  • Jaðar golf course - the most northerly 18-hole golf course in the world
  • Hrísey island - the pearl of Eyjafjörður
  • the Akureyrarvaka festival which is held in August each year and is the culmination of the Summer Festival (Listasumar) which runs from mid -June until the end of August
  • beer from the local breweries, Víking and Kaldi
  • Brynja ice cream - a favourite with the local people
  • Akureyri Church
  • Hlíðarfjall ski slopes.
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Akureyri
GPS Points N65° 41' 14.946" W18° 6' 4.053"
Postal codes

600,601,602,603

Population

19000

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Others

Akureyri Walk & Visit
Day Tour Provider
  • Álfabyggð 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 623-9595
Akureyri Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Jaðar
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2974
Borgarbíó
Family & Fun Parks
  • Hólabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3500
Flóra
Shopping
  • Hafnarstræti 90
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-0168
Nökkvi Sailing Club
Boat Tours
  • Drottningarbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-7509
IcelandPhotoTravel.is
Photo Tours
  • 896-6001
Phookatravels
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Norðurgata 37
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-4540
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 662-3762, 663-2650
TAXI BSO
Taxi
  • Strandgata
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1010
Deiglan
Exhibitions
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23 / Grófargil
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2609
VisitHrisey.is
Guesthouses
  • Norðurvegur 17
  • 630 Hrísey
  • 898-9408
Old Toys on display in Friðbjarnarhus
Museums
  • Aðalstræti 46
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-4531
artak ehf.
Day Tour Provider
  • Strandgata 53
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 691-4839
Icelandic Adventure
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 6601642
Akureyri Whale Watching
Bird Watching
  • Oddeyrarbót 2 / Torfunesbryggja
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 497-1000
The Municipal Library of Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1250
Iceland Fishing Guide
Angling
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642
Iceland Hunting Guide
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642
The District Archives in Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1290
AOT Travel
Jeep- & Glacier Tours
  • Laufásgata 9
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2829, 698-0781
Ski Service - Akureyri
Winter adventure
  • Fjölnisgata 4b
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 462-1713
The Skating Arena
Winter adventure
  • Naustavegur 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2440
Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir
Tour Operators
  • Hjallalundur 11c
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 869-4101
Trans - Atlantic
Travel Agency
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 588-8900, 588-8904
goHusky
Dogsledge Tours
  • Glæsibær
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-9355

Others

Lundargata 6 - Apartment
Apartments
  • Lundargata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 788-1226
Hafnarstræti Hostel
Hostels
  • Hafnarstræti 99-101
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 554-8855
Cozy Cabins
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 14
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 892-3154
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 662-3762, 663-2650
Bjarmó Guesthouse
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 845-5930
Bjarmastígur 4 Apartment
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201, 691-0601
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Klettastígur 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
Sílastaðir Cottages
Cottages
  • Sílastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
Holiday Apartments Akureyri
Apartments
  • Hamratún 6 & 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 892-6515
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Þingvallastræti 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Akureyri - Þórunnarstræti Camping Ground
Camping
  • Hafnarstræti 49
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3379
Our Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 82
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1200, 777-0200
Camping site Grímsey island
Camping
  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3102
Torg Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 1b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Möðruvallastræti 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Þórunnarstræti 93
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
gista apartments
Apartments
  • Gránufélagsgata 43
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-4314
Kaupvangsstæti 19 Apartment
Apartments
  • Kaupvangsstæti 19
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 695-5542
Amma Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Skólastigur 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 777-0200
Bakkakot Cabins
Cottages
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Munkaþverárstræti 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Hotel Apartments
Apartments
  • Geislagata 10
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 626-9900
Guesthouse Akureyri - Hringhotels
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstr. 104 (göngug.)
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5600
Hrímland Cottages
Cottages
  • Hlíðarfjall
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 860-8160
6 Ravens
Apartments
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 770-2020
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Hafnarstræti 86a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Skipagata 5 - Aparments
Apartments
  • Skipagata 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201 , 691-0601
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 8
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Kjarnalundur - Cottage
Cottages
  • Kjarnalundur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-0060
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1133
VisitHrisey.is
Guesthouses
  • Norðurvegur 17
  • 630 Hrísey
  • 898-9408
Hrímland Apartments
Apartments
  • Strandgata 29
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
Helgi magri
Apartments
  • Helgamagrastræti 30
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 899-3551
Centrum Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 892-9838
B33 Apartment
Apartments
  • Brekkugata 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-2219
Lambi - Ferðafél. Akureyrar/ITA
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Strandgata 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2720

Others

Krían veitingastaður
Restaurants
  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3112
Kurdo Kebab Akureyri
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 784-2084
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Glerárgata 32
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5552
Gil Cafe
Cafés
  • Kaupvangsstræti
  • 600 Akureyri
Sprettur-Inn
Restaurants
  • Kaupangi v/Mýrarveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 464-6464
Hlöllabátar
Diners
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-6500
Posthusbarinn
Pubs & Clubs
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-6186
R5 Bar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Ráðhústorg 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 412-9933
Eyrin Restauran
Restaurants
  • Hof
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-0660
Subway
Diners
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-6777
Salatsjoppan
Restaurants
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2245
Grillstofan
Restaurants
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3005
Bakaríið við brúna
Cafés
  • Gleráreyrar 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2700
Sjanghæ
Restaurants
  • Strandgata 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 562-6888
Kaffi Talía
Cafés
  • Glerártorg verslunarmiðstöð
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3011
Orðakaffi - Eat, Drink & More
Restaurants
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-4638
DJ Grill
Diners
  • Strandgata 11
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-1800
Indian Curry House
Take Away
  • Ráðhústorg 3
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4242
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Við Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3012
Skeljungur - Service Station Ak-inn
Cafés
  • Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 464-6484
Tea and Coffee (Eymundsson)
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 91-93
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 540-2180
Olís - Service Station - Quiznos
Cafés
  • Tryggvabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-3939
Berlin
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 772-5061, 661-0661
Kristjáns Café
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 108
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-5930
Olstofa Akureyrar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 663-8886
Vitinn, Hóras ehf.
Tourist Information Centres
  • Oddeyrarbryggju
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-7771, 894-3039
Verksmiðjan Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 555-4055
Bláa Kannan
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4600
Domino's Pizza
Take Away
  • Undirhlíð 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 581-2345
Subway
Diners
  • Kaupvangsstræti 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3400
Serrano
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 519-6918
Axelsbakarí
Cafés
  • Hvannavellir 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4614010
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Við Leiruveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3414
Isbudinn Akureyri
Cafés
  • Geislagata 10
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1112
Kaffi Torg
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg verslunarmiðstöð
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2279
Galleri Sol
Cafés
  • Sólberg
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3190, 467-3150
Nætursalan
Diners
  • Strandgata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1300
Valdís Ice cream shop
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 100b
  • 600 Akureyri
Centrum Kitchen & Bar
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 666-6078
Flugkaffi
Cafés
  • Akureyrarflugvöllur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5017
Graeni Hatturinn
Pubs & Clubs
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4646
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462 5552
Nature
Hlidarfjall ski area

The ski area at Mt. Hlidarfjall lies at the bottom of one of the biggest fjords in Iceland surrounded by high mountains ranging from 1000 to 1538 meters over sea level. The ski area is 5 km above the town Akureyri. The area has 6 ski lifts, 23 alpine slopes and 15 km of cross country tracks, ski cafés, ski rental and a ski school. Snow production systems ensure a long season from end of November till beginning of May.

Nature
Kjarnaskógur woods

South of Akureyri is Iceland´s most visited "forest" Kjarnaskogur woods. The area has 2km long athletic course, walking tracks, picnic tables and children´s playground. Campsite at nearby Hamrar.

Nature
Grímsey Island

Grímsey is the northern most point of Iceland situated on the Arctic Circel. It is the home to one hundred people, one million seabirds and one of the biggest Puffin colonies in Iceland. It is a great place to enjoy the midnight sun around the summer solstice.
A ferry serves the island several times a week from the town Dalvík and flights are provided from Akureyri several times a week during winter and daily during summer.

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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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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