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Akureyri

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

Stable Stop
Day Tour Provider
  • Ytri Bægisá
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 774-4336
Phookatravels
Tour Operators
  • Norðurgata 37
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-4540
The District Archives in Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1290
Deiglan
Exhibitions
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23 / Grófargil
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2609
Alkemia
Travel Agency
  • Helgafell
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 847-4133, 821-5215
Nökkvi Sailing Club
Boat Tours
  • Drottningarbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-7509
Örvar Dóri Rögnvaldsson
Tour Operators
  • Lækjartún 16
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 862-9127
Dyngjan - listhús
Exhibitions
  • Fíflbrekka
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-8770
Borgarbíó
Family & Fun Parks
  • Hólabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3500
Sigríður Ásný Ketilsdóttir
Tour Operators
  • Finnastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 863-6912
The Municipal Library of Akureyri
Libraries & Archives
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-1250
Holtssel
Farm food direct
  • Holtssel
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-1159
HestaNet
Horse Activities
  • Hléskógar
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-4878
Ski Service - Akureyri
Winter adventure
  • Fjölnisgata 4b
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 462-1713
Vikingland
Museums
  • Moldhaugar
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-1072
Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir
Tour Operators
  • Hjallalundur 11c
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 869-4101
Home Visiting
Tour Operators
  • Þrastarhóll
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 615-2928
Old Toys on display in Friðbjarnarhus
Museums
  • Aðalstræti 46
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-4531
Hraun in Öxnadalur
Museums
  • Þelamerkurskóli
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 460 1750
Ottó Jóhannes Harðarson
Tour Operators
  • Kiðagil 1
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 844-8864
goHusky
Dogsledge Tours
  • Glæsibær
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-9355
Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri
Museums
  • Hjalteyri
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-1450, 692-7450
Tarzan Guide
Tour Operators
  • Víkurgil 13
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 849-0422
Helgi Jóhannesson
Tour Operators
  • Heiðarlundur 7i
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-9753
Icelandic Adventure
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 6601642
AOT Travel
Jeep- & Glacier Tours
  • Laufásgata 9
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2829, 698-0781
Trans - Atlantic
Travel Agency
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 588-8900, 588-8904
Icelandic Hunting Adventures
Travel Agency
  • Brúnahlíð 5
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 896-8404
Iceland Trout Adventures
Travel Agency
  • Hafnarstræti 3
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 856-4999
TAXI BSO
Taxi
  • Strandgata
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1010
Akureyri Whale Watching
Bird Watching
  • Oddeyrarbót 2 / Torfunesbryggja
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 497-1000
Vitality Iceland
Tour Operators
  • Kjalarsíða 18a
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 663-0498
Arnarnes Álfasetur
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Arnarnes
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894 5358
Kaupaleyfi.is
Booking Services
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 6601642
Uppsalir
Tour Operators
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894-6076, 777-8201
Iceland Hunting Guide
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642
Akureyri Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Jaðar
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2974
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 662-3762, 663-2650
The Skating Arena
Winter adventure
  • Naustavegur 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2440
Akureyri Walk & Visit
Day Tour Provider
  • Álfabyggð 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 623-9595
Flóra
Shopping
  • Hafnarstræti 90
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-0168
Lundur Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Fnjóskadalur
  • 601 Akureyri
Iceland Fishing Guide
Tour Operators
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 660-1642

Others

Viking Cottages & Apartments
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 15-16
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 893-5050
Hafnarstræti Hostel
Hostels
  • Hafnarstræti 99-101
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 554-8855
Glerá Íbúðagisting
Apartments
  • Glerá II
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5723, 669-7131
Hafdals Hotel
Hotels
  • Stekkjarlækur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-8347
Skipagata 5 - Aparments
Apartments
  • Skipagata 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201 , 691-0601
Kaupvangsstæti 19 Apartment
Apartments
  • Kaupvangsstæti 19
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 695-5542
Lambi - Ferðafél. Akureyrar/ITA
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Strandgata 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2720
Hrímland Cottages
Cottages
  • Hlíðarfjall
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 860-8160
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 8
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Helgimagri
Apartments
  • Helgamagrastræti 30
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 820-1950, 821-3278
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Hafnarstræti 86a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Hotel Apartments
Apartments
  • Geislagata 10
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 626-9900
Centrum Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 892-9838
Bjarmó Guesthouse
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 845-5930
Bjarmastígur 4 Apartment
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201, 691-0601
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 662-3762, 663-2650
Hrímland Apartments
Apartments
  • Strandgata 29
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Þingvallastræti 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Lundargata 6 - Apartment
Apartments
  • Lundargata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 788-1226
Ártún Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Ártún, Grýtubakkahreppur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-3267, 892-3591
Holiday Apartments Akureyri
Apartments
  • Hamratún 6 & 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 892-6515
Aurora Vacation Homes Fagravik
Farm Holidays
  • Hörgársveit
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-1924, 690-0006
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Þórunnarstræti 93
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
gista apartments
Apartments
  • Gránufélagsgata 43
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-4314
Kjarnalundur - Cottage
Cottages
  • Kjarnalundur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-0060
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Munkaþverárstræti 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Akureyri - Þórunnarstræti Camping Ground
Camping
  • Hafnarstræti 49
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3379
6 Ravens
Apartments
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 770-2020
Cozy Cabins
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 14
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 892-3154
Bakkakot Cabins
Cottages
Sílastaðir Cottages
Cottages
  • Sílastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
Geldingsá, apartment
Apartments
  • Geldingsá, Svalbarðsstrandahreppur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-2252, 663-4646, 663-4647
Torg Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 1b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1133
Guesthouse Akureyri - Hringhotels
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstr. 104 (göngug.)
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5600
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Möðruvallastræti 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Bjarnargerði
Farm Holidays
  • Sveinbjarnargerði
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-4500
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Klettastígur 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
A Friendly Cottage
Guesthouses
  • Smáratún 5
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5043, 893-6843
B33 Apartment
Apartments
  • Brekkugata 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-2219
Draumagisting - Casa Magna
Cottages
  • Þverá
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 699-1132

Others

Subway
Diners
  • Kaupvangsstræti 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3400
Verksmiðjan Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 555-4055
Kaffi Talía
Cafés
  • Glerártorg verslunarmiðstöð
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3011
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Við Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3012
Sprettur-Inn
Restaurants
  • Kaupangi v/Mýrarveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 464-6464
Indian Curry House
Take Away
  • Ráðhústorg 3
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4242
Skeljungur - Service Station Ak-inn
Cafés
  • Hörgárbraut
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 464-6484
Serrano
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 519-6918
Centrum Kitchen & Bar
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 666-6078
Domino's Pizza
Take Away
  • Undirhlíð 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 581-2345
Subway
Diners
  • Glerártorg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-6777
Flugkaffi
Cafés
  • Akureyrarflugvöllur
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5017
DJ Grill
Diners
  • Strandgata 11
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-1800
Vitinn, Hóras ehf.
Tourist Information Centres
  • Oddeyrarbryggju
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-7771, 894-3039
Olís - Service Station - Quiznos
Cafés
  • Tryggvabraut 12
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-3939
R5 Bar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Ráðhústorg 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 412-9933
Bláa Kannan
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4600
Holtssel
Farm food direct
  • Holtssel
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-1159
Nætursalan
Diners
  • Strandgata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1300
Axelsbakarí
Cafés
  • Hvannavellir 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 4614010
Posthusbarinn
Pubs & Clubs
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-6186
Graeni Hatturinn
Pubs & Clubs
  • Hafnarstræti 96
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-4646
Berlin
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 772-5061, 661-0661
Olstofa Akureyrar
Pubs & Clubs
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 663-8886
Tea and Coffee (Eymundsson)
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 91-93
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 540-2180
Valdís Ice cream shop
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 100b
  • 600 Akureyri
Salatsjoppan
Restaurants
  • Tryggvabraut 22
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2245
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462 5552
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Við Leiruveg
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-3414
Taste - Fast Delicious Chicken
Restaurants
  • Skipagata 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 578-6400
Prepared hot food in Hrísalundur Shopping Centre
Restaurants
  • Verslunarmiðstöðin Hrísalundi
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2277
Orðakaffi - Eat, Drink & More
Restaurants
  • Brekkugata 17
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 661-4638
Kaffi Torg
Restaurants
  • Glerártorg verslunarmiðstöð
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2279
Kaffi Ilmur
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 107b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-6444, 862-4258, 865-1743
Nanna Seafood Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Hof
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 466-1862
Isbudinn Akureyri
Cafés
  • Geislagata 10
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1112
Kaffi Lísa
Cafés
  • Hjalteyri
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-1049
Goya Tapas Bar
Restaurants
  • Kaupvangsstræti 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 519-7650
Gil Cafe
Cafés
  • Kaupvangsstræti
  • 600 Akureyri
Sjanghæ
Restaurants
  • Strandgata 7
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 562-6888
Lemon
Restaurants
  • Glerárgata 32
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-5552
Bakaríið við brúna
Cafés
  • Gleráreyrar 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2700
Hlöllabátar
Diners
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-6500
Kristjáns Café
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 108
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 460-5930
Gamla Prestshúsið
Restaurants
  • Laufás
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-3196
History and Culture
Safnasafnid Museum

Safnasafnið - The Icelandic Folk Art Museum - was founded in 1995 by Níels Hafstein and Magnhildur Sigurðardóttir. The collection, consisting of paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolours, embroideries, books, dolls, toys and tools, presents an interesting and informative view of folk art, as well as modern art and what inspires it. The collection consists of over 3000 works by naive, outsider and folk artists and close to 200 works by modern artists. Also in the museum are a small café and a museum shop.

Yearly the museum displays 16 exhibitons of diverse character mixing folk art and modern to create a surprising rendez-vous of ideas and show in one place the wonderful and playful paths of the creative mind. The museum also offers a superb library with books on art, architecture, outsider art, gardens, cars and diverse other things, all adding to its meditative charm. The museum offers excellent explorative grounds for the curious visitor, who becomes spontaneously a participant in an adventure that brings his and hers youthful spirit to new heights.

History and Culture
The Christmas Garden

A visit to The Christmas Garden will transport you into the realms of Christmas - only a 10 minute drive from Akureyri. Here you will find countless items connected to the festive season from all parts of the world. Of course, Icelandic Christmas traditions are given priority, such as legs of smoked lamb hanging from a beam and the decorative "leaf bread" in many patterns, as well as the Yuletide Lads and their parents, who play such an important role in the Icelandic Christmas celebrations. Quality handwork, crafted by many artists from all parts of the country deck the shelves, making this a place which appeals to all the family.

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.

History and Culture
Hraun í Öxnadal
Residence for writers, poets and scholars of nature studies. An exhibition of the live and works of Jónas Hallgrímsson, one of Iceland's most beloved poets.
History and Culture
Gasir - Medival Trading place

Gásir is a unique place. In no other place in Iceland is it possible to find so many remainings from a trading post from the Middle Ages. Gásir was the main trading post in northern Iceland during the Middle Ages, and the place is mentioned many times in Old Icelandic Sagas from the 13th and 14th centuries. Archaeological digging in the area during the last six years has shown that it was a trading post up to the 16th century, possibly until trading started in Akureyri.

Each year in July Medieval life at Gásir is reconstructed with help from Icelandic craftsmen who wear medieval clothes and sell handicraft. Various handcrafts are on display; dyeing with plant extracts, wool-work, sewing, sewing leather and weaving.

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.

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 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