Eyjafjarðarsveit Culture, Nature, Tranquility

Eyjafjarðarsveit has been referred to by tourists as the countryside of Akureyri, the place you can view the wonders of Icelandic agriculture. The river of Eyjafjörður runs through it and adds it´s picturesque character to almost everywhere you look while nurturing the land and making it one of the most fertile countryside in Iceland. Cows, horses and the Icelandic sheep along with other mammals can be spotted along the road while bird viewers can enjoy a variety of birds at the islets of the rivers, just on the doorsteps of Akureyri.  

Several trails can be enjoyed in Eyjafjarðarsveit and among the many favourites is the newly paved hike- and bike trail between Akureyri and the friendly neighbourhood of Hrafnagil. It’s a trail where people can hike, bike or jog in the beautiful and romantic scenery of the river. By Akureyri airport you can hike the nice scenery of the islets while the mountains embrace you when you reach further into the valley.

The small town of Hrafnagil in Eyjafjarðarsveit offers a family friendly geothermal pool and an outdoor play area for the kids along with a great camping side. When exploring Eyjafjarðarsveit, you will find a great selection of places to stay, to dine and things to do. You will enjoy local food and be able to relax in the relaxing atmosphere of the countryside while embracing the local culture. The largest crafts festival in Iceland, Handverkshátíð, is held in Hrafnagil and will offer you the chance to experience amazing culture and handcraft.

GPS Points N65° 34' 24.770" W18° 5' 40.309"
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Home Visiting
Day Tours
  • Þrastarhóll
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 615-2928
Dyngjan - listhús
  • Fíflbrekka
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-8770
Stable Stop
Day Tour Provider
  • Ytri Bægisá
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 774-4336
Icelandic Hunting Adventures
Travel Agency
  • Brúnahlíð 5
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 896-8404
Kátur riding tours
Horse Activities
  • Kaupvangsbakkar, Eyjafjarðarsveit
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 695-7218
Travel Agency
  • Helgafell
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 847-4133, 821-5215
  • Moldhaugar
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-1072
  • Þelamerkurskóli
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 896-8412
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894-6076, 777-8201
Day Tours
  • Glæsibær
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-9355
Lundur Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Fnjóskadalur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 897-0760
Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri
  • Hjalteyri
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-1450, 692-7450
Hraun in Öxnadalur
  • Þelamerkurskóli
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 460 1750


Hafdals Hotel
  • Stekkjarlækur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-8347
Cozy Cabins
  • Kotabyggð 14
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 892-3154
Viking Cottages & Apartments
  • Kotabyggð 15-16
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 8935050
Bakkakot Cabins
  • 8963569
Nordic Lodges Hamragil
  • í landi Víðifells, Fnjóskadal
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 897-3015
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894-6076, 777-8201
Vaðlaborgir 17
  • Vaðlaborgir 17
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 869-6190
  • Vökuland III
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 6630498
The Viking Country Club
  • Richardshús
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 777-8300
Guesthouse Pétursborg
  • Akureyri
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-1811, 694 4314
Aurora Vacation Homes Fagravik
Farm Holidays
  • Hörgársveit
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 6900007, 690-0006
Sílastaðir Cottages
  • Sílastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-7924
Engimýri Guesthouse
  • Engimýri 3
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 6444000
  • Hléskógar Fnr 216-0712
  • 601 Akureyri


Gamla Prestshúsið
  • Laufás
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-3196
  • Fosshóll
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 464-3332
  • Freyvangur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • Holtsel
  • 605 Akureyri
  • 8612859
Kjarnaskógur woods

Kjarnaskógur Woods

South of Akureyri is one of the towns most popular outdoor area
- the woodland Kjarnaskógur. The recreational area is approx 800
hectars with more than 1.5 million trees, of many species planted within the
last 50 years. The area has diverse selection of trees and along the creek
Brunná one can find a tree sample track. For bird lovers, the area
is rich of birds and by the marshland in the north of the area (by Hundatjörn
in Naustaborgir) there is a bird watching shelter. A campsite is nearby,
Hamrar, with easy access to the forest.

In the forest you find:

* Three playgrounds

* Volleyball courts and outdoor gym

* Grill houses and pick-nick areas for both individuals and groups

* Aprox. 12 km of gravel-tracks for hiking, running and biking, of which 6 km
are lighted during dark hours. Also plenty of forest tracks and other vast
network of back country trails. For more details view the maps further down the

* Restrooms and water fountain

* 4 carparks

* Mountain bike trails are in the woods and are also connected to the mountain
bike trails in Mt. Hlíðarfjall - These combined create the longest mountain
bike trail in Iceland with a total of 21.6 km.

* During winter - the largest organized cross country tracks area (in a
woodland area in Iceland) with around 20 km of groomed trails and 6
km are lighted. The grooming statues can be
viewed here. The colors on
the map indicate the time since they were groomed last (green, orange and pink
are from a couple of hours up to 48 hours, while light blue, dark blue and grey
are from 2 days or up to 14 days or more). Areas for sledding are also groomed
during winter, by the statue of the Einar wood-ranger and below the sun-clock.

How to get there:

Head south from the town along the road no. 823, pass the airport and turn
right by the sign "Kjarnaskogur" and follow the bending road up to
the parking area. Aprox 5 min drive from town center and 30 minutes walk.

It is possible to take bus number 1, 2 or 5 from town square,
Ráðhústorg, and go out at Kjarnagata/Vallatún, by the golf course. From there
is about two km. walk to Kjarnaskógur area.

Contact info:

Skógræktarfélag Eyfirðinga

Sími: (+354) 462 4047

Email: ingi@kjarnaskogur.is


Map of the area: Kjarnaskógur - Easy and shorter walks

Kjarnaskógur - All tails - overview map

Hamrar - the campingsite and surrounding


Naustaborgir - Naturereserve area -


Gönguskíðabrautir - Crosscountrytrails

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.

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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.

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