Ski Iceland

AKUREYRI ACTIVITIES

Akureyri Activities is a group of friends that love the sport of riding bikes.
We are very passionate about delivering a high-end experience to you
and leave you with a smile that can't be wiped away for a while.

We are all local riders who have been exploring the trails around
Akureyri for years and building new ones.

We know the area better than most and you have
a chance to enjoy it with us for a day or even more
without having to do the hard work of research and
not knowing.

On all our tours our guides will have a backpack with them with spare tubes and
and other tools needed for smaller repairs along with safety first kit for smaller
accidents.

Come ride with us.

AKUREYRI ACTIVITIES

Sportver / Glerártorg

GPS Points N65° 41' 16.984" W18° 6' 10.094"
Telephone

898-7320

Opening period All year
Categories Bicycle Rentals

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  • Hvassaland 2
  • 601 Akureyri
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  • Gránufélagsgata 43
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 694-4314
ÁS Guest House
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  • Eyrarlandsvegur 33
  • 600 Akureyri
The Viking Country Club
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  • Richardshús
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 777-8300
Lundargata 6 - Apartment
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  • Lundargata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 788-1226
Kaupvangsstæti 19 Apartment
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  • Kaupvangsstæti 19
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 695-5542
Pearl of the North Apartments
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  • Munkaþverárstræti 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Bjarmó Guesthouse
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  • Bjarmastígur 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 845-5930
Guesthouse Súlur
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  • Þórunnarstræti 93
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400, 4611160
Pearl of the North Apartments
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  • Möðruvallastræti 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Pearl of the North Apartments
Apartments
  • Hafnarstræti 86a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 865-9429
Centrum Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarstræti 102
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 773-6600 , 620-9960
Holiday Apartments Akureyri
Apartments
  • Hamratún 6 & 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 8926515
Strandgata apartment 201
Apartments
  • Strandgata 9
  • 600 Akureyri
B33 Apartment
Apartments
  • Brekkugata 33
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-2219
Sílastaðir Cottages
Cottages
  • Sílastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
Aurora Vacation Homes Fagravik
Farm Holidays
  • Hörgársveit
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 6900007, 690-0006
Nordic Lodges Hamragil
Guesthouses
  • í landi Víðifells, Fnjóskadal
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 897-3015
Helgi magri holiday apartment
Apartments
  • Helgamagrastræti 30
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 821-3278
Ráðhústorg 1 Akureyri
Guesthouses
  • Ráðhústorg 1
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 895-1116
Viking Cottages & Apartments
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 15-16
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 8935050
Sunnuhlid houses
Guesthouses
  • Sunnuhlíð
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 8646427
Apartment Akureyri top location
Cottages
  • Kaupvangsstræti 19
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 663-5790
Vaðlaborgir 17
Apartments
  • Vaðlaborgir 17
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 869-6190
Uppsalir
Guesthouses
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894-6076, 777-8201
Amma Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Skólastigur 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 777-0200
Guesthouse Akureyri
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  • Hafnarstræti 108
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 3548208
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 8
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 896-8464
Our Guesthouse
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  • Hafnarstræti 82
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1200, 777-0200
Lambi - Ferðafél. Akureyrar/ITA
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Strandgata 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2720
Torg Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 1b
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201
Skipagata 5 - Aparments
Apartments
  • Skipagata 5
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201 , 691-0601
A Friendly Cottage
Guesthouses
  • Smáratún 5
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5043, 893-6843
Hrímland Cottages
Cottages
  • Hlíðarfjall
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
Bjarmastígur 4 Apartment
Apartments
  • Bjarmastígur 4
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 571-7201, 691-0601
B&B Sólheimar 9 / natureguide.is
Guesthouses
  • Sólheimar 9, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 6623762, 663-2650
Acco Luxury Apartments
Apartments
  • Ráðhðústorg 5 / Skipagata 2
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 547-2226
Hrímland Apartments
Apartments
  • Strandgata 29
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 866-2696
Akureyri - Þórunnarstræti Camping Ground
Camping
  • Hafnarstræti 49
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3379
Hafdals Hotel
Hotels
  • Stekkjarlækur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 898-8347
Guesthouse Súlur
Guesthouses
  • Klettastígur 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 863-1400
Bjarnargerði
Farm Holidays
  • Sveinbjarnargerði
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 462-4500
Hotel North
Guesthouses
  • Leifsstaðir 2
  • 605 Akureyri
  • 8626193
Cozy Cabins
Cottages
  • Kotabyggð 14
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 892-3154
Guesthouse Brekkusel
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  • Byggðavegur 97
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-2660, 895-1260
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Brekkugata 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 461-1133
Sólsteinn
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  • Vökuland III
  • 601 Akureyri
Guesthouse Gula Villan
Guesthouses
  • Þingvallastræti 14
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 8968464
Glerá Íbúðagisting
Apartments
  • Glerá II
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5723, 669-7131
Hafnarstræti Hostel
Hostels
  • Hafnarstræti 99-101
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 5548855
6 Ravens
Apartments
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 6
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 770-2020
Geldingsá, apartment
Apartments
  • Geldingsá, Svalbarðsströnd
  • 606 Akureyri
  • 860-1207, 663-4646, 663-4647
History and Culture
1.45 km
Hearts of Akureyri

In Akureyri, stopping at a red light is much more pleasant than elsewhere.

The red lights are heart-shaped!

The heart in the traffic lights have caught the attention of those visiting Akureyri and the hearts of the inhabitants.

The hearts lit up all over town as a consequence of the finance crash in Iceland in year 2008, when there was a need for some positive thinking and to put emphasis on what really matters.

Since then the red hearts in the traffic lights are visible as well as plenty of red hearts made of the flower "forget me not" decorating windows, cars and signs throughout the town.

A perfect place for a selfie with the red traffic light always glowing, is down by the harbor in the city center close to Hof Cultural house.

Use the hashtag #heartsofakureyri

Nature
5.99 km
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
page.


* 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


Webpage:
www.skog.is/skograektarfelag-eyfirdinga/

Map of the area: Kjarnaskógur - Easy and shorter walks
https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kjarnasogur-lettleidir-1-.pdf

Kjarnaskógur - All tails - overview map
https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kort-2018-stora-kortid-a-orva-a2.pdf

Hamrar - the campingsite and surrounding
trails

https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kort-2018-hamrar-lett-an-orva.pdf

Naustaborgir - Naturereserve area -
trails

https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/kort-2018-naustaborgir-lett-an-orva.pdf

Gönguskíðabrautir - Crosscountrytrails
https://www.visitakureyri.is/static/files/2012-VISIT/pdf/gonguskidi.pdf

History and Culture
1.22 km
First settlers

A statue of Helgi magri (Helgi the lean)
and Þórunn hyrna (Þórunn the horned), the first settlers of the
area, about the year 890, stands on the Hamarkot Rocks on the street
Brekkugata near the police station.

The story tells that the parents of
Helgi handed him over for fostering into the Hebrides, and when they came there
two winters afterwards, he was so starved that they did not know him; they
brought him away with them and called him Helgi the lean. He was brought up in
Ireland, and when he was grown up, he married Þórunn hyrna (Þórunn the horned).
They moved to Iceland with their children and settled the whole of Eyjafjörður.
Helgi magri handed out parts of the settlement, which was very big, to his
children and kin but selected and built his own farm at a site which he
named Kristnes (Christ Cape) some 12 km south of Akureyri, a place where he
dwelt during the remainder of his life. Helgi believed in Christ and therefore
gave this name to his dwelling.


Þórunn hyrna, was the
daughter of Ketill flatnefur. Ketill Björnsson, nicknamed Flatnose (Flatnefur), who
was a chieftain of the Isles of the 9th century. All his children
settled big parts of Iceland, Þórunn hyrna in Eyjafjörður,
Auður djúpúðga, at Hvammur in West-Iceland.
Her brother, Helgi bjóla, settled Kjalarnes and her other brother, Björn
austræni, settled
Snæfellsnes and lived in Bjarnarhöfn.


The statue, which was made by Jónas S. Jakobsson in 1956, is located on top of
Hamarkotsklappir behind the Police station (Lögreglustöðin). About 5-10
min. walk from town center.

Two prominent streets in Akureyri are
named after these settlers - Helgamagrastræti street and Þórunnarstræti street
and the kindergarten Hólmasól is named after Helgi and Þórunn first child
(daughter)
Next to the statue, one can find an old view-dial. On the view-dial is
written 1949 - Ferðafélag Akureyrar, but these view-dials show the names of the
surrounding mountains.

History and Culture
2.75 km
Akureyri Old Town

The old town of Akureyri brings you back to the beginning of the town. The area is located just a short stroll from town centre, towards the south.

The area is a monument to the town's history and culture. Many of the town oldest houses have been preserved and the original street planning has been maintained. Informative signposts guide visitors about the history of a different era. On this walk, you see the old Theatre, the old Primary School and the Old Hospital built in 1827, the first
two-storied house built in Iceland and the oldest building in Akureyri, Laxdalshús, built in 1795.

The name of Akureyri dates back to the 15th century, but it was not until 1778 that the first dwelling was built on the site. The oldest building that still remains was built in 1795, called Laxdalshús.

The houses and style of architecture are what draws the attention in this area. Around what used to be the main harbour but now home to the local sailing club Nökkvi you find many of the original buildings that kicked off this small harbour town. As time passed and the population grew, the hills behind the town developed as there was only one way to go - up!

Many of the buildings feature coting of corrugated iron. Traditionally this was used as a roofing material and for building farming sheds but in Iceland, it was commonly used as an external covering on walls to protect the woodwork. Another
method of shielding houses that is quite special for Akureyri, as it is rarely found in other places in Iceland, is the use of pressed iron plates, like tiles. These were imported from the US in the 1930s, and many of the oldest houses still wear this type of coating with beautiful colours.

For more information about the old town and the houses see our historical signboards.

https://www.visitakureyri.is/en/see-and-do/culture/skilti-baejarins

History and Culture
11.97 km
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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