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Hlíðarfjall Ski Area

For nearly 40 years, the mountain Hlíðarfjall has been one of the prime skiing areas in Iceland.
The hallmarks of Hlíðarfjall are high quality snow, extensive cross country tracks and exciting ski slopes with a breathtaking view of Eyjafjörður, extending as far as Mount Herðubreið, the queen of Icelandic mountains. Recently purchased snow blowers are capable of providing fine skiing conditions during the entire winter. The diverse environment ensures that all skiers can find a situation to suit even the most demanding taste. No matter whether you are a beginner or thoroughly experienced in tackling challenging mountain slopes, you will at all times be able to seek advice and assistance from skiing and snowboard trainers, who will demonstrate the basics, fine tune your style, or introduce you to the Carving technique.

Our favourites, the children, are cared for at the Hlíðarfjall Ski School for Children. Longer ski and snowboard courses are also on offer. A ski and snowboard rental is operated at Hlíðarfjall,
where all equipment may be rented, including ski suits.

Hlíðarfjall Ski Area

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GPS Points N65° 39' 46.021" W18° 12' 43.130"
Telephone

462-2280

878-1515

Opening period 15/11 - 01/05
Categories Winter adventure , Skiing

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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.

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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.

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* 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

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Akureyri Old Town

The old town of Akureyri brings you back to the beginning of the
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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 yoy see the old
Theatre, the old Primary School and the Old Hospital built in 1827, the first
two-storied house build 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
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building that still remains was built in 1795, called Laxdalshús.


The houses and style of architecture is 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 weare this type of coating with beautiful colours.

For more information about the old town and the houses see our
historical sign boards

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

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