Akureyri & the North Guide 2023-2024

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AKUREYRI 2023 2024

& THE NORTH GUIDE

THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO AKUREYRI

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

WINING & DINING

SIGHTS TO SEE

THINGS TO DO EVENTS

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

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WELCOME TO AKUREYRI

Commonly known as the Capital of the North, Akureyri is a town with a rich history, surrounded by stunning landscapes and natural wonders. The colourful town was first established as a tiny fishing village and later stretched along the coast of Eyjafjörður fjord and up the steep hills above it. The result is a town of spectacular views, with the Akureyri church towering over it as the crowning jewel.

AKUREYRI AT A GLANCE

Akureyri is a popular tourist destination for longer and shorter stays. The town itself offers a wide range of activities and exciting destinations, including notable museums, the world’s northernmost botanical garden, lively swimming pools and luxurious spas, an 18-hole golf course, the best skiing area in the country, and great hiking trails. To top it all off, the public bus system in Akureyri is free of charge, making it easy to get around these attractions!

THE CAPITAL OF THE NORTH

In addition to in-town activities, the surrounding region has a wealth of attractions for travellers interested in exploring the many natural wonders of the north of Iceland. Snowy mountaintops, thundering waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, caves, and canyons surround the town. The area offers numerous exciting activities, such as skiing, rafting, hiking, caving, whale watching and horseback riding.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

For lovers of the outdoors, Akureyri and its surrounding area is paradise on earth. Those fond of hiking or cycling can enjoy its many paths and trails; Glerá river offers scenic walks along its banks, Mt. Súlur is great for a hike, and Hlíðarfjall is one of the best places in the country to go skiing. Strolling by the harbour or along the coastal path offers a refreshing breeze from the ocean and a glimpse of the region’s spectacular birdlife, while Kjarnaskógur forest will fill you with peace and serenity.

Akureyri has two geothermal swimming pools, perfect for kids and excellent for striking up a conversation with locals. Additionally, the surrounding area offers luxurious spas. Perhaps the most important attraction of Akureyri and the north is the people. The locals are friendly and proud of their town. Even stopping at a traffic light will bring a smile to your face: the red lights in Akureyri are in the shape of a heart.

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AKUREYRI IN FACTS & FIGURES

With a population of 20.000, Akureyri is the largest town in North Iceland and the thirdlargest urban area in Iceland after Reykjavík and Keflavík.

Many of the older houses in town have a quilted exterior, unlike the corrugated iron ubiquitous elsewhere in Iceland. The houses are tiled with pre-pressed iron plates imported from America in the 1930s.

In 1863, more than fifty years before Icelandic women won the right to vote, a woman in Akureyri voted in the municipal elections. Her vote was accepted because of a loophole created by a translating error in the original Danish law.

The town’s Botanical Garden contains almost every plant that grows in Iceland and several species from other countries like Greenland.

Akureyri sits at the head of the longest fjord in Iceland: Eyjafjörður.

Akureyri was home to Matthías Jochumsson, the poet who wrote the lyrics to Iceland’s National Anthem.

In Akureyri, stopping at a red light is much more pleasant than elsewhere; the red lights are heart-shaped! Stopping for a selfie in the middle of traffic is dangerous, but you’ll find a heart-shaped red light by the cultural centre, Hof!

Since Akureyri is so far north, it’s a prime spot to experience the midnight sun. Around the summer solstice, the sun doesn’t set at all.

Akureyri is only about 90km south of the Arctic Circle

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The weather in Akureyri is always perfect.*
*According to the people of Akureyri

A SHORT HISTORY OF AKUREYRI

The history of the region starts in the 9th century when Norse Viking Helgi magri (Helgi the lean) and his wife, Þórunn hyrna, settled there. The name Akureyri isn’t mentioned until several hundred years later, in 1562.

Akureyri started developing in the 16th century when Danish merchants established a summer trading post. At the time, Icelandic law practically forbade urban living, requiring people to make their living farming their own land or work for someone else. Therefore, merchants were not permitted to live in Akureyri year-round until 1778. A few years later, Akureyri was recognised as an official marketplace, along with a handful of other burgeoning towns in the country, marking the beginning of urban development. Still, Akureyri had a rocky start and didn’t start to blossom until the mid-19th century.

Since then, Akureyri has become a vital hub of commerce, production, arts, culture, and education in North Iceland. The town has produced poets and artists, politicians, and businesspeople who have put their stamp on Iceland as it transformed from a Danish colony to a prosperous independent nation. Akureyri’s history is embedded in the town itself. From the charming houses of the oldest neighbourhood, through the more modern centre to its more recently developed north side, Akureyri’s architecture showcases the different periods of its development.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Akureyri, a trip to Akureyri

Museum is a must. The homes of notable local poets from different periods have been preserved, so you can visit the house of poet Davíð Stefánsson or that of children’s author Jón Sveinsson, known as Nonni, the author of several autobiographical books about growing up in Akureyri. Finally, taking a historical walk through the town centre and the oldest part of town is a great way to get to know the spirit of Akureyri. Check out pages 94-95 for more information on the historical walk!

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DOWNTOWN AKUREYRI

Downtown Akureyri is best enjoyed on foot. Taking a stroll through the town centre is perfect if you’re looking to stop by a shop, a café or a restaurant. If you want to get acquainted with the roots of the town, walking through the old town and stopping by a museum or two will give you a glimpse of days gone by.

THE CENTRE

This is the beating heart of the town, where you’ll find the greatest density of cafés, restaurants and shops – everything from sushi to local design and the latest in Icelandic music. Although most shops line Hafnarstræti and Skipagata, you’ll find smaller shops, bistros, and galleries if you wander out into the residential areas. The centre is also where you’ll find bus stops and taxi stands.

ODDEYRI AND THE HARBOUR

The second oldest part of town is Oddeyri, a spit of land formed by Glerá river sediment. The name Oddeyri was first mentioned in the sagas in the 13th century but became part of the town in 1866. The area is now home to Akureyri’s thriving seafood industry and several picturesque houses and buildings evoking the history of Akureyri. The Hof concert hall has a lovely giftshop and a tourist information centre, a perfect stop on your stroll along the water.

THE ART STREET

The centre of cultural life in Akureyri is Kaupvangsstræti, nicknamed Art Street, which curves through Grófargil in the middle of Akureyri. The buildings on Art Street used to house industrial operations, but when factories gradually moved elsewhere, it freed up a lot of housing that turned out to be ideal for the artistic crowd. The impressive Akureyri Art Museum, small galleries, exhibition spaces, and shops have now taken residence there instead.

THE OLD TOWN

Strolling south from Akureyri’s centre is a walk through the town’s history. The narrow strip of flat land between the water and the mountains is where Akureyri began, with picturesque rows of old wooden houses in every colour of the rainbow. Stopping for ice cream in Brynja, one of the oldest shops in Iceland, is practically a requirement for every visit to Akureyri and a glass of wine in a wine bar. Dine on fresh seafood at the oldest building in town, Laxdalshús, built in 1795, and have a chance to visit several museums, such as the former home of author Jón Sveinsson (Nonni) and Akureyri Museum, giving a glimpse into what life was once like in Akureyri.

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HRÍSEY ISLAND

Hrísey, colloquially known as the pearl of Eyjafjörður, is known for its beautiful nature, diverse birdlife, and pleasant paths and trails - complete with informative signs along the way. A good way to get to know the island is to hike across it, enjoying the sights with nothing but the sounds of the seagulls to keep you company.

The culture that develops on the islands off the coast of Iceland is fascinating. Close-knit and close to nature, surviving off the land and the sea has given the communities unique opportunities as well as challenges. You can learn about the history of the inhabitants of Hrísey by visiting the island’s recently revamped exhibition on shark fishing at the House of Shark Jörundur. While the adventures of the shark fishers are exciting, Hrísey also has a museum documenting the more domestic side of life. Holt, the memorial museum of Hrísey resident Alda Halldórsdóttir, showcases a typical Icelandic home in the 20th century, where the old and new ways of life meet.

Hrísey is the second-largest island off the coast of Iceland, and it has been continuously inhabited since Iceland’s settlement in the 9th century. It has some options for accommodation, so you can spend a night or two on the island to really immerse yourself in the culture, restaurants serving fresh and delicious food, and there’s a lovely swimming pool . For the real heroes, take the steps down to the beach and bathe directly in the North Atlantic! The island’s famous for being a birdwatcher’s heaven; since there are no natural predators on the island, it’s become a bird sanctuary with forty native species of birds, including ptarmigan, arctic tern, and eider duck. The ptarmigan, a bird in the grouse family, is common there. Its snow-white winter colouring is particularly impressive, as are its feathered legs: a rare characteristic for birds.

To get to Hrísey, you can take a 15-minute ferry ride from Árskógssandur (35km, 22mi from Akureyri), which leaves every two hours. For more information, check out www.hrisey.is

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GRÍMSEY ISLAND

Grímsey is the northernmost settlement in Iceland, situated 41km (26mi) north of the mainland. It’s on the Arctic Circle, 66° north, the only inhabited part of Iceland that’s actually above the Arctic Circle! An outdoor artwork celebrating the Arctic Circle stands proudly on the island, marking the exact spot where it cuts across the island. It’s called Orbis et Globus and consists of a three-metre (ten-foot) concrete sphere, which is meant to be moved along with the movements of the Arctic Circle.

Despite being so far north, Grímsey’s summers are generally mild, and the island has rich vegetation. People have been living there for at least eight centuries, and today, it has around sixty residents. Up to sixty species of birds and one of the biggest puffin colonies in Iceland make Grímsey well worth the visit. The comical-looking puffin, with its multicoloured beak and jaunty walk, is a welcome sight when it arrives in the spring and the impossibly populated bird cliffs in summer are a stunning sight. Puffins are a symbol of summer on the island since they only stay on land from mid-April to early August. If you’re interested in hiking around the island, sailing or even snorkelling with puffins, check out the selection of Grímsey tours available.

The historic Grímsey church was recently lost in a tragic fire, but the island’s residents raised funds and a new church is now rising on the island. Grímsey lighthouse is another notable building, constructed in 1937. For history buffs, a new exhibition on American librarian and scholar Daniel Willard Fiske has opened at Grímsey Airport. The exhibition is focused on Fiske’s visit to Grímsey and his gift of chess sets to every home on the island, along with a monetary donation to the community, in

the 1870s. A monument to Fiske was built to commemorate his gift.

On the eastern side of the island, is the dramatic coastline where the islanders climb down the sheer rock cliffs with a rope, at great personal risk, to collect seabird eggs for their families in early spring. The island also has some beautiful basalt column formations.

Grímsey Island is small, but it still has options for accommodation for curious travellers who want to spend more time exploring the island. The most popular time of year to visit is around the summer solstice when the Arctic sun stays in the sky all night long. There’s a shop on the island where you can get all your necessities, as well as a restaurant if you don’t feel like cooking on your own.

To get to Grímsey, you can take the ferry from the village of Dalvík (a 40-minute drive from Akureyri), or take a flight from Akureyri. For scheduled flights, consult www.grimsey. is. Sightseeing flights and tours are also available, with a stop on the island to cross the Arctic Circle before heading back to Akureyri. For more information on activities, services, and transportation, go to www.grimsey.is

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HIGHLIGHTS OF AKUREYRI

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AKUREYRI THERMAL POOL

One of Akureyri’s most popular attractions, the Akureyri Thermal Pool is a great place to take your family, group, significant other, or yourself. Whether relaxing in the warm water or splashing around with the kids, you’re bound to leave the pool feeling energised and refreshed. The hot tubs and outdoor pools and the thrilling waterslides ensure everyone can find something to their liking.

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THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

The garden is one of the northernmost botanical gardens in the world and is equally popular with locals and visitors. The public park was opened in 1912, and the botanical section in 1957. There are about 6,600 foreign species and over 400 native species, making the Botanical Garden an excellent choice for those wishing for a break from day-to-day stress.

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LITERARY HOMES

Akureyri has been home to many a respected poet and author. Two of the more celebrated ones have earned the honour of having their homes preserved as museums. They are Jón Sveinsson, an author of autobiographical children’s books better known as Nonni; and Davíð Stefánsson, one of the most famous poets of the 20th century. Even if you’re not familiar with their work, their homes are still worth visiting for their historical value.

AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM & THE ART STREET

The street leading down from Akureyri church is colloquially known as Listagilið (Art Street) in Akureyri. It’s home to several artist workshops and studios and the impressive Akureyri Art Museum. The buildings that line the street used to house factories and industrial operations but have since been taken over by local artists and Akureyri Art Museum. Their work continues to enrich the vibrant cultural scene of Akureyri.

THE MUSEUM CHURCH

The largest artefact in the collection of the Akureyri Museum is the black-tarred church that stands in the museum garden. Initially built in 1846, the church was moved from Svalbarð on the opposite side of Eyjafjörður fjord. Unlike the architecturally impressive Akureyri church, this simple wooden church with a lone white cross indicating that it is a house of worship is an excellent example of a rural 19th-century church.

HOF CULTURAL CENTRE

The conference centre and concert hall is a spectacular landmark. Its halls host everything from parties and exhibitions to theatrical events, concerts, meetings, and receptions. It’s located only minutes away from the town centre, easily spotted due to its unique circular architecture. Inside Hof, you can find Icelandic design and gifts at Kista and chat with a local at the town’s tourist information centre.

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HIGHLIGHTS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

KJARNASKÓGUR

South of Akureyri is Iceland’s most visited forest, Kjarnaskógur. The recreational area has a 7km (4mi) lit trail, a vast network of backcountry trails, and a 10km (6mi) long designated mountain bike trail and cross-country skiing options. This summer, new hiking trails from Kjarnaskógur to Glerárdalur connect to hiking trails up Mt. Hlíðarfjall. There are three playgrounds, picnic areas, barbecue facilities, a volleyball course, and restrooms, making Kjarnaskógur the perfect outdoor space for nature lovers.

THE FOREST LAGOON

When an unexpected spring of hot water was discovered during road construction on the other side of the Eyjafjörður fjord, enterprising locals took this opportunity to build the Forest Lagoon. Surrounded by a rare Icelandic forest, this luxurious bathing spot is fed by the natural hot spring and the natural surroundings only add to the experience.

GLERÁRDALUR & MT SÚLUR

The mountain Súlur rises above Akureyri to its southwest. Hiking to the peaks and back takes about five to six hours, and the hiking trail is popular with locals. There are two peaks, the highest one reaching about 1,213m (3,980ft). The peaks are mainly made of light rhyolite (liparite), a volcanic rock created during volcanic eruptions some eight to nine million years ago.

HLÍÐARFJALL

Hlíðarfjall is one of the best skiing areas in Iceland. The hallmarks of Hlíðarfjall are highquality snow, extensive cross-country trails, and exciting ski slopes with breathtaking views of Eyjafjörður fjord. Equipped with snowmaking machines and fully floodlit main runs, Hlíðarfjall promises excellent conditions throughout winter, from the end of November to late April. From July until early September, the chairlifts are operated for hikers and bikers, opening Mt. Hlíðarfjall for recreational activities in summer, too.

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AKUREYRI ALL YEAR ROUND

When visiting Iceland, it’s essential to consider the weather and the seasons. Iceland in the summer is an entirely different beast from Iceland in the winter, and Akureyri is no exception. Each season has its charms and season-specific activities!

SPRING

As spring arrives, so do north Iceland’s most popular residents, the migrant birds that populate the surrounding area. Particularly good places for bird-watching include Krossanesborgir, the estuary of the river Eyjafjarðará, and the islands Grímsey and Hrísey. Grímsey is home to one of the most significant puffin colonies in Iceland, and in Hrísey, ptarmigan and arctic terns are quite common.

In the Botanical Garden, Akureyri’s flora starts bursting into life and if the weather is still a bit chilly, it can be admired from within the stylish but cosy Café Lyst. Inhabitants of Akureyri also start blooming as many dig up their running shoes, drag out their bikes for a ride, or fire up their barbecues. If you want to join in the excitement, head to the Akureyri thermal swimming pool and join in the spring fever! After a good soak in the geothermal water, a nice walk through the historic centre of town will give you a feel for the town’s history.

It can still get a bit nippy in spring in Iceland, so if the weather doesn’t exactly match your sunny mood, head to Akureyri Museum and learn how this town in the north developed. On the First Day of Summer, a holiday that usually falls in April, the locals celebrate their museums on the Eyjafjörður Museum Day

SUMMER

Summer is the most popular season to visit Akureyri, and for a good reason! At night, the midnight sun is a magical experience, and during the day, Akureyri summer weather is unbeatable. Favourite summertime activities include golfing, visiting the Botanical Garden, and sitting outside a café on a sunny day soaking up the rays. To encounter nature at close range, hop on a boat for a whale watching tour. Feeling more active? The slopes might be empty of snow, but the ski lift is still used by hikers. Hike up the magnificent Mt. Súlur or follow one of the many newly marked biking trails! In the mood for relaxing? A long soak in the thermal pool will leave you refreshed, and if you’re feeling luxurious, a dip in the nearby Forest Lagoon is a must.

Suppose you’re up for a drive through the countryside. In that case, the surrounding region has some terrific museums, such as the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, the Great White Plague Centre in Kristnes, and the Sundry Museum in Eyjafjarðarsveit.

Akureyri is one of Iceland’s northernmost towns, only 90km (56mi) south of the Arctic Circle, making it the perfect spot to experience the midnight sun. Sunglasses at night are par for the course in the weeks around the summer solstice! Summer is also a great season to visit Akureyri as it feels like there’s always something going on. Summer celebrations include the Icelandic National Day (June 17), Hiking Week, the Art Museum’s summer-long arts festival, and the Hrísey festival, to name a few.

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AUTUMN

Akureyri has a lively culture with impressive year-round theatre and concert programming. Not only does the town have the only professional theatre outside of Reykjavík, but it’s also filled with concert venues big and small. You can catch everything from Iceland’s top bands playing at intimate venues like Græni Hatturinn to the North Iceland Symphony Orchestra at Hof concert hall and cultural centre. Akureyri Cultural Night, celebrating Akureyri’s official anniversary in late August, kicks off the town’s autumn festival season. Other events include A!, a performance art festival organised by the Akureyri Art Museum, featuring both young and established artists.

The Akureyri Art Museum, the Akureyri Museum, and the Toy Museum offer a great way to spend the day. If you want to learn more about local culture, art, and the artists who make it, stroll down Art Street or visit Flóra, a souvenir shop/cultural events venue/artist workshop.

WINTER

Akureyri truly becomes a winter wonderland in the winter season, when the snow covers everything and the northern lights twinkle overhead. Come for the skiing at one of Iceland’s best ski resorts but stay for the northern lights excursions, one of the most popular wintertime activities, with the season lasting from the end of August until the end of March.

For everyday pleasure, soaking in the hot tubs at the Akureyri swimming pool is great when it’s cold outside, but for excitement, activities such as snowmobiling, winter horseback riding and even dogsledding are popular options. Mt. Hlíðarfjall, arguably the best skiing and snowboarding resort in the country, is only a five-minute drive from the city centre, and within the city, you can go skating at the skating rink.

Cross-country skiing in Kjarnaskógur is popular, the best time of year being from roughly November until the end of April. For those on the hunt for a slightly less conventional outing, there’s snowshoeing and heli-skiing

For the highly adventurous, there’s the option of arctic diving! There’s a full in-town calendar of concerts, plays, and exhibitions

Finally, New Year’s Eve in Akureyri is not to be missed. Not that you can forget it when visiting, the town practically explodes with colourful fireworks!

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TRANSPORTATION

GETTING TO AKUREYRI

Icelandair offers multiple daily flights between Reykjavík and Akureyri, and you can even catch a flight to the icy shores of Greenland! The airport is located 3km (2mi) south of the town centre. We recommend a taxi or renting a car. Strætó, the public bus system, has daily scheduled departures between Akureyri and Reykjavík. Check www.straeto.is or download the Klappið app for more information.

GETTING AROUND AKUREYRI

By Taxi – If you need to get around after the buses stop running, or the buses don’t suit your needs, you can always take a cab. You can stop by the taxi station in the town centre or call for a cab (+354 461 1010).

By bus – The Akureyri Citybus is free of charge and will take you anywhere you need to go in town. Just figure out the route you want to take and step on the bus! Each bus route starts and ends in the town centre. Information is available at www. straeto.is and the Strætó app. Most bus stops with a shelter include a route map.

By scooter – Renting an electric scooter is a great way to get to know Akureyri. There are a number of paths along the coast (including Glerárgata to the north and Drottningarbraut to the south). Check out www.hopp.is bike for more information about electric scooter rentals.

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GETTING FROM AKUREYRI

Norlandair operates flight services within the vicinity of Akureyri and also to East Greenland. For trips to Grímsey island, on the Arctic Circle, contact Norlandair. Go to www.grimsey.is for more information. If you want to get to the islands of Hrísey or Grímsey, you could take a ferry or a day tour from Akureyri. Ferries leave from Dalvík or Árskógssandur. Go to www. hrisey.is or www.grimsey.is for more information.

Strætó also runs to some of the towns in the Eyjafjörður and Tröllaskagi regions, including Dalvík , Siglufjörður, Húsavík , and Mývatn . The buses run a few times a day, allowing you to explore the town but still get back to Akureyri at the end of the day. Get more information at www.straeto.is

While there is no fare for buses inside the town limits of Akureyri, the buses taking you out of town will charge a modest sum for the fare. It’s a great option if you feel like exploring the north but aren’t comfortable with driving in unfamiliar circumstances.

INFORMATION

AIRPORTS/AIRLINES

Akureyri Municipal Airport

Icelandair

+354 570 3000 | www.icelandair.is

Norlandair

+354 414 6960 | www.norlandair.is

TAXIS

BSO

Strandgata, Akureyri | +354 461 1010

STRÆTÓ’S OPERATING HOURS

Busses run daily from 06:25 to 23:03 on weekdays and from 12:49 to 18:36 on weekends and holidays.

Schedules during weekends depending upon the time of year, for further information check www.bus.is or call +354 462 4929.

There is no bus service on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

VAÐLAHEIÐI TUNNEL

When driving east from Akureyri, you’ll encounter the Vaðlaheiði tunnel, a 7.5 km (4.7 mi) tunnel allowing drivers to bypass the precipitous Víkurskarð mountain road. A safer option during the winter months, the tunnel also shortens the route by 16km (10mi), saving drivers 15 minutes off their route. You won’t need to stop at toll booths or pay machines by the tunnel to pay the toll. Instead, travellers can pay the toll online at www.tunnel.is via card. Drivers can pay the toll 24 hours before driving through the tunnel and up to 24 hours after passing through.

FERRIES

Ferry Sæfari to Grímsey

+354 853 2211 | en.samskip.is/domestic/saefari

Ferry Sævar to Hrísey

+345 695 5544 | www.hrisey.is/en

BUS TERMINALS

Hof Cultural Centre

Strandgata 12, Akureyri

+354 540 2700 | www.straeto.is

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One ticket for 5 museums Only 2300 ISK | Children free - valid all year Akureyri Museum Nonni's house Akureyri Toy Museum David's house Laufás heritage site Aðalstræti 58, Akureyri • Sími/Tel: 4 62 4162 minjasafnid.is 1962 2022

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

For such a small town, Akureyri has an abundance of entertaining and engaging museums. Whether you’re interested in modern art, personal history, industrial history, folk art, or literature, Akureyri’s museums have something for everyone.

For further information on exhibition schedules, opening hours, and more museums of interest, refer to www.visitakureyri.is.

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AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM

Akureyri Art Museum is in the town centre; in the creative and bustling Listagil (Art Street). It aims to promote visual arts and culture in the local community as well as in a wider global context. The museum hosts diverse art exhibitions by local as well as international artists, featuring everything from paintings and photography to performance art and installations. The two former factory buildings that make up Akureyri Art Museum have been joined through a connecting annex, which houses Ketilkaffi, a lunch-and-coffee place much favoured by locals.

Several elegant galleries can be found on 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor, offering diverse exhibitions. The museum shop is located on the ground floor where the entrance allows access for the disabled.

Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri +354 461 2610 | www.listak.is

Open: Jun-Aug | 10am–5pm daily Sep-May | 12pm–5pm daily

Entrance fee: 2,000 ISK

Senior citizens and students: 1,000 ISK

Free admission for children under 18 years, disabled people and members of FÍSOS, SÍM, ICOM, and the Gil society.

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“The Visitors”, Ragnar Kjartansson

AKUREYRI MUSEUM

LOCAL HISTORY AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY EXHIBITIONS

Akureyri Museum is fittingly situated in the oldest part of town, surrounded by charming old houses. It’s in a beautiful garden, complete with a 19th-century church, with museum buildings Nonni’s House and the Akureyri Toy Museum close by. Modern and familyfriendly exhibitions provide information and entertainment for visitors of all ages, giving an insight into the local community’s past and present through relics and photographs. Akureyri Museum is the 2022 recipient of the Icelandic Museum Award.

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Akureyri

Glerártorg

10:00–18:30 weekdays

10:00–17:00 saturdays

13:00–17:00 sundays

Hrísalundur

10:00–20:00 weekdays

Hafnarstræti Dalvík

9:00–17:30 weekdays

10:00–16:00 weekdays

P P A R \ T B W A S A

SALAT

TRYGGVABRAUT 22 - 600 AKUREYRI - TEL. +354-462-5552 - KVIKKI.IS

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

Akureyri – The Town by the Bay

A permanent exhibition that provides insight into life in Akureyri, the merchant town and the

The Music Town Akureyri

The town’s musical past is brought to life with records, posters, and soundbites from history. Have you played the drums? Come and try!

Antique Icelandic Maps – A love story

The only exhibition of historical maps of

Aðalstræti 58, Akureyri Old Town

www.minjasafnid.is

June-Sep | Daily 11am-5pm

Oct-May | Daily 1pm-4pm

Free bus: no. 5 & 6. On foot: 20 minutes from the town centre, 10 minutes from Botanical Garden.

NONNI’S HOUSE

A SMALL HOUSE, HOME TO A BIG STORY

Nonni’s House is one of Akureyri’s oldest buildings, built in the 1840s. The exhibition paints a picture of the childhood of children’s writer Jón Sveinsson. Better known as Nonni, he left the shores of Akureyri at the age of 12 in 1869 to become a Jesuit priest. Years later, he wrote enormously popular children’s books based on his childhood in Akureyri and his adventures with his younger brother. They were published in over forty countries – perhaps even in your language.

Yule lads

Annual Christmas exhibition celebrating the 13 mischievous Christmas trolls that bring presents to well-behaved children in December.

The Little Cornershop

Kids and adults alike delight in visiting the immersive mid-century corner shop display.

Adults (18+) : 2,300 ISK

Groups (10+) : 2,000 ISK

Children 0-17: free admission

A ticket to the museum provides admission to the Akureyri Museum, Nonni’s House, The Akureyri Toy Museum, Davíð’s House, and Laufás heritage site.

Aðalstræti 54, Akureyri Old Town

+354 462 4162

www.minjasafnid.is | www.nonni.is

Open: Jun-Sep | Daily 11am-5pm Oct-May | Daily 1pm-4pm

Free bus: no. 5 & 6. On foot: 20 minutes from town centre; 10 minutes from the Botanical Garden.

Adults (18+) : 2,300 ISK

Groups (10+) : 2,000 ISK

Children 0-17: free admission

A ticket to the museum provides admission to the Akureyri Museum, Nonni’s House, The Akureyri Toy Museum, Davíð’s House, and Laufás heritage site.

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DAVÍÐ’S HOUSE

THE BELOVED ROMANTIC POET

In the green hills of Akureyri, stands a house with an exciting history and unique atmosphere of the 1960s. Constructed in 1944 by one of Iceland’s most loved poets and writers, Davíð Stefánsson, Davíð’s House was the poet’s home until his death in 1964. Born on a farm outside Akureyri, Davíð spent most of his life in Akureyri, working as a librarian and writing some of Iceland’s best-loved poems. He was one of the 20th century’s most famous poets, liked the finer things in life, and was an enthusiastic collector of art and books. His apartment is a testament to his taste, full of books, art and other personal articles, just as he left it in 1964.

Bjarkarstígur 6, Akureyri

+354 462 4162 | www.minjasafnid.is

Open: June 1-Aug 31: Open for guided tours at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Only a five-minute walk from the Municipal Library, ten-minute walk from the town centre.

AKUREYRI TOY MUSEUM

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

The charmingly small, dollhouse-like, early 19th-century building is filled with toys from every decade of the 20th century, some over a hundred years old. Take a nostalgia-filled stroll through your childhood’s toy store, with dozens of dolls and toy cars, cardboard games, muppets, and action figures. While the exhibition showcases strictly retired playthings, there’s also a playroom where the younger generation can play with toys in active use.

Friðbjarnarhús house was owned by the Independent Order of Good Templars, who formed the first lodge in 1884. On the upper floor is their old meeting room.

Aðalstræti 46, Akureyri

+354 462 4162

www.minjasafnid.is

Open: Jun-Aug | Daily 11am-5pm

Free bus: no. 5 & 6. On foot: 20 minutes from the town centre. 10 minutes from the Botanical Garden.

Adults (18+) : 2,300 ISK

Groups (10+) : 2,000 ISK

Children 0-17: free admission

A ticket to the museum provides admission to the Akureyri Museum, Nonni’s House, The Akureyri Toy Museum, Davíð’s House, and Laufás heritage site.

Adults (18+) : 2,300 ISK

Groups (10+) : 2,000 ISK

Children 0-17: free admission

A ticket to the museum provides admission to the Akureyri Museum, Nonni’s House, The Akureyri Toy Museum, David‘s house, and Laufás heritage site.

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LAUFÁS HERITAGE SITE

STEP INTO THE 19TH CENTURY

Laufás is a beautiful farmstead surrounded by mountains and a picturesque view of the fjord and contains history at each footstep. Inhabited since the settlement of Iceland (874-930), it has been a church site since early Christianity in Iceland with a constant lineage of priests and ministers from 1047 to the current day.

The heritage site contains a 19th-century timber church and a vicarage. It is a maze of interconnected rooms, one of which is a unique bridal room from 1733. The building has been constantly rebuilt over the centuries. The current version was rebuilt in an ambitious style between 1853 and 1882 and is an example of the gabled turf/sod farmhouse, although significantly larger than ordinary houses of the time.

The last minister moved out of the building with his family in 1936, and the last inhabitant moved out in 1966. The church was built in

Grýtubakkahreppur, Akureyri

+354 463 3196/895 3172

www.minjasafnid.is

Open : May-Sep | Daily 11am-5pm

In winter, contact the museum to book a visit.

30km from Akureyri. 20km from Goðafoss.

1865 and among its treasures is a pulpit from 1698 with marvellous carvings.

Laufás Visitor Centre offers additional information about nature, wildlife, and the history of the area, as well as a souvenir shop and refreshments.

Adults (18+) : 2,300 ISK

Groups (10+) : 2,000 ISK

Children 0-17: free admission

A ticket to the museum provides admission to the Akureyri Museum, Nonni’s House, Akureyri Toy Museum, David‘s house and Laufás heritage site.

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THE ICELANDIC AVIATION MUSEUM

The Icelandic Aviation Museum is dedicated to aviation in Iceland, its history and development, from the first fumbling attempts at commercial aviation in 1919 to the mid- and late 20th-century airlines, some of which still operate, to the history of medical transport and the Icelandic Coast Guard. Aviation history is covered with photographs, artefacts, models and historic aircraft, including aeroplanes and helicopters, which some are in airworthy condition and fly in the annual air show held by the museum in June every year. Visitors are allowed to access the interior of a few of the aircraft.

AKUREYRI INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM

Akureyri has a long history of industry, producing everything from butter and canned goods to fashion from highquality materials. The Akureyri Industrial Museum houses artefacts from the local industry of ages past, from margarine makers, printing presses and lathes, to sewing machines and watchmaker instruments.The museum hosts a great number of tools from the “old factories,” which used to produce some of the most familiar Icelandic brands of food and household products. On the top floor of the museum, there is a display of the clothes and shoes produced in Akureyri in the past century, which every Icelander over a certain age is very familiar with.

and by appointment

THE ICELANDIC MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM

The Icelandic Motorcycle Museum documents the 100-year history of the motorcycle in Iceland in an 800m2 building specifically built for the purpose. Its origin can be traced to the tragic death of Heiðar Þ. Jónsson in 2007, who left behind him his vast collection of bikes and assorted motorbike accessories. The museum details the history of the motorcycle through important bikes and stories of colourful characters and is a must-visit location for all motorbike enthusiasts.

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Akureyri Airport +354 4614400 www.flugsafn.is Open: Mid May-Mid Sep : Daily 11am-5pm Mid Sep-Mid May:
1-4pm
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Krókeyri 2, Akureyri +354 466 3510 www.motorhjolasafn.is Open: Jun-Aug | Daily 1-5pm Sep-May | Sat-Sun 1-4pm
Krókeyri, Akureyri +354 462 3600/897 0206 www.idnadarsafnid.is Open: Jun-Aug | Daily 10am-5pm Sep-May | Fri-Sun 10am-5pm

ONE OF THE FOOD WONDERS OF THE WORLD

ICELANDIC LAMB IS THE FIRST ICELANDIC FOOD PRODUCT TO BE PDO-MARKED

Icelandic lamb has acquired the PDO label, the highest level of geographical indication in Europe, placing it in the company of the world's best-known and most sought-after quality products.

and offers all regular library services such as

Brekkugata 17, Akureyri

+354 460 1250

www.akureyri.is/amtsbokasafn

Open:

Mid-May-Mid-Sep | Mon-Fri 8:15am-7pm

Mid-Sep-Mid-May | Mon-Fri 8:15am-7pm, Sat 11am-4pm

larger cultural figures: poet, priest, and social reformer), Flóra operates studios/workspaces

Eyrarlandsvegur 3, Akureyri

+354 661 0207

www.floraflora.is

entrance can be reached from the centre of the

Open: June-Oct | 9am-3pm

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Located in the city centre, but in a green oasis Akureyri © Daníel Starrason

ICELANDIC DESIGN AND SOUVENIRS

ICELANDIC DESIGN AND SOUVENIRS

Concept store in the Cultural building Hof since 2012

Concept store in the Cultural building Hof since 2012

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AKUREYRI ART TRAIL

The people of Akureyri don’t limit their creative spirit to museum or gallery walls. All over Akureyri is a wide variety of open-air artworks by some of our most revered artists, such as Ásmundur Sveinsson, Einar Jónsson, Elísabet Sigríður Geirmundsdóttir, Nói, Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, Nína Sæmundsson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ríkharður Jónsson and Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir, to name just a very few.

When you stay in Akureyri, pick up the Akureyri Art Trail map, which divides the

city into six accessible walking tours around these not-so-hidden treasures. The more notable pieces include Outlaws by sculpture pioneer Einar Jónsson (1900) close to the Botanical Garden, The Harp of Prayer by Ásmundur Sveinsson (1965) in a park not far from the Akureyri swimming pool, the Pearl and Ode to the Night, both made by Elísabet Geirmundsdóttir in 1951 and situated in the old town, and many other important pieces of art.

OTHER MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

IN AKUREYRI

The Public Park and Botanical Garden

Eyrarlandsvegur, Akureyri www.lystigardur.akureyri.is

Hof Cultural and Conference Centre

Strandgötu 12, Akureyri

+354 450 1000 | www.mak.is

JUST OUTSIDE OF AKUREYRI

Hælið-Plague Centre

Kristnes, Akureyri

+354 863 6428 | www.haelid.is

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum

Svalbarðsströnd, Akureyri

+354 461 4066 | www.safnasafnid.is

The Christmas Garden

Akureyri | +354 463 1433

The Sundry Collection

Sólgarður, Akureyri

+354 463 1261 | www.smamunasafnid.is

IN NEIGHBOURING TOWNS

Grenivík Fishing Museum

+354 698 5610

The Herring Era Museum

Snorragata 10, Siglufjörður

+354 467 1604 | www.sild.is

The Folk Music Centre

Norðurgata 1, Siglufjörður

+354 467 2300 | www.folkmusik.is

Museum of Natural History

Aðalgata 14, Ólafsfjörður

+354 464 9200 | www.fjallabyggd.is

Hvoll-Local Folk Museum

Karlsrauðatorg, Dalvík

+354 460 4928 / 892 1497 | dalvik.is/byggdasafn

Berg Cultural House

Goðabraut, Dalvík

+354 460 4000 | dalvikurbyggd.is/menningarhus

The House of Shark Jörundur

Hrísey | +354 695 0077 | www.hrisey.is

Holt-Memorial Museum of Alda Halldórsdóttir

Hrísey | +354 695 0077 | www.hrisey.is

Húsavík Museum House

Stóragarði 17, Húsavík | +354 464 1860 | husmus.is

Grenjaðarstaður, Old Farmhouse

Grenjaðarstað, Húsavík

+354 464 3688 | www.husmus.is

Húsavík Whale Museum

Hafnarstétt 1, Húsavík

+354 414 2800 | www.whalemuseum.is

Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum

Ytri-Neslönd, Mývatn

+354 464 4477 | www.fuglasafn.is

Gljúfrastofa

Ásbyrgi Canyon | +354 470 7100

1238: The Battle of Iceland

Sauðárkrókur

+354 5881238 | 1238.is

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Tilvera / Being Here / Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir Recreation of a mural by the late Margeir Dire

Strikið restaurant

Strikið Restaurant is a renowned dining destination located on the fifth floor in the heart of Akureyri.

With breathtaking panoramic views of the harbor and surrounding mountains, Strikið offers a memorable dining experience that combines stunning scenery with exquisite cuisine.

The menu at Strikið is focused on contemporary Icelandic-Asian inspired cuisine, featuring a variety of fresh seafood dishes, meat, and vegetarian options.

The restaurant's modern interior creates an elegant atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. Strikið Restaurant is a must-visit dining destination in Akureyri, where guests can enjoy exceptional cuisine while taking in the stunning view.

Centrum Kitchen & Bar

Centrum is a restaurant located in the heart of Akureyri, a charming town in northern Iceland. Known for its cozy atmosphere, delicious cuisine and variety of Icelandic beer, Centrum offers a wide range of dishes made with international ingredients. Don't miss out on the chance to dine at Centrum restaurant during your visit to Akureyri, delicious food and a cozy atmosphere that's sure to leave a lasting impression.

2023 www.strikid.is +354 462 -7100 www.centrum-kitchen.is +354 666 -6078

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Eating in Akureyri is an experience all on its own. Restaurants in town serve everything from hearty grub to fine dining, made with fresh, local ingredients. Traditional classics are sure to satisfy, but lately, Akureyri chefs have been experimenting with new ingredients and rediscovering traditional cooking methods. A fishing town at heart, Akureyri restaurants usually serve great seafood, delicious when washed down with a glass of natural wine or a local craft beer, but be sure to check out some of Akureyri’s quirkier specialities as well, such as the steak-and-fries pizza!

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ON THE ROAD? FIND THE NEAREST NETTÓ STORE

IN ICELAND

Mjódd • Salavegur • Grandi • Búðakór

Krossmói • Grindavík• Glerártorg

Hrísalundur • Borgarnes • Höfn

Egilsstaðir • Selfoss • Húsavík

Iðavellir • Hafnarfjörður • Ísafjörður

Smoked trout on dark, sweet rye bread is Lake Mývatn’s signature dish. Bonus points if the rye bread was buried in the ground and cooked with geothermal heat!

Akureyri is still a fishing town, and the fresh seafood is delicious, don’t leave town before you try it!

Every hot dog stand serves the classic hot dog with everything (raw and fried onions, ketchup, mustard and remoulade), but only in Akureyri can you get one with pickled red cabbage.

For an extra indulgent treat, try a deep-fried hot dog, topped with melted cheese!

Akureyri also has some international flavours for the discerning palate. You can try Indian, Chinese, Danish, Spanish, Thai, Kurdish and Japanese food with an Akureyri twist.

Try some of Eyjafjörður’s very own Kaldi beer If you’re still feeling thirsty, Einstök beer and Segull 67 are also brewed in North Iceland. For a taste of Akureyri beer, drink Viking!

If drinking beer isn’t enough, head up to Árskógssandur and bathe in it! The Kaldi Beer Spa offers beer-focused spa treatments as well as tasting menus in their adjoining restaurant.

Akureyri is aptly named the “Béarnaise Capital of Iceland ”. An Akureyri speciality is a pizza topped with sliced beef, French fries and a copious amount of béarnaise sauce!

Many Akureyri restaurants now serve extremely locally grown produce, as Urban Farm Akureyri grows salads and herbs in the centre of town!

The Akureyri dining scene has never been more exciting, with newcomers such as North by Dill and Eyja wine bar and bistro joining trusted mainstays such as Múlaberg and Rub23!

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Kurdo Kebab

As the name suggests, Kurdo Kebab serves Kebab in the Kurdish style. Expect the best Shawarma in Akureyri and delicious hummus, but Kurdo Kebab also serves pizzas and burgers. The Akureyri location is the original, but their popularity has already inspired them to open branches in Selfoss and Ísafjörður.

Skipagata 2, Akureyri +354 461 1151 | kurdokebab.com

Lemon

If you’re looking for healthy fast food, look no further! Lemon serves deliciously refreshing juices made on the spot with fresh and nutritious ingredients. If you’re feeling hungry, add a tasty sandwich to your order for a healthy and filling meal!

Glerárgata 32, Akureyri lemon.is

DJ Grill

DJ Grill is many things, homely and comfortable, yet new and exciting. A great place to sit down with the family, have burgers or sandwiches, as well as steaks and chicken. DJ Grill is a restaurant that can just as well dub as a sports bar or a take-away place that’s perfect when you need something quick!

Strandgata 11, Akureyri +354 462 1800

Berlin

In the mood for a hearty, healthy breakfast? Or perhaps an energyboosting lunch? Maybe even a luxurious brunch? Berlin has everything you could want in the wee hours, ranging from eggs and bacon to juices and smoothies, enough to keep all travellers happy and fed throughout a long day of exploring Akureyri.

Skipagata 4, Akureyri +354 772 5061 berlinakureyri.is

Ís og Salatgerðin

Not sure if you’re in the mood for a salad or some ice cream? Why not both? At Ís- og Salatgerðin, you can grab a light lunch, a salad or a sandwich, or go for delicious ice cream to brighten up your day. If you’re feeling healthy, they even offer a sugar-free ice cream!

Kaupangur, Mýrarvegi, Akureyri +354 469 4000 isgerdin.is

Ketilkaffi

The Café in the Akureyri Art Museum serves brunch and breakfast all day. Expect great sourdough bread, a mouth-watering brunch platter, homemade baked goods, and a fish soup for the history books. The coffee comes from an Icelandic micro-roastery but don’t miss their selection of natural wines either. Opens early, and the outdoor patio’s perfect on a sunny day. Rave reviews on Google and Tripadvisor!

Akureyri Art Museum, Kaupvangsstræti 8 ketilkaffi.is | Instagram: @ketilkaffi

Bláa kannan café

Good coffee and great atmosphere are the hallmarks of Bláa kannan café. Not only can you get delicious cakes and sandwiches all day long but they also serve a delicious light lunch and soup.

Hafnarstræti 96, Akureyri +354 461 4600

Akureyri Backpackers

Located in the heart of town, Akureyri Backpackers is a great place to meet other travellers, share stories and enjoy quality food and a great selection of beers. The menu is simple and tasty, with no formalities or fanciness, just simple quality!

Hafnarstræti 98, Akureyri +354 571 9050 akureyribackpackers.com

Múlaberg bistro & bar

Located on one of the most scenic corners in town, Múlaberg is where the finest Icelandic ingredients meet bistro cuisine. It offers one of the greatest selections of wines and cocktails in the north of Iceland.

Hafnarstræti 87-89, Akureyri +354 460 2020 | mulaberg.is

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Ísbúðin Akureyri –Ice Cream and Coffee

A fantastic ice cream parlour in the heart of Akureyri, where you will find a wide selection of soft ice cream, gelato and slurpees. The parlour is also famous for their freshly made sandwiches with homemade pesto and smoothie bowls.

Geislagötu 10, Akureyri

+354 461 1112

Strikið

Strikið has a fantastic view over Eyjafjörður, making it an amazing experience to sit back and enjoy delicious food on a summer day or a bright summer evening. Sipping cocktails or enjoying a taste of the fusion cuisine on offer is highly recommended.

Skipagata 14, Akureyri +354 462 7100 | strikid.is

Pylsuvagninn

The Icelandic hot dog is a cultural institution, and this is a great place to get one! They serve the classic hot dog with everything (raw and fried onions, ketchup, mustard and remoulade), but only in Akureyri can you get one with pickled red cabbage!

Hafnarstræti, Akureyri

+354 849 8827

Eyja

A winebar and bistro in the town centre. Despite the setting in one of the town’s oldest buildings the menu feels brand new. Showcasing the best of Nordic fine dining, the seasonal tasting menu is based on old Icelandic traditions with new and exciting twists. Make sure to check out the extensive wine list as well as the local cocktails and beers.

Hafnarstræti 9, Akureyri +354 460 1600 | eyjaak.is

Greifinn

World-famous in Iceland for its excellent pizzas, Greifinn is a family-run restaurant where a lot of time and energy is put into providing good service for a wide range of clients. Its good name is known to all those satisfied customers who have visited Greifinn time and again.

Glerárgata 20, Akureyri

+354 460 1600 | greifinn.is

Indian Curry House

If you want some great Indian food in Iceland, go to Akureyri! Since 2007, the Indian Curry House has been serving up delicious authentic Indian food made with spices imported directly from India. Don’t forget to order the naan, made in their tandoori oven, the only one of its kind in the north of Iceland.

Ráðhústorg 3, Akureyri +354 461 4242

IF YOU REFUSE TO LEAVE TOWN AFTER TASTING OUR PIZZAS AND JUST WANT TO LIVE IN AKUREYRI FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WE ARE MOST LIKELY RESPONSIBLE

Lyst

This gem of a café serves fresh fish and vegetables for lunch, housemade pastries, gourmet snacks, and open-faced sandwiches. A perfect spot for sipping local beers or natural wines in the cosy indoors or out on the Botanical Garden patio. If that’s not enticing enough, LYST also serves OMNOM chocolate, in solid as well as liquid form! Open all year round.

Akureyri Botanical Garden +354 8691369

Hamborgarafabrikkan

Iceland‘s favourite burger place has a location in Akureyri, of course! The square burgers range from a classic cheeseburgers to more imaginative flavours and toppings. Look out for the seasonal off-menu burgers, served with festive or seasonal ingredients. The musically-themed restaurant only plays Icelandic music, so get ready for some classic Icelandic pop and rock hits.

KEA Hótel, Hafnarstræti 87-89 +354 575 7575 | www.fabrikkan.is

Sprettur-inn

One of Akureyri‘s most established restaurants, Sprettur-inn has been serving pizza, burgers and sandwiches to the people of Akureyri for the better part of three decades! The pizzas are some of Akureyri‘s finest, and best of all, they deliver right to your door!

Kaupangi +354 464 6464

www.spretturinn.is

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PIZZERIA-GRILL KAUPANGI - AKUREYRI / OPEN ALL DAYS 11:30-22:30
DINE IN, TAKEAWAY OR JUST GO ONLINE SPRETTURINN.IS OR GIVE US A CALL 4 64 64 64 AND WE WILL DELIVER RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR THIN OR CLASSIC CRUST PIZZAS, DELICIOUS HAMBURGERS, CHICKEN WINGS, CHEESE STICKS, BREAD STICKS, JALAPEÑO POPPERS...

IF YOU REFUSE TO LEAVE TOWN AFTER TASTING OUR PIZZAS AND JUST WANT TO LIVE IN AKUREYRI FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WE ARE MOST LIKELY RESPONSIBLE

DINE IN, TAKEAWAY OR JUST GO ONLINE SPRETTURINN.IS OR GIVE US A CALL 4 64 64 64 AND WE WILL DELIVER RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR

THIN OR CLASSIC CRUST PIZZAS, DELICIOUS HAMBURGERS, CHICKEN WINGS, CHEESE STICKS, BREAD STICKS, JALAPEÑO POPPERS...

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Centrum

A bistro known for its cosy atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and extensive selection of Icelandic beer. The restaurant’s menu includes a variety of seafood options, such as fish of the day and langoustine soup, as well as hearty dishes of lamb chops and beef tenderloin. Vegetarian options are also available. Centrum’s interior is rustic and warm, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner or a casual meal with friends and family.

Hafnarstræti 102 +354 666 6078 centrum-kitchen.is

Kvikki

Kvikkí serves a mouthwatering menu of healthy, fresh, and delicious salads. You can also choose your own ingredients from the salad station to create your favourite salad. Kvikkí shares the location with Lemon which offers fresh juices and sandwiches.

Tryggvabraut 22 +354 462 5552 | kvikki.is

Blackbox

Blackbox is much more than your average pizzeria, offering delicious sourdough pizzas with a truly inspiring menu of pizza topping combinations. It’s a great place to enjoy a fun night out with family and friends. Their motto is “Pizza is not just pizza” and creating your favourite pizza is their passion. Blackbox is in the same location as Hamborgarafabrikkan in the heart of Akureyri.

Hafnarstræti 87-89 +354 575 7575 | blackboxpizza.is

RESTAURANTS OUTSIDE AKUREYRI

Baccalá

The village of Hauganes’ best kept secret isn’t the hot tubs on the beach but the delicious seafood at Baccalá bar and restaurant. Step inside through the Viking ship facade to taste the delicious saltfish pizza, as well as their other delicious bistro-style dishes.

Aðalgata 2, Hauganes +354 620 1035 ektafiskur.is/en/baccalabar/

Lamb-inn

Lamb-Inn restaurant doubles as a hotel, situated in the middle of the stoic Eyjafjarðarsveit. A short ten-minute drive from Akureyri, the restaurant is situated within a converted sheep shed and serves fresh lamb dishes and home cooking. A family-owned establishment, expect a warm welcome.

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Daddi’s Pizza

A small pizzeria, founded in 2009, and visible from the main road. Daddi’s pizza serves mouthwatering, delicious pizza made with their secret recipe. Try the local topping – smoked trout from Lake Mývatn with cream cheese and pine nuts.

Vogar, 660 Mývatn +354 773 6060 | vogahraun.is

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Bláa kannan Café is located in the heart of town in the beautiful house París, built 1913.

Great selection of coffee drinks, cakes and sandwiches.

Opening hours: 09:00-23:00

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Hafnarstræti 96, Akureyri

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Blessed with proximity to some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders, Akureyri is a perfect base for numerous different excursions.

Whether you want to head west to the Tröllaskagi peninsula, to Siglufjörður, or other quaint little towns, or the east, to Lake Mývatn, Húsavík, or some of the most stunning waterfalls you’ll ever see, everything starts with Akureyri.

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INTERESTING PLACES & ACTIVITIES NEARBY AKUREYRI

1 THE CHRISTMAS GARDEN

Christmas is not just in December anymore! In the Christmas Garden, there are Christmas tunes and smell the sweet smell of Christmas every day of the year!

2 HRÍSEY ISLAND

The island is known as the pearl of Eyjafjörður. Visit for beautiful hiking trails with stunning views, vibrant birdlife, and a slice of island life!

3 THE OLD RECTORY AT LAUFÁS

Walking into the gabled turf farmhouse at Laufás feels like taking a step back in time.

4 BOAT EXCURSIONS

Take a ferry ride out to Hrísey island from Árskógssandur, enjoy ocean views, or just get a taste of beer from the local brewery, Kaldi.

5 DALVÍK FISHING VILLAGE

Dalvík is a traditional Icelandic fishing village, with rows of colourful boats bobbing gently in the harbour and a stunning mountain range backdrop.

6 HORSE RENTALS

Riding an Icelandic horse through the beautiful nature in the north is an unforgettable experience.

7 SNOWCAT TRIPS

Taking a snowcat up Mt. Kaldbakur in winter not only gives you a chance to admire the view at the top, but you can also choose whether to get a ride back down or ski down the slope!

8 GOÐAFOSS WATERFALL

Legend has it that after Iceland converted to Christianity, the local chieftain threw his carved idols of the Norse gods into Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. The Christmas Garden

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9 LAKE MÝVATN

The birdlife and nature in Lake Mývatn and the surrounding area are completely unique! The landscape is brimming with natural wonders, and the whole area is a birdwatcher’s paradise!

10 NATURE BATHS

The nature baths by Mývatn are a great way to relax after a long day of travelling. Soaking in the milky blue waters surrounded by Iceland’s volcanic landscape might just be the highlight of your trip.

11 WHALE WATCHING

Húsavík is not just a charming town, it also has some of the best whale watching tours in Iceland due to its proximity to the open ocean.

12 THE HERRING ERA MUSEUM

The herring era was a fascinating period in Icelandic history, and a visit to this impressive museum is sure to entertain as well as educate

13 GRÍMSEY ISLAND

Grímsey is the northernmost part of Iceland and the only part which crosses the Arctic Circle. Visiting the island is a great chance to have a real arctic experience!

14 RAFTING

A thrilling boat ride on a river consistently voted one of the best rafting rivers in the world is an adrenaline junkie’s dream!

15 THE ICELANDIC EMIGRATION CENTRE

Hofsós is one of the oldest trading centres in Iceland, and the Emigration Centre tells the story of the substantial number of Icelanders who emigrated to North America.

16 THE KRAFLA AREA & VÍTI CRATER

The alien landscapes of the geothermal area around Krafla are impressive but seeing lake Víti in all its glory is even better!

17 THE NATIONAL PARK: DETTIFOSS

Iceland has a lot of impressive waterfalls, but Dettifoss is one of the most majestic manifestations of nature’s power Iceland has to offer.

18 THE NATIONAL PARK: ÁSBYRGI

Legend has it that the horseshoeshaped valley of Ásbyrgi was created when Óðinn’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir stepped down, leaving his hoofprint in the young land.

19 THE BEER SPA

Bathing in geothermal spas is fine, but did you know that there’s a spa in Árskógssandur where you can bathe in beer?

20 HAUGANES HOT TUBS

Check out the hot tubs on the black beach of Hauganes. Enjoy the ocean view and don’t worry about a thing.

21 GEOSEA

A modern retreat located right next to the North Atlantic? Yes, please! Sit back and relax in the warm water and let the sea minerals do their work.

22 1238 THE BATTLE OF ICELAND

The Battle of Örlygsstaðir was the biggest ever fought in Icelandic settlement times and is noted in the Sagas. The virtual reality exhibition in Sauðárkrókur lets visitors experience the battle for themselves.

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SIGLUFJÖRÐUR AND TRÖLLASKAGI PENINSULA

The colourfully named Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula) is the area immediately west of Akureyri.

HAUGANES

The route northwest from Akureyri takes you through Hauganes, a quiet, small town right next to the ocean. Here, you can go whale watching, hiking, ride a horse, and enjoy a meal at Baccalá Bar, self-described as the “best (and only)” restaurant in Hauganes. Visit the hot tubs on the beach for a moment of relaxation.

the ferry to Grímsey island, located on the Arctic Circle, also renowned for bird-watching.

SIGLUFJÖRÐUR

Drive on through the tunnel to the charming fishing town of Ólafsfjörður and try to spot all the troll murals on your way through town. The following destination is Siglufjörður, a historic fishing town that rose to prominence during the early 20th century and its upswing in herring fishing. Visit the Herring Era Museum to learn more, an impressive museum with exhibitions in three buildings by the harbour and historic reenactment of harbour scenes during the summer. A popular ski resort in the winter and great for hiking in the summer, Siglufjörður also has a Folk Music Centre, a lively arts scene, and an endless list of outdoor activities such as fishing, skiing, and hiking. Siglufjörður is a great place to enjoy some seafood and a beer at one of the restaurants by the harbour.

ÁRSKÓGSSANDUR

Close to Hauganes is the village of Árskógssandur, where you have a chance to taste the locally-brewed Kaldi beer and relax in their Beer Spa! This is also the departure location for the ferry to Hrísey Island, a birding haven with a charming fishing village.

DALVÍK

Further north is Dalvík, great for whale watching and home to the Hvoll Folk Museum. The museum is well worth a visit, featuring an exhibition on Jóhann the giant (2,34m) as well as a natural museum, complete with a stuffed polar bear. Dalvík is also the departure point for

HOFSÓS

Heading southwest from Siglufjörður, down the other side of the peninsula, you will arrive at Hofsós, which was an important trading town in ages past. You can visit the old tarred-timber warehouse built in 1777 and pay homage to the exodus of Icelanders to Canada at the Icelandic Emigration Centre, or view some impressive basalt column rock formations at the nearby black sand beach. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Hofsós swimming pool, where you bathe in hot geothermal water while looking out over the ocean and nearby mountain ranges.

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SAUÐÁRKRÓKUR

You might even venture as far west as Sauðárkrókur. The most dynamic attraction in town is 1238: Battle of Iceland Exhibition, an immersive virtual reality experience of Iceland’s Sturlung Era, the bloodiest period in Iceland’s history and one of its most formative. You can also visit Glaumbær Folk Museum and a reconstructed traditional turf house. There are plenty of fun activities to choose from in the area, including horseback riding, bird watching, golfing, or even a boat trip to the dramatic Drangey island, famous for its birdlife.

HELI-SKIING!

Heli-skiing is probably the most thrilling and luxurious activity you can do in Iceland.

Taking a helicopter up to mountain peaks where humans rarely step and skiing down the untouched slopes of the magnificent mountains of the Tröllaskagi is an experience you’ll never forget. Relaxing in a hot tub after a long day of skiing underneath the northern lights or the midnight sun is the icing on the cake!

VARMAHLÍÐ

Finally, in the nearby Varmahlíð area, there are companies offering rafting experiences on both the east and west parts of the Jökulsá river. One is family-friendly, but the other is not for the faint of heart.

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tta is Iceland’s fourth-largest lake and a unique destination. It’s an environmental paradise with vibrant birdlife and natural phenomena, surrounded by geothermal heat and natural wonders. Mývatn has more species of ducks than any other place on earth and many other migratory birds. The Mývatn region has a myriad of exciting and beautiful attractions.

On the way to Mývatn from Akureyri, stop at Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). The waterfall is not just a beautiful natural wonder. It’s also where local chieftain Þorgeir threw his carved idols of the Norse gods after ruling that Icelanders should convert to Christianity in 1000 AD. From there, travel south of Lake Mývatn to see the pseudocraters of Skútustaðir – a unique geological phenomenon. Stop by the bizarre lava pillars

of Kálfaströnd en route to Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles), a set of lava formations that resemble an Elvish city – complete with a cathedral. This is one of the most popular places to visit in the north of Iceland, and there are marked hiking trails of varying difficulty. In December, the area is crawling with Yule Lads, Iceland’s 13 mischievous versions of Santa Claus. The Lake Mývatn route has great opportunities for bird spotting

CAVES

Moving west from Lake Mývatn, is Grjótagjá, a hot spring inside a lava cave, which featured memorably on the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Alternatively, guided tours to the fascinating Lofthellir lava cave are available – it’s so deep that the temperature’s always below freezing, resulting in ice stalactites.

VOLCANIC AREAS

Many places around Mývatn are affected by the geothermal heat in the ground below. Plants don’t grow there, but the ground itself takes on diverse colours and textures, even bubbling and steaming. From the lake, there’s a short drive to the geothermal area of Mt. Námafjall, with its bubbling mud cauldrons and steaming fumaroles, and the explosive crater of Víti (Hell) in the Krafla volcanic area. You can also take an hour-long hike around Leirhnjúkar, an 18th-century grotesquely beautiful lava field.

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JÖKULSÁRGLJÚFUR NATIONAL PARK

If there’s still time left, you could enter the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park , where glacial rivers have carved great canyons in the land. They’ve created such gems as Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. If you’re feeling remarkably ambitious, you could go Ásbyrgi Nature Reserve

its shape from the hoofprint of Sleipnir, the eight-footed horse of Óðinn.

Whether you make your day shorter or longer, you should end your day with a relaxing dip in the Mývatn Nature Baths – a geothermal pool with a unique mineral composition and

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THE DIAMOND CIRCLE

Northern Iceland’s answer to the popular Golden Circle of the south is a route that takes you to stunning examples of mother nature’s power. A circuit covering 250km, The Diamond Circle connects the most spectacular sights in North Iceland: Goðafoss waterfall, Húsavík, Ásbyrgi canyon, Dettifoss waterfall, and Lake Mývatn.

Goðafoss, a beautiful 30m wide waterfall, is named after a turning point in Iceland’s history. In 1000 AD, Lawspeaker and Chieftain Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði Þorkelsson threw all his idols of the Norse gods into the waterfall after he decided that Icelanders should convert from the old Norse gods to Christianity.

Lake Mývatn is a unique marvel of Iceland’s nature. It offers a great variety of landscapes, ranging from peacefully verdant to volcanic and sublime, and it is a paradise for birds. Read more about Lake Mývatn on page 73.

Dettifoss is the second most powerful waterfall in Europe and one of the largest in Iceland. Its thundering force is one of Iceland’s most powerful sights to witness. As the legend goes, Ásbyrgi canyon was carved into the landscape by one of the eight hoofs of Sleipnir, Óðinn’s eight-legged horse. The canyon’s cliffs are 100m tall, and within, the area is covered with lush birch trees. There are several hiking options in the area, and more information is available at the Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre.

Húsavík is known as the whale watching capital of Iceland. You might see rare species next to humpback whales and minke whales, and after the cruise, stop by one of the town’s many restaurants or exciting museums. Read more on Húsavík on page 79.

Other stops include Vesturdalur Valley, Krafla volcanic field, Hverir geothermal area, Dimmuborgir rock formations, Hljóðaklettar rocks, and Æðarfossar waterfall.

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HÚSAVÍK AND BEYOND

Húsavík is an easy day trip from Akureyri and offers several attractions that make it well worth the visit. The town itself is a charming little fishing village of 2,500 people. Often called Iceland’s whalewatching capital, the most popular reason to visit Húsavík is to take a whale-watching cruise. In addition, the town has a beautiful old wooden church, built in 1907, a surprising number of excellent museums considering its size, and, of course, gained fame for the Oscar-nominated song of the same name from Will Ferrell’s Netflix film lampooning the Eurovision Song Contest.

WATCH THE WHALES

Although you can go whale watching in most large towns in Iceland, Húsavík has the benefit of being only a short sailing time away from the open sea, where more species of whales

reside rather than in fjords and bays. You can see blue whales, the largest mammals on earth, mainly in the ocean north of the country. Add to this the possibility of going puffin watching and the rich birdlife, and you will see why Húsavík is many a nature lover’s idea of paradise.

ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL

In addition to wildlife, the town has many fascinating museums. The Whale Museum is a 1,600m2 hall that houses whaling and marine ecosystems exhibitions featuring real whale skeletons. A stone’s throw away is the Húsavík Folk Museum, whose presentation on the region’s culture, nature and animals gives a rare glimpse into life in the north in days gone by. The Folk Museum is unusual in its display and curation, arranging the natural (including stuffed birds, a fox and a polar bear)

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and historical specimens (including tools, clothes and kitchenware) together thematically and aesthetically.

For a quirkier look at Icelandic culture, stop by the Exploration Museum. Its exhibitions tackle everything from astronauts visiting Iceland to prepare for the moon landing to the early explorers who discovered Iceland and settled there.

After a long day of watching whales and exploring museums, taking a dip in the GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths on the outskirts of town is a refreshing luxury. The sea baths have an incomparable view of the mountains and Skjálfandi bay.

Húsavík has a great selection of bars and restaurants. For the Eurovision Song Contest fans making a pilgrimage to Húsavík, a stop at the Jaja Dingdong bar is a must.

NATURAL BEAUTY

It’s easy to spend a whole day taking in the atmosphere at Húsavík and wandering down to the harbour to enjoy one of the excellent local restaurants. If you want to make more of your day, you might consider detouring to Goðafoss waterfall en route. Another option is to drive to Aðaldalur Valley, where you can visit Grenjaðarstaður Folk Museum, which resides in a traditional Icelandic turf house dating back to 1865.

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LOFTHELLIR LAVA CAVE

Explore Lofthellir Lava Cave, located close to Lake Mývatn – a world of unique ice formations and darkness. The cave boasts magnificent natural ice sculptures that occur naturally because of the freezing temperature at such depth. The total length of the cave is about 370m with a ceiling height of, at its highest point, about 15m. As you travel back to Lake Mývatn, you can take the opportunity to see some of the other fantastic sceneries in the same area, such as Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles), one of Iceland’s most popular natural tourist attractions.

DIVING IN THE NORTH

Scuba diving in Iceland is a magnificent experience, and every plunge into its icy waters is different from the previous one. Iceland has a fascinating variety of marine life, such as sea snails, crabs, all kinds of fish, jellyfish, sponges, and starfish. Lucky divers may see seals and maybe even whales!

A twenty-minute drive from Akureyri is Iceland’s first protected underwater area, the

geothermal cone Strýtan in Eyjafjörður fjord. It’s the only one of its kind that you can scuba dive to, as others are only found at 3,000m or deeper. Around 100l/s of freshwater flow from the cone at 72°C, creating a unique marine environment.

SEA ANGLING

Eyjafjörður (Fjord of Islands), one of the longest fjords in the country, is truly the place for some deep-sea fishing excitement. The fishing grounds are only a short voyage from the departure spots, and the surroundings are majestic. Boats are well equipped for deep-sea angling, and the tackle awaits you on board. The only risk is that your catch might be too much to carry home!

VISIT GEOTHERMAL ENERGY PLANTS

The steam columns from the geothermal plants at Krafla and Bjarnarflag (Mývatn) are magnificent sights. A visit to the Krafla visitor centre will give you a sense of the power of Iceland’s nature, and for a more luxurious experience, the Mývatn Nature Baths are fed by water from the Bjarnarflag geothermal

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plant. Your way back to town takes you past nature landmarks such as Lake Mývatn, with its unparalleled beauty, and Goðafoss, the scenic waterfall with historical connections to Iceland’s conversion to Christianity in the year 1,000 AD.

WHALE WATCHING AND BOAT TRIPS

No visit to the north of Iceland is complete without seeing the giants of the ocean, whales. The clean, clear waters are full of life, whales, as well as other creatures of the sea, mainly birds, with the puffin being the most sought after. Akureyri and the nearby towns of Dalvík and Húsavík are all great for whale watching, especially for seeing the giant humpback whales. Other whales one could expect to see are minke whales, fin whales as well as an assortment of dolphins and porpoises.

RAFTING

Akureyri is very close to Iceland’s two best rafting rivers: the East and West Jökulsá rivers. The east river is generally regarded as one of the top five rafting rivers in Europe – some even claim it’s simply the best. This is an actionpacked river, not for the faint of heart but sure to provide a great time. Day trips are available but also three-day expedition-style trips, going straight from Hofsjökull glacier, the source of the river, running every rapid on the river. The West Jökulsá River is an adventure suitable

for families and kids as young as six years old. It has a riverside hot spring that’s used for mixing hot cocoa on the trip, so despite being less demanding than the east river, it promises enjoyable family fun.

SNOWMOBILING

Some of the biggest adrenaline rushes one can imagine come from the thrill of riding a snowmobile. Incredibly powerful machines, yet surprisingly easy to manoeuvre, a ride on a snowmobile (or a ski-doo if you like) is bound to be one of the highlights of your visit to the north.

You don’t need any specific experience to confidently ride, though be sure to drive carefully! Note: a driver’s license is needed!

HORSES

The Icelandic horse is a one-of-a-kind breed. Bred in isolation on the island since the age of settlement, the horse retains many desirable qualities that horses in other parts of the world have lost, most notably, the capacity for five different gaits. Riding an Icelandic horse through the unspoilt nature of Eyjafjörður, just like the Vikings did, is the perfect way to explore Iceland. There’s a riding tour for everyone, short tours for beginners and longer ones for experienced riders.

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THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

The northern lights are one of the most spectacular shows on Earth. They can be seen from September through April on clear nights. While you don’t need to come to the north of Iceland to see the northern lights, Akureyri is especially good for northern lights viewing, due to the high mountains on both sides of the fjord. They keep the clouds away –essential for seeing the elusive lights!

WHAT CAUSES THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?

It’s electricity that does it – and the sun. Tiny particles from electronic storms on the sun (solar wind) get trapped in the earth’s magnetic field. While rushing around in their magnetic trap, some particles escape into the earth’s atmosphere. When they hit molecules in the atmosphere, these impacts cause the molecules to glow, thus creating the auroras.

WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?

The northern lights are best described as translucent sheets or ribbons of lights, dancing across the sky. They’re most often a shade of bluish-green but sometimes tinged with pink or purple. While it’s easy to describe what they look like, the experience of witnessing the northern lights is much harder to put into words. Standing in the arctic darkness underneath the twinkling stars while the northern lights flutter above is something everyone should get to do at least once in their life.

HOW CAN I SEE THEM?

As the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, they’re not a reliable attraction. Sometimes they appear and sometimes they don’t. Still, there are some things you can do to increase the likelihood of seeing the lights. You need to get out of the lights of Akureyri, which overshadow the Aurora. Also, for the lights to be visible, the night should be clear and cloudless since the lights originate above cloud level. Finally, be prepared and check out the northern lights forecast at en.vedur.is

Taking a guided tour to see the lights is a popular option.

Knowledgeable guides bring you to the best viewing spots in the beautiful landscapes surrounding Akureyri, tell you everything they know about the magical lights and if you don’t see any lights, you usually get to go again for free.

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FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Having the kids along for your vacation should be a source of pleasure, not stress. Luckily, Akureyri is a family-friendly destination and finding tours, activities, and restaurants that cater to families of all ages is easy.

WHAT TO DO

You could go ice skating! Take a spin on the skating rink Skautahöllin at Naustavegur 1 is a perfect way to spend the day with your family. If you didn’t bring your skates, you could always rent a pair. If you’re looking for more action, check out Akureyri’s indoor skatepark Braggaparkið. Bring a board of your own or rent one there. For even bigger thrills, check out The Akureyri zipline and take a thrilling flight over some beautiful natural areas.

Speaking of winter sports, Akureyri is also one of the best places in Iceland for cross-country and downhill skiing, most notably at Mt. Hlíðarfjall. In summer, the ski lifts still operate, allowing hikers a chance to enjoy the views despite the lack of snow. For other seasons, the Akureyri festival calendar is another thing to keep an eye out for. Firm favourites include The First Day of Summer (end of April), National Day (June 17), and Motorbike Days (June 18-20).

Swimming in one of the town’s thermal pools is a great way to unwind and relax for the parents while the kids splash about in the pool

or take several trips on the waterslide! Going horseback riding is bound to be thrilling for any kid old enough to ride, and there are plenty of options around Akureyri, ranging from short tours for beginners to longer ones for people with some experience. If the kids are more interested in other kinds of animals, go on a whale-watching cruise!

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WHERE TO GO

How do you feel about Christmas in July?

Despite the name, The Christmas Garden is open all year round and only a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Akureyri. The Scandinavian lifestyle boutique Tante Grethe’s Backyard is right next door, and Eplakofinn (The Apple Hut) sells coffee and food on sunny days.

Iceland doesn’t have a lot of wooded areas, but the Kjarnaskógur forest, just outside Akureyri, is the exception that proves the rule. It’s 800ha of forest – complete with two playgrounds, a volleyball field, and plenty of hiking paths ranging from leisurely walks to advanced hikes. The perfect venue for a day out with the family.

If the forest sounds a bit too wild for you, there’s also the Akureyri Botanical Garden, the perfect spot for a picnic. The garden contains nearly all plants that grow wild in Iceland, along with a host of others, including some that only grow in Greenland. Have a coffee at Café Lyst, a cosy coffeehouse located inside the Botanical Garden.

For a day of adventure, why not take the ferry to Hrísey Island and spend the day exploring? Visit an exhibition dedicated to shark fishing or take a swim in the island’s great pool The island has lovely hiking trails and plenty of birdlife.

Siglufjörður, a town about an hour’s drive north of Akureyri is another fun outing. The Herring Era Museum has exhibitions set up to look like scenes from a time gone by. One of these tableaux is a pier, complete with boats from the era. A walk on the pier is encouraged, and you even get to climb aboard the boats themselves!

WHEN IT RAINS

Rainy days don’t have to be a damper on your trip. Akureyri has a multitude of museums, most of which will appeal to a younger audience as well. Akureyri Museum is a great place to start, with its visual history of the evolution of Akureyri. Close by is the Toy Museum at Friðbjarnarhús, featuring vintage toys from the 20th century.

Another great museum is Nonni’s House, the childhood home of Nonni, or Jón Sveinsson. He is the author of several autobiographical children’s books about his childhood in Akureyri, and the stories of his escapades with his brother Manni in 19th-century Akureyri have been translated into over thirty languages.

For parents of budding engineers, there’s also the Aviation Museum, filled with aeroplanes of all shapes and sizes, and another one dedicated to motorcycles

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SKIING IN AKUREYRI

Some of Iceland’s best ski slopes can be found in the Tröllaskagi region in northern Iceland. With vertical descents of up to 1,500m (4,900ft), thousands of peaks and slopes for all beginners, as well as experienced skiers, Akureyri and the surrounding region are a paradise for skiers and mountaineers.

Hlíðarfjall mountain is home to the Akureyri ski resort, situated just 5km (3mi) outside of town. With 23 alpine slopes, it’s Iceland’s most popular and most advanced ski resort. The ski area has a vertical drop of 537m (1,762ft), and the longest trail is more than 2.5km (1.6mi) long. It is equipped with eight ski lifts, and “snow cannons” ensure an early opening of the season, which extends from the end of November until early May. For those who want to go skiing during the shortest days of the year, floodlights make night skiing possible. The resort also has cross-country ski trails of varying length.

If the crowds at Hlíðarfjall are too much for you, you’ll find some smaller ski resorts in the villages of Dalvík and Siglufjörður. Check out www.skiiceland.is for more information.

GRENIVÍK SNOWCAT TOURS

By the village of Grenivík, snowcat tours are offered to the top of Mt. Kaldbakur (1,173m). Aside from the wonderful view from the top, you also get the chance to skip the ride back down and put your skis on instead.

IN THE SUMMER

From July until early September, chairlift Fjarkinn is operated for hikers and bikers, opening Mt. Hlíðarfjall for recreational activities in summer, too. The ski lift will be open Thursdays & Fridays from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. A ticket costs 1,100 ISK, a day pass 4,400 ISK, and a weekend pass 10,800.

HELI-SKIING

Why use a ski lift to get to the top of the slopes if you can get a helicopter to ferry you to a fresh, untouched slope with stunning views of the surrounding mountains? The season runs from around mid-March until the beginning of June, with generally excellent corn skiing and the occasional powder dump.

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HIKING AROUND AKUREYRI

You do not have to go far outside of Akureyri for a great hike. Hiking trails range from family-friendly to challenging and unique, offering options for those looking for a leisurely stroll as well as avid hikers. Always check the weather forecast before you set off, as Icelandic weather can change in a heartbeat, and it is good to be prepared. Ensure you have the right equipment and leave your travel plans on www.safetravel.is if you are going far.

GLERÁRDALUR

Glerárdalur is an uninhabited valley southwest of Akureyri, named after the river Glerá. There is an 11km hiking trail with a gentle slope leading down the valley to mountain hut Lambi, which needs to be booked beforehand if you want to use it. Newly developed trails connect the valley to the recreational area Kjarnaskógur and Mt. Hlíðarfjall. Take the ski lift up Mt. Hlíðarfjall for easy access to the Glerárdalur hiking trails.

KROSSANESBORGIR

Krossanesborgir is a nature reserve north of Akureyri with beautiful coastal trails and lots of bird-watching opportunities in summer. No less than 27 bird species nest there, including the arctic tern, black-headed gull, herring gull, and black-tailed godwit. With 190 plant species, vegetation is also diverse. In autumn, locals like to pick berries in the area.

NAUSTABORGIR AND KJARNASKÓGUR

Naustaborgir is a nature reserve southwest of Akureyri with lots of family-friendly tracks. Some of them will take you into the nearby Kjarnaskógur forest, another popular outdoor area. During the summer months, Naustaborgir offers a fun and easy walk to a bird-watching shelter overlooking a low-lying wetland with grassy vegetation. Often sighted bird species include the whimbrel, godwit, common snipe, several species of gulls, the white wagtail, and the meadow pipit.

SKÓLAVARÐA

Skólavarða (School cairn) is a cairn in the Vaðlaheiði mountain range on the eastern side of Eyjafjörður fjord, opposite Akureyri. A popular round trip to the cairn takes two+ hours on a straight but steep path, starting from the parking lot. From the cairn, you can see Akureyri, Eyjafjörður fjord, and Fnjóskadalur Valley if you walk east up on the mountain.

HRÍSEY

Hrísey is a small island of 11,5 square kilometres close to Akureyri, with high cliffs on the east coast and sand beaches on the west and south coast. Access to the island’s northern side is limited as it is privately owned and protected because eider ducks breed there, but the south side, where the village is, has plenty of good hiking options. You can read more about Hrísey on page 14.

MT. SÚLUR

Mt. Súlur is Akureyri’s much-loved “town mountain”. The hike up Mt. Súlur takes about 4.5 hours from the parking lot by the mountain and has an elevation of 800m. From the top, you get beautiful views of Akureyri and Eyjafjörður fjord. It is also possible to start this hike from downtown Akureyri, adding two hours each way to the hiking time.

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HISTORICAL T (BLUE) 4,1km/2,5mi

The historic old town of Akureyri, with its colourful and historic buildings, is characterised by steep slopes and stunning views it offers.

Start your walk at Ráðhústorg Square. The name translates to Town Hall Square, although the planned town hall was never actually built! Walk south, through the centre of town, into the oldest part of Akureyri, with its vividly coloured houses. Walking along Hafnarstræti street, you’ll pass historic buildings, such as the 1906 Akureyri theatre and Sigurhæðir, the former home of poet Matthías Jochumsson (who wrote the national anthem), now home to artist residency Flóra.

You will also come across Akureyri’s most famous ice cream shop, Brynja. When you get to Akureyri Museum, stop to admire the childhood home of Nonni, a popular author of children’s books and a 19th-century church. When you pass the museum, turn right and head up the hill. As you walk towards the centre on your way back towards the Ráðhústorg square, you’ll walk past the Akureyri Botanical Garden and school. Alternatively, walk towards the sea and take the coastal route back. You’ll cross the Rendezvous Bridge, perfect for a selfie with an ocean view.

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WALKING IN AKUREYRI

THE FIRST SETTLERS & TOWN ARCHITECTURE (GREEN)

2,9km/1,2mi

The first settlers of Eyjafjörður in the 10th century were Helgi Magri (Helgi the thin) and his wife, Þórunn Hyrna. Taking this path past their statues and following the streets named in their honour will give you a feel for modernday Akureyri.

Starting once again from the Town Hall Square sans town hall, walk up the slope past the Municipal Library to a hill where statues of the first settlers of Akureyri, Helgi Magri and Þórunn Hyrna, look over Eyjafjörður. Fittingly, the route back towards the town lies along Helgamagrastræti. The Akureyri geothermal swimming pool is at the end of the street, perfect for a refreshing swim.

Continue along Þórunnarstræti till you get to the Botanical Garden. This beautiful park is the northernmost botanic garden in the world and contains several thousand plant species. When you leave the garden, pass the Akureyri school and walk atop the edge of the hill towards the Akureyri church. On your way, you’ll also pass the Akureyri Catholic church.

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THE SEA & ODDEYRIN (PINK)

1,9 km/0,6mi

If you don’t have a lot of time but would still like to get a feel for the town of Akureyri, take a short stroll through the old neighbourhood of Oddeyri by the sea. With its charming old houses, outdoor artwork and stunning view of Eyjafjörður fjord and the mountains on the other side, this route will give you a taste of what Akureyri is all about.

Starting at the town square, Ráðhústorg, you walk east, towards the sea. You will pass Hof, the cultural centre, on your right. The circular concert hall is undoubtedly impressive, but it has nothing on the view over the Eyjafjörðurfjord.

Take a turn to the left and enter the residential neighbourhood. This is one of the oldest parts of town, and the delightful old houses are painted in every colour of the rainbow. Many homes here feature the classic tiles that cover many of Akureyri’s oldest houses. Walking back through the neighbourhood will take you back to Ráðhústorg square.

If you have time to spare, continue walking south along the coastal path. Not only can you admire the view of Eyjafjörður fjord and the surrounding mountains, but the path also features plenty of outdoor artwork.

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One of the best things about cities and towns in Iceland is that you never feel too far from nature. Even in Akureyri, the second-biggest settlement in Iceland, you can still find plenty of peaceful green areas, rivers and gardens.

Walking up Brekkugata Street, you’ll find statues of the first settlers of Eyjafjörður perched atop a wild-looking cliff.

As you continue over the hill, you get to the Glerá River that passes through Akureyri. Follow the walking path along the river and take in the incredible scenery. In the summer, Akureyri often gets the best weather in all of Iceland, so a stroll along the river is an absolute delight. Cross the river and pass Akureyri University.

As you walk back towards the town centre, you’ll pass through green areas and playgrounds in the residential areas of Akureyri, getting a look at the peaceful Akureyri life. As you get closer to the centre, you pass the Akureyri swimming pool, which is highly recommended for freshening up after a long walk through nature before ending your walk back at the Ráðhústorg square.

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THERMAL POOLS IN AKUREYRI

Thanks to copious amounts of geothermal heat, Iceland’s swimming pools, especially the hot tubs, keep us feeling warm, toasty, and relaxed all through the cold and dark winter, as well as the bright summers. Akureyri is no exception, and there are no less than two public swimming pools to be found in town and many more in the surrounding area and towns.

AKUREYRI THERMAL POOL

The Akureyri Thermal Pool is a watery paradise for the whole family. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Akureyri and stays open all year round. The area contains two 25m outdoor pools as well as a 12.5m indoor pool.

Three new waterslides were added to the pool area recently and are already popular with the local children. Inside the building is a hot tub,

and the outdoor area has three hot tubs with varying temperatures, up to 42 C. There’s also a refreshing cold tub, a wading pool for the kids and a steam bath. You will also find a hot tub with hydromassage, as well as a new wading pool and sunbathing area. In addition, there’s a play area for children in the surrounding park.

GLERÁRLAUG

When Akureyri Thermal Pool is crowded on a sunny day, or when the weather is looking rainy or otherwise unappetising, Glerárlaug Thermal Pool is a great option. Glerárlaug Thermal Pool is perfect for those seeking an indoor pool or a smaller crowd than that of the bigger thermal pool in Akureyri. Its outdoor area features two hot tubs, a children’s wading pool, as well as outdoor dressing rooms.

Akureyri Thermal Pool

Þingvallastræti 21, Akureyri / +354 461 4455

Open: Summer Mon-Fri 6:45am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-7:30pm

Winter Mon-Fri 6:45am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm

Glerárlaug Thermal Pool

Höfðahlíð, Akureyri / +354 462 1539

Open: Summer Mon-Fri 6:45am-9pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm, Sun closed

Winter Mon-Fri 6:45am-8am & 6pm-9pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm, Sun 9am-12pm

Hrísey Thermal Pool

Austurvegi 5, Hrísey / +354 461 2255

Open: Summer Summer Mon-Fri 10:30am-7pm, Sat 10:30am-5pm. Sun 8am-7:30pm

Winter Mon closed, Tue-Thu 3pm-7pm, Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-4pm

Grímsey Pool

Grímsey / +354 467 3155

Open: Mon-Fri 5-6.15pm, Sat-Sun closed.

Hrafnagil Thermal Pool

Hrafnagilskóli, Akureyri / +354 464 8140

Open: Summer Summer Mon-Fri 6:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

Winter Mon-Thu 6:30-8am & 2-10pm, Fri 6:308am & 2-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm

Þelamörk Thermal Pool

Þelamörk, Laugalandi / +354 460 1780

Open: Summer Summer Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-6pm

Winter Mon-Thu 5-10.30pm, Fri 5-8pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-10.30pm

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Plan your perfect winter holiday!

For 50 years the mountain Hlíðarfjall, only 5 km above the town of Akureyri, has been one of the prime skiing areas in Iceland.

For 50 years the mountain Hlíðarfjall, only 5 km above the town of Akureyri, has been one of the prime skiing areas in Iceland.

The hallmarks of Hlíðarfjall are high quality snow, extensive cross country trails and exciting ski slopes with breathtaking views over Eyjafjörður bay.

The hallmarks of Hlíðarfjall are high quality snow, extensive cross country trails and exciting ski slopes with breathtaking views over Eyjafjörður bay.

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SPAS AND RESORTS AROUND AKUREYRI

THE FOREST LAGOON

What do you do when the discovery of a hot spring derails road construction? You move the road and open a geothermal resort instead, of course! The Forest Lagoon is just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Akureyri, but it feels like you’re in a different world. With hot water spewing straight out of the rocky walls and surrounded by the trees and hills of north Iceland, the Forest Lagoon is a magical experience.

Vaðlaskógur, Akureyri

+354 585 0090

www.skogarbad.is / www.forestlagoon.is

THE BEER SPA

The Kaldi brewery in Árskógssandur is a short drive from Akureyri and offers the chance to try fresh brews right at the source. And you can bathe in it too! The hoppy liquid has properties that soothe the skin and relax the mind, and the beer tubs are perfect for couples looking for a relaxing getaway from the everyday hubbub of life. Dinner at the restaurant overlooking the water is the perfect end to a perfect day.

Árskógssandur

+354 414 2828

www.bjorbodin.is

THE MÝVATN NATURE BATHS

North Iceland’s answer to the famous Blue Lagoon, the milky waters and surrounding lava will look familiar from postcards and enticing holiday photos. But it’s real! The geothermal water is great for your skin, but a dip in the Mývatn nature baths is even better for your soul. Surrounded by Iceland’s geological wonders and black lava as far as the eye can see, the Nature baths are more than a spa: they’re a chance to witness Iceland’s nature at its finest. Close by are geothermal areas with bubbling cauldrons of mud and steam rising from the ground.

Jarðbaðshólar, Mývatn

+354 464 4411

www.jardbodin.is

GEOSEA

Húsavík is a charming town in northeast Iceland (the one from Netflix’s Eurovision film string Will Ferrell), popular for whale watching. The deep water of Skjálfandi Bay and the mountains on the other side of it make up the stunning view from the Geothermal Sea Baths. The modern baths are an architectural marvel, but the highlight of the whole experience is enjoying the view while letting the mineral-rich seawater nurture and soothe your skin.

Húsavík

+354 464 1210

www.geosea.is

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ARCTIC COAST WAY

The Arctic Coast Way is a unique journey following 900km (560mi) of coastal roads close to the Arctic Circle. The perfect route for going off the beaten path, exploring wild nature, and discovering some of the most remote places in Iceland, The Arctic Coast Way covers the fjords and valleys of North Iceland from Hvammstangi in the west to Bakkafjörður in the east.

Driving the Arctic Coast Way means travelling slowly and taking in the beauty. Narrow gravel roads make up one-third of the route, and it’s best to have plenty of time to explore the fishing villages, natural wonders and hiking trails along the way. Drive slowly and look out for birdlife around you and the occasional sheep on the road! Stopping at the designated rest areas to admire the view is a must!

Experiencing the entire route and the islands along the way will take about nine days, but take more time if you want to explore more, or skip some stops if you have less time. The route includes six peninsulas, taking you from black sandy beaches to spectacular cliffs, along glacial river deltas and fjords to high mountains. Just off the coast are tiny islands, some of them inhabited, such as Hrísey or Grímsey, and small towns along the way tell

unique stories about life on the edge of the Arctic. The route includes 13 beaches, five whale-watching spots, ten lighthouses, eight impressive rock formations, and some of Iceland’s best places to watch seals.

Along the Arctic Coast Way is a Birding Trail consisting of 38 bird-watching locations, and there are excellent spots for whale watching and seal spotting en route. The route encompasses more than 20 towns, each with a unique character, and 24 cultural sites and museums. In addition, the area offers many outdoor activities, from hiking, biking, and paddling to mountain climbing, skiing, and swimming in one of the many geothermal pools.

Excellent accommodation options are located all along the Arctic Coast way. There are hotels and guesthouses, but also apartments and youth hostels. Wild camping is not allowed in Iceland, but campsites with facilities are in all villages and dotted along the route. Perfect for those camping with a tent as well as for those travelling with a camper van. For a map of the Arctic Coast Way go to page 108-109.

www.arcticcoastway.is

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TEN MUST-SEE STOPS ALONG THE ARCTIC COAST WAY

THE NEW COASTAL TOURING ROUTE OF NORTH ICELAND

1. ARCTIC HENGE

Just outside the little town of Raufarhöfn is Iceland’s answer to the ancient Stonehenge. The Arctic Henge is a much more recent construction; in fact, it’s still under construction! This massive monument to the tales of the Norse gods and nature’s forces is the perfect spot for watching the northern lights or the midnight sun!

2. GLAUMBÆR

Glaumbær farm was one of the original estates settled during the first decades of Iceland’s settlement before the year 1,000 AD. Today, it is the site of a traditional turf farmhouse and two 19th-century timber houses, open to the public.

3. GRÍMSEY

Grímsey is an island 40km off the coast of North Iceland, touching the Arctic Circle at its northern point. The island is home to many birds, including vast numbers of puffins! You can take a ferry from Dalvík or fly from Akureyri to Grímsey in about 30 minutes.

4. WHALE WATCHING

North Iceland has some of the best access to whale-watching spots in the entire country. These are some of the most massive creatures on earth, and nothing beats seeing them in their natural habitat.

5. HOFSÓS

In Hofsós, on the east side of Skagafjörður fjord, is home to the Emigration Centre, dedicated to the people who left Iceland around the turn of the 20th century in search of a better life in North-America, as well as a swimming pool that blends in with the landscape and offers fantastic views of the fjord, mountains, and Drangey island.

6. HRÍSEY

Hrísey is an island just off the coast of Dalvík in North Iceland. You can reach the island by ferry, and on the island, you will find a swimming pool, a guesthouse, a restaurant, a campsite, a café, and a shop. Other attractions include hiking trails and exhibitions presenting life on the island in years gone by.

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7. THE ICELANDIC HERRING ERA MUSEUM

The Herring Era Museum is the largest maritime museum in Iceland. Focused on the history of the rise and fall of the local herring industry, this lively museum reanimates harbour life in the early part of the 20th century.

GeoSea is a modern spa in the charming fishing town of Húsavík, with incomparable views. The baths are filled with geothermal seawater, and the minerals in the water revitalise your skin.

9. HVÍTSERKUR

Hvítserkur is a 15m tall natural wonder. Folklore goes that Hvítserkur once used to be a troll living in Strandir in the Westfjords. One night, Hvítserkur wanted to destroy the church bells of Þingeyraklaustur monastery because the ringing bothered him. Overly preoccupied with his task, the troll was caught in the sunlight and instantly petrified.

10. HOT TUBS IN HAUGANES

On the beautiful black beach of Hauganes are hot tubs heated with geothermal water from the village. Enjoy the warm water and stunning views.

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a perfect opportunity to get to know Iceland’s beautiful landscapes.

The Arctic Open | June 22-24

children’s entertainment, and plenty of other

One of Iceland’s largest motorsports events,

Around the summer solstice, one of the world’s northernmost 18-hole golf courses hosts the annual Arctic Open Golf Tournament. It’s an international event that attracts golfers from various parts of the world, eager for a chance to play golf underneath Iceland’s midnight sun.

Summer Solstice in Grímsey | June 23-25

The programme features races, drag racing,

The inhabitants of Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, and the only part of the country that lies above the Arctic Circle, will celebrate the summer solstice on June 21 by hosting a festival open to visitors.

The Republic of Iceland was founded on June 17, 1944. The town is decorated with flags, and a celebratory programme, suitable for all ages,

Two big Icelandic football tournaments, N1 and Pollamót | July 7-8

crowd as well as an array of displays and other activities. Coffee, waffles, and grilled hot dogs

Hiking week | June 19-23

Hiking Week is an event celebrating and making the most of the great hiking trails in the area. On the programme are short (between two and three hours) walks suitable for most people. Hosted by the local hiking club and guided by local guides, the hiking week is

The N1 tournament is Iceland’s most prominent annual football tournament, with up to 2,000 participants. The games have taken place annually for more than three decades, and the whole town fills up with young athletes, their trainers and parents. The “Pollamót” is an annual sporting event held by Icelandair and Þór football club. The contestants are adults who want to show they haven’t lost their touch.

Akureyri Art Summer | June 7-July 23

On the menu are pop and rock concerts, visual art, exhibitions, various happenings and outdoor art. Akureyri Art Summer is an ideal platform for artists, young and old, to promote themselves.

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Thorvaldsdalur Terrain Run | July 1

Terrain running enthusiasts gather in Þorvaldsdalur in Eyjafjörður every year to run the 25km (16mi) length of the Þorvaldsdalur valley. Runners can expect to run over streams, marshes, and lava fields.

Folk Music Festival | July 5-9

Siglufjörður is home to the Folk Music Centre, and every year, they put on a festival celebrating the traditional music of Iceland. Many of Iceland’s best musicians perform at the festival, be they folk, jazz, traditional, or classical musicians. Guests can enjoy a variety of workshops and seminars for children and grown-ups.

Hrísey Festival | July 7-9

Enjoy a family-friendly festival at Hrísey, known as the pearl of Eyjafjordur, with rich birdlife and excellent hiking trails. Catch the ferry from Árskógsströnd for a 15-minute trip over to the island.

Family Festival in Siglufjörður

Motorbike Days | July 14-16

An annual motorbike event held in Akureyri in June. The motorbike club Tian (The Ten) organizes the set, which consists of many diverse events that suit everyone with a passion for motorbikes.

Humankind’s Yearly Transformation Into Slime | July 28-29

The festival has been held annually since 2018 by Akureyri-based arts collective MBS. There is a special emphasis on the fertile underground music scene in North Iceland with spectacular guests from all over. The result is a two-day music festival unique to Iceland’s arts scene.

“Trilludagar” | July 29

A local town festival featuring events and entertainment for the whole family.

Family festival “Ein með öllu” | August 3-6

During Merchants’ Weekend, the town of Akureyri hosts the “Ein með öllu” family festival: where live music, pop-up amusement parks, and theatrical performances fill up the streets of Akureyri.

Súlur Vertical | August 6

Súlur Vertical is a trail run from the highest peaks around Akureyri down to the central heart of town. There are three trails, a 55km ultra trail race with 3,000m in elevation gain, a 28km trail run with 1,400m in elevation gain, and an 18km trail run suitable for beginners and more experienced trail runners.

Fish Festival in Dalvík | August 10-13

The Great Fish Day is an annual festival in Dalvíkurbyggð (44 km north of Akureyri) held on the second Saturday of August. Fish producers and other members of the society of Dalvík invite guests to a seafood buffet between 11 am and 5 pm at the harbour in Dalvík.

Arctic Handcraft and Design in Hrafnagil | August 10-13

About 100 individuals sell their handcraft, art and design, often based on Icelandic tradition. Some of the favourite materials used are Icelandic wool, the delicate skin of lamb and reindeer or even fish leather. Takes place in Reykárhverfi, 10 km. south of Akureyri.

Akureyri Cultural Night | August 25-27

Rich of cultural events, the Birthday of Akureyri celebrations. Annual highlights include the opening ceremony in the Botanical Garden, a spooky evening in the old town, concerts in the centre of town and events along Art Street. Every year has a unique theme.

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Cosy Days | October 5-8

Treat yourself during Cosy Days with concerts, exhibitions, and various events. Many stores offer discounts and organise events.

A! Performance Festival | October 5-8

A four-day performance festival with performance art and theatre-based projects.

Advent Festival | December 1-23

December in Akureyri is a Christmas wonderland. Visit the quaint Christmas Garden, only a ten-minute drive from Akureyri, check out exhibitions, concerts, theatre and markets or explore the fantastic winter landscape around Akureyri. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can enjoy a traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner at some of the best restaurants in town and taste local Icelandic delicacies.

New Year’s Eve | December 31

In Akureyri, the New Year is celebrated in the traditional Icelandic way, which, of course, calls for an enormous bonfire, great music, dancing, and a whole lot of fireworks. The bonfire at Réttarhvammur (way up on Hlíðarfjall ski resort, which is open during New Year) kicks off the celebration at 20:00, and an hour later, a beautiful fireworks display follows. In town, there are concerts and dances way into the early hours of the morning, and leading up to the midnight hour, thousands of fireworks will light up the sky above Akureyri, creating a unique atmosphere and welcoming a New Year.

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Easter Adventure in Akureyri | March 28 - April 1

Easter in Akureyri is an unforgettable experience. Whether you fancy going to a concert, a trip down the ski slopes of Hlíðarfjall, a swim in one of the best pools in the country, or treating yourself to a good meal or drink, Akureyri is the right place.

Ak Extreme Snowboarding Competition | April

For three days, the best snowboarders/skiers in Iceland get together to organise this event, and hundreds of people turn out to watch the show. The main event is a competition and exhibition of jumps in the centre of Akureyri, and contestants jump from a 16m high ski ramp built for the occasion.

Museum Day | April 25

The Eyjafjörður area has a rich cultural history, and on Museum Day, all the museums in the area organise different events and open their doors to the public, free of charge. The museums in Akureyri are lovely but don’t forget to explore the other museums in the region, such as the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður or the Sundry Collection in Eyjafjarðarsveit.

Donald Duck Ski Competition | April 24-27

Taking place on Mt. Hlíðarfjall in April (since 1976), the biggest ski event in Iceland is for kids aged 6-15. Each year, about 800 kids from all over Iceland compete in cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, and snowboarding. Social events and prize ceremonies are hosted downtown every night.

Children’s Culture Festival | April 1-30

An annual festival of events with and for children and youth, that encourages them to participate in culture and art. The festival takes place during April with different events, workshops, and more in Akureyri. Most of the events are for free.

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Highlights of Akureyri (pages 21-24)

1 Akureyri Thermal Pool, 2 Akureyri Church, 3 The Botanical Garden, 4 Literary Home, 5 Akureyri Art Museum & The Art Street. 6 The Museum Church, 7 Hof Cultural Centre. 8 Kjarnaskógur, 9 The Forest Lagoon, 10 Glerárdalur & Mt Súlur, 11 Hlíðarfjall.

HISTORICAL PATH (Blue) 4,1 km / 2,5 miles

THE FIRST SETTLERS & TOWN ARCHITECTURE (GREEN) 2,9km / 1,2 miles

RIVER AND GARDENS (Orange) 5,1km / 3,1 miles

THE SEA & ODDEYRIN (PINK) 1,9km / 0,6 miles

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5min
pages 107-109

TEN MUST-SEE STOPS ALONG THE ARCTIC COAST WAY

2min
pages 104-105

ARCTIC COAST WAY

1min
page 103

SPAS AND RESORTS AROUND AKUREYRI

1min
pages 101-102

THERMAL POOLS IN AKUREYRI

1min
pages 98-99

Start your walk at Ráðhústorg Square. The name translates to Town Hall Square, although the planned town hall was never actually built! Walk south, through the centre of town, into the oldest part of Akureyri, with its vividly coloured houses. Walking along Hafnarstræti street, you’ll pass historic buildings, such as the 1906 Akureyri theatre and Sigurhæðir, the former home of poet Matthías Jochumsson (who wrote the national anthem), now home to artist residency Flóra.

3min
pages 96-97

HIKING AROUND AKUREYRI

2min
pages 95-96

SKIING IN AKUREYRI

1min
page 94

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

2min
pages 92-93

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

1min
pages 90-91

ACTIVITIES AND DAY TOURS

3min
pages 85-87

HÚSAVÍK AND BEYOND

1min
pages 81-84

THE DIAMOND CIRCLE

1min
pages 79-80

LAKE MÝVATN

1min
pages 75-76

SIGLUFJÖRÐUR AND TRÖLLASKAGI PENINSULA

2min
pages 71-74

INTERESTING PLACES & ACTIVITIES NEARBY AKUREYRI

2min
pages 66-70

RESTAURANTS OUTSIDE AKUREYRI

1min
pages 61-62

ON THE ROAD? FIND THE NEAREST NETTÓ STORE

6min
pages 54-61

AKUREYRI ART TRAIL

1min
page 51

AKUREYRI INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM

1min
page 47

THE ICELANDIC AVIATION MUSEUM

1min
page 47

LAUFÁS HERITAGE SITE

1min
page 46

AKUREYRI TOY MUSEUM

1min
page 45

DAVÍÐ’S HOUSE

1min
page 45

NONNI’S HOUSE

1min
pages 43-44

AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM

1min
page 39

Zipline Akureyri

1min
pages 34-36

TRANSPORTATION

1min
page 33

AKUREYRI ALL YEAR ROUND

3min
pages 28-32

HIGHLIGHTS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

1min
pages 26-27

HIGHLIGHTS OF AKUREYRI

1min
pages 23-25

GRÍMSEY ISLAND

2min
page 18

HRÍSEY ISLAND

1min
page 16

DOWNTOWN AKUREYRI

1min
page 15

A SHORT HISTORY OF AKUREYRI

1min
pages 12-14

AKUREYRI IN FACTS & FIGURES

1min
page 11

WELCOME TO AKUREYRI

1min
pages 8-10

Take Part in the Last Battle of the Vikings

5min
pages 54-55

MUST-SEE STOPS ALONG THE ARCTIC COAST WAY

2min
page 53

ARCTIC COAST WAY

1min
page 52

SPAS AND RESORTS AROUND AKUREYRI

2min
pages 51-52

SKIING IN AKUREYRI

8min
pages 48-50

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

2min
page 47

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

1min
page 46

THIS IS IT 2023

1min
pages 43-44

HÚSAVÍK AND BEYOND

1min
pages 41-42

THE DIAMOND CIRCLE

1min
page 40

DAY TOURS

1min
pages 38-39

SIGLUFJÖRÐUR AND TRÖLLASKAGI PENINSULA

2min
pages 36-37

INTERESTING PLACES & ACTIVITIES NEARBY AKUREYRI

2min
pages 34-35

RESTAURANTS OUTSIDE AKUREYRI

1min
pages 31-32

ON THE ROAD?

6min
pages 28-31

AKUREYRI ART TRAIL

1min
page 26

ONE OF THE FOOD WONDERS OF THE WORLD

1min
pages 25-26

LAUFÁS HERITAGE SITE

1min
page 24

THE ICELANDIC AVIATION MUSEUM

1min
page 24

SALAT

2min
pages 22-23

Zipline Akureyri

1min
pages 18-19

TRANSPORTATION

1min
page 17

'S BESTIDEA

1min
page 16

AKUREYRI ALL YEAR ROUND

1min
page 15

HIGHLIGHTS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

1min
page 14

A flavorful experience

1min
page 13

HIGHLIGHTS OF AKUREYRI

1min
page 12

A SHORT HISTORY OF AKUREYRI

2min
pages 7-8

WINE BAR

1min
page 6

Fill it up With low price fuel WELCOME TO AKUREYRI

1min
page 5
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