Akureyri

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Akureyri featuring a coastal town
Visit museums and a magnificent church and stroll leisurely in the botanical garden of what has been nicknamed “the capital of northern Iceland.”

One of the best places in Iceland to learn about rich Nordic culture is Akureyri. Visit its museums and tall, iconic hillside dominating the cityscape. Mountains enclose the quaint buildings of the city center, in which a folk culture prevails. People have inhabited the area since the 9th century. Learn of its role as a base for the Allied Forces during World War II.

The most famous site of the region is the Akureyri Church, which stands atop a hill. Climb steps to reach its portal and head inside to see religious treasures. Marvel at the angel statue and central panel of stained glass. A boat hangs from the ceiling, marking the Nordic tradition of praying for the safety of those at sea.

For a sense of local culture, visit the Jón Sveinsson Museum, dedicated to a writer and Jesuit priest. The black-and-white wooden cottage is also known as “Nonni’s House,” in reference to his nickname. It is an example of typical 19th-century Icelandic homes. Watch clips from the 1940s of the writer and learn about his children’s books.

Add a bit of color to your trip at the Akureyri Botanical Garden. Bring a book to read while sitting on a bench in the presence of pretty floral displays. The park contains a mix of native Icelandic species and imported plants.

Capture photos of Súlur Mountain, an ever-present giant looming over the city. Follow the path from Glerárdalur Valley up to the peaks.

Geographical factors in the region ensure a surprisingly warm climate compared with the rest of northern Iceland. Winter snow decorates the charming buildings. Attend one of the events taking place in the city, such as the annual medieval festival.

The only international airport in northern Iceland serves the city. Take a taxi for the 2-mile (3-kilometer) journey north to the city center. Reykjavik is 235 miles (378 kilometers) west, a drive which should take 4 or 5 hours.

Visit Akureyri, one of the country’s major urban areas, for a sense of Iceland’s culture, geography and natural beauty.

Where to stay in Akureyri

Lava Apartments
Lava Apartments
3 out of 5
Glerárgata 3b, Akureyri, 600
The price is HK$612 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec
HK$612
per night
5 Dec - 6 Dec
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Akureyri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private gardens. Popular attractions Akureyri Church and Akureyri Botanical Garden are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (390 reviews)
"Clean, close location to restaurants But if you are a tall person i wouldnt recommend this place, ceiling low at some spot and you will hit it."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2022

Lava Apartments
K16 apartments
K16 apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kaupvangstræti 16, Akureyri, 0600
The price is HK$730 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
HK$730
per night
4 Dec - 5 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Akureyri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and Netflix. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (241 reviews)
"Thi place was great! Great location, amenities, modern and secure. The only improvement needed is cleanliness. I don’t believe the place was swept or mopped doe a while and kept shoes on entire time. Refrigerator and part of kitchen was fiery as well, but not something I used for my stay as it was ..."

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2022

K16 apartments
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
3.5 out of 5
Thingvallastraeti 23, Akureyri, 600
The price is HK$753 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec
HK$753
per night
5 Dec - 6 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star ski hotel in Akureyri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (837 reviews)
"Property was great. Room was a good size. We were upgraded and had amazing views of the town and mountains. Staff was friendly and efficient. Breakfast was good although a little pricey for what it was. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2022

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
K16 apartments
K16 apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kaupvangstræti 16, Akureyri, 0600
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Akureyri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and Netflix. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (241 reviews)
"Thi place was great! Great location, amenities, modern and secure. The only improvement needed is cleanliness. I don’t believe the place was swept or mopped doe a while and kept shoes on entire time. Refrigerator and part of kitchen was fiery as well, but not something I used for my stay as it was ..."

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2022

K16 apartments
Acco Luxury Apartments
Acco Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
Skipagata 2, Akureyri, 0800
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Akureyri. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (118 reviews)
"Very spacious apartment. Clean, bright, fully equipped kitchen. Close to shops and restaurants. Great base camp to explore the surroundings (Husavik, Myvatn area)."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2022

Acco Luxury Apartments
Hrimland Cottages
Hrimland Cottages
4 out of 5
Hlíðarfjallsvegur, 837,Hálönd, Hlíðarfjalli, Akureyri, 0600
Stay at this 4-star cottage in Akureyri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Hlidarfjall Akureyri and Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Great stay with our family- all clean and in good condition - will recommend to my friends"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Hrimland Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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