Visit Akureyri: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Akureyri

Akureyri Church
This imposing Lutheran church dominates the Akureyri skyline from its hilltop perch. Inside, stark white walls are flecked with jewel-bright stained glass, while a sailing ship hangs from the ceiling – a Norse tradition said to safeguard loved ones at sea. Settle down on a bench outside for fresh air and fantastic views of the city, mountains and fjord.
Myvatn Lake and Nature Reserve
Just an hour’s drive east of Akureyri, this wetland reserve is a hotbed of volcanic activity, from bubbling mud pits to lava formations. Myvatn Lake’s waters are a haven for wading birds, with more duck species found here than anywhere else on Earth. The lake’s name translates as ‘midge water’, and for good reason – be sure to bring insect repellent if you visit!
Akureyri Museum
This local museum serves up a snapshot of life in and around Akureyri – northern Iceland’s biggest town. Two permanent exhibitions show off artifacts and historical finds, from Viking settlement to the present day. A packed agenda of events keeps visitors entertained, while the surrounding gardens are a perfect summer picnic spot.

Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Lovely town with lots to see. We highly recommend Houganes Whale Watching. It only takes 15mins before you’re amidst the humpback Whales and you even get to to catch your tea too!
AH123
United Kingdom
October 25, 2017
10
Exceptional
Quaint town with red love hearts for stop lights 😍 The new swimming pool centre is relaxing, affordable and a great way to spend a few hours at night. We only had a 1 night stopover, it would have been nice to have a whole day to explore.
Renee
United Kingdom
November 22, 2017
10
Exceptional
Great base for sightseeing trips, especially if you have already visited Reykjavik. Whale watching is a must! Public baths are wonderful.
Stephen
United Kingdom
November 21, 2017
10
Exceptional
The view going into Akureyri was as beautiful as it was leaving. The people are extremely friendly and the food is to die for! I wish I had more time here!
Teresa
United States of America
December 5, 2017
8
Very Good
Quite small city, but very nice. There is not much to in the city itself, but in the surrounding areas there are beuatiful things to see. Great place to stay while visiting the north of Iceland.
Elissa
Belgium
December 9, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Akureyri

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

8.7 Excellent

Score from 561 reviews

$110

Average price per night
Hotel Kea by Keahotels

8.4 Very Good

Score from 416 reviews

$104

Average price per night
Hotel Nordurland by Keahotels

8.5 Very Good

Score from 445 reviews

$84

Average price per night
Hotel Akureyri

8.4 Very Good

Score from 722 reviews

$78

Average price per night
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Hotel Kjarnalundur

8.3 Very Good

Score from 476 reviews

$78

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Halllandsnes Apartments

9.5 Exceptional

Score from 202 reviews

$412

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Pearl of the North Apartments

9.2 Awesome

Score from 391 reviews

$206

Average price per night
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Villa Lola

8.5 Very Good

Score from 44 reviews

$276

Average price per night
Akureyri Holiday Apartments

9.2 Awesome

Score from 86 reviews

$271

Average price per night
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Recommended in Akureyri

We enjoy hill walking and were able to walk up to the ski area (Hlidarfjall) straight from the Saeluhus apartment, about half on main road and the rest up a quiet mountain road from which we had good views. Information on other footpath or hill walking paths (if they exist) was limited.

Akureyri has a very fresh feel to it. In my opinion, the town and indeed the whole country benefits from a high level of civic pride.

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Describe the nature in Akureyri.

Visit the botanical gardens Go whale watching in Husavik Marvel at the bird life in the fiord.

Go to museums and handcraft market

Enjoyed walking along the seashore

lamb, vegetables, dressings

The view and the weather

What crowds?

Whale!

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