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AkureyriIceland

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.

Top Hotels in Akureyri

Akurinn Guesthouse
Akurinn Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
Brekkugata 27A, Akureyri, Northern Iceland
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Situated in Akureyri, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Akureyri Church and Akureyri Botanical Garden. University of Akureyri and Arctic Botanical ...

4/5Very Good! (46 reviews)

"Easy to find the house but is not easy to get the key,"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2019

Akurinn Guesthouse
Gula Villan Brekkugata
Gula Villan Brekkugata
2.5 out of 5
Brekkugata 8, Akureyri
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Located in City Center, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Akureyri Church and Akureyri Botanical Garden. Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)

"Great location. It was a little noisy. The down pillow and blanket had so many pokey feathers, I couldn’t use them. The instructions for check-in said to see booking confirmation information but nothing was there. There is no front desk, but when you go to the front door there is a bell and they ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2019

Gula Villan Brekkugata
Lamb Inn Öngulsstaðir
Lamb Inn Öngulsstaðir
4 out of 5
601 Öngulsstadir III, Akureyri, Northeast Region
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Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sulur, Jon Sveinsson Museum and Akureyri Church. Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
Cozy and relaxing place a few minutes from city

"Very cozy place, in a quiet location just few minutes from the city. Decor is amazing bringing you back to another time and makes you feel at home. Breakfast is great and the homemade items are delicious. Sad that their kitchen was not open for dinner during my stay, I read that their food is ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2019

Lamb Inn Öngulsstaðir
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.

Vacation Rentals in Akureyri

Pearl of the North Apartments
Pearl of the North Apartments
3 out of 5
Mödruvallastræti 5, Munkathverárstræti 33, Akureyri, Northeast Region

Situated in Akureyri, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akureyri Botanical Garden and University of Akureyri. Hlidarfjall and Sulur are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
Nice place would stay again

"It was a nice place! Hard to find but they had Netflix which was a plus when we got back after dinner!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2019

Pearl of the North Apartments
Akureyri Log Cabin
Akureyri Log Cabin
3.5 out of 5
Heiðarbyggð 22, Akureyri, Northeast Region

Situated near the airport, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Jon Sveinsson Museum, Akureyri Church and Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). Akureyri ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Amazing cabin with a beautiful view! Beds where supper comfy, and was the perfect spot to come back to after a day of exploring the north of iceland."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2019

Akureyri Log Cabin
Sunnuhlid houses
Sunnuhlid houses
3 out of 5
Sunnuhlíð, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is CA $139 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Akureyri Church, Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) and Akureyri Botanical Garden. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
A hidden gem near Akureyri

"An amazing place with stunning mountain and sea views. Super cozy. A hidden gem near Akureyri. Only 10-15 minutes drive to town. Friendly owner. Will stay again. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2019

Sunnuhlid houses
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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Reviews of Akureyri

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 19, 2020

We especially enjoyed walking around the town of Akureyri with all it’s historic buildings, historical photo panels and beautiful harbour. We had a great seafood dinner too :)

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 30, 2019

Great area and great location.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 30, 2019

Highly recommend whale watching or snorkeling if you’re more adventurous!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 26, 2019

We loved the view of Akureyri lit up late at night across the water coming out of the tunnel.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 31, 2019

Beautiful town - largest in Northern Iceland. You can find almost everything here that you can find in Reykjavik.

4/5 - Good

Kevin

Sep 17, 2018

It was a beautiful town.

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