Akureyri is the largest town in Northern Iceland, with 19500 inhabitants.

Akureyri is a vibrant town located in northern Iceland and it is easy to understand why so many tourists travel to Northern Iceland and Akureyri. This region has some of Iceland's most spectacular and beautiful natural attractions, such as national parks, lakes and mountains.

It is a hub for public services, trade, fisheries, culture and tourism. More and more travellers choose the city as a popular stop for both long and short stays in the northern region of Iceland.

Stunning natural landscapes surround Akureyri, including snow-capped mountains, fjords, and lush valleys. The town is situated at the base of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, offering breathtaking views.

Akureyri is often called the "Capital of the North" and offers a charming blend of nature, culture, and adventure. Whether you're interested in exploring the outdoors, visiting cultural attractions, or simply enjoying the tranquil beauty of the region, Akureyri has something to offer.

The iconic Akureyri Church, also known as Akureyrarkirkja, is a prominent landmark in the town. Its modern design and picturesque location make it a popular spot for photography and enjoying panoramic views of the surroundings.

Visit the botanical garden and art museum

Akureyri's Botanical Garden is renowned for its diverse collection of plants, including over 7,000 species worldwide. It is one of the northernmost botanical gardens in the world and provides a peaceful oasis for visitors.

The Akureyri Art Museum features contemporary art exhibitions and showcases the works of Icelandic and international artists. It provides an opportunity to explore the local art scene and appreciate different forms of artistic expression.

Akureyri in winter

Akureyri is a hub for winter sports and activities during the winter months. Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are popular in nearby ski resorts, and the town itself is beautifully decorated for the holiday season.



Whale Watching

Akureyri is an excellent base for whale-watching tours in Eyjafjörður. Visitors can see various species of whales, such as humpback whales, minke whales, and dolphins, in their natural habitat.

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Hiking and glaciers

Hofsjökull National Park is located near Akureyri,  and Hofsjökull National Park offers opportunities for hiking, glacier exploration, and witnessing the unique Arctic landscape. 


How to go there

If you want to go from Reykjavik by car, it is a 4.5-hour drive.

You can also go by flight to Akureyri. It is a 45-minute flight from Reykjavik, and there are excellent airport facilities here.


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  • Lattitude: 65.688492
  • Longitude: -18.126169

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