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Akureyri Church
Vacation Travel Guide

Marvel at the stained-glass panel and the huge pipe organ that are among the treasures of this modern church that towers over the city.

Typical of Iceland’s intriguing designs of religious structures, the Akureyri Church has a fascinating façade with two huge columns. The Lutheran church is the icon of the city, standing proudly on a mossy hill above the rest of the city center. See the entire structure glowing in golden light in the evening.

A large set of stairs joins the church portal to street level at the base of the hill. From the steps, gaze up at the modern-looking structure, which was designed by architect Guðjón Samúelsson and completed in 1940. Note how the church takes on a holy appearance when the sun is positioned just behind its towers. The façade includes a large clock and three crucifixes. Enter the church to see its adornments, such as an angel statue.

Marvel at the large organ with 3,300 pipes. Look up at the ship that hangs from the ceiling as a reminder of Iceland’s Nordic roots. It is part of a tradition of praying to protect loved ones at sea. Attend a service and take your place on a wooden pew.

The church has an excellent array of artwork lining its walls. Gaze up at the stunning stained-glass window above the altar that many believe was once part of a set partially destroyed in an air raid of Coventry Cathedral in England. Admire the reliefs designed by sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson on the balcony that overlooks the nave. These works tell the story of Christ in an unconventional fashion.

Visit the church most days between morning and afternoon. Enjoy the fantastic view of the rest of the city from the top of the hill. Capture photos of the river and your other favorite attractions.

Akureyri Church is a few blocks west of the Eyjafjordur fjord in the southern section of the city center. Nearby attractions include the Akureyri Art Museum and the swimming pool complex of Sundlaug Akureyrar.

Top Hotels Close to Akureyri Church

Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
4 out of 5
Hafnarstraeti 87-89, Akureyri
The price is ¥9,479 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located near the slopes, this City Center hotel is in the city center, within a 10-minute walk of Akureyri Church and Akureyri Botanical Garden, and close to ...

4.3/5Excellent! (605 reviews)

"Very comfortable, right in the center of town with plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Not to forget the hotels own restaurant where we had a super meal."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

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Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & Houses
Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & Houses
3.5 out of 5
Búðartröð 2, Akureyri
The price is ¥7,956 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Situated in Akureyri, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) and Akureyri Botanical Garden. Akureyri ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (71 reviews)

"Good spacious unit. The amenities were as described and everything worked well. Check in was well organized and the man at reception (I didn't get his name but he's from Virginia) is awesome. The location is within walking distance of downtown with the added bonus of getting ro walk theough the botanical ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

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Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
3.5 out of 5
Thingvallastraeti 23, Akureyri
The price is ¥10,088 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located near the slopes, this Akureyri hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Akureyri, Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (712 reviews)
Good hotel

"Bad parking. can’t sit up against the wall by the bed"…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2020

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
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Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
4 out of 5
Hafnarstraeti 87-89, Akureyri
The price is ¥9,479 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & Houses
Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & Houses
3.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥7,956 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
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3.5 out of 5
Thingvallastraeti 23, Akureyri
The price is ¥10,088 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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K16 apartments
K16 apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kaupvangstræti 16, Akureyri
The price is ¥10,156 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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Nice Holiday Apartment, Centrally Located With Spectacular Sea And Mountain View
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Nice Holiday Apartment, Centrally Located With Spectacular Sea And Mountain View
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Akureyri, Northeastern Region
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H81 Apartments
H81 Apartments
3.5 out of 5
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Akureyri Central Suite
3.5 out of 5
81 Hafnarstræti, Akureyri
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Centrum Guesthouse
Centrum Guesthouse
3.5 out of 5
Hafnarstræti 102, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is ¥6,601 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Centrum Guesthouse
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