Akureyri
Travel Guide

Akureyri featuring sailing and a bay or harbor

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

Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
4 out of 5
Hafnarstraeti 87-89, Akureyri
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,738 per night from May 5 to May 6

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

4.3/5Excellent! (609 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

Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Centrum Guesthouse
Centrum Guesthouse
3.5 out of 5
Hafnarstræti 102, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is ¥8,345 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in Akureyri City Center, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Akureyri Church, Akureyri Botanical Garden, and Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (70 reviews)
Recommended

"Very pleasant and friendly personnel, comfortable bed, clean room. The restaurant was also a pleasant surprise. A bit small room and flooding shower the only negative comments."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Centrum Guesthouse
Hafnarstræti Hostel
Hafnarstræti Hostel
2 out of 5
Hafnarstræti 99-101, Akureyri
The price is ¥6,962 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in Akureyri City Center, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Akureyri Church and Akureyri Botanical Garden. Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)

"excellent stay the double pod was really comfortable and quiet the hosts were patient and friendly breakfast plentiful the salmon a suprise treat highly recomended"…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Hafnarstræti Hostel
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.
Sunnuhlid houses
Sunnuhlid houses
3 out of 5
Sunnuhlíð, \N, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is ¥14,086 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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! (4 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
K16 apartments
K16 apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kaupvangstræti 16, Akureyri
The price is ¥12,678 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Akureyri City Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Akureyri Church and Akureyri Botanical Garden. Arctic Botanical Gardens ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (156 reviews)
Great stay

"t was a wonderful experience. Good hospitality"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

K16 apartments
Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & Houses
Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & Houses
3.5 out of 5
Búðartröð 2, Akureyri

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! (75 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

Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & 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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4/5 - Good

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Nov 18, 2019

Would like to come back in the summer and spend more time here

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 4, 2019

Lovely views

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 28, 2019

Definitely would the drive to stay at least a couple nights if visiting Iceland. Plenty to do, great overall small city feeling and the landscape is incredible.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 3, 2019

This is the most charming town we’ve seen.

4/5 - Good

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Aug 30, 2019

Didn’t explore much. Just stayed the night.

4/5 - Good

Ionut

Aug 19, 2019

Nice smaller city, lots of trails to walk, jog or bike. Amazing views of mountains and the water!

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