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Akureyri

Travel Guide
Akureyri featuring a coastal town

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 Kjarnalundur
Hotel Kjarnalundur
3 out of 5
Kjarnalundur, Akureyri
The price is ¥14,194 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in a regional park, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jon Sveinsson Museum, Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and Akureyri Botanical ...
4.2/5Excellent! (161 reviews)
"Not a bad stay. Friendly staff. Clean. Vibe was a bit odd. Our room was decorated in dark colors and dragons and there was odd music and decor in the lobby. The hotel could use a makeover but was overall fine."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Hotel Kjarnalundur
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
4 out of 5
Hafnarstraeti 87-89, Akureyri
The price is ¥17,352 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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! (630 reviews)
"Great property. Super clean and comfortable. Ideal location for walking around town."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Centrum Hotel
Centrum Hotel
3 out of 5
Hafnarstræti 102, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is ¥14,772 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in Akureyri City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akureyri Church, Akureyri Botanical Garden, and Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (95 reviews)
"Centrally located, on the Main Street, cool popular happening restaurant and bar below, east checkin. Parking a block away public, paid from 10-16:00, free nighttime. Hotel clean, nice, all basic services there"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Centrum Hotel
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Ice Apartments Akureyri
Ice Apartments Akureyri
3.5 out of 5
Hafnarstraeti 106, Akureyri
The price is ¥19,627 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Located in Akureyri City Center, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Akureyri Church, Akureyri Botanical Garden, and Arctic Botanical Gardens ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)
"Excellent apartments, very unique in downtown Akureyri, walking to cafes, shops and restaurants. The owner has a clothing store downstairs worth checking out!"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Ice Apartments Akureyri
K16 apartments
K16 apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kaupvangstræti 16, Akureyri
The price is ¥21,104 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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! (161 reviews)
Great stay
"t was a wonderful experience. Good hospitality"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

K16 apartments
Svartaborg
Svartaborg
3.5 out of 5
Útkinn 851, Rangárvegur, Husavik, Northeastern Region
The price is ¥37,441 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
Situated in Husavik, this villa is within 20 mi (32 km) of Godafoss, Husavik Harbour, and Húsavík Whale Museum. Laugum Pool and Laugavollur are also within 20 ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"We had an incredible stay! Our lodge was immaculately decorated, with a fully equipped kitchen and wonderful views. The most magical part was the hot pot from where we were lucky enough to see the northern lights. Rósa was a perfect host and we’re looking forward to returning in the future :)"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

Svartaborg
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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