Nestled in Akureyri are the quintessential Icelandic textures in every traveler’s dream.
When the first Viking settlers set foot on Akureyri in the 9th century, it was a desolate yet fertile land with the qualities of a natural harbor. The city has grown dramatically since then. Today, it is the “Capital of North Iceland” and a much-cherished center for fishing and commerce. The town is peacefully tucked away at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, nestling the gorgeous Glera River on one side and the frosty Nordic mountains on the other. From watching the northern lights to admiring the flora of the Arctic, Akureyri offers a series of activities to enjoy in the crisp air. Here, it is all about wilderness and excitement.
Akureyri is not just another humble fishing town in the region. It may come as a surprise to see so many new-fashioned cafes and restaurants scattered around. The well-curated museums and attractive art galleries make it all the more stylish, inviting visitors into a sweet journey of Icelandic culture. One of the most distinct masterpieces of its heritage is Akureyrarkirkja. It is hard to miss this colossal figure embellishing the town from its lofty spot. It boasts an elegant, minimalistic design common across the country. Also worth a visit is Lystigarðurinn, the northernmost botanical garden in the world. The place is perfect for fragrant strolls and displays an example of every plant endemic to the region.
Tours visiting Akureyri
Land of the Northern Lights