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

Centrum Hotel
Centrum Hotel
3 out of 5
Hafnarstræti 102, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is $72 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Akureyri City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akureyri Church, Akureyri Botanical Garden, and Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (144 reviews)
"It’s centered and there are a lot of places to visit"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Centrum Hotel
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
4 out of 5
Hafnarstraeti 87-89, Akureyri
The price is $118 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (683 reviews)
"The hotel was in the perfect location to enjoy downtown. No real complaints bad timing for us in that the hotel had some small renovations that were only to make it better but had the elevator inoperable for our time there. Not a huge deal but 4 flights with suitcases was not ideal, staff jumped ..."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Sunnuhlid houses
Sunnuhlid houses
3 out of 5
Sunnuhlíð, \N, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is $96 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Akureyri Church, Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and Akureyri Botanical Garden. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"Nicely appointed tiny house. Beautiful view."

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

Sunnuhlid 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.
Sunnuhlid houses
Sunnuhlid houses
3 out of 5
Sunnuhlíð, \N, Akureyri, Northeast Region
The price is $96 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Akureyri Church, Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and Akureyri Botanical Garden. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"Nicely appointed tiny house. Beautiful view."

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

Sunnuhlid houses
North Apartments
North Apartments
3.5 out of 5
24 Tryggvabraut, Akureyri
Located in Oddeyrin, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akureyri Church and University of Akureyri. Akureyri Botanical Garden and Arctic Botanical ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Well kept spacious comfortable apartment"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

North Apartments
Acco Luxury Apartments
Acco Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
Skipagata 2, Akureyri
The price is $103 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Akureyri City Center, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Akureyri Church, Akureyri Botanical Garden, and Arctic Botanical Gardens ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (95 reviews)
"Great location in town, but a fair amount of street noise. We rented the penthouse unit with two patios, but the views were just ok. The unit is spacious and comfortable. Fairly sparse on kitchen amenities or supplies aside from some coffee and filters. Shower pressure was great and beds were comfortable. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Acco Luxury Apartments
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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