This city is beautiful with beautiful, kind people. The air is crisp, fresh, and the city well maintained. We stayed in a home overlooking the city. It was marvellous.
Iceland's second largest metro area is fairly remote - located just outside the Arctic circle - but shouldn't be missed! The quaint town center with its colorful buildings is surprisingly walkable, and the harbor area simply could not be more picturesque. Don't miss the world's northernmost botanical gardens, local favorite ice cream shop Brynja, or the ever popular happy hour pub crawls through the downtown area. Important note! Parking is free throughout the town, but you need to pick up a disk (available at any gas station) and mark the time you parked with it.
This is Iceland's second largest urban area located in the northern part of the Island. We went to see geysers and falls from the city. We had good weather that in Iceland is a luxury.
Akureyri is the fourth largest town in Iceland (if you include Reykjavik and 2 of its suburbs), counting slightly more than 17,000 inhabitants. This is a destination that is not regularly presented in hip lifestyle magazines, and Akureyri has never hosted political summits for world leaders. At the same time, it's a small town with a big city atmosphere. There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and pubs, a professional theater, two cinemas and quite a few museums and galleries. Nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre and a outdoor exploration jumping off point. The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786. The town was the site of Allied units during World War II. Further growth occurred after the war as the Icelandic population increasingly moved to urban areas. The area has a relatively warm climate due to geographical factors, and the town's ice-free harbor has played a significant role in its history. My too brief visit involved a comprehensive walk into town from the Airport, and flights from there to and from Grimsey Island and Reykjavik.