Akureyri Vacations

Akureyri is the second largest urban area in Iceland. Located in the northern part of the country, the city’s population increased after World War II when many locals moved into the urban cities. With relatively mild climates, a hip restaurant scene and one of the lowest crime rates in the …

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Things to see and do in Akureyri

Tarina Peterson | Trip by SkyscannerTrollaskagi
Irene Enrile | Trip by SkyscannerSkagafjörður
Eric Brink | Trip by SkyscannerAkureyrarkirkja (Akureyri Church)
Akureyrarkirkja (Akureyri Church)
Irene Enrile | Trip by SkyscannerAkureyri  Harbor
Akureyri Harbor
Eric Brink | Trip by SkyscannerATVR
Jon Stefansson | FlickrKjarnaskógur
Pepi | Trip by SkyscannerAmbassador whale watching
Ambassador whale watching
Eric Brink | Trip by SkyscannerAkureyri Swimming Pool
Akureyri Swimming Pool

Reviews of Akureyri

Lea Love
Lea LoveMohave Valley, Arizona

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.

Lauren Baker
Lauren BakerBedford, New Hampshire, USA

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.

Leigh Virkus
Leigh VirkusPittsford (town), New York

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.

Eric Brink
Eric BrinkPleasant Hill, California, USA

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.

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