In the 1500’s Akureyri comprised of warehouses and shops owned by Danish Traders, at this time Iceland was owned by the Danish. The first house was built in 1778 with the area recognised as a settlement in 1786. Akureyri was fairly small until 1862 when the fishing and trade industry started to attract more residents. With quite mild weather during summer months and fertile soil, the residents of Akureyri were able to introduce farming techniques. In 1862, Akureyri began to grow, with fishing, agriculture and trade being the main sources of income. With its modern infrastructure, beautiful architecture and tourism on the rise, Akureyri is now one of the must-see destinations in Iceland.
Akureyri is renowned for Whale Watching and has the highest sighting success rate in Iceland. Cruise along the Eyjafjörður fjord as you search for the famous Eyjafjord Humpback Whale in their natural habitat.
Visit the Hof Cultural and Concert Hall, this beautiful, modern building is right on the harbour in the centre of Akureyri and is the perfect setting for festivals, theatrical and musical performances. Or head to the centre of cultural life, Art Street and visit The Art Museum, famous for visual arts it is the flagship of Art Street. Art Street is full of galleries, artists’ studios and restaurants housing the culture and history of Iceland.
Located a few minutes from Akureyri, is Forest lagoon, a unique Geothermal Spa built to rival the world-famous Blue Lagoon in Reykjavík. Immerse yourself in the natural geothermal waters as you are surrounded by the lush green forest, with two swim-up bars, a bistro, two infinity pools, a sauna and a cold tub this incredible lagoon will allow you to relax in luxury.
The Northern Lights, (Aurora Borealis) is one of the most incredible natural light shows on earth and can be seen frequently in Akureyri in the Winter months. This incredible phenomenon is a must-see attraction and one of Akureyri’s many highlights.
Also in Winter, Akureyri has perfect conditions for skiing and Mount Hlíðarfjall Ski resort, where the Iceland Winter games are held, is just outside, perfect for down hill skiing at 700m high and with 23 Alpine slopes, it is one of the most popular in Iceland.
Not far from Akureyri is the world-famous Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most breath-taking in Iceland and one of the largest at 12 metres high with a width of over 30 metres, head down one of the many trails and explore the natural beauty of this very popular destination.
The city centre is full of colourful, bright buildings and full of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Find the perfect souvenir here or head to the Glerártorg shopping mall with its fashion stores, cafes, restaurants and more. Bistros, galleries and smaller shops can also be found as you wander out towards the residential areas.
Home to world-class restaurants, an exciting nightlife and hip cafes. Sample the cuisine ranging from fresh fish or the Icelandic classic lamb soup to fine dining, Mexican, Italian or Thai, Akureyri has something to suit everyone’s tastes.