Akureyri

  • A walk up the stairs to the church that towers over the center is a must.
    A walk up the stairs to the church that towers over the center is a must.
  • The main street in Akureyri has many restaurants, cafés and stores.
    The main street in Akureyri has many restaurants, cafés and stores.
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
  • Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland
    Akureyir is the largest town in Northern Region in Iceland

Akureyri is the largest town in Iceland outside the Reykjavík and the Capital City area.  Akureyri is also one of the few places around the coastline that formed a cluster of houses as early as the 17th century that developed into a town. If you travel the Ring Road, you will come to Akureyri while in the Northern Region.  Akureyri is located near some of the most spectacular natural wonders in Iceland, Jökulsárgljúfur, Dettifoss, Goðafoss, and Námaskarð, to name a few. In a historical sense, the town is a product of the Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly when merchants from Denmark got permission to trade in the Eyjafjörður region. The trading began in the first decade of the 17th century. 

Trading, merchants, and agriculture

Trading and merchants have since been the center of the town’s economy and development.  It is also in the heart of one of the most fertile agricultural region in Iceland and thus from early on an excellent place to trade.  Trading developed both from entrepreneurs and the Coop Society, and for years Akureyri was one of the main strongholds of the Coop Society in Iceland.  Since many of the merchants trading in Akureyri throughout the 18th and the 19th century came from Denmark Akureyri became a Danish town.  At that time, Iceland was part of the Danish crown, so there is little wonder that Danish influence was visible in houses and culture, and still is.  Akureyri is still labeled in Iceland as a kind of Danish town, in a very positive way.

Fish and fish processing are large economic contributors

Although Akureyri has an extensive operation in the fish industry today and is home to one of the strongest and largest fishing companies in Iceland, fishing didn’t start until the 20th century.  This is despite the fact that Akureyri has remarkable natural conditions for a harbor and throughout the centuries, excellent fishing grounds in the fjord. Of all the towns and villages in Iceland outside Reykjavík, Akureyri is one of the most fascinating for many reasons.  It is an old town with houses and buildings from various times in attractive neighborhoods.  Many of the most beautiful homes built in Iceland in the in the first half of the 20th century are in Akureyri.  It is a town where preservation of environment and respect for history ranks high.

A delightful town to visit and a wonderful town to live in

Like most of the towns and villages in Iceland education has always been a priority. The first-grade school was built in 1847.  For decades, the town has offered primary schools, secondary school- and high school education.  Today Akureyri also has a University.  There are also many kindergartens in Akureyri and good care for the elderly.  The town is considered to be a pleasant place to live in offers good service for the residents.   There are many interesting museums in Akureyri worth visiting and one is the Botanical Garden.  Akureyri has a good variety of restaurants and cafés, a good selection of accommodation and two good camping sites. 

Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Akureyri region. The town center is a joy to visit, and a walk up the stairs to the church that towers over the center is a must.

Below is the location of Akureyri on the map of Iceland

Tours and things to do in the North Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

River Rafting in Iceland

A rafting tour on a whitewater glacial river floating through a canyon is probably something you can not experience in many places.  Floating in a raft on the strong stream through a magnificent landscape is likely to be once in a lifetime experience for most people. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy some adventure but still have a relaxing trip and inhale some breathtaking scenery and landscape as part of the river is quite calm.  For family rafting, the West Glacial River is the best and is classed 2-3. 

River Rafting in Bakkaflöt in the Northern Region

Whale Watching in Húsavík

At Húsavík town in the Northern Region, you are in the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world. This whale watching tour is unique as you take the tour on a traditional Icelandic sailing boat. It is an experience quite unlike any other taking the course under sails aiming to see the magnificent animals of the ocean. It is a combination of adventure and anticipation. 

Whale Watching in Húsavík

Húsavík in the Northern Region is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world.  North Sailing has operated their tours for more than two decades and is the most experienced whale watching company in Iceland.  It was our first choice when looking for a partner to offer a whale watching tour on Hit Iceland.