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.