The hidden charm of Akureyri: Unveiling the northern city of Iceland

Nestled within the idyllic landscape of Iceland´s north, Akureyri boasts a lot of hidden gems. Often referred to as the "Capital of North Iceland", this city displays a fascinating mix of natural splendour, distinctive cultural landmarks, culinary delights, and winter activities, creating a memorable experience for locals and tourists alike.

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In this article, we’ll discuss some historical landmarks steeped in captivating stories and
navigate the diverse landscape of this remarkable northern jewel.

The city of Akureyri encompasses a microcosm of the broader Icelandic experience, brimming with the allure of its cultural and natural offerings.

Transitioning between the bustling urban atmosphere and the serenity of nature, Akureyri presents a unique duality that resonates deeply with those seeking an authentic Icelandic experience.

Akureyri, the heart of the North, casts its spell through its distinctive architecture,
rich artistic heritage, and commitment to celebrating the culture and history of its inhabitants.

Historical landmarks:
The rich heritage of Akureyri

Akureyri church

Dominating the city´s skyline is the Akureyrarkirkja, an impressive Lutheran church that stands as one of Akureyri´s most iconic landmarks.

Designed by the famous Icelandic architect Guðjón Samúelsson, who also designed Reykjavík´s Hallgrímskirkja, this church is perched atop a hill in the city centre.

Its unique design, inspired by the cascading waterfalls seen throughout Iceland, clearly depicts modern Icelandic architecture.

The stairs in front of Akureyri church with snow on the ground and grey cloudy sky

Akureyri art museum

Established in 1993, the Akureyri Art Museum is housed in what used
to be a dairy factory.

It showcases contemporary art from local, national, and international
artists, thus playing a crucial role in the Icelandic art scene.


Old town

Walking through Akureyri´s Old Town is like stepping back in time.

With charming 19th-century houses, quiet streets, and beautiful gardens, the Old Town is the heart and soul of

Some of the notable buildings in the Old Town include Laxdalshús, the oldest house in Akureyri built in 1795, and Nonnahús, the childhood home of the famous Icelandic author Jón

Stunning fjords:
The natural wonders of Akureyri

One’s experience isn’t complete without basking in the breathtaking beauty of the fjords surrounding Akureyri, venturesome natural formations that serve as gateways to infinite adventure.


Eyjafjörður, which means "Island Fjord" is the longest fjord in Iceland, stretching approximately 60km from its head to its mouth.

The fjord is surrounded by mountains on both sides, with peaks reaching up to 1538m.

At the bottom of Eyjafjörður,
you'll find Akureyri.

Eyjafjörður is home to a variety of fauna, including seals and various species of whales that can often be seen frolicking in the waters.


Hörgárdalur is a fjord located to the west of Akureyri.

This fjord is characterized by its beautiful valley, which is home to a number of farms.

The area has been inhabited since the Viking Age and boasts a rich history and culture.

Culinary delights:
Akureyris gastronomic treasures

Akureyri has a bustling culinary scene, where traditional and innovative dishes meet to create an unforgettable sensory experience.

Here are some of the fan-favorite delights in the city:

Brynja ice cream

The iconic Brynja Ice Cream is a must-try for anyone in Akureyri.

Widely considered Iceland´s best ice cream, Brynja´s creamy, rich, and delicious concoctions are woven into the fabric of the city´s culinary landscape.


One of the most well-known dishes served in the city is Hangikjöt, a smoked lamb dish usually served during Christmas but can be enjoyed all year round.

The process of smoking the meat with birch or dried sheep dung gives it a unique flavor that is loved by both locals and tourists.


Another traditional Icelandic dish is Plokkfiskur, a fish stew made from boiled cod or haddock mixed with potatoes and onions.

It´s a hearty comfort food, perfect for warming up during the cold Icelandic days.

Thrilling winter activities:
The frozen wonderland of Akureyri

There’s a wealth of winter activities in Akureyri, where the pristine snow-capped landscapes offer a playground for adrenaline seekers and winter enthusiasts alike:

Skiing and snowboarding

You can challenge your skill and agility on the slopes of Mt. Hlíðarfjall, one of Iceland´s most remarkable ski resorts, boasting sweeping vistas across the
Eyjafjörður valley and the city below.

With a variety of slopes to suit every ability, Akureyri´s ski season is a haven for both novice and experienced enthusiasts.

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Snowmobile tours

People can join snowmobile tours to navigate the expansive winter wonderland surrounding Akureyri.

They can traverse frozen lakes, icyterrains, and spectacular
snowy landscapes on a truly unforgettable adventure through Iceland´s Northern City.

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Whale watching

Locals and visitors can board a whale-watching vessel as it sails through
the icy waters of Eyjafjörður, offering a unique perspective of Akureyri´s surrounding fjords and the opportunity to witness the majestic humpback whales, orcas, and other marine creatures that call these Arctic waters home.

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Embrace the hidden charm of Akureyri, the northern city of Iceland

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The enchanting city of Akureyri is a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences and alluringattractions, melding rich history, natural beauty, and cultural diversity into a destination unlike any other.

In your visit to Akureyri, you’ll embark on a voyage filled with wonder,
excitement, and discovery at every turn.

From the majestic Northern Lights to the stunning glaciers, Akureyri offers a wide range of
activities that cater to all your needs.

It’s a perfect place for Iceland summer tours and a haven for
unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime!

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