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Akureyri - The art of living

Just 100 km from the Arctic Circle, the bustling town of Akureyri is a stone’s throw from many of Iceland’s natural treasures. With a population of over 17,500, it is the country’s largest town outside the Reykjavik area and offers numerous attractions to the thousands of tourists who visit each year.  From sea angling, bird watching and horse-riding, the variety of outdoor pursuits in the area complements the town’s unique appeal. Whether it is shopping, dining, museums, strolling through the old town or the well-known botanical garden, Akureyri has something for everyone.

Culture and art 
The Folk Museum offers an insight into the town’s historical development, whilst local industry and aviation are the focus of two other intriguing museums. The centre of cultural life in Akureyri is  Kaupvangsstræti, popularly known as “Artists’ Alley”. There you will find the town’s art museum and School of Visual Arts. A number of smaller studios and galleries also line the street. 

Sport and relaxation 
Golfers visiting Akureyri can enjoy a round or two at the world’s northernmost 18-hole course, Jaðarvöllur. This is where the Arctic Open takes place, a unique annual tournament played out under the midnight sun (www.arcticopen.is). 
Akureyri is renowned for winter sports, and the area is one of the best in Iceland for cross-country and downhill skiing. Mount Hlíðarfjall offers over 20 ski slopes ranging from 500m to 1000m above sea level with plenty of snow throughout the winter. (www.hlidarfjall.is)
Don’t miss the town’s outdoor swimming pool, with its waters heated by geothermal water to around 28°C and its four amazing hot tubs. Year-round excursions are offered  from Akureyri to local gems such as Lake Mývatn, northern Europe’s most powerful waterfall Dettifoss, and the whale safari town, Húsavík. And for a more adventurous experience, why not try a jeep or snowmobile trip.

How to get there 
Iceland Express offers direct flights to Akureyri both from London’s Gatwick airport and Copenhagen (June-August). All-year flight connections to Keflavik airport near Reykjavik are available from  numerous international airports, and from there it is just a 45 min. flight to Akureyri on one of up to nine scheduled flights a day. Alternatively, regular buses operate on the main route between Akureyri and Reykjavik. Bus journeys take approximately six hours, with travel by private car around one-and-a-half hours quicker.

For further information:  www.visitakureyri.is


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