The town of Akureyri is situated in North-East Iceland in one of the longest fjords in the country and is surrounded by mountains reaching 1000-1500 m high. The Arctic Circle in only 100 km north of Akureyri but still the climate is mild, with summer temperatures up to 25°C and winter temperatures on average around 0˚C.
Akureyri is a popular destination for short and long stays. The town itself has much to offer and many interesting and beautiful places are close by. A variety of activities can be found, e.g. whale watching safaris, river rafting, sailing, biking, horse riding and hiking.
The area around Eyjafjördur Fjord is one of the best places in Iceland for cross-country and downhill skiing. The Ski Centre in Akureyri is situated on the slopes of Mt. Hlíðarfjall, a 10 minute drive from the town centre.
The geothermal spa in Akureyri is one of the most popular in the country. It is open daily through all seasons, from early morning until evening. The pool area has two 25 metre outdoor swimming pools heated with geothermal water, hot tubs, a Turkish bath, waterslides and a children’s pool.
Akureyri is widely known as a cultural town and the centre for cultural life is in a street called Kaupvangsstræti, nicknamed Artists’ Alley. For a long time, there were extensive industrial operations there, which eventually moved elsewhere, freeing up a lot of housing that perceptive people saw was ideal for all kinds of arts activities. These include the Akureyri Art Museum, the Akureyri School of Visual Arts, and North Iceland artists’ studios, smaller galleries, restaurants, a café and large exhibition rooms.
The Town of Akureyri has fostered some of Iceland’s most beloved writers. Their homes have been turned into museums. Other museums in town include a folk museum, aviation museum, old toys exhibition and the famous art museum.