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Visiting Akureyri

Reaching Akureyri – Iceland's “Capital of the North” – is quick and easy. From Reykjavík City Airport (RKV) to Akureyri Airport (AEY), the flight takes only 45 minutes and operates several times a day, all year round. Depending on visibility you can enjoy scenic bird’s-eye views of the Icelandic landscape.

Akureyri serves as a gateway to the northern region of Iceland where you can discover many gems, from offshore islands to geothermal wonders. With the recently created Arctic Coast Way and Diamond Circle tourist routes, it’s now easier than ever to access unique scenery and diverse attractions.

Icelandair passengers from Europe and North America land at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). To travel to Akureyri by air, passengers need to first transfer from Keflavík to the city airport in Reykjavík – a distance of 50 km (31 miles).

Guardian of the north

Akureyri is Iceland’s second largest urban area after the capital area of Reykjavík, with a population of over 19,000.

A naturally beautiful town, it is situated on one of the longest fjords in the country and features a mild climate with summer temperatures up to 25°C.

On the edge of the Arctic

Why travel to Akureyri? It provides the perfect mix of culture, nature and adventure.

You can spend time wandering the quaint stores and cafes then enjoy fishing, hiking or even skiing, all in the same day. Relax in the local geothermal pools and play a round of golf under the midnight sun.

In the evening try one of the numerous restaurants specializing in seafood, Icelandic lamb, and other local delicacies.

Natural wonders of the north

Akureyri makes the perfect base for exploring many of Iceland’s most famous natural features.

The easily accessible Mývatn area is home to one of Iceland’s most beautiful lakes and plenty of geological wonders. Also nearby is the Jökulsárgljúfur area of Vatnajökull National Park, home to spectacular Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss waterfall, and the pretty village of Húsavík, a magnet for its whale-watching trips.

From Akureyri you can also take a short flight or the ferry to the puffin-rich island of Grímsey and step across the Arctic Circle!