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The dozen inhabitants in 1786, clinging to the side of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, probably never imagined their brave struggle would ultimately produce a town of just over 17,000 people with all the services of a major city.
is not as big as any of the world’s cities but it provides all the features and services expected of a big city in a very compact form, so that everything is within a short distance.
Take, for instance, winter activities like skiing
. The family-friendly slopes are under 10 minutes from the airport and the hotels. Likewise the horseriding tours, boat trips, bird watching, shopping - to name a few - are all so close, you can almost touch them. You name it, it’s close-by.
The weather, with its combination of crisp, dry snow and Northern Lights - at the peak of their cycle this year - makes a holiday here memorable.
Cultural Centre of the North
When it comes to culture, Akureyri
has it all: museums, art galleries
, international exhibitions, conference facilities, music concerts of all genres, opera, theatres and cinemas showing the latest films.
It has well over 20 restaurants, covering both Icelandic and international cuisine, with top chefs who create their own innovative cuisine. Cafés
, each with their individual speciality abound while local micro-breweries and farms offering food tasting are a fascinating addition to the food scene.
For groups and incentive tours, Akureyri
offers such a wide range of activities, events and opportunities, maximising the time available. There are a multitude of tours covering every interest from flying to caving, from fishing to the Hidden People, walking to whale-watching.
Sports of all kinds
Sport activities are very popular in the North and many sports are represented in this dynamic community.
The geothermally-heated swimming pools, with their hot pots and jaccuzzi are open - and very popular - all year round.
The Arctic Open Golf championship is played on the most northerly 18-hole course in the world, just outside the city under snow-covered mountains and the midnight sun. You can hire clubs if you need them and relax in the club house afterwards.
See the Sights
is also a service base for many of the most important tourist destinations in North Iceland. From here, you can visit Mývatn
- the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Grímsey
, straddling the Arctic Circle and Hrisey
, see volcanos and boiling mud pools and, in fact, reach all the pearls of the north in under 2 hours.
Flights from both Keflavik internationa
l and Reykjavik airports take just 40 min. Scheduled buses leave from Reykjavik Bus Station. There are numerous tours, some of which go through the highlands during summer months. The bus service is free in town.
Naturally, every common form of transport is available: car, bike, boat, horse, ATV, plane rentals. Every type of accommodation is also on hand, from 4-star hotels to camp sites.
has it all and an outgoing friendly welcome, too.
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