Hotels & Accommodation in Akureyri

Accommodation in Akureyri

Find the best place to stay and spend an unforgettable time in Iceland's 'Capital of the North.' Choose from a range of hotels, guesthouses, cottages, and hostels in lovely Akureyri.

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Why stay in Akureyri?

Akureyri is a charming town located in northern Iceland, boasting the largest population outside of the capital region, therefore gaining the nickname "The Capital of the North." It has become a popular destination for travelers seeking a laid-back atmosphere with great opportunities for sightseeing. With its beautiful scenery, rich cultural heritage, and abundance of outdoor activities, Akureyri has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests.

Located on the shores of Eyjafjordur bay, Akureyri boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The town is also home to several parks and gardens, including the beautiful Botanical Garden, which features a wide variety of Arctic and Subarctic plant species.

Akureyri also has a rich cultural heritage and is home to several museums and galleries, including the Akureyri Art Museum and the Nonni Museum, dedicated to Akureyri's past.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also find plenty to do in Akureyri and the nearby area. The town is located near several hiking trails, including the popular Mt. Sulur hike, which offers stunning views of the fjord and surrounding mountains. Skiing at Mount Hlidarfjall is also popular and offers a variety of runs for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

Whale watching is a favorite pastime in Akureyri, given the sheer abundance of sea mammals in the neighboring fjord. You can find over twenty different species of cetacean that seek out the fjord's water for feeding, with the major sightings being minke whales, humpback whales and the occasional seal.

Finally, staying in Akureyri provides easy access to several nearby attractions, including the Godafoss waterfall and the Lake Myvatn geothermal area. These natural wonders are a must-see for anyone visiting Iceland, and staying in Akureyri makes it easy to explore them at your leisure.

Akureyri offers a wide range of hotels and accommodation options for visitors. From cozy guesthouses to luxurious hotels, there is something to suit every traveler's needs and budget. You can also opt for a self-catering apartment or a traditional Icelandic summerhouse for a more private and intimate experience

Overall, whether you're seeking natural beauty, cultural experiences, or outdoor adventures, Akureyri is a destination that should not be missed and offers something different than staying in Reykjavik. Book your accommodation now on Iceland's largest travel marketplace.

Frequently asked questions

What part of Akureyri should I stay in?

North Iceland is the perfect place to admire whales in their natural habitat. If this is your primary motivation for booking accommodation in Akureyri, we recommend finding a place to stay in the city center where you have plenty of guesthouses and hotels to choose from. From there, you will be close to the harbor from which boats leave, and after the trip, you have the opportunity to spend a lovely evening enjoying the restaurants and bars offered by this charming city.

What is the best hotel in Akureyri?

The best hotel in Akureyri is Hotel North, located 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Akureyri airport and just a 5-10 minute drive to the city center. It has a rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 based on 59 reviews. It is a perfect middle ground between the beautiful nature of North Iceland and the modern conveniences of Akureyri. Surrounded by trees and mountains, it is sure to give you a nice and quiet rest before heading out on your journey.

What types of accommodation are offered in Akureyri?

Akureyri is the largest city in North Iceland, where you will find a wide offer of available accommodation. You can choose from high-standard hotels, hostels offering travelers an international experience, or guesthouses with a family character. Modern apartments and holiday homes are also available, ideal for families and traveling groups. Accommodation in Akureyri is a convenient option if you plan to explore the north of Iceland, regardless of the season.

What is the average cost of accommodations in Akureyri?

The cost of accommodations in Akureyri can vary depending on the type and time of year. Budget options like hostels and guesthouses might range from $30 to $70 per night, while mid-range hotels may charge between $70 and $150 per night. Prices for luxury accommodations can be higher.

Can I pick up the rental car directly from the accommodation in Akureyri?

Yes, you can pick up your Akureyri rental car from your accommodation. However, keep in mind that the number of rental cars available in northern Iceland is much smaller than that of rental cars in Reykjavik. Most rental companies offer car pickups at no extra charge.

Can I find cheap accommodation near the domestic airport in Akureyri?

Akureyri Domestic Airport is located less than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from the city center. Nearby you will find the Hotel Kjarnalundur and a camping site in the Kjarnaskogur forest. Cottages and guesthouses located near the main road are also good places to stay.

Can I find accommodation near the Forest Lagoon in Akureyri?

Yes, there are a few options to stay near the wonderful Forest Lagoon geothermal spa, which is worth a visit for anyone staying in Akureyri. We recommend the Vadlahof Luxury House located close to the spa and also has a jacuzzi on the property, which is guests can relax in after a long day of sightseeing.

Can I book accommodation near the famous Akureyrarkirkja church?

Yes, you can find multiple places to stay near the beautiful Akureyrarkirkja church. Akureyrarkirkja church is one of the most famous and iconic locations in the town. You can find the church downtown, close to many of the town's cafes, museums and restaurants. Nearby you will find several hotels, guesthouses, and hostels that offer different types of accommodation. Some of these facilities offer views of the church and the ocean from the rooms.

Is staying in Akureyri a good way to see the northern lights?

Yes, as the northern lights are visible all over Iceland, therefore staying in the north is an excellent option. It's easy to get away from artificial light, which tends to prevent the aurora from being visible in the sky. Here you will also have many beautiful locations to act as the perfect foreground when photographing the aurora borealis.

What popular attractions are close to Akureyri?

Akureyri is sometimes called Iceland's 'capital of the north'. In the town, you can visit the iconic Akureyrarkirkja church, Hof Cultural and Conference Centre, Akureyri Art Museum, the beautiful Akureyri Botanical Gardens, and the Icelandic Aviation Museum.
Near Akureyri, you will find the stunning Godafoss waterfall, the historical Laufas Turf Houses, the unique Beer Spa, and the local favorite Christmas House where it's merry year-round. If you like winter sports, there is also the possibility of skiing at nearby Hlidarfjall mountain.

How far is Akureyri from Reykjavik, and what is the best way to travel between the two cities?

Akureyri is approximately 236 miles (380 km) from Reykjavik. The most common ways to travel between the two cities are by a rental car, domestic flight, or bus. Driving takes around 4.5 to 5 hours, while flights from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Akureyri Airport take about 45 minutes. Bus travel is also available, but the journey can take up to 6 hours or more.

What outdoor activities are near Akureyri?

Akureyri is known for its proximity to various outdoor attractions and activities. Some popular options include visiting Lake Myvatn, exploring Godafoss waterfall, skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Hlidarfjall, and whale watching in Eyjafjordur bay. There are also opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching in the surrounding areas.

What is the population of Akureyri?

The estimated population of Akureyri is around 19,000 people. It is the second-largest urban settlement in Iceland after the Greater Reykjavik Area.
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