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Frequently asked questions

When is the best time of year to visit Akureyri?

The best time of year to visit Akureyri depends on what you plan to see and do. Akureyri is easier to reach in summer, and there are a greater number of tour options available from the town. In the wintertime, visitors to Akureyri may prefer to spend their time skiing and snowboarding on the nearby, mountainous slopes.

What are the main attractions in Akureyri?

Akureyri's city centre is lined with museums, cafés, shops and galleries. On a hill, overlooking the centre, is the ever-popular Akureyri Church and close by are the Botanical Gardens and one of Iceland's best swimming pools. Sitting just outside the city centre is the Christmas House or Jólahúsið, an attraction well-loved by locals.

Can you see the northern lights in Akureyri?

Yes, it is possible, though Akureyri is not optimal for watching the aurora borealis, given the town's light-pollution. However, there are Northern Lights tours by bus, jeep and boat tours that depart from the town in order to ensure better sightings.

Where can I stay in and around Akureyri?

Akureyri and its surrounding area boast a wealth of accommodation options, including hotels, hostels, bungalows and guesthouses. It is best to book your room well in advance, however, as it is common for accommodation in Akureyri to be fully booked, all throughout the year.

How far is Akureyri from Reykjavik?

Akureyri is 380 km (236 mi) from Reykjavik, the capital city in Iceland. Driving between locations will take approximately five hours by car. On scheduled tours, this journey may take longer, depending on the itinerary set by the tour operator for the trip.

Do any planes fly between Akureyri and Reykjavik?

Yes, planes fly daily from Reykjavík Domestic Airport. The flight lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Is Akureyri on the Ring Road?

Yes, it is. This means it is relatively easy to access all-year-around as the Ring Road is regularly cleared of any snow and is well-maintained.

What facilities are there in Akureyri?

Akureyri is one of Iceland’s largest towns. There are museums, shops, restaurants, bars and cafés, a botanical garden, medical facilities, supermarkets, swimming pools and gas stations. There are also a range of tour guides running sightseeing tours of the city's surrounding areas, making it a destination that travellers could spend several days in.

Is it better to stay in Akureyri than in Reykjavik for the majority of my trip?

It depends entirely on what you plan to see and do, but the main attractions of both cities can be explored within the space of a day. However, for a greater choice in downtown attractions and accommodation, Reykjavík is a better bet.

How many people live in Akureyri?

Akureyri is home to approximately 18,000 residents.