Akureyri Tours

Akureyri Tours

Explore the unique cultural and natural attractions in and around Iceland's "Capital of the North".

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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 Jolahusid, 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, as the town's street lamps light up the sky making the aurora not as visible. However, there are northern lights tours by bus, jeep and boat tours that depart from the town in order to ensure better sightings away from artificial light.

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 236 miles (80 kilometers) from Reykjavik, the capital city of 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.