Visit the capital of the North - Top 7 things to do in Akureyri
Akureyri is the largest city outside of the capital area of Iceland, located in the north of the country. It's a vibrant and charming town famous for its stunning natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or culture, plenty of tours and activities keep you entertained. Here are some of the top things to do in Akureyri:
One of the most popular activities in Akureyri is whale watching. The waters around Akureyri are home to various whale species, including humpback, minke, and blue whales. Many tour operators offer whale-watching trips, and you can choose between a small, intimate boat or a larger vessel. The best time to go whale watching is between April and October. Book this tour!
Visit Lake Mývatn
Lake Mývatn is a stunning natural wonder located just a short drive from Akureyri. The lake is surrounded by volcanic landscapes and is home to a diverse range of bird species. In the Lake Mývatn Classic tour, you explore the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar where you enjoy the great panoramic view of the area. For the next hours, you visit local nature highlights, such as Hverir Mud Pools, Mt. Námafjall, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields, and Grjótagjá cave. Book this tour!
Drive along the Arctic coastline
When travelling along the Arctic Coastline you’re taken off the beaten path to explore charming fishing villages and have an authentic experience of coastal life in Northern Iceland. Discover the captivating history of the small herring village of Hjalteyri, as you take in the sights and sounds of the local culture. Then, you'll head to the picturesque fishing port of Dalvik, offering plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. Next, you'll travel through the mountains to Ólafsfjörður with its black sand beaches before moving on to the scenic town of Siglufjordur. Our final stop will be the Kaldi Microbrewery. Book this tour!
Take a relaxing soak in the Forest Lagoon
Iceland is famous for its geothermal activity, and several hot springs in the Akureyri area are worth visiting. One of the most popular is the Skógaböð Forest Lagoon, where you can soak in warm, mineral-rich water surrounded by a cozy forest scenery. The spa's pools are heated with all-natural geothermal water sourced from the mountain behind the Forest lagoon location, Vaðlaheiði. The water was discovered during a tunnel project and has now a greater purpose and a healing power. Book this tour!
Northern Lights Tour
If you're visiting Akureyri during the winter months, be sure to take a Northern Lights tour. The Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon visible in the northern latitudes, and Akureyri is one of the best places in the world to see it. You can join a small group tour where you drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from the electric glow and city sounds. There you will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky in the best possible situation, of course depending on the weather. Book this tour!
Go Skiing or Snowboarding
If you're visiting Akureyri during the winter months, be sure to hit the slopes at the nearby ski resort. The mountain offers a variety of runs for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, and the views from the top are breathtaking. You can rent equipment and take lessons if you're a beginner, or simply enjoy the fresh powder if you're a seasoned pro.
Visit the Akureyri Church and the Botanical garden
The Akureyri Botanical Gardens are a must-visit for anyone interested in nature and gardening. The gardens are home to a wide variety of plant species, including many that are native to Iceland. The gardens are open year-round, and you can take a guided tour or simply wander around on your own. The Akureyri Church is a beautiful building that dominates the skyline of the city. The church was built in the 1940s and is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. You can take a guided tour of the church to learn more about its history and architecture or simply admire it from the outside.