Best things to do in Akureyri
Find out more about those top places in Akureyri
Perched at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, the dramatic Eyjafjördur, and nestled beneath a towering snow-capped tabletop mountain, Akureyri is Iceland’s picture-perfect second city. However, with only 18 000 residents, do not expect the city to be a bustling metropolis. While Akureyri has a clutch of cool bars, artisanal coffee houses and contemporary art galleries, it has retained a small-town feel that makes it an ideal jumping off point to explore northern Iceland’s natural wonders. In the winter the nearby mountains provide opportunities for both on and off-piste skiing while the Eyjafjördur is accessible for hiking and boat trips in the summer months. What is more, in a country that sometimes feels like an endless expanse of tundra, the forest of Kjarnaskógur offers a welcome change of scenery.
Nestled in the volcanic landscape of northern Iceland, Lake Myvatn is rightly considered one of the country’s most jaw-dropping locations. Tours of the breathtaking lake encompass bubbling geothermal mud-pools, vast lava fields and seismic ravines in the earth’s surface. After all this, you will get the chance to relax at the Myvatn Nature Baths.
To satisfy your inner adrenaline junky, head for Iceland’s raging East Glacial River where you can ride over the heart pumping Screaming Lady and Jumping Rock rapids before admiring the awe-inspiring landscape from the tranquility of the confluence of the East and West rivers.
With a host of impressive vintage airplanes, the Aviation Museum is the best place in Iceland to get to grips with the country’s fascinating history of flight.
To witness the raw power of nature there is no better place to go than the breathtaking Dettifoss Waterfall, which is thought to be Europe’s largest. Every second a massive 400 cubic meters of water plunge over the craggy precipice sending spray into the air that forms spectacular double rainbows in summer.
The Lofthellir Ice Cave is one of Iceland’s most mystical attractions. Dating back nearly four millennia, the cave was formed as a result of explosive volcanic eruptions and today is filled with a phantasmagoria of stalactites and stalagmites all made from ice. For the best experience guided tours are available that reveal the caves many geological secrets.