Akureyri has an abundance of places to go for a drink. In recent years, a distinctive and interesting beer culture has emerged in Iceland. This is why most bars in Akureyri have a good selection of beers, and most of them offer beers from micro and local breweries, making Akureyri a perfect place for beer enthusiasts.
Akureyri is home to one of the most popular concert venues in the country. It’s a small venue with frequent concerts with Iceland’s most popular bands. The size and closeness of the venue creates a unique connection between the audience and the musicians.
For late nightlife and discos, Café Amour, Nordlenski barinn and Pósthússbarinn are the places to go.
There is no shortage of places to grab a quick bite in Akureyri. Everything from gourmet burgers to sushi and Mexican food to the traditional Icelandic ‘sjoppufæði’ – make sure you try the signature Akureyri burger, cheeseburger with fries as a topping instead of a side.
We also recommend all art lovers to stroll down Art’s Valley on a weekend. The real name of the street is Kaupvangsstræti and is the centre of cultural life in Akureyri. It is home to Akureyri Art museum, the Akureyri School of Visual Arts and North Iceland artist’s studios, smaller galleries and exhibition spaces. The multipurpose Deiglan regularly houses cultural event and Ketilhúsið exhibits local and international artists. Kaktus is a newly founded and very active art gallery that both exhibits art and hosts small and intimate events. For more information see Art’s Valley website
Akureyri has an abundance of interesting museums such as The Aviation Museum, The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland, The Centre Of Visual Arts and many more.
The Botanic Garden is a beautiful place to explore during the summer months. The garden is meant to function as genebank for hardy plants suitable to the weather conditions in Iceland. Apart from this, the general function of the garden is multiple, such as for seed-exchange, public information, education and recreation. With more than 7.000 different species of plants, flowers, and trees it is the perfect place for a picnic or a relaxing walk. The coffee house, Björk, is situated in the garden and offers its guests a tranquil environment while enjoying a refreshment.
Kjarnaskógur is a manmade forest, located a short drive from Akureyri. It spans an area of 600 hectares and has more than a million trees of various species. It has very popular hiking and cycling trails but it is also a great destination for a day of family fun as the forest has playgrounds, picnic areas, barbeque facilities, volleyball court and restrooms. The forest is also known for its varied bird life, so every bird lover should make sure they pay the bird watching shelter at Hundatjörn a visit.
For more information, it’s best to contact the Tourist Information Centre, located at Hof.
The Akureyri Golf Club is located just outside Akureyri and has an 18 hole golf, par 71 golf course called Jaðarsvöllur. The club has all necessary facilities such as changing rooms, a restaurant, bar and a golf shop. Golf clubs are available for hire at the site.
For enthusiastic golfers, it’s a must to experience midnight golfing. Only a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle, Jaðarsvöllur basks in perpetual daylight from June to early August, and you can play golf there around the clock but make sure you book ahead for the midnight tee-off. The course is also home to the annual 36-hole Arctic Open, a tournament played over two nights in late June and is open for both amateurs and professionals.
Mountain Hlíðarfjall has been one of Iceland’s prime ski locations for decades. It is located about 5 km outside Akureyri and consists of 7 ski lifts and 24 different skiing paths covering all skill levels. The area has a vertical drop of 455 m, with the longest trail being over 2.5 km. There is also 20 km of cross-country ski routes. All equipment skis and snowboards can be rented at the resort and buses run from Akureyri but more information can be found on their website. The ski season usually runs between December and late April, with the best conditions in February and March (Easter is particularly busy). In the long hours of winter darkness, many of the downhill runs are floodlit.
The Northern Lights must be one of Iceland’s most sought after winter attraction. It is one of the most spectacular shows and can frequently be seen in Akureyri and surroundings from September to mid-April on clear nights. The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. There is a range of Northern Light tours operating from Akureyri where you can experience the Northern Lights either on a boat, on a horse, whilst skiing on mountain tops or simply by foot. Make sure you have your photography gears with you as Mother Nature will display a show you will want to capture.
On this website, you have a look at the weather forecast for Northern Lights in Iceland. Dark, clear skies, and cold air are the best conditions to see them.