Akureyri is the capital of North Iceland and one day is barely enough time to truly enjoy what it has to offer. With limited time, we recommend that you aim for an early rise and start our day by exploring the landscapes around Eyjafjord, and what better way to do this than on the Icelandic horse? Katur horse rental offers short tours during mornings where you can arrange for a pick up near your accommodation. In our opinion, there is no better way to connect with nature than on a horseback. After the tour, grab a ‘pulsa’ for a quick meal and head to one of the local swimming pools, to relax and reflect on the experience you just had while the kids can have fun in the waterslides and splash pools. It doesn’t matter the weather, the swimming pools are always a great way to unwind.
Wow, you should be getting quite hungry at this time, after all these adventures. Kaffi Ilmur is a great place for a delicious lunch. Treat yourself, by having a traditional Icelandic dessert afterwards along with a good cup of coffee like a true Icelander.
Kaffi Ilmur is located in the centre of downtown Akureyri so we would recommend that you take a stroll around the town centre and even use the opportunity to do some shopping if needed. At the start of the Göngugata, you will have Eymundsson bookstore and must not be missed by any book lover.
If you buy one souvenir in Iceland, it should be the Icelandic sweater. You will see people wearing them everywhere, and you can visit Fold Anna to get your own. Fold Anna is the only shop in Iceland that sell hand knitted sweaters. Head for Hornið if you need any outerwear clothing or equipment for further travels or activities.
When it’s time for dinner, Bautinn is an excellent choice because of it’s diverse menu and good prices. Have in mind that it might be a good idea to book a table in advance, especially during weekends and the high season. If you are feeling frisky after a delicious meal at Bautinn, you can just cross the street and have an excellent drink or cocktail at Mulaberg Bar and Bistro to put an end to a lovely day.