The Capital of North Iceland

Akureyri is considered a city, in fact Iceland’s second largest, even though its total population is only about 18,000.

Set on the shores of one of Iceland’s most spectacular fjords, with a backdrop of countryside earth tones and greens and perennially snow-capped mountains, it is quite a sight to behold.

Weather patterns here are a bit of a puzzle - only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, summer temperatures can soar as high as 60°F. No surprise then that a main attraction is the Botanical Gardens, where over 2,000 species of native and non-native plants flourish without benefit of a greenhouse.

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Akureyri Church

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Akureyri Church

Akureyri Church

Located on a hilltop, the church has been a dominating figure over the town since it was built in 1940. Inside, stained glass windows depict scenes from Icelandic history. A model ship hangs from the ceiling, meant to signify protection for the parish’s fishermen while at sea.

Akureyri Folk Museum

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Akureyri Folk Museum

Akureyri Folk Museum

A vast collection of memorabilia, tools, and black and white photography from 19th century Icelandic farms can be seen at this museum. The art on display helps provide a fuller and deeper understanding of Icelandic culture and life.

Botanical Gardens

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Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

These gardens contain examples of every species of indigenous plant life found on the island of Iceland. Additionally, there is a large collection of high-altitude plants from around the world, with plants from as far away as New Zealand, Spain, and Tanzania also on display.

Akureyri, Iceland At a glance

Current Weather:
Partly Cloudy (Night)
8°C / 46 °F
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Mostly Cloudy (Day)
Mostly Cloudy (Day)
Scattered Thunderstorms
Current Time:
1:41:08 pm2018/06/20 13:41:08 pm
Wednesday, June 20
UTC/GMT +00:00
Icelandic Krona
Exchange Rates:
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Local Details:
GPS: 65°41'1.92"N 18°6'37.66"W
Size: 125.00 KM2 (48.26 MI2)
Population: 17,754
Density: 142 Pop/KM2 (55 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +354

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