Centre for Visual Arts
Stimulate your senses with a browse at this free arts centre, which combines the Akureyri Art Museum with a handful of local galleries...
Offers a rich and diverse year-round program of excursions and activities throughout the north – obvious destinations like Mývatn,...
The bus company runs a range of sightseeing tours in north Iceland, with popular destinations including Mývatn, Dettifoss, Húsavík and...
Always a hub of convivial main-street activity, the fun, timber-clad bar at Akureyri Backpackers is beloved of both travellers and...
Iceland is one of few countries without McDonald's, but who needs them? Part of a small chain, the Hamburger Factory gives you a choice...
Eyrarlandsvegur · interesting places nearby
Dominating the town from high on a hill, Akureyri’s landmark church was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the architect responsible for Reykjavík’s Hallgrímskirkja. Although the basalt theme connects them, Akureyrarkirkja looks more like a stylised 1920s US skyscraper than its big-city brother.
Built in 1940, the church contains a large 3200-pipe organ and a series of rather untraditional reliefs of the life of Christ. There’s also a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling, reflecting an old Nordic tradition of votive offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea. Perhaps the most striking feature is the beautiful central window in the chancel, which originally graced Coventry Cathedral in England.
The church admits visitors most days; check the board outside for opening times, as they change frequently.