Akureyri in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Akureyri Airport is 3km south of the city centre.

Air Iceland Connect runs flights up to eight times daily between Akureyri and Reykjavík's domestic airport (45 minutes). They sometimes have a flight to/from Keflavík, for connecting international travellers only – thus you don’t need to travel to Reykjavík’s domestic airport to connect to Akureyri. These flights are only bookable as part of an international flight to and from Iceland with Icelandair.

Norlandair (www.norlandair.is) has flights from Akureyri to Grímsey island (30 minutes) and to Greenland. There's also a weekday link with Vopnafjörður and Þórshöfn in Northeast Iceland.

Super Break (www.superbreak.com) has winter flights serving the UK.

Bus

Bus services are ever-changing in Iceland, so it pays to get up-to-date information on schedules and fares from bus company websites or tourist information centres. Winter services are reduced.

Akureyri is the hub for bus travel in the North, provided by Strætó from a bus stop in front of Hof, with one summer route by SBA-Norðurleið.

Strætó services generally run year-round:

  • Bus 56 to Egilsstaðir (8280kr, 3½ hours), via Mývatn (2760kr, 1½ hours) one daily; drops to four weekly services in winter.
  • Bus 57 to Reykjavík via Rte 1 (10,120kr, 6½ hours, two daily, except one on Saturday).
  • Bus 78 Akureyri–Dalvík–Ólafsfjörður–Siglufjörður (2760kr, 70 minutes, three daily Monday to Friday, one Sunday).
  • Bus 79 to Húsavík (2760kr, 1½ hours, three Monday to Friday, one Saturday, two Sunday).

SBA-Norðurleið service:

  • Bus 610a to Reykjavík via the Kjölur route (17,900kr, 10½ hours, one daily mid-June to mid-September).

Car

After Reykjavík, Akureyri is Iceland’s second transport hub. All the major car-hire firms have representation at the airport. For a fee, most will let you pick up a car in Akureyri and drop it off in Reykjavík or vice versa.

Check out www.samferda.is for information about car-pooling, or check hostel noticeboards.

New Tunnel

A new 7.5km-long road tunnel is being built on the eastern side of Eyjafjörður, which will shorten the Rte 1 journey to Húsavík by about 16km. Drivers will be able to avoid the mountain pass Víkurskarð (often blocked by winter snows). The tunnel is being built under Vaðlaheiði mountain; it's had a few hiccups since construction began, but is expected to be completed in 2019.