Top things to do

Top Choice International in Akureyri


Huge windows with fjord views lend a magical glitz to this 5th-floor restaurant, and the cool cocktails help things along. The menu showcases prime Icelandic produce (reindeer burger, super-fresh sushi, lamb shoulde…
Top Choice Live Music in Akureyri

Græni Hatturinn

Tucked down a lane beside Blaá Kannan, this intimate venue is the best place in town to see live music – and one of the best in the country. If you get the chance, buy a ticket to anything going.
Top Choice Church in Akureyri


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, Akureyrarkir…
Top Choice Gardens in Akureyri


The most northerly botanical garden in the world makes a delightful spot for a fragrant wander on sunny days. The wealth of plant life on display is truly astonishing considering the gardens’ proximity to the Arctic…
Top Choice Clothing in Akureyri


We covet everything in this unique store, from the woollen blankets to the hipster-chic lopapeysur and the old Iceland maps. It looks like it dresses all the stylish lumbersexuals in town.
Top Choice Cafe in Around Akureyri

Kaffi Kú

Kaffi Kú is a perfect pit stop in pastoral Eyjafjarðarsveit (11km from Akureyri). Dine above a high-tech cowshed (you can watch the cows queue to be milked by a 'robot') on excellent beef goulash or roast-beef bagel…
Top Choice Cafe in Akureyri


Breakfast served all day? Hello Berlin! If you need a fix of bacon and eggs or avocado on toast, this cosy timber-lined cafe is your spot. Good coffee is a bonus, and you can linger over waffles with caramel sauce t…
Ice Cream in Akureyri


This legendary sweet shop is known across Iceland for the best ice cream in the country (it’s made with milk, not cream). It’s 500m downhill from the botanical garden.
International in Akureyri


Family friendly and always full to bursting, Greifinn is one of the most popular spots in town. The menu favours comfort food above all: ribs and wings, juicy burgers, pizzas, pastas, milkshakes and devilish ice-cre…
Cinema in Akureyri


Shows original-version mainstream films.