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 Museum in Greater Akureyri

Icelandic Folk & Outsider Art Museum

This excellent, eclectic museum 12km from Akureyri on Rte 1 (look for the sculpture of a tall blue man out the front) is a beautiful space filled with sunlight, plant life and an intriguing array of art through the …
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…
Museum in Greater Akureyri


North of Akureyri, on the road to Grenivík you'll find the beautifully photogenic turf houses at Laufás, a preserved manor farm dating from the 1860s. There's a small timber church from the same era. A cafe sells ha…
Museum in Akureyri

Akureyri Art Museum

Stimulate your senses at the Akureyri Art Museum, which hosts eclectic, innovative exhibitions – from graphic design to portraiture – and is surrounded by a handful of local galleries. At the time of research, it wa…
Museum in Akureyri

Into the Arctic

Akureyri's newest entry on the exhibition scene, Into the Arctic displays cover the great north's wildlife, settlement, explorers, and culture, from dog sledding and aviation to handicrafts. The founders' extensive …
Museum in Akureyri


The most interesting of the artists’ residences in Akureyri, Nonnahús was the childhood home of renowned children’s writer Reverend Jón Sveinsson (1857–1944), known to most as Nonni. His old-fashioned tales of derri…
Village in Greater Akureyri


Hjalteyri (population 43) was once a major herring harbour, and its old fish factory was Iceland's largest herring-processing plant when it was built in 1937. The herring disappeared in the 1960s and the factory was…
Museum in Akureyri

Akureyri Museum

This sweet, well-curated museum houses art and historical items relating to town life, including maps, photos and re-creations of early Icelandic homes. The museum garden became the first place in Iceland to cultiva…
Church in Akureyri

Catholic Church

The Catholic church is an attractive old red-and-white house built in 1912 and acquired by the church in 1952. On the nearby roundabout is Einar Jónsson’s sculpture Útlaginn (the Outlaw).