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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 Cafe in Greater Akureyri

Kaffi Kú

Kaffi Kú (11km southeast of Akureyri) is a perfect pit stop in pastoral Eyjafjarðarsveit. Dine above a high-tech cowshed (you can watch the cows queue to be milked by a 'robot') on excellent beef goulash or roast-be…
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 burgers, super-fresh sushi, lamb should…
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 …
Top Choice Bar in Akureyri

Ölstofa Akureyrar

The place in town for draft and local beers, this convivial spot has recently partnered with local (and well-loved) brewery, Einstök, to create a brewer's lounge ( where you sample their delicio…
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 Clothing in Akureyri


We covet everything in this unique store, from the woollen blankets to the hipster-chic lopapeysur (traditional Icelandic sweaters) and the old Iceland maps. It looks like it dresses all the stylish lumbersexuals in…
Top Choice Design in Akureyri


This artist-run collective selling creative designware and handicrafts tries for sustainability and reuse in the materials in its goods.
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…
Desserts in Akureyri

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Suffering afternoon sluggishness? Get your sugar rush courtesy of the great-value high tea served every afternoon in the smart lounge of the Icelandair hotel. You'll be served a three-tiered tray of delights: savour…