The fourth largest town of the country is often called "The Capital of the
North" and also "The Danish Town". Its oldest parts are situated on the
southernmost narrow strip of land and the spit of land, called
the end of the long bay Eyjafiordur. The younger parts are in the slopes above
and the former community Glera Village, north of river Glera.
The original trading post received its municipal rights with the
capital and three others in 1786. These rights of Akureyri were
revoked, but granted again in 1862.
boasts of a thriving cultural life, artists shops and galleries, museums, a college, a university and other schools.
Its older church is one of the most beautiful of the country and well worth visiting.
The skiing resort in the slopes of
Mt Hlidarfjall, just west of
town, is one of the best and popular in the country.
The Botanical Garden (Lystigardur) and the recreational forest Kjarnaskogur
attract many visitors.
The town offers all necessary services to travellers,
many interesting sightseeing tours, angling in lakes, rivers and the sea, a colourful
you are travelling in winter to the west across the moorland
Oxnadalsheidi, you should take a look at the current road and weather
The distance from the capital is 389 km by the Whale Bay
Varmahlid (road #1) 94 km, Dalvik
44 km. <Akureyri>
Myvatn 99 km,
Husavik 91 km, Laugafell
via Valley Eyjafjardardalur 82 km.
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