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    Botanical Garden

    by shavy Written Nov 24, 2013

    One of the best attractions in Akureyri is the Botanical Gardens they have a fantastic collection of plants and flowers from around Iceland, showcased on a special terrace, and those species from further afield, there is a notable collection of Poppies on display, which draws many horticulturists
    There is no entrance fee

    Small fountain inside the garden

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    The Peturskirkja

    by shavy Written Nov 24, 2013

    This is the separate Catholic church located on a slope, it is a white church with a red roof, if you wandering outside the center not far away from the Lutheran church you will met this small church is on the hilly location of the city, on the way to the Botanic garden
    It doesn't looked like a church, at first I thought was a regular house but then I saw the cross on the angle side of the church, is a very attractive color with the red roof and white combination

    Catholic Church

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    Akureyrarkirkja

    by shavy Written Nov 24, 2013

    This distinctive church it look like the Hallgrimskirkja in Ryjkjavik , and is the cities most recognizable feature, If features a large pipe organ and the stained glass above the alter
    And dominating the town from high on a hill

    It is a Lutheran church

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    Dettifoss

    by travelfrosch Written Aug 1, 2013

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    Dettifoss is the largest-volume waterfall in Europe, and is certainly worth the trouble to go see. Up until 2011, you had to either take a special 4 x 4 tour bus or your own rented 4 x 4 to get there. Now, however, Road 862 is paved from the Ring Road to Dettifoss, and normal cars are allowed to drive up to the west side of the falls (closed in winter and during inclement weather). On the west side, there are no services other than a small outhouse, and you must walk about a mile on gravel paths (stroller semi-friendly) to get to the viewpoint. Road F864 runs up the east side to a ranger station and information office, but this road is for 4 x 4 vehicles only. We rented a regular car, so we went up the west side. Even with the cold rain and wind on our visit, we were glad we made the trek... though Minifrosch was sure to let us know he did not approve of the weather.

    If you don't rent a car, it is possible to visit Dettifoss with an all-day tour option from Akureyri. SBA-Norðurleid Bus 641 departs Akureyri at 8AM daily (Mid June - August) for Dettifoss via Húsavík (stopping also at Goðafoss). The round-trip option allows you 1 hour at Dettifoss before returning to Akureyri (arrival time back in Akureyri 6:25 PM).

    Dettifoss Sara and Minifrosch brave the elements The falls
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    Mývatn

    by travelfrosch Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    Mývatn is a warm volcanic lake to the east of Akureyri. It is famous for its geological formations and abundant bird life. Do be warned: if you go in the summer, be prepared for lots of insects - in fact "Mývatn" can be loosely translated as "Bug Lake." There are some hotels and guest houses in the area should you wish to spend more time in the area, but it is possible to visit Mývatn on a day trip from Akureyri. Scheduled tours and buses can get you here, but it's likely most convenient to rent a car. On a cold, rainy day, we drove around the lake, took some photos, and had a nice lunch.

    A look along the lake M��vatn M��vatn
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    Goðafoss

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 29, 2013

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    One of the most spectacular sights in northern Iceland is Goðafoss, a huge waterfall located about 40 km east of Akureyri. The falls, translated as "Waterfall of the Gods," has a significant place Icelandic religious history. It was a sacred place to worship the Norse Gods. Upon his conversion to Christianity around the year 1000, Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði is said to have thrown the statues of the Norse Gods into the falls.

    There are scheduled buses and tours departing Akureyri for Goðafoss, but probably the easiest way to get to the falls is by car. The gravel parking lot by the observation point has no services, though there is a cafe, souvenir shop, restaurant, and guest house at Fossholl a few hundred meters away.

    Go��afoss Minifrosch observes the falls Impressive Quite a sight Cafe at Fossholl
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    Akureyrarkirkja: The Inside

    by travelfrosch Updated Jul 25, 2013

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    When there isn't a service going on (normally at 9AM), you are normally welcome to enter and view the church (though I've been told the church is locked off-season). The interior is quite majestic. Note the stained glass windows. I've read these windows were originally from Coventry Cathedral, removed during World War II to protect them from the bombs. They eventually made their way here to Akureyri.

    The Interior
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    Akureyrarkirkja

    by travelfrosch Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    It's hard to miss the Akureyrarkirkja, undoubtedly the most distinctive building in town. This church is quite similar to the Halgrímskirkja in Reykjavík -- in fact, it was designed by the same architect, Guðjón Samúelsson. It's especially impressive looking at the structure from the bottom of the long staircase leading up from Hotel Kea on Kaupvangsstræti. On a clear day, look around the back of the church for tremendous views of the fjord and mountains.

    Akureyrarkirkja View from below Climbing the steps... A long climb!
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    The Information center and bus terminal.

    by Regina1965 Updated Aug 23, 2012

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    The Infomation center and bus terminal in Akureyri is located in the main street of Akureyri. From here all the busses from the Icelandic bus company SBA Norðurleið leave, both scheduled bus tours to other parts of the country or organized excursions, of which there are many to beautiful destinations here in the north of Iceland.

    We went on the Jewels of the North excursion from here.

    From here leaves the bus to Reykjavik. I have always found it rather expensive. So I was glad to see that it has been decided (August 2012) that busses from Reykjavik will be going to Akureyri and the fare will only be ISK 7.700 each way. They are organized by our Reykjavik bus system.

    The Information center and bus terminal. The Information center and bus terminal. At the bus terminal in Akureyri. Our bus - The Jewels of the North excursion. SBA - Nor��urlei��

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    EYJAFJÖRÐUR.

    by Regina1965 Updated Aug 23, 2012

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    I have added a special page on Eyjafjörður:

    Eyjafjörður

    The inhabitants in Eyjafjörður are 1.031. The viking settler in Eyjafjörður was Helgi magri or Skinny Helgi.

    Here you have the lovely turf houses of Laufàs, beautiful old churches, the Grundarkirkja church, which is one of the most beautiful churches in Iceland in my opinion, and the old Saurbæjarkirkja turf church and the old church at Munka-Þverá.

    Here you can also find The Christmas house and the wishing well of unborn children. And several museums.

    Here you can find an island which is called The Pearl of Eyjafjörður fjord Hrísey.

    Once a year there is a big festival called The great Fishday in Dalvík village. The theme of the festival is for people to get together, have fun and eat fish :D And the nation is invited to a great sea-food buffet - it is all for free and a lot of people from all over Iceland show up and stay for the night.

    The mother of the Yulelads at the Christmas house. Saurb��jarkirkja turf church. Grundarkirkja church. Lauf��s turf houses. The view of Eyjafj��r��ur.

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    Feeding the ducks and geese on the pond.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    Next to the swimming pool there is a pond with ducks and geese, which I go feed with bread while I visit Akureyri. Last time I visited there were some yellow chicks there, so sweet. But beware of the black-headed gull (see my warning tip). Last time I visited in the summer of 2012 I saw that there is a net over the pond. I was wondering why and threw one piece of bread to the ducks. Immediately the sky got filled with black-headed gull and we had to run away as they were very aggressive. Now I know why the net is there - to protect the ducks and geese from this aggressive bird :(

    The pond is located beneath the swimming pool in quite a steep hill. There is a small park by the pond with sculptures and flowers, so this makes for a nice place to sit down and rest. I used to stop there often just for the flowers as there were rows of snapdragons there, which are my favourite flowers. Didn´t see them the last time I visited though.

    Isn��t it cute? Geese by the pond. Ducks by the pond. The pond. Yes, and the black headed gull :(

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    Take a photo with the parents of the Yulelads.

    by Regina1965 Written Oct 6, 2011

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    You can take your photo in Akureyri with the parents of the Yulelads, who are ogres. They stand in Hafnarstræti, the main shopping street in Akureyri, and are quite grim looking and scary.

    Here in Iceland we have 13 Yulelads, which are quite different from Santa Claus, but now we have all but adopted the American Santa Claus. There are records of names of 80 Yulelads, but somehow these 13 Yulelads have stayed with us until the modern times.

    Our original Yulelads were spranksters and all of them have their special name. 13 days before Christmas the first Yulelad comes to inhabited areas and then a new one arrives every day until the last one arrives on the 24th of December. We Icelanders celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th of December.

    The parents of the Yulelads are Grýla and Leppalúði (see my photo). Grýla is a very bad and grim ogre, and she eats badly behaved children, she comes to pick them up, puts them in her sack and then cooks them in her cauldron

    Grýla and Leppalúði own the Christmas cat, he eats people who don't get any Christmas presents containing clothes. So you better get some soft Christmas presents if you don't want the Christmas cat to eat you ;)

    Gr��la and Leppal����i. Gr��la, Leppal����i and I. Gr��la, Leppal����i and I.

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    The Akureyri swimming pool.

    by Regina1965 Updated Oct 3, 2011

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    I just love the swimming pool at Akureyri and go there every time I visit Akureyri. Swimming pools are a favourite pastime here in Iceland and are heated with natural geothermal water. When ever I (and this goes for most Icelanders) am travelling in Iceland, I seek out the swimming pools. And most of them are excellent.

    The special feature at Akureyri swimming pool are the two small waterfalls and it is absolutely lovely sitting under them. Highly recommended.

    Our swimming pools used to be open much longer at nights, but due to the crisis in Iceland they are now closed way earlier than they used to be.

    Opening hours:
    In summer time: May 28 - September 1st
    Mondays-Fridays: 6:45 - 21:00
    Weekends: 8:00 - 19:30

    Winter: September 1st - May 31st
    Mondays-Fridays: 6:45 - 21:00
    Weekends: 10:00 - 18:30

    Closed on Dec. 25-26, Jan. 1st, May 1st and June 17th.

    Admittance fee: Adults: ISK 450 (2011), kids up to 15 years old: ISK 150.

    I only have photos of the outside of the swimming pool, it is of course frowned upon taking your camera with you to take photos of the pool itself - and cell-phones with cameras are forbidden in the locker room.

    Outside by the swimming pool there is a hot dog stand - take care not to get attacked by the cranky black-headed gulls there - they are nasty :(

    Akureyri swimming pool. Akureyri swimming pool.

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    Check out the cruise liners by the harbour.

    by Regina1965 Written Oct 3, 2011

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    One of the things that I love about Akureyri is that there are always big cruise liners there when I visit. During the summer time a lot of cruise liners stop in Akureyri harbour and the town gets filled with tourists from the cruise liners, it is so lovely.

    As Akueyri stands by one of the longest fjords in Iceland, Eyjafjörður, then it adds a lot of character to the fjord when the cruise liners visit. I just love the sight of them. In the summer 2010 a big yacht of one of the managers of Microsoft visited (see my last two photos) - I remember that they were looking for something in the ocean, forget what though, but it stayed in Eyjafjörður fjord for days.

    Cruise liners visit Akureyri. A yacht belonging to a manager of Microsoft.

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    The obligatory stop at Brynja to buy ice-cream.

    by Regina1965 Updated Oct 2, 2011

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    For most Icelanders there is an obligatory stop at Brynja ice-cream parlour to buy ice-cream - when visiting Akureyri. This is just what is done :) It is almost the best known place in Akureyri :) I haven´t had this ice-cream since I turned vegan though, but my friends say that it is still delicious. But take care - as it is also said that this ice-cream can be addictive ;)

    Fríður Leósdóttir, the owner of Brynja, says that they make their ice-cream from scratch, and that 100 g contain 4,74% fat, 4,43% protein, 17,69% lactose og 23,2% fat-free solid matters - and 130 calories!

    Brynja is open daily from 11:00 - 23:00.

    Do pay it a visit and find out if you like it as much as Icelanders do :)

    Brynja milk-bar. Jonni eating a Brynja ice-cream.

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Akureyri Hotels

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  • Hotel Akureyri

    Hafnarstraeti 67, Akureyri, 600, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Kea

    Hafnarstraeti 87 - 89, Akureyri, IS-602, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Nordurland

    Geislagata 7, Akureyri, 600, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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