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Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri, sits on the shores of the north coast’s Eyjafjordur Fjord - one of the most stunning fjords in Iceland.

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Destination in detail

Not only is Akureyri a perfect destination for an Iceland Northern Lights holiday, it is also an active geothermal region; is a jump off point to whale watching and delivers a winter wonderland for a wide range of fin in the snow. Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri, sits on the shores of the north coast’s Eyjafjordur Fjord - one of the most stunning fjords in Iceland. At 66 degrees north of the Arctic Circle, Akureyri is well-positioned for an Iceland Aurora holiday as well as offering warm hospitality and an authentic Icelandic experience.


65°41′N 18°06′W




125 km2

Time Zone

GMT – 1 hour

Experiences in Akureyri

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Because for us, it's about you

Our itineraries are tailor-made for every customer – based on what you tell us your interests and travel aspirations are. We hear your desires and do our best to avoid your frustrations.

We are genuine

We choose experiences which are authentic to your destination – to help you connect with the culture. Keeping it real and immersing you in the lives of the locals so you can experience their way of life.

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Our team of Travel Designers have first-hand knowledge of the destinations we offer – having travelled and experienced what we offer, we know you will get only the best service and luxury. This keeps our standards high and the relationships with our suppliers strong – so we can go the extra mile for you.

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Our aim is to supply you with the best – of everything. From the personalised service, to the after sales support, to being on call while you are travelling and ensuring our suppliers deliver on our promises – we give it our all at every step of the way.

We aim to promote sustainable travel

We choose the most sustainable options for transfers, accommodation, and activities, wherever possible. We explore multiple options in search of eco-friendly alternatives for you to choose from because we are passionate about our planet and understand the impact travel may have.

Travel Facts

Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.

Getting There

Getting to Akureyri generally requires a domestic flight from Reykjavik, but during the summer direct flights from Copenhagen are possible.

Most major airports support flights direct to Reykjavik with flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri running regularly throughout the day.


Akureyri has one of the warmest average climates in Iceland, with an average summer temperature of 14°C which drops to 0.9°C in the winter. The mountains surrounding the town help to shield it from much of the wind.


Located in the north of Iceland 100 km from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri is surrounded by many mountains with the highest being Kista standing at 1447 metres.

The river Glerá runs through the centre of the town. It originates from the Tröllaskagi glacier located inland.

Plants and Animals

Akureyri has similar wildlife to that of Reykjavik. Wild horses roam free in many areas and can be seen from the roadside.

Much of the island is barren and lacks plants which make Iceland a truly spectacular and special destination.

Many species of marine life thrive in the Icelandic waters including a variety of species of whale making it a great base from which to take a whale watching trip.

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