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

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Experiences in Akureyri

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Tailor-made Design

Our expert Adventure Artists have first-hand knowledge of all of our destinations and can create bespoke itineraries to suit your every taste and requirement whilst providing personal tips and advice for your once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.


Authentic Experiences

Whether you choose to learn all about the Sami lifestyle in the Arctic Circle or head into the rainforests of Costa Rica to see the native wildlife you are guaranteed to have a real, honest experience with hand-picked suppliers and guides. They will bring these experiences to life with genuine passion to fully immerse you in your chosen destination.


Responsible Travel

Ensuring that we are looking after our planet is at the top of our priority list. Partnering with key players in conservation such as WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) means that our holidays are always giving back too.

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.

Let’s plan your holiday

Our experienced and enthusiastic Adventure Artists are waiting to create your very own itinerary. Whatever you are looking for, we can help.

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