Iceland is a truly amazing destination, and the city of Akureyri is no exception. Situated in north-east Iceland, it is surrounded by mountains towering over 1,500 metres, and is in one of the longest fjords in the country. Akureyri is only 60 kilometres north of The Arctic Circle, and is Iceland's second biggest urban area.
It is often referred to as the Capital of North Iceland, however, the city is an extremely important port and fishing hub. It has a population of almost 18,000 people, and the city consumes around 125 square kilometres. Indications show that the area of Akureyri was settled as early as the 800's, but was not listed under municipal charter until 1786. During World War II, the city was actually used as a hosting point for Allied troops.
Akureyri has a wide range of activities and interesting attractions. It is home to the world's most northerly botanic garden notable museums, the best skiing area in the country, an 18-hole golf course, one of Iceland's most popular swimming facilities, unbelievable hiking trails and even a free city bus.
Akureyri is an excellent starting point for many of Iceland's most beautiful, natural and scenic wonders such as the volcanic areas, canyons and waterfalls. Other exciting outdoor activities include whale watching, fishing, river rafting, hiking, and horse riding.