Akureyri, 45 minutes by air or a five-hour drive from Reykjavik, is a natural base for travelers with a whole world of nature right on its doorstep. The town makes an ideal choice for winter breaks, with some of the finest ski slopes in Iceland as well as opportunities for snowmobiling, horse rentals, ice fishing and Northern Lights hunting.

Often referred to as the ‘Capital of the North,’ Akureyri is Iceland‘s second largest city. Located only 96 kilometers (60 mi) away from the Arctic Circle, it is a surprisingly green community with lush vegetation and delightful Botanical Gardens. The town boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Every June Akureyri hosts the Arctic Open, the northernmost golf tournament in the world with a midnight tee time during the Midnight Sun.

Things to do in Akureyri

The northerly town takes great pride in its reputation as a center of education, culture and services in Eyjafjordur Fjord and rightly so. Enjoy the full program of cultural events as well as the trendy Listagil area that is exclusively dedicated to culture, art and fine food made from local ingredients.

Hlidarfjall mountain in Akureyri is also one of the most popular ski resort in Iceland. Many Icelanders visit the town during winter to enjoy winter sports.

Check out our complete guide to travelling in North Iceland.