On your drive to Akureyri, the “Capital of North Iceland”, the scenery includes some of the most beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords of Iceland. On arrival to the city, take a break to enjoy the cosy cafés and small shops. We also recommend taking a walk in the historical town centre along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum. For those that want to hit the slopes, Akureyri has one of Iceland’s best ski areas.
Another more leisurely option is to explore Eyjafjörður, the beautiful fjord where Akureyri is located. One of the notable sights in this area is Jólahúsið (“Christmas House”), where you can learn about Icelandic Yuletide traditions and the thirteen “Yule lads”, the local Santa alternatives. We also recommend the home-made ice cream from the nearby Holtsel farm, but remember to save some room for dinner at one of Akureyri’s charming restaurants!
Spend the next three nights in the Akureyri area.
Driving distance approx. 120 km / 75 mi.