Akureyri, capital of the North!
Akureyri is arguably one of the most beautiful towns in Iceland and truly a must visit! Whether it be the botanical garden, art museum, the geothermal swimming pool or a stroll down the shopping street, it is certain that you'll find something fun to do. The landscape of Eyjafjord and the nearby areas is also absolutely breathtaking and certainly not to be missed, along with the summer sunsets and magical winter sunrises!
How to get there?
AirIceland provides great flight connections to Akureyri with both the international and domestic airports. Total duration of the journey is only about 30-45 min. one way!
Check flight options by clicking the links below.
By renting a car you have the freedom to stop and stretch your legs at any point while driving past the beautiful scenery and sights along the way. Driving from RVK-AEY via route 1 is about 4,5 hrs.
There are several bus companies that operate RVK-AEY transfers, but this one is a 10,5 hr. drive is via Kjölur highland road. The tour has some great highlights including Gullfoss, Geysir and Glaciers!
Strætó is the official public transportation in Iceland. In addition to buses in and around Reykjavík, they also have bus routes scheduled to some of the major parts of Iceland. Bus 57 takes you from Reykjavík to Akureyri with a couple of stops on the way via route 1.
How to get around?
Although Akureyri is the second biggest city in Iceland, it is relatively small, and therefore quite accessible by foot. You can park your car at any of the conveniently located car parks in town or get around by bus - both of which are free of charge!
Make sure to get a free parking clock (from the tourist info at HOF, shops, gas stations or banks) to escape tickets!
AKUREYRI CITY BUS
The bus schedule ranges from approx. 06:30-22:30, daily in summer, but winter schedule varies depending on the month.