Despite boasting the second largest population in Iceland after Reykjavik, Akureyi is a cozy town of under 20,000 that provides access to some of Iceland’s most stunning attractions. You’ll find Akureyi at the very end of Eyjafjördur, a magnificent fjord lined with emerald fields that arc toward snow-capped summits. The surrounding Mývatn region is blessed with spectacular waterfalls such as Godafoss, Selfoss and Dettifoss, lauded as the most powerful cascade in Europe. As a soothing respite, step into the geothermically heated waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, soaking in waters rich in beneficial minerals. You’ll be delighted by the Laufás turf houses, whose simple white-and-red façades hold up grass-covered roofs that magically blend into the adjacent hill. Stroll the pathways of the Arctic Botanical Gardens, the world’s northernmost garden of its kind, and marvel at a colorful array of blooms that burst forth in the warmer seasons. For a terrific panorama of the town and countryside, climb the steps to the Akureyrarkirkja church, a splendid example of mid 20th-century architecture, and enjoy Akureyri’s more playful side at the Christmas House, a themed shop and garden that sells Icelandic holiday handicrafts and mouthwatering treats that make for a perfect gift or a tempting indulgence for yourself.
Cuisine always delicious & freshly prepared – nothing too much trouble. Mrs Fiona LincolnCardiff, Great Britain
Exceptional food. Interesting menu options. A delight every lunch & dinner. Mrs Lydia Watson PinneyMidland, Michigan
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