Flights to Akureyri
Nicknamed the Capital of the North of Iceland, the city Akureyri is famous for its ice-free harbour. The town has museums and pretty buildings to visit, and makes a good base for exploring some of the more remote areas of Northern Iceland.
The local Akureyi Airport (airport code: AEY) only handles a small number of local flights to Akureyri, so you should arrive at Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport (code: KEF) and get a flight to Akureyri with Air Iceland. From South Africa you can get to Reykjavik on a flight with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways that connects once in London, or have 2 connections with Lufthansa, in Frankfurt and Oslo. Most flights to Akureyri are at least 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Akureyri:
With the capital of Iceland being situated in the south of the country, sometimes the north of Iceland is overlooked by tourists, but this shouldn’t be the case. The scenery is just as beautiful and there’s plenty of culture to experience in the north too. What better place to do it than in the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri?!
A good place to start your visit to Akureyri is the town’s museum. This modern facility has a historic twist as it’s set within gardens that feature a 19th century church. The museum itself concentrates on the history of Akureyri and its development from the 19th century onwards, plus there are usually additional temporary exhibitions on display here too.
Akureyri Art Museum
Another museum to visit is the Akureyri Art Museum; the only art museum in Iceland that is situated outside of the Greater Reykjavik Area. The historic building in the centre of Akureyri was once home to a dairy and the museum has featured numerous Icelandic artists since opening in 1993.
Considering the size of Akureyri there are really quite a lot of museums here. In addition to the above two there’s a museum dedicated to motorcycles, one to industry, and another to aviation. There are also two smaller museums, one dedicated to an Icelandic poet and another to a writer.
Akureyri Botanical Gardens
The Akureyri Botanical Gardens are famous for being the most northerly botanical gardens in the world. The attraction is both a public park and gardens and features both local native species and around 6,600 species from around the world.
Akureyri Golf Course
While visiting Akureyri you can also play a round of golf at the world’s most northerly 18-hole golf course, Akureyri Golf Course. The course is par 71 and as well as being an attractively laid out course, it’s set within beautiful scenery and surrounding.
When Should You Visit?:
As you would expect from such a northerly location, Akureyri has a sub Arctic climate. Winters are cold and dark with an average of no sunshine at all in December, and barely any in January. This means the summer months are most favourable, but pack warm clothes as the average highs are only in the low to mid teens Celsius.