The first time I ever red the name of Akureyri was in a Tintin (Hergé's comic hero) adventure, "The Shooting Star":
Akureyri was a main setting, the dock was even roughly depicted:
But I could not guess then what a remote northern location that was.
Akureyri is in fact an important port and fisheries centre in northern Iceland. It is Iceland's second largest town, in an area that has been settled from the 9th century.
Population: ~18 000
Coordinates: 65°41′ N, 18°06′ W
Akureyri is at the end of the Eyjafjördur, the longest fjord in the island, and is surrounded by mountains reaching 1500 m. The Arctic Circle in only 60 km north of Akureyri but the climate is generally mild, with summer temperatures up to 25°C and winter temperatures in average around 0˚C.
The climate in Akureyri is relatively mild due to geographical factors, and the city's ice-free harbor in the Eyjafjördur has played a significant role in its history.
Shops in Hafnarstræti include Eymundsson bookstore:
The core of the town's character can be found in the Old Town of Akureyri - called Innbærinn.
Several old timber houses participate in the town's relaxed atmosphere.
During the summer there are several festivals in Akureyri and its surroundings - as the medieval festival held every summer at Gásir, or the Akureyri Music Festival, for example. Akureyri has one of the largest libraries in the country. And besides a robust cultural scene, the town also has reputable restaurants, like RUB 23:
Another is the Bryggjan, by the fjord's waters, on Strandgata, the harbour promenade:
Bryggjan, a wooden house built in 1878.
The building's history is an inherent part of Akureyri, being the oldest house on the harbour promenade.
The Botanical Gardens
Lystigarður Akureyrar, in the vicinity of Akureyri, are the most northerly botanical gardens in the world. Located about 45 feet above the waters of the Eyjafjörður and just about 50 km south of the Arctic Circle .
Founded in 1910, it's the first public park in Iceland. Besides being a place of peace and tranquility, the garden has been testing shrubs, trees and other plants surviving conditions at the edge of the Arctic.
Large cruise ships became frequent visitors in the harbour - visiting the city and its fabulous surroundigns, like the fjord, the mountains and the famous Goðafoss