Nature & Environment Jun 24, 2015

Akureyri Named #1 in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best Places in Europe 2015’

Iceland’s 2nd largest city entices visitors with its restaurants, natural attractions and events.

Akureyri is home to only 18,000 residents but still remains the second largest city in Iceland due to the country’s small size. Its easy-going feel and rich culture make it an especially unique destination for travelers. Recently, Lonely Planet named Akureyri #1 on its list of the best places to visit in Europe, highlighting the northern city’s various natural attractions, quality restaurants and lively events.

In Akureyri, you can visit Lake Mývatn, where Game of Thrones’ ‘beyond the Wall’ is filmed, or stop by fishing village of Siglufjörður, home to many lava fields, volcanoes, and glaciers. You can also learn about the city’s rich culture at its various museums and small shops that are owned by local artisans. If you’re looking for a more lively experience in Akureyri, be sure to check out its many festivals, including the The Great Fish Day of Dalvík coming up in August or the Akureyri Summer Arts Festival going on now!

9 fun facts about Akureyri and other parts of Northern Iceland:

  1. Akureyri has the northernmost botanical gardens in the world

  2. Grimsey Island is Iceland’s only point touching the Arctic Circle

  3. Akureyri has the world’s northernmost 18-hole golf course

  4. Temperatures in North Iceland are higher than in Reykjavik

  5. Lake Myvatn is a film locale in cult TV series Game of Thrones

  6. Dettifoss in North Iceland is Europe’s most powerful waterfall

  7. Akureyri has the most ski slopes in Iceland – which is why it hosts Iceland’s Winter Games

  8. Siglufjordur hosts the award-winning Herring Era Museum

  9. Lake Myvatn is the purported home of Iceland’s Yuletide lads

Book your trip to Akureyri on Icelandair today and check out the photos below for an inside look at this lively Icelandic city!