Known for its natural beauty and opportunity for adventure, Iceland’s northern “capital” city, Akureyri, offers something for everyone! Whether it’s witnessing the northern lights, visiting natural hot springs or exploring national parks, endless excitement awaits. Keep reading to learn more about some of the best attractions to visit in Akureyri and the northern region of Iceland!
Nicknamed the “waterfall of the gods,” this incredible waterfall stretches over 30 meters across the Skjálfandafljót River. Walk to both sides of the horseshoe-shaped falls to see a different perspective from each side!
Grjótagjá Lava Cave
Climb through a tunnel into a different world to explore the Grjótagjá lava cave. Visiting in the winter? Bring a swimsuit to take a dip in the naturally steaming pool that’s too hot for a summer day!
Akureyri Art Museum
Take in some Icelandic culture at the Akureyri Art Museum. As one of Iceland’s youngest museums, it has exhibits of old and new Icelandic art, as well as foreign artists.
Hverir Geothermal Area
This high-temperature geothermal area is famous for its huge bubbling mud pools, red soil, and steaming fumaroles that emit sulfuric gas.
Akureyri Botanical Garden
Take in Iceland’s natural beauty and learn about the wildlife of the northern region at the Akureyri Botanical garden. This garden houses over 7,000 species Arctic species, with 400 of them native to Iceland!
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