Akureyri is with 17.250 inhabitants Iceland's fourth largest city, although it is considered the second city by many and also the capital of the North. The location and accessibility of the city makes it the main transport hub for the region.
The city has it's own airport for internal transfers to Reykjavik. It serves as an ideal base for exploring the North of the country with Myvatn, Husavik and the waterfalls of Dentifoss all within easy travelling distance.
One of the most extraordinary aspects of Akureyri is its temperate climate in the summmer months. Although its sits only 60 miles from Arctic Circle, it has some of the best weather and clearest skies in Iceland. Summer temperatures frequently reach 20C, making the city a popular weekend getaway for residents of Reykjavik.
The city is nestled between a fjord and a mountain range. The mountains are capped by snow year round, and in the winter they offer the best skiing in the country. The fjord is often home to migratory whales during summer.
There are a number of restaurants, bars and coffee shops serving a wide variety of cuisine. The coffee houses are especially good for relaxing with your choice of beverage and a fattening cake. The restaurants serve traditional Icelandic dishes, seafood and there are Italian and Chinese restaurants too.
Some of the well know landmarks include: Akureyrarkirkja (the distinctive church), Lystigarður Akureyrar (Botanical Gardens), and traditional turf homes.