Things to do in Akureyri
—01 Græni Hatturinn, Concert venue
Græni Hatturinn is a concert venue located close to the city center, they have a schedule with Icelandic bands every weekend and some on Thursdays, if you are staying over night in Akureyri this is the place to be during the evening. They house and decoration inside is just amazing it gives the place a special character. The venue is famous in Iceland for it’s great atmosphere, many of the most well known bands from Iceland have played at Græni Hatturinn Kaleo, Of Monsters And Men, John Grant, Asgeir Trausti, Agent Fresco, Mezzoforte, Focus and so many more.
—02 Culture Walk/Drive
List of attractions from the map
If you are arriving on cruise ship or by car to Akureyri, I would recommend doing this walking or driving or even by bus witch are free, on this route you will find most of the museums in Akureyri
A. Art Museum
The Museum opened its galleries on August 29th 1993 and is the oldest of those three establishments. For the past two decades it has been the flagship of the Art Canyon and has played a prominent role in the cultural life of Akureyri as the first institution outside Reykjavík to concentrate solely on visual arts.
B. Akureyri Curch ( You can also visit “Sigurhæðir” memorial museum located below the church)
The Akureyri church is the symbol of Akureyri. It is a Lutheran church and was designed by architect Gudjon Samuelsson and consecrated in 1940.
The garden is on of the northern most botanical gardens in the world. The Public Park was opened in 1912 but the Botanic section in 1957.
D. Nonnahús (In the same street there is also “Old toys museum”)
The Nonni House was the childhood home of the writer and Jesuit priest Jón Sveinsson, who used the pen name Nonni. The house was built in 1850 and is today one of Akureyri´s oldest buildings.
The aim of Akureyri Museum is the collection, preservation and study of objects and records relating to cultural history, especially such as may throw light upon the daily lives of people in the Eyjafjörður district and their industries.
F. Icelandic Motorcycle Museum( In same place you will have Industry museum witch is my favorite)
This new museum opened in May 2011, covers the history of motorcycles in Iceland the last 100 years. Motorcycles from all over, objects and artefacts relating to the history of motorcycles in Iceland in a stunning 800 square meter building, that was especially designed for the museum.
At the Aviation Museum in Akureyri, founded on 1 May 1999 and formally opened 24 June 2000, the story of aviation in Iceland is traced right up to the present time.
You can also rent a bike in town and take this route.
—03 Whale watching
Whale watching tours from Akureyri are getting more and more popular and there is a good reason behind it, 90% success in 2015 and 2016. Our friends from Whale Watching Akureyri offer both rib boat and the casual ones. I recommend going on the rib boat, it’s more expensive, but it’s totally worth it, you can get closer to them on the rib boat as you can see on the video to the right.