Akureyri, is the second largest urban area, after the capital area of Reykjavík, and the centre of trade and services in northern Iceland. It is also a town of culture and education, often called a school town as it boasts many educational estabishments, including a university. Fishing and fish processing centres also make their mark on the town.
The original “Akureyri” is a small gravel bank below Búðargil formed from the deposits of a creek flowing through the gulley. The market town’s first settlement was built there, and the town’s oldest house, Laxdalshús at Hafnarstræti 11, can still be found at this location. The house was built in 1795.
There are records of trade in Akureyri going as far back as 1602. In 1787 the town gained municipal rights, and it obtained its municipal charter in 1862, since then it has had its own town council.
Akureyri is heated with geothermal water coming from Laugaland and Hjalteyri in Eyjafjörður.
Within the Akureyri town limits there are many interesting recreation areas and hiking paths. The Akureyri Botanical Garden, Lystigarðurinn is known far and wide for its beautiful walking paths and luxuriant flora. One of Akureyri’s gems, it was founded in 1911, and it contains nearly every plant found in Iceland ca. 450 and nearly 7,000 foreign plants.
The town has many museums, e.g. notable museums like Akureyri Museum, Aviation Museum, Industrial Museum, Motorcycle Museum, Art Museum, Nonni Museum, Memorial Museums Sigurhæð and Davíðshús commemoration the life’s of two of Iceland’s most loved poets.
Akureyri and the surrounding area offers a number of annual events as well as many occasional concerts, exhibitions, theatre ect. For more details visit the event calender at www.visitakureyri.is/en