Local info

Some basic facts

Akureyri is the center of culture, education and leisure activities in North Iceland and is by far the largest community outside the Reykjavk capital area. Its a pretty town with lots of trees, stunning views and is 40km from the Arctic Circle.

Akureyri hostel

Just 45 minutes by air or if you like the open road, five hours drive from Reykjavk, Akureyri is a town with well-developed services and offers a selection of attractions throughout the year. With a population of just over 17.000 people the town punches above its weight and you may be surprised by the range of what our friendly little town has to offer. Were perhaps a little biased as we live here, but we think its the perfect location whether youre into museums and culture or the great outdoors.

In this area you can raft the most extreme rapids in Iceland, go skiing or whale watching and you can swim in a selection of fabulous, geothermallly heated outdoor pools. And were a friendly bunch (we might have mentioned that already). We like it when travelers and tourists come to see us.

Well, you might be asking Just how cold does it get up there, then? Akureyri has a mild climate during summer with the average temperature in July around 12.5 C and in the winter it averages around zero in the town.

Stuff to do

Winter Sports
ski touring in IcelandInto your winter sports? Youve found the ideal spot. Now designated as the winter sports center of Iceland, Akureyri has some of the finest ski slopes in Iceland and is known for all kinds of winter activities, including snowmobiling, ski touring, snow scooters, ice fishing and mountaineering. The biggest ski area in Iceland is right on the towns doorsteps, and in close by towns youll find several smaller ski areas.

Paradise for Nature Lovers
For water babies and nature lovers, a short distance away youll find the most beautiful natural wonders of Iceland, such as waterfalls, hot springs, canyons and volcanic areas. Were also close to the gorgeous Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve where youll find the bird life exceptionally varied and unique.

A sizeable community has developed around Myvatn.Here you can find bizarre natural lava sculptures standing out in and around the lake, while the geothermal fields are painted in all colors of the rainbow.Some way to the east, Jkulsrgljfur National Park completes the norths triangle of "musts" stretching along a majestic canyon which includes the thundering and roaring Dettifoss, Europes most powerful waterfall.

Our Team
The Akureyri Backpackers staff are all out going, cheery folk who love meeting new people and sharing their passion for Akureyri and the great, Icelandic outdoors. Got a question? No matter how big or small, were at hand to help. Anything from what hiking routes to take, where you can get the best pizza in town, whats our number one tip as a local and whether or not you should go on a wild rafting adventure (the answer is always that you should). Our staff members are always happy to help.

Akureyri's Culture

The people of Akureyri are extremely active when it comes to culture and arts. Akureyri offers plenty of events and museums, cultural and history, most of them located in walking distance from Akureyri Backpackers. You can for example walk up and down the Arts' alley and explore the latest exhibitions. The staff at Akureyri Backpackers is more than happy to tell you more, but here are some of our favorites:


Akureyri Museum (Minjasafni Akureyri)

Center for visual arts (Sjnlistamistin)

The Aviation Museum (Flugsafni)

Akureyri Museum of Industry (Inaarsafni)

Concert venues

The Green Hat *Our pick*

Hof Cultural and Conference Center

Happenings and Music Festivals

Akureyri Town Festival (Akureyrarvaka)

The Arctic Open Tournamentif you love golf

AK Extreme Snowboard and Music Festival

Shopping in Akureyri

Akureyri offers all kinds of shops; clothing, books, souvenirs, craft and design etc. Akureyri Backpackers is located on the main shopping street, Hafnarstrti, and the shopping mall is just a few minutes away. Heres a little more information on some shops:

Kistaoffers a great selection of Icelandic design. Its located at the Culture and Conference Center, Hof.

Shopping Mall Glerrtorg is our shopping mall. Located just a few minutes from the city center, you can either walk or take the bus, which is free in Akureyri. For more information on stores available, visit Glerrtorg'swebsiteor ask the staff at Akureyri Backpackers.

Nightlife in Akureyri

When it comes to nightlife, Akureyri offers something for everyone; bars, clubs, pubs etc. What does it mean to party in Iceland? Well, Icelanders start their parties late and party on until late in the morning. If you'd like to start your party early, you can start at our bar and head out to the parties later on.

Akureyri hostel

Akureyri Backpackers | Hafnarstrti 98 | 600 Akureyri - Iceland | TEL. + 354 571 9050 | akureyri@backpackers.is