5 Ways To Make Your Trip To Akureyri Unforgettable

Akureyri, the capital of Iceland’s Northern Region, draws tourists from all over the world with its natural beauty and charming vibe. The city can easily be explored in just one day, but it’s also easy to prolong your stay and make it unforgettable by following these five tips on things to do in Akureyri to make your trip unforgettable.

5 Ways to Make Your Trip to Akureyri Unforgettable

1) Explore the Nature of Akureyri

If you’re in town for a few days, make sure to get outside. Exploring Akureyri’s nature is a great way to spend an afternoon—even if it involves something as simple as walking around lake Þingvallavatn. If hiking or camping isn’t your thing, you can also join a tour of Vatnajökull National Park; at just over 8,000 acres (3,200 hectares), Vatnajökull is one of Iceland’s largest national parks and is home to some fascinating natural features. In fact, UNESCO named Vatnajökull a World Heritage Site in 2008. And if you really want to immerse yourself in nature, consider booking a trip with Arctic Adventures. Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Akureyri, their activities include snowmobiling through glaciers and waterfalls, kayaking tours of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, whale watching trips, snorkelling tours, and so much more. 

2) Stay in a Good Hotel

The first step in making your trip to Akureyri unforgettable is staying in a good hotel. There are many hotels and guesthouses in Akureyri, Iceland’s northernmost capital, but you will want to choose one that makes you feel at home. Maybe you’re used to staying in luxury hotels or maybe you’re on a budget and like finding great deals on Airbnb. Either way, spending some time before you go looking for a good place will make your trip more comfortable and help ensure you have an amazing experience.

3) See the Northern Lights on a Snowmobile

Though Iceland’s Northern Lights are some of the most beautiful in all of Europe, many people aren’t lucky enough to see them. Although you can travel by car or bus up north to try and catch a glimpse of these celestial lights, the best way is possibly through snowmobiling instead. Riding across frozen landscapes during your trips in Iceland while spotting wildlife is an incredible experience that isn’t replicated anywhere else. If you have time, grab a group of friends and book a tour with North Iceland Snowmobiles; their tours are safe and fun for just about anyone.

4) Go Paddling on Lake Eyjafjörður

Iceland is home to many stunning bodies of water. Lake Eyjafjörður, located in northern Iceland on its border with mainland, provides some of the most pristine views—and you’ll have it all to yourself. Go kayaking or paddle boarding during summer and rent an ice-fishing hut in winter. Perfect for nature lovers and adventurists alike. If you can tear yourself away from paddling, check out nearby attractions like Eldborg lava field, Almannagja gorge, and Hrafnabjörður lighthouse. If you’re travelling with kids, visit Tungufljótsormurinn—Iceland’s famous glacier lagoon that is expanding. You won’t regret a trip to Lake Eyjafjörður.

5) Visit Myvatn Nature Baths and Spa
A truly unique experience that can be found nowhere else in Iceland, Myvatn Nature Baths and Spa are a natural hot spring located in an otherwise cold, rugged landscape. Visitors soak in various pools and tubs filled with geothermal water, taking advantage of its detoxifying and skin-tightening benefits. Soak long enough—and maybe do a little sunbathing on one of two nearby beaches—and you’ll forget it’s winter outside entirely. For some extra fun (and adventure), try diving into your own private tub at one of nature’s hottest natural spas. It’s both invigorating and relaxing, all at once. And just imagine how amazing your skin will look after.

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