Kjarnaskogur

South of Akureyri is one of the towns most popular outdoor areas – the woodland Kjarnaskogur. The recreational area is approx 600ha with more than 1 million trees of many species planted within the last 50 years. The area has over 12 km of gravel paths, in addition to a vast network of back country trails.  During winter and nighttime 7 km of …

The amazing Mývatn Area in North-Iceland

This post is shared from our friends @ Guide to Iceland and written by the one and only Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir Mývatn in North-Iceland is my all time favourite area in Iceland and should not be missed while visiting my country. The Mývatn area is called Mývatnssveit, but we Icelanders always refer to it as going to Mývatn. At Mývatn, you can f.ex. walk on the …

Ásbyrgi is truly unique and worth the visit

Ásbyrgi Canyon is a spectacular horseshoe-shaped depression in the northeast of Iceland, steeped in folklore. It is found only fifty miles east of Húsavík along the popular Diamond Circle route. Geography of Ásbyrgi Canyon This beloved natural feature measures approximately 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) in length and 1.1 kilometres (0.7 miles) in width. It is only a small corner of the extensive and dramatic Vatnajökull …

Grímsey island

Grimsey island – far away in the north: the home of one hundred people – and one million seabirds. Courageous fishermen live there with their families. The island stands alone far out on the horizon, a blue cliff, surrounded by the wide Arctic Ocean, about 40 km off the north coast of Iceland; it is about 5 square kilometers in …

The red hearts in Akureyri

The heart in the traffic lights, the heart that beats in the Mt.Vaðlaheiði and the red hearts in the windows have caught the attention of those visiting Akureyri and the hearts of the inhabitants. The hearts appeared as a consequence of the financial crash in Iceland in the year 2008, when there was a need for some positive thinking and to …

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights – also called Aurora Borealis – are one of the most spectacular shows on earth and can frequently be seen in Akureyri and surroundings from September through April on clear nights. The Northern Lights occur high above the surface of the earth where the atmosphere has become extremely thin, in an altitude of 100-250 km. The Northern Lights exist in the outmost …

Akureyri’s Botanical garden

Akureyri Public Park and Botanic Garden The garden is one of the northern most botanical gardens in the world. The Public Park was opened in 1912 but the Botanic section in 1957. There are about 6600 alien taxa growing in the garden in beds and nursery and around 430 species of the native taxa. The park is very popular both by …

Who are the Locals?

Each town has its own culture and its unique way of welcoming its guests. We often look for the scenery whenever we visit a place and the least we pay attention to is the locals. We will never truly appreciate a place if we forget to experience their culture. And how do you experience a culture? Bond with the locals! …

Tips on Driving in Iceland

Most tourists in Iceland prefer driving on their own because of the beautiful scenery. They get to stop and take their pictures with the view. Road trips are also one memorable activity whether for family or friends. But when visiting a new place, we should take precaution since we are not aware of its road condition. Plus, we should also …

10 Places you can not miss while in Akureyri

Within the Akureyri town limits, there are many interesting recreation areas and hiking paths. The Akureyri Botanical Garden is known far and wide for its beautiful walking paths and luxuriant flora. One of Akureyri’s gems, it was founded in 1912, and it contains nearly every plant found in Iceland ca. 450 and nearly 7,000 foreign plants. The town has many museums, galleries, …