Welcome to Celebrity.com. Continue to {country} site at

Akureyri Cruise Port Guide

You might not have heard of Akureyri, the quiet trading post turned college town of less than 20,000 residents. The dramatic landscape of Iceland might be most popularly witnessed in cities like Reykvevik, but Akureyri is a nice alternative to experience breathtaking nature, mountainscapes, and some of the best trails Iceland has to offer. It’s also a beautiful place to catch sight of the country’s famous auroras while on an Iceland cruise

Hike Hlíðarfjall or the nearby Godafoss for great waterfall views. Take a dip in Icelandic hot springs, tour the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, or enjoy a day in nature at the Akureyri Botanical Gardens. Simply put, an Akureyri cruise is a great way to experience Iceland off-the-beaten path.

Cruises to Akureyri, Iceland

 

View All Cruises to Akureyri, Iceland

View Cruises

 

Top Sights & Attractions for Cruises to Akureyri

Hlíðarfjall

What was once a hotel is now one of the most popular ski resorts in the entire country. The mountain slopes of Hlíðarfjall make for an ideal afternoon of skiing and snow sports

Dimmuborgir

Ever seen a lava field up close? Dimmuborgir offers you a chance to see these dramatic natural landscapes in person, not just in photographs. The lava fields here are some of the most unusual in the world.

Godafoss

Akureyri’s most famous waterfall is Godafoss, which, at nearly 40 feet tall, is a sight to behold. It’s said that this spectacular waterfall, known as the “waterfall of the gods,” got its name when the leader declared Christianity the official religion of the region. Up close, Godafoss is simply breathtaking.

View All Akureyri Shore Excursions

Top Things to Do in Akureyri

Go Whale Watching

Many private companies and tour operators in Iceland offer exciting full-day excursions where you can go out on a boat and spot whales from the Arctic waters. Equipment and rain-resistant clothing is often provided.

Learn the Town’s History

At the Akureyri Museum, which is located in a preserved 19th century church, you’ll learn all about the history of the town, its artifacts, and what makes Akureyri unlike anywhere else in Iceland.

Take a Mud Bath

An authentic Icelandic mud bath is a hard-to-beat way to relax when you’re on vacation. Head to the baths at Lake Myvatn, which are said to have healing properties, or stop at the hot springs of Hverir.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Akureyri Cruise Port

Noa Seafood Restaurant

Beef, lamb, and fried foods are the menu staples at Noa’s, a big space open from around 4pm to 9pm each day. Be sure to ask your waiter for recommendations, and don’t miss the chance to try the fresh fish of the day.

Berlin

This cafe serves breakfast all day long, making it a popular spot for locals nursing their third cup of coffee or chowing down on diner-style eggs and bacon. Simple and unpretentious, Berlin is a breakfast or lunch spot where you don’t have to rush.

Akureyri Fish Restaurant

This is the definitive place to find authentic Icelandic fish and chips in Akureyri, and it doesn’t disappoint. You could go for a salmon dish, too, but whatever you do, be sure to order a cold local beer with your meal.

Culture & History of Akureyri Cruise Port

Akureyri didn’t even have a major population until the 20th century. From the 1600s to the 1900s, only select Danish traders lived in the town, which gave rise to its Danish architecture and culture. Today, the total population at this relaxed, unhurried college town clocks in at less than 20,000 people. Most travelers come to Akureyri to experience a more off-the-beaten-path approach to Icelandic travel, which continues to boom in recent years.

Akureyri Port Facilities & Location

The port of Akureyri is minimally equipped. Most attractions and things to do are near the city center, which is just a short walk from the port. It should take less than 10 minutes to walk from the port of Akureyri to one of the many things to do in Akureyri.

Transportation in Akureyri

Taxis and buses are available modes of transportation during your time in Akureyri. Many travelers who stay longer than a day will rent a car to explore nearby towns. Otherwise, walking in the city center is the commonly chosen method of transportation to see the local sights. Bicycle rentals are available, too.

Shopping Near the Akureyri Cruise Port

The most popular shopping items people buy when visiting the country are authentic Icelandic knit sweaters. Tax-free shopping is the norm in Iceland, and shops will have a sign in the window that indicates whether or not they’re tax free. Otherwise, Akureyri offers a few large shopping malls as well as artisan-made goods in the city center.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

When traveling in Iceland on an Akureyri cruise, you’ll use the krona, which is the official currency of Iceland. Many establishments accept the euro as well. Most places take credit and debit cards, so carrying cash isn’t absolutely necessary. Iceland isn’t a very cash-centric society. Leaving a tip isn’t customary, whether you’re at a restaurant or in a taxi.

 

Find Cruises to Iceland's Akureyri Port

 

View Cruises

 

@@informational-subtitle

24-hour In-Room Dining

Akureyri, Iceland is the country’s second-largest city and one of the country’s most important ports and fishing centers. Affectionately known as the Capital of North Iceland, it has a cool café scene, a growing gourmet movement, and a bustling nightlife that proves this city is more than meets the eye.  From fabulous summer festivals fueled by the Midnight Sun, like the Akureyri Summer Arts festival (late June-late August), to some of the best skiing this side of the arctic circle, Akureyri, Iceland is a laid-back Nordic city and a study in contrasts. Soar into the blue sky to discover Grimsey Island, home to only 92 residents and thousands of sea birds. The city’s Botanical Gardens is famed for its collection of high-latitude plants and well worth a visit. Explore the ancient lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal landscape of bubbling mud and hissing fumaroles at Namafjall Mountain. The Great Fish Day of Dalvik, on the second Saturday in August, where revelers feast for free on the North Atlantic’s bounty is a paradise for seafood lovers.

 The city is best known as the gateway to Iceland’s natural wonders – thundering waterfalls, gurgling lava fields, snow-capped mountains, sweeping fjords, and robust folk culture. Whatever you choose, it's sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.