Akureyri is home to some of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes. Regarded as the cultural capital of North Iceland, the city also has a number of museums and restaurants, plus the following boutique hotels.
The rooms at Hrafninn Guesthouse follow a traditional Icelandic design | Courtesy of Hrafninn Guesthouse / Hotels.com
This family-owned boutique guesthouse is in the centre of Akureyri and is surrounded by plenty of options for dining and leisure activities. The house, which has 12 rooms, features wooden floors, marble fireplaces, and photographs and paintings of Iceland’s landscapes and its people. The rooms are large and follow a traditional Icelandic design.
Apotek Guesthouse is located in a five-storey building in downtown Akureyri, close to shops, restaurants, museums and cafés. A fifth-floor apartment is available to rent and features a balcony that overlooks the street.
This country hotel is in the Eyjafjörður area – some 10 kilometres (six miles) south of Akureyri – and offers stunning views of the fjord, the mountains and the Northern Lights. The on-site restaurant serves up traditional Icelandic meals as well as versions of local food infused with Asian ingredients. There is an outdoor hot tub in the lounge area with views of the fjord, and the rooms are modern yet classic and feature paintings by local artists.
This environmentally conscious hotel, which values recycling and the use of local resources, comprises a converted barn and two large cowsheds, as well as an old silo that is used as a sightseeing tower, especially for the Northern Lights. The hotel is a great base from which to explore the region – guests can try horse riding, whale watching, diving and hiking nearby. It’s also close to the incredible Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods).
Sólgarðar Guesthouse, which is situated in the centre of town, offers three large, airy and bright rooms. The bathroom and kitchen are shared spaces, creating a homely atmosphere. The house is on a tree-lined suburban street, so guests can feel like a local resident.
Located in the centre of Akureyri, this small guesthouse of 10 rooms (with shared bathrooms) will make you feel very much at home. Amma Guesthouse, which means Grandmother Guesthouse in Icelandic, lies within five minutes’ walking distance of the city’s church, botanical gardens and swimming pool.
This cosy farm guesthouse comprises 22 simple bedrooms and a restaurant. Situated only 10 kilometres (six miles) south of Akureyri, it is surrounded by Eyjafjörður Fjord, which is famous for its beautiful views overlooking neighbouring farmlands and mountain ridges. There are a lot of activities to do on-site and nearby, such as hiking, horse riding, golfing, skiing, birdwatching and lounging in the hot tub. The Lamb Inn Restaurant is a converted barn, with the speciality being lamb dishes, of course.
This family-run guesthouse is located five kilometres (three miles) north of Akureyri, along a creek that flows into the bay. Aside from accommodation, the hotel also offers horse-riding tours in the countryside. You can rent bicycles for exploring the region and afterwards relax in the outdoor hot tub while hopefully catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. The restaurant, open only during the summer, offers traditional local dishes of fish and lamb. In the guesthouse shop, you can find reused furniture and art objects made from antiques by the owners.
Family-run Hotel Akureyri has been in operation since 1996. Housed in a classic Danish-style building, the hotel has 19 rooms. It is within walking distance of downtown Akureyri’s restaurants and shops, and offers breakfast, a cosy bar and a lounge area with ocean views.