The Best Hotels in Akureyri, Iceland

Find the perfect base for experiencing Iceland’s beautiful north
Find the perfect base for experiencing Iceland’s beautiful north | Courtesy of Hotel Kea by Keahotels / Expedia
Nammie Matthews

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Spread along the Eyja fjord in northern Iceland, Akureyri is a picturesque sanctum, home to wooden houses, cosy bars and the striking Akureyrarkirkja. The best bit? You’ll feel like you have this tiny city all to yourself. Explore all that Iceland’s Capital of the North has to offer by checking into one of the best hotels in Akureyri, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Gula Villan Brekkugata

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A light-filled and spacious single bedroom at Gula Villan Brekkugata Hotel in Akureyri.
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Plump pillows, blackout curtains and complimentary toiletries await in this lovely home-away-from-home, guaranteeing a good night’s sleep. Located in central Akureyri, with the Hof Cultural Centre and Akureyri Art Museum a two-minute walk away, you can combine city sights with exploring the great outdoors – hiking and biking trails, horse riding and whale watching are available nearby.

2. Hotel Kjarnalundur

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A bright room with a single and double bed and views of nature at Hotel Kjarnalundur in Akureyri.
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Nestled in the lush Kjarnalundur Park, this family-run hotel is a true nature retreat, centred on outdoor activities, health and wellbeing. If you can tear yourself away from the hot tub and infrared sauna on site, there are dozens of hiking trails in the nearby woodland, as well as opportunities for biking, skiing and volleyball along with a playground for children. For city sights, such as Akureyrarkirkja and the Art Museum, central Akureyri is just a seven-minute drive away.

3. Hotel Kea by Keahotels

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The light-filled lounge at Hotel Kea in Akureyri, with ceilings, stylish plush seating and elegant light fixtures.
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Akureyri’s only four-star hotel, Hotel Kea offers a touch of luxury in the centre of the city, with room service and an upscale restaurant accompanied by views over Eyja fjord. Start your day with a freshly made breakfast – included in your stay – before wandering to the Hof Cultural Centre, Akureyrarkirkja, Art Museum and outdoor swimming pool that are all just a short walk away.

4. Hotel Norðurland

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Bright and modern double bedroom at Hotel Norduland in Akureyri.
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Settle into the city in this cosy, down-to-earth hotel, where you’ll be welcomed with a drink and warm hospitality. Hotel Norðurland more than makes up for its no-frills decor with its location on the edge of the city. It’s a great option if you want to enjoy Akureyri’s cafes, restaurants and museums, yet have somewhere restful to retreat to at the end of the day.

5. Hotel Edda Akureyri

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Double bedroom at Hotel Edda Akureyri.
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Catering to budget travellers, Hotel Edda converts from college accommodation in the summer holiday months to deliver excellent hospitality and friendliness to visitors of Akureyri. The hotel is next to the botanical garden, offering excellent views of the midnight sun, and is just a short walk from the city centre and outdoor swimming pool, where guests can relax with a picnic packed with the fresh Icelandic snacks available at the hotel.

6. Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

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A spacious and light-filled double room at the Icelandair Hotel in Akureyri, with stylish furniture, including a lounge and television, and a large window offering impressive mountain views.
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Icelandair Hotel offers a modern, comfortable base for experiencing Iceland’s beautiful north. Natural wonders such as the Eyja fjord, Hlíðarfjall ski resort and botanical gardens are visible from right outside your window. Snuggle up by the fireplace in the hotel garden, enjoy local delicacies in the Aurora Restaurant or take a dip in the geothermal swimming pool across the street.

7. Hotel Akureyri

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A cosy double bedroom at Hotel Akureyri.
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This cosy microhotel has all the charm you’ll need, with views of the tranquil waterfront and rooms that embrace its quirks as a former cinema. Set in the heart of the city, Hotel Akureyri is just a stone’s throw away from the Akureyri Church and beautiful botanical garden. The staff at Hotel Akureyri are keen to make your stay as comfortable as possible, with fresh bread and waffles served each morning and cookies available at reception for you to help yourself.

8. Skjaldarvik Guesthouse

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A light-filled and contemporary lounge with plush armchairs at Skjaldarvik Guesthouse Hotel in Akureyri.
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A tranquil, eco-friendly guesthouse situated on the outskirts of Akureyri, Skjaldarvik is run by Óli and Dísa, who will be all too happy to host you on horseback tours, bike rides and nature walks. The towering Akureyrarkirkja, Hlíðarfjall ski resort and whale-watching at Akureyri port are also all within a 15-minute drive. After a long day of activities, unwind in the hot tub, which offers exquisite views of the fjord and – for the most fortuitous – the Northern Lights.

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