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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
“Restaurant for special occations. Really good but a bit pricy. Known for their sushi.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Park
“Kjarnaskógur is a lovely outdoors area close to Akureyri. It has trails,playgrounds, a small stream and pick nick areas. Pack your pick nick basket and spend a day exploring it”
  • 25 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“One of the biggest swimming pools/water parks in Iceland. A very popular place, with a number of hot tubs, sauna, and swimming lanes. Remember to bring a towel and swimwear.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Park
“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 locals and visitors. The Botanical Garden is equally popular with the local population and visitors to Akureyri. A wide variety of both Icelandic and foreign flora is to be found there and new species are always being added to the collection. The garden, therefore, is an excellent choice for those wishing to take a break from the stress of daily life, playing as they do, the role both of a peaceful public park and also a beautiful plant collection. The Garden is open 1st of June to 30 September. On weekdays from 08.00-22.00 and at weekends from 09.00-22.00.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Night Club
“bar with a lot of peop,. There is a piano there, everyone is free to play it!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Cheapest and here all the locals buy groceries, two Bónus stores are in Akureyri (the store with the pink smiling pig).”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
“They have some really good bakeries here in Akureyri but this one is amazing. Their breads are to die for. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Græni hatturinn bar offers different kind of drinks and live music. It is located beneath Bláa kannan café on the main street.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Open 11-18.30 - Mon-Thirsd Open 10-19.30 Fridays Open 10-18 Saturday Open 12-18 Sundays www.bonus.is”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Here you can find all type of butiks; grocery store, pharmacy, clothes, ice cream, lunch, health food.”
  • 10 locals recommend
College Arts Building
“The program for 2016 at the Akureyri Art Museum is without a doubt diverse. It offers group exhibitions from various artists, solo exhibitions and exhibitions with a specific theme. Icelandic and international artists; older and more experienced artists as well as young, up-and-coming artists. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Our favourite restaurant in Akureyri. Nice atmosphere and delicious food. Perfect for a datenight. On a summerday it is nice to sit outside in lunch time and take in the views of Akureyri.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Church
“The Akureyri church is the symbol of Akureyri. It is a Lutheran church and was designed by architect Gudjon Samuelsson and consecrated in 1940. The central stained glass window above the altar formed a part of a set originating from England. The bas-reliefs on the nave balcony are by sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson and the baptismal font is a replica of a work by sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. The church is located in the town center. There´s a tradition in Iceland to walk up the steps to the church and counting the steps!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Hostel
“Akureyri Backpackers has a very casual, nice atmosphere and great, simple food”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bautinn is located in one of the oldest and most historical building in Akureyri, build 1902. Bautinn strives to serve quality food in welcoming and warming atmosphere. Open daily from 11:00. Address: Hafnarstræti 92”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family friendly restaurant with a large menu. Here you can find something for everyone. Very good food. They have a kid´s corner.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Restaurant for special occations. Really good but a bit pricy. Known for their sushi.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bautinn is located in one of the oldest and most historical building in Akureyri, build 1902. Bautinn strives to serve quality food in welcoming and warming atmosphere. Open daily from 11:00. Address: Hafnarstræti 92”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family friendly restaurant with a large menu. Here you can find something for everyone. Very good food. They have a kid´s corner.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family friendly restaurant, rustic "barn" type atmosphere in a old house near the harbour. Very cozy. Movie room upstairs for kids while they wait for the food.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“When in Iceland you have to try out our fish, and here you will get a good tasty fish. Service is usually quick and it doesn't cost a lot. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Good for a evening meal, but what we love most about this place is the lounge area for drinks. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family friendly American restaurants. Mainly offer hamburgers and shakes. The kids can get an iPad.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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