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Getting To Know Akureyri – Cruise Port Guide
If you cruise to Iceland, there’s a 99% chance your ship will call to the port of Akureyri and that’s where our Akureyri cruise port guide comes into play. We’ve put together some ideas on things to see and do during your time in this port.
Akureyri is located in Iceland’s north, at the base of the Eyjafjörður Fjord. It’s Iceland’s fourth-largest municipality and is nicknamed the “Capital of North Iceland”. It’s far less congested than places such as Reykjavik, but it’s a hugely important fishing area. History tells us that the town was originally settled in the 9th century by the Norse Viking Helgi Magri Eyvindarson.
It’s a relatively small place, but there’s so much for you to do. One of the most popular shore excursions is whale watching, it’s a truly magnificent experience and although sightings can never be guaranteed, you’re more likely to see marine activity than to not. If you do book this excursion, make sure you wrap up warm. The boats usually have a selection of warm body suits and gloves that you can wear, but you still need layers underneath that. It can be incredibly cold.
Myvatn is also very popular and trips here often include a visit to the nature baths, where you can relax and unwind in the warm geothermal waters, filled with health-giving properties. A short drive from Myvatn will bring you to Hverir, a hot-springs area with boiling mud pots and fumaroles. Sometimes this is also included in trips to Myvatn.
The small village of Siglufjordur is about an hour’s drive from the port and if it is offered as a tour option, it’s well-worth considering. It’s a chance to enjoy a picturesque slice of Icelandic life as you admire the traditional wooden homes and meet some of the locals. It’s also home to the Herring Era Museum which showcases a now long-lost industry that boomed in the 1940s and 1950s.
Iceland is very expensive, even a bag of crisps can cost as much as £5 and a bowl of soup can cost as much as £15, so please be prepared for this in advance. If you decide to eat ashore, you will need to take a little extra on top of what you might expect.
Organised excursions are the best option here, especially if you want to visit and explore different areas, although they can also be hugely expensive.
Never leave the ship without a rain coat, hat and gloves.
Key highlights of Akureyri
- Akureyrarkirkja (The Church of Akureyri)
- Botanical Akureyri Garden
- Whale Watching
- Akureyri Art Museum
- Old Town
- Geothermal Pool
- Lake Mÿvatn
- Siglufjordur Village
- Santa’s House
- Godafoss Waterfall
Regular cruise line visitors
- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
- P&O Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Celebrity Cruises