Hvalfjörður fjord is only a short while away from Akranes hostel but the fjord was a part of ring road #1 until 1998 when the tunnel under the fjord was opened. There used to be a whaling station in Hvalfjörður, it was closed in 1992, but now it is in use again for a few days every year. Experienced hikers can hike to the highest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur 210 m. It is at least a two hours hike, starting from the bottom of the fjord up through the valley Botnsdalur. Seek information before starting a hike.
The Akranes Folk Museum is situated on the ancient manor of Garðar.The museum preserves a comprehensive collection of exhibits from former times, bearing witness to farming, housekeeping and social conditions in and around Akranes. Among the exhibits on display is a rowing boat with full rigging from 1874, a selection of other items connected with seafaring and fishing, models of boats and ships, a gun from a coastguard vessel and a pair of trawl-wire cutters from the so-called Cod Wars with the British.
Black sand beaches
Langisandur is without a doubt one of the best beaches in all Iceland -- a bathing beach almost in the middle of the town on hot summer days, when the sea is pleasantly warm and all the top heroes dive in or splash around in the sea. You will need to take pail and shovel with you to Langasandur as it is the perfect place to build sandcastles. It's also great fun to walk along the beach looking for beautiful shells and colourful stones to take home.
Garðavöllur, the Akranes golf course, is one of the country's best and in the summer of 2000 was formally opened after being extended from 9 to 18 holes. Garðavöllur, which is the only 18-hole golf course in the western part of the country, is renowned for its beautiful and interesting surroundings, good upkeep and excellent putting greens. The variegated layout of the course has been a surprise for even the most experienced golfers, but its special attraction is undoubtedly the fact that one fairway is one of the longest in Iceland - and beware of the many sand traps.
Akrafjall has long been an outdoor paradise for the people of Akranes, as it is undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets of the area.Akrafjall is a mountain that is relatively easy to climb and therefore offers a choice outing for the family. The climb does not require much experience or expensive equipment, only necessary protective clothing and a minimum of physical ability. A detailed map of the main trails up Akrafjall is widely available, e.g., at the information centres and petrol stations in Akranes.