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Culture and Adventure 

North Iceland's capital, Akureyri, is a charming and vibrant town, it offers culture, art, and culinary delights in abundance. The hills above make for a fantastic area for skiing and hiking. 
With 18,000 inhabitants, it is Iceland's second largest urban area. Easily accessible by car or flight, Akureyri is the perfect starting point for exploring North Iceland. 
Akureyri Hostel is located close to the town centre, with two lovely two cottages and one small cabin available,  in addition to the hostel's comfortable rooms.
You can book the cottages and the cabin here
Good to know
Basic store available / near the hostel.
Distance to nearest grocery shop: 100 meters.
Hostel Facilities
• Family rooms       • Common room(s)/Lounge    • Self-catering kitchen
• Suitable for wheelchair users     • Free WiFi   • Garden 
• Lockers available   • Luggage storage   • Ourdoor furniture 
• Bike and ski storage   • Laundry service   • BBQ
• Tour desk         


GPS: 65.69112, -18.10617

Akureyri is situated along road number 1.

Public transport: Daily buses running Reykjavík – Akureyri and Akureyri – Egilsstaðir. The Akureyri City Buses are free.

Parking: We have plenty of free parking onsite.

Airport: There are at least 5 daily flights between Reykjavík and Akureyri. 

Within the area
  • Go on a whale watching tour parting from Akureyri or nearby villages such as Hjalteyri (20 km), Hauganes (33 km) and Húsavík (93 km).
  • Travel back in time by visiting Gásir, the remains of a Viking Age trading post. 
  • Outdoor recreational area in Kjarnaskógur forest, about 3 km south of Akureyri.
  • The Old Farmhouse Laufas to see how Icelandic people lived in the 19th century.
  • Cross the Arctic Circle and visit Grímsey island, which stands alone far out on the horizon. This spectacular island is home to one hundred people – and one million seabirds. 
  • Hrisey, a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjörður.
  • The uninhabited Glerárdalur valley offers a variety of exciting hiking routes, like up the mountain Súlur to enjoy the spectacular view over Eyjafjörður and the valley.
  • Choose from a variety of guided hiking or snowshoeing tours.
  • Horse riding tours are popular in this area.
  • During winter, go skiing in Mt. Hlíðarfjall, just above town.
  • Go for Northern Lights hunting.
In the town of Akureyri 
  • Check out some of Akureyri's many restaurants and cafés.
  • Akureyrarkirkja, the symbol of the town and must-see church.
  • Soak in the outdoor geothermal swimming pool.
  • Explore a great variety of museums such as the Akureyri Art Museum, Nonnahús - Jón Sveinsson Memorial Museum, the Aviation Museum and the Industrial Museum. 
  • Into The Arctic exhibition gives a good insight into the life in the north.
  • Walk through the old town of Akureyri.
  • Visit the Culture and Conference Center in Akureyri, HOF.
  • Choose from a variety of walking tours with interesting sights and stories.
  • Take a walk in the botanical garden, popular with visitors and locals alike. 
Akureyri HI Hostel is well suited to serve groups and provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to all types of groups. 
The hostel welcomes groups of up to 63 people from January 15 to December 1. Accommodation outside these dates available on request.

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Facilities and Services for Groups
Dorm rooms and private rooms.
Free WiFi.
Bed linen included.
Towel hire.
Lounge area.
Self-catering facilities, kitchen and dining area.
Wheelchair access.
Breakfast, lunch packages and dinner can be arranged.
You can book the hostel for your group. 
We will be happy to discuss the options available to you and your group.

Book your Daytour with us

  • Dog Sledding

    Dog sledding tour around the Lake Mývatn area in North Iceland. A must do for dog lovers.

  • Silent Whale Watching

    Spot the Minke whale and Humpback whale, in the silent, environmentally-friendly, electric boat. Minimum disturbance to whales and nature and no carbon footprint.

  • Lake Myvatn day tour

    Lake Mývatn tour from Akureyri is the most popular destination in North Iceland.

Hostels nearby

  • Dalvík HI Hostel

    Distance 44 km (ca. 35 min)

  • Kópasker HI Hostel

    Distance 188 km (ca. 2 hours 10 min)