Akureyri Iceland’s beating heart

Akureyri Iceland’s beating heart

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Akureyri is a lively and energetic town of Iceland, whatever time of the year it may be. It is home to around 20.000 inhabitants. This beautiful city Akureyri is the centre of trade, culture and services for the whole north of Iceland, having strong traditional roots.
Akureyri Botanical Garden
The Akureyri Botanical Garden with 400 plants indigenous to Iceland and more than 7,500 foreign species is one of the wonders of Akureyri. With stunning array of plants and flowers compared to how far north it’s located, there is something calming about taking a walk there which is also surrounded by stunning vegetation.
Being a city enriched with its wide culture Akureyri with its Art Museum has a flourishing art scene and is one of the most diverse and interesting art museum in Iceland which deserves a special mention.
Hlioarfjall
Akureyri’s ski slopes, Hlioarfjall, is located in the mountain above town. It is immensely popular and common for Icelanders all over the country to go there during winter holidays. It is also where winter sport festivals Iceland Winter Games and AK Extreme are held.
Since Akureyri is located further north and the city only has 20,000 residents, the light pollution is not as bad and the longer nights make it perfect for northern lights spotting.
The Northern Lights are only visible when it is dark and the sky is clear, so one can search for them during wintertimet in Akureyri. Foods of Akureyri
Hamburger with french fries included in the bun and kokteilsosa, a cocktail of mayonnaise and ketchup isb the local way of eating in Akureyri.
Akureyri also has the world’s northernmost Domino’s Pizza. Akureyri, having a friendly atmosphere serves the best fish dishes of Iceland.
Festivals of Akureyri
There are plenty of festivals in Akureyri all year around. Aside from the winter sports festivals stated, there is a folk art festival each summer called Vaka. In the middle of June the biggest motor festival in Iceland, Akureyri Motor Events, is evident on streets of Akureyri. During the first weekend of August there is a large family oriented festival called Akureyrarvaka. Iceland Summer Games are dedicated to extreme sports in summer, also held in August.

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