Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
What We Love
- Star-gazing or Northern Light-spotting by the outdoor fire pit
- High tea in the hip lounge bar
- Rooms feature contemporary Icelandic artwork and furnishings
- Daily happy hour (50 percent off drinks and snacks) between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. at the bar
What To Know
- Strong eco credentials
- Akureyri is a 45-minute flight or a five-hour drive from Reykjavik
- There’s a heated ski room; the hotel is a three-mile drive from Hlídarfjall Ski Resort
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Cool and stylish, this eco-friendly hotel in northern Iceland is full of quirky features and 99 gorgeous guestrooms. Originally Akureyri’s university, the building has large windows and the interiors are decorated with Nordic-inspired furnishings. The outside patio garden is perfect for both day and night; relax by the fire pit with free blankets while keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights. The hotel’s restaurant, Aurora, serves locally sourced fare while the cozy Lounge Bar features an electronic wine serving system and serves a daily high tea. Guestrooms are light and airy and are decorated with soft pastel shades and Icelandic art; some offer city and fjord views.
In the Area
In the north of Iceland, Akureyri is a small city surrounded by stunning natural scenery. Spend the day exploring the local surroundings including the fjord and geothermal mud pots before returning to the city for a night of sampling Icelandic cuisine. Rub 23 and Noa are great for seafood while Brugghúsbar is popular at weekends and serves beer from the local brewery. Further afield, Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon and capital Reykjavik are about five hours away by car, or a 45-minute flight. Adventurous types will enjoy the nearby ski slopes (among the best in Iceland) and there’s also a geothermal outdoor pool opposite the hotel. Since Akureyri is home to fewer than 20,000 residents, the lack of light pollution makes it a perfect spot to catch the northern lights.
How to Get There
So pleased we chose this hotel for our short Icelandic break. The hotel is really central, with no icy slopes to climb! Really enjoyed taking advantage of the Happy Hour to warm up after a trip out. Our room was quite small, but beds were comfortable.
We spent two nights in this hotel during our trip around the ring road. The hotel itself is modern and situated at the top of the hill from the local church and shopping. It was an easy walk to shops, restaurants, the Brynja ice cream shop, and botanic garden (the hotel receptionist recommended this walk to us and gave us a map). Our room was clean and well-appointed, though I would agree with other reviewers that the layout was odd. The sink and vanity area are in the main sleeping quarters while a frosted glass sliding door separates the toilet and shower area from the bed. The sliding door is only about a 18 inches from one side of the bed. If you are used to European hotels, this is likely not much of a surprise, but it was a tight squeeze and without much privacy. There were no nightstands, but a shelf over the bed. We adjusted by rolling a small table over to the bedside. The only wrinkle was the free wifi must have had a low data limit. Two of us on phones checking up on email and catching up on news from home (not watching video or downloading pictures) ran out of "free" data after a few hours and were directed to purchase more.
The hotel is nice and modern. BUT - our room had a horrible layout. Shower one side of the room and sink and toilet on other side. Toilet had a glass door which didn't close well. There was a shelf above the head of the bed which kept me from sitting up in bed to read. NO NIGHTSTANDS on either side of the bed. I NEED a nightstand for my stuff!
The exhaust vent in the toilet area was covered with mold and didn't work. They do have a nice happy hour with half price drinks - much needed at Iceland prices like $14 for a standard beer regular.
We stayed at the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri for one night during our Iceland roundtrip. The hotel is located in a renovated office-building, and everything seems new, fresh, and inviting. We got a room on the first floor, which was pretty much the basement of the hotel. The windows were full size and ran along one entire wall of the room. But there was obviously no view. The size of the room was OK, perhaps a bit on the smaller side. It had a separate couch, and had enough place for the baby bed. My daughter and I were happy to discover a corner with toys, where we spent some time both in the afternoon and the next morning before breakfast. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant, and were very happy with both the service and the meal. Hence, the disappointment over the breakfast was rather huge. Although being the most expensive breakfast we had during our trip, including the ones at far more expensive hotels, it was very basic and almost bad. For example, it only offered one or two types of bread, which were both really dry. The breakfast is the main reason why I give this hotel a 3 instead of a 4.
The hotel is a bit on the edge of town on a hill and so it was not easy to walk uphill back to the hotel. It is part of a chain and provides a good stay for a couple of nights. Nice view from the room although the room was rather small.