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
This was my 2nd time that I spent three days in this hotel and I can say that it's just alright. Breakfast is really rich and tasty, hotel bar has a happy hour 4-6 in case you want to waste some time in the lobby, location is good. The only noticeable downside is the bathroom door in rooms - in case you're sharing your room, you might want to avoid using the toilette.
This is one of the best hotels we stayed on our trip all the way around Iceland. It had a shower curtain! Most showers are open with no barriers. Check in was quick and the staff was very helpful. Our room over looked a patio area with a fire pit and skins and blankets for warmth. The breakfast Buffet was quite extensive and plenty of room to find a table for 4. We were able to walk to the main area of town but remember it is uphill going back.
Arrived at the hotel in time for happy hour and for a meal in the dining room there. Was checked in fairly quickly for our 2 night stay, and asked for a quiet room. We were given room 308 on the second floor (rooms adjoining but don't think anyone was next door). I think the room was classed as disabled given the layout and bathroom configuration, although this wasn't an issue. There was the usual kettle, TV but no fridge. Beds were comfy and we were not disturbed by guest noise so had a good nights sleep. Unfortunately our beds were not made up and room cleaned as hubbie accidentally left the do not disturb sign on the door, although we went down and asked for fresh towels and were promptly replenished! The room faced the car park at the rear of the property and had mountain views. We ate at the Aurora restaurant after a few cocktails at happy hour. I had beef tenderloin with a pepper sauce which was lovely and tender. Hubbie had the burger. Staff were friendly and service was good. The hotel is on a short fairly steep hill to the town, but only took 5-10 mins to walk there. We really liked the town of Akureyi and actually preferred it to Reykjavik. A few shops and a choice of restaurants. We stopped off for icecream at a little shop in the town which was really good!
Overall an enjoyable stay at this hotel/town.
The rooms and comfortable and spacious .Our room offered beautiful mountain view from the big window.The stay was nice and comfortable. Also the hotel is quite centrally located . The staff is also very warm and helpful.
ROoms comfortable hotel excellent apart from a slight problem that we won't go into.
A nice touch on my husbands 70th birthday. Which was left in the room and in the restaurant.. Would recommend this hotel and would definitely return. The area roundabout must be explored. Great, great, great, staff very helpful.