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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed for one night in a Deluxe king room. As our experience with the other three Incelandair Hotels, our room was spacious, comfortable, and clean. Our breakfast was included which was certainly adequate. The hotel is located on a hill above the town. Unfortunately, the weather was uncooperative during our brief stay so we did not have much of an opportunity to wander around Akyreyri, although it did look like an cool little place. In general, we were not impressed with the Icelandair Hotel chain. Although pleasant enough, they just don't reach the level of service or comfort provided by their competition. I also cannot understand why they don't put small refrigerators in their rooms as with most other places we stayed. Ice is scarce in Iceland and we prefer chilled beverages - call me spoiled.
It's tough to stay at an Icelandair hotel and have a negative experience and the Akureyri location is no different. Located very close to the city centre, rooms are very clean, and the bathroom products provided were great quality. The restaurant in the lobby is quite good and offers a discount to hotel guests
Brilliant hotel, with views on both sides. Close to everything, including the best ice cream I've ever had! The service was perfection, and our room was wonderful. We looked for the Northern Lights, and sadly, we didn't get to see them, until further on in our trip. However, don't let that deter you. This place is wonderful. The restaurant is delish, and the hamburger was my husband's favorite! Highly recommend. Berta really was awesome. She set up a horseback riding tour for us, and now, I have a friend, Elisa, from riding. Excellent!