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
In the summer, they don't close the curtains during the day so our room was burning up!! It was so hot when we entered every day after being gone. I wish they had kept our curtains closed. There is also not much of a breeze. Highly recommend leaving the door open to get some flow in the room. Also ask for a fan if possible. If you can get a room not facing the parking lot, it will be somewhat cooler.
Nice building but the location is terrible-there is a large campground right next door-actually shares the same driveway as the hotel-very busy with tents, RVs and mini campers-very noisy all night long-heard people's voices and boisterous laughter all night long and had little sleep-avoid this place !!Very expensive for what you get-dinner at Aurora Restaurant just fair-wife's meal had to be sent back-served cold!!
First things first: Loved the shower. It is the greatest shower possible. Lots of hot water and good pressure. Big space as well. The windows opened and we had the most beautiful cool breeze flowing into the room. The upper floors have a good view of the city pool and the downtown area. The beds were comfy and the room was just big enough for our stay. We did not try the restaurant.
Our second stay with this chain in our Iceland trip. Their sister hotel in Vik was much newer & nicer. Our room (and bathroom too) actually looked quite basic :((
Strange placement of a shelf right on top of the bed, you could easily hit your head when you get up. Tv was on the wall next to the bed so you have to tilt your head to one side to watch tv. In all, not a comfortable room.
Food at hotel restaurant was ok, seafood soup and pork belly were delicious, avoid the fish n chips, smoked cod was salty.
The front desk was extremely helpful with small requests-directions, ice, outlet issues, etc. Allen and Daniel were esp helpful. Conveniently located in a cute small town just a few blocks from the water. Very convenient to restaurants and shops. We bought breakfast at the hotel just for convenience. It was expensive but they had a huge buffet with everything, incl cod liver oil. We had three adults sharing a room which was slightly small but the decorators thought of everything storage wise. I was a little nervous being on the side that has a school, pool and rec center but the noise didn't start till after 8 am and it actually was pretty neat seeing and hearing the kids play, like they should. Very pleasant stay.