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
Booked a 20 sq m superior king room. The room was clean and compact with a narrow space around the bed. The layout was quirky. There was a long bench at one end of the room which was useful for opening suitcases on. The other side of the room had a long narrow bar/desk with a stool. There were no bedside tables. The bed was a very comfortable king with quality cotton sheets. The shower was located in the space on the left hand side behind the bed while the toilet and basin were behind the wall on the right side of the bed. The toilet had a frosted glass sliding door. There was no safe or fridge. A TV, electric kettle and hairdryer were supplied. The small table lamp was badly stained. Toiletries were L'Occitane.
The room has some significant design failures. The rectangular shelf above the bed is so low that it is impossible to sit up in bed and there is also a real danger of a serious head injury. The room didn't have any black-out blinds and the curtains were opaque making it difficult to sleep with the long hours of summer daylight. Rooms on the west side have a great view of the mountain on a clear day but also overlook the car park and a camping ground which can be noisy. Breakfast was average with a limited range of fresh fruit, fish and cooked eggs and bacon. The hotel is located at the top of a steep hill so it is quite a hike back from the city.
I recently spent a few days in Akureyri and was lucky enough to have a room at the Icelandair hotel. Full disclosure: we had an upgrade to a superior room with a great view of the pool across the road and the Eyjafjörður. I especially liked that the toilet and shower were separated and the shower had a window also overlooking the Eyjafjörður. Being right across the street from the pool was an added bonus. The breakfast was pretty good as was the restaurant, though it was a bit pricey. The selection was extensive, and there was a great coffee machine and a waffle iron. The staff was friendly and accommodating.
We stayed 3 nights at the Icelandair Akureyri and really enjoyed the experience. We had two rooms for 4 people and each room had a different layout, but they were both very tight on space but not a huge problem. We really enjoyed the lobby bar and especially going out on the patio with a drink while enjoying the extended daylight. The location is great to walk just about everywhere you'd want to go in Akureyri