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
Six of us recently stayed at the Icelandair Hotel for five days. Hotel was everything you would need. Clean good sized rooms, pleasant staff. Excellent breakfast, and evening meal. Well situated for immediate area, although a slight climb from town centre. Good trips out, Northern Lights a little disappointing. Overall 9/10.
Smart, clean, central, good breakfast and quality evening meal, very well looked after.
A view of the open air pool across the road, an excellent visit. Walked in the snow as the paths were all cleared by abundance of snow ploughs
We stayed here for 4 nights as part of a Superbreak holiday. Lovely rooms , BUT, we didn't like the glass door with a hole in as the handle to the toilet. It felt like you could hear what you were doing in the toilet. Please change the doors, wooden ones with no hole would be better.
The rooms are a bit small, but are functionally designed and have full window views. There is one design exception though, there is a shelf over the bed and if one is tall, it is easy to hit your head. The hotel restaurant is very good. The location is great if you want to visit the city thermal pool, but a little walk to the locations of interest in town. The local bus stops near the hotel if you prefer not to walk. Front desk staff are knowledgeable and helpful. One criticism I have, which is more of a comment of general tourism in Iceland, is that there is lack of graciousness to fully treat you as a valued guest. In this case, we stayed at the hotel for 4 nights, had a daily breakfast there, used the bar and ate dinner once at the restaurant and we were charged an extra 1/2 night rate for a late check-out fee to stay an extra 3 hours. The hotel was not close to being 1/4 full at the time. That extra charge left me with a feeling of being disregarded as a loyal guest.
We had 2 nights here and enjoyed it. The staff are very helpful and friendly, but it’s the reception staff that exceeded....they were very courteous and professional when I asked for help when a tour guide didn’t turn up! Thank you ladies.