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
Quite noisy on lower level (100s) due to poor sound insulation and door seals. Comfortable room. No amenities in room except kettle. Breakfast was very basic as well. Modern but bland decor throughout. On hill overlooking town. You'll get a good workout returning to your room. Close to excellent Sundlaug (swimming) centre.
We stay here just one night when we travel on ring road trip in Iceland. The hotel has big parking, big bed room and bathroom. Breakfast served hot dishes.
We walked from hotel to Botanical Garden and Akureyri Church and town.
If you plan for ring road trip, here is a very good choice to stay!
Located a 10-15 minute walk UPHILL from the downtown area, this hotel seems more like a businessman's place to stay vs. the usual tourist type facility. Breakfast was diversified and fresh and there is a bar/lounge area that was doing a brisk business.
The hotspring Akureyri pool is really close however we did go there.