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
I really enjoyed our 2 night stay in this hotel, don't let the outside appearance deceive you! I was half expecting a small, aged and dated room after checking in but upon opening the door to our room we were blasted by sunlight! I think we had room 303, it was the last room down the hallway and a corner room, which was cool because there's two big windows to look out from. I liked how the toilet and shower were in two separate areas - the room wasn't very big but it was designed well so it didn't seem small or claustrophobic at all, great use of space. Breakfast was decent, I liked the dining room area. Dinner was okay, some of the food was under seasoned but it wasn't too much of an issue. I would come back again!
I was to stay for a night in the hotel but got stuck in Akureyri because of a snowstorm, so I booked in for another night, different room.
I did quite enjoy the stay, ate at their in house restaurant and too the breakfast too. The restaurant turned out to be far better than I expected and breakfast was lovely too.
Had a long weekend here. The staff were friendly, helpful and approachable. The room was on the first floor. You could hear traffic a bit but we still slept well as didn't bother us. Spacious room, clean and a very comfy bed. The reception area was so relaxing. We sat there for drinks one night. The breakfast was good. The hotel has upped it's game here. Good selection of cereal, breads and cold meats. Lovely waffles. The cooked breakfast was not very hot but it's the small heat lamp. However the bacon sausage and egg was delicious. I loved the icelandic touch of optional cod liver oil shot. The coffee was really good too. The hotel is right next to a public pool that has a selection of hot pools. We went twice as it was So clean and welcoming. We were so chilled. Fantastic bonus to being at This hotel. But It is at the top of a hill so good views. But only a short walk down into town. The hill Didn't bother us even though we are not great walkers! Overall I strongly recommend this hotel.
Absolutely fabulous break flying from Inverness direct to Akureyri with Titan Airlines , on time friendly air crew Well worth going This hotel was lovely clean friendly professional staff Excellent breakfast and meal at night very good and cheaper than down in town Lots to do our trips worked like a dream guides knew their stuff Good value for money Would really recommend this break with Superbreaks
We stayed here as part of an Iceland air holiday, and absolutely loved it, it was different from a standard chain hotel experience.
I agree with previous reviewers, It was comfortable, clean, and warm. The food was good, and the bar selection of drinks was good. The most important part, though, was the staff, who were all cheerful, polite, friendly, and helpful. I can recommend this hotel without hesitation.