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Capital of North Iceland

  • General Information

    Other Name: -, District: NA, State: Northeast, Iceland
    Area: 125 kmĀ²
    Languages Spoken: Icelandic,English, Danish
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  • Description

    Akureyri is Iceland`s second largest city, located on the north coast. This is a lovely town in a beautiful location. It is situated at the head of the fjord, has a pleasant climate, tree-lined streets and a lively town center.The economy of Akureyri was for many years based on both fishing and agriculture and derivative industries. In recent years Akureyri has become an educational center for the north of Iceland with a relatively new university and two high schools.Akureyri has many museums among them three dedicated to famous Icelandic poets and authors.Akureyri has a lot to offer tourists and is a popular destination with its many restaurants, hotels, guest houses and recreational opportunities. The surrounding area is beautiful and a traveler can spend days exploring Akureyri and its surroundings.
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The Akureyri Botanical Garden, the world''s most northerly, functions both as public gardens with decorative plants and as a botanical garden with a noteworthy collection of specimens from Icelandic flora along with 4,000 imported flowers, trees and shrubs.
The collection illustrates the cultural history of the town from medieval times through exhibits of traditional art and crafts,photographs, tools and implements from farms, domestic articles and fishing equipment.
There is also a timber church built in 1846 at Svalbard, east of Eyjafjordur and transported to the museum in 1970.
Listagil, or the Akureyri Arts Center, is a "Street of the Arts" created out of old industrial buildings.Listagil Arts Center contains varied activities and establishments, such as the Akureyri Art Gallery, Akureyri School of Art, artists'' studios, exhibition halls, restaurants and plus a visitors'' studio for the benefit of traveling artists.
Nonni is best known for his books of his childhood experiences, written for young readers.Nonnihus is one of the oldest houses in Akureyri, c 1850. It tells much about life in 19th C Iceland and includes his personal belongings and editions of the Nonni books in many languages.