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  • General Information

    Common Name: Akranes
    Other Name: -, District: NA, State: West, Iceland
    Area: 0 -
    Languages Spoken: Icelandic
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  • Description

    Akranes is a relatively large town in Iceland with 5600 inhabitants.Several museums are in Akranes, among them the local folk museum and a well-preserved Icelandic boat typical of a time in Iceland`s history.The church, built in 1942 and the old lighthouse built in 1918 are among the most interesting buildings, in addition to many other picturesque houses.
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Akrafjall is a picturesque mountain close to Akranes.
The mountain was smoothed on the top by a glacier and surrounded by water during the Ice Age.The mountain offers one of the best views in West Iceland across Faxafloi Bay and a panoramic view from Reykjanes to Snaefellsjokull Glacier.
The Museum Area at Gardar has recently made a name for itself as the main attraction in Akranes, as it is quite an experience to visit, even for those who don''t normally care for museums. The Folk Museum at Gardar presents the history of the town, the economy and life south of Skardsheidur. There, among other things, you can find the special "Field Mouse", but you''ll have to visit the museum to find out more about this suspicious "mammal".In recent years old houses connected with the history of Akranes have been moved to the Museum Area and renovated in order to keep the past alive.