Theme Week Iceland – Akureyri

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Hlíðarfjall ski slopes just west of the town © Fancy-cats-are-happy-cats

Hlíðarfjall ski slopes just west of the town © Fancy-cats-are-happy-cats

Akureyri is a small city in northern Iceland. It is Iceland’s second largest urban area (after the Capital Region) and fourth largest municipality (after Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, and Kópavogur). Nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre. The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786. The town was the site of Allied units during World War II. Further growth occurred after the war as the Icelandic population increasingly moved to urban areas. The area has a relatively mild climate due to geographical factors, and the town’s ice-free harbour has played a significant role in its history.

The fishing industry has historically been a large and important part of the local economy. In recent years, other industry and business services have also begun. Higher education is also a growing sector in the local economy. Twenty percent of the work force is in the service industry. Two of the five largest fishing companies in Iceland are headquartered in Akureyri, partly because of the ice-free port. Other large companies in Akureyri include Samherji, Norðurmjólk, Brim hf, and Vífilfell, the largest brewery in Iceland. Sjúkrahús Akureyrar (FSA/Akureyri Hospital) is a major employer in the area and is one of two major hospitals in Iceland.

Town centre of Akureyri © Dan Fuhry/cc-by-sa-2.5 Akureyri with Hlíðarfjall in the background, viewed from the eastern shore of Eyjafjörður © Debivort/cc-by-sa-3.0 Hlíðarfjall ski slopes just west of the town © Fancy-cats-are-happy-cats Harbor of Akureyri with cruise ship © Miriam123
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Akureyri with Hlíðarfjall in the background, viewed from the eastern shore of Eyjafjörður © Debivort/cc-by-sa-3.0
Akureyri has a robust cultural scene, with several bars and reputable restaurants (such as “Greifinn”, “Bautinn”, “RUB 23 Steak/Sushi”, “Kung Fu sushi bar” and “Götubarinn”). The Icelandic folk dance ensemble “Vefarinn” comes from Akureyri. Folk culture in general is more prevalent in Akureyri than in Reykjavík. During the summer there are several festivals in Akureyri and its surroundings. One example is the medieval festival held every summer at Gásir. The Akureyri International Music Festival, a concert series by bands. The town has one of the largest libraries in the country.

Sites that have been cited as areas of interest include various museums, churches, and the Botanical Gardens. Local museums include the Minjasafnið á Akureyri (Akureyri Museum), Listasafnið á Akureyri (Akureyri Art Museum), Nonnahús (Nonni house or Jón Sveinsson Memorial Museum, for the writer), Davíðshús (David’s house or Davíð Stefánsson Memorial Museum, for the poet), Akureyri Museum of Industry, a motorcycle museum, and Flugsafn Íslands (Aviation Museum). The most northerly 18 hole golf course in the world is in the town. The Náttúrufræðistofnun Norðurlands (Nature Museum) was opened in 1957 and is in the grounds of the Akureyri Botanical Garden. The Botanical Gardens (Lystigarður Akureyrar) are located in Spítalavegur. Large churches include the Akureyrarkirkja (The church of Akureyri) and Glerárkirkja (The church of Glerá). Sundlaug Akureyrar is a swimming pool in Akureyri. New residential and commercial growth has required an extension of electricity and water distribution as well as new water drilling. Much of the town is heated geothermally.

Hlíðarfjall is a mountain located west of the Icelandic town Akureyri in Eyjafjörður. It is the site of one of two major ski resorts in Iceland. The former hotel no longer offers accommodation and is now mostly used for meetings.

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