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Motorhoming in Akureyri

photo by debivort (wikimedia commons)Akureyri at night Photo by debivort (wikimedia commons)

Iceland’s second largest town, Akureyri is an important port and fisheries centre.  Nicknamed 'the Capital of North Iceland', this is home to the world's most northerly botanical gardens and an 18-hole golf course.  It’s also a centre for fun and entertainment, with lots of bars and restaurants to choose from, and not just the modern stuff, Icelandic folk music and dance is very popular here.  The areas historic culture is still very important and during the summer there are a number of festivals celebrating every kind of Icelandic tradition.  It is also where the Arctic Open Golf Championships, an international event, is held.

Services for Iceland Motorhome Rental vehicles.

There are two campsites for visitors with motorhome rental or campervan hire to stay. The largest is Hamrar Campsite, which is near Kjarnaskógur, 5 minutes drive from the centre of Akureyri.  This is one of the largest campsites in Iceland, so these no need to book in advance. The campsite is open from the middle of May until the middle of September, and facilities include six toilet blocks, with hot showers, washing machines and dryers, as well as access to a kitchen and living room in the centre; very comfortable!

The alternative is the camping site at Þórunnarstræti, which is located in the centre of the town. The site is open from the beginning of June until the end of August and offers good facilities; and a playground for visitors with children.

Top things to see and do

Visit the Botanical Gardens or Lystigarður Akureyrar in Spítalavegur.  The gardens are not only popular for their plants and flowers, but for their beautiful walking paths.  Along the way see nearly every plant indigenous to Iceland as well as around 4,000 foreign plants.

North of Akureyri on the shores of Eyjafjörður is Gásir.  Here, there is the largest collection of remains from a trading post dating back to the Middle Ages.  Each July Medieval life is reconstructed for a celebration called ‘Miðaldardagar’.

Discover Akureyti’s past with a stroll to visit the old town.  Here you will see the old theatre, primary school, the first two storey house built in Iceland, and the old hospital built in 1827.

For geologists visit the reserve area of Krossanesborgir, a sanctuary of basalt rock formations, 5-10 million years old.

Take an extreme adventure in a ‘Big Truck’.  If you don’t have a 4x4 and want to experience a little adventure these tours are ideal.  Visiting places such as Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Goðafoss, and Aldeyjarfoss these tours take you to places that you may not dare try yourself.

Akureyri is an ideal place to stop off on your tour of Iceland in a motorhome rental or campervan hire.  You can get involved in all the activities, or, there are plenty of options for people who enjoy admiring the wonderful scenery too.

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