Akureyri, Iceland

Location:

Your ship does cross the Artic Circle on it’s way into Akureyri.

Akureyri offers a sheltered natural harbor with three cruise berths and an anchorage for small and big ships.

The cruise facilities are within walking distance (500m) of the town.

Sightseeing:

The town of Akureyri has a population of 16,000 and is the administrative, transportation and commercial center of north Iceland. The town lies at the head of the 60km long Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland.

In addition to the northernmost botanical garden and golf course in the world, Akureyri offers interesting museums and shops. Each summer from mid-June until end of August the town has a festival of arts and culture with concerts, exhibitions, theatre, lectures and a jazz event.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

The most popular guided tour for cruise passengers is to Lake Mývatn, an hour’s drive away. Mývatn Nature Baths is the latest addition to the region’s many visitor attractions. Opened in 2004 Iceland’s newest spa offers bathers a completely natural experience ranging from a dip in steam rising up from a fissure deep in the earth’s surface to a swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths up to 2,500mtr below, complete with mountainous backdrop.

Renting a car is also a good option.

Nearby Places:

Some passengers take a 25-minute plane ride north to the island of Grímsey the only part of the country crossed by the Arctic Circle. Visitors there are presented with a certificate to prove they have crossed into the Arctic.

The Goðafoss (Icelandic: waterfall of the gods) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Mývatn district of North-Central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.

Shopping and Food:

The shops in Iceland are of international standard, and carry a wide variety of merchandise. Local specialties are woolen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens), handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewelry. Also available is a great variety of high-quality seafood.

Currency:

The Icelandic monetary unit is the “króna.” Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10kr., 5 kr. and 1 kr. Bank notes are in denominations of 5000 kr., 2000 kr.,1000 kr., and 500 kr. All Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange and are generally open on weekdays from 09:15 to 16:00.

The major cards in Iceland are EUROPAY/MASTERCARD and VISA. Cash can be obtained at every bank branch (over 170) as well as in all ATMs throughout the country.

Communication:

The Icelanders still speak the language of the Vikings, although modern Icelandic has undergone changes of pronunciation and, of course, of vocabulary!

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Office hours are generally 09:00-17:00 and 08:00-16:00 during June, July and August. Shopping hours are Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 13:00/14:00/15:00 or 16:00. Some supermarkets are open to 23:00 seven days a week. Banking hours are Mon-Fri 09:15-16:00.

1 January, New Year’s Day;
Maundy Thursday (Thursday before Easter Sunday);
Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday);
Easter Monday (Monday following Easter Sunday);
First Day of Summer (a Thursday during the period 19 to 25 April);
1 May, Labour Day;
Ascension Day (Holy Thursday, six weeks after Maundy Thursday);
Whit Monday (Monday following Whit Sunday, seven weeks after Easter);
17 June, National Day (proclamation of the Republic in 1944, birthday of Jon Sigurdsson, 1811-1879);
Trademen’s Day (first Monday in August);
24 December, Christmas Eve (afternoon only);
25 December, Christmas Day;
26 December, Boxing Day (second day of Christmas);
31 December, New Year’s Eve (afternoon only).

Holiday dates falling on a Saturday or Sunday will not be taken on the following Monday.

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