Akureyri Sights and Landmarks Guide, Iceland
A relatively young city, Akureyri has tourist attractions that are definitely animated. Just like every other city in the world, its culture and lifestyle are carved on every side. The art and architecture fused with the city’s surroundings provide an ideal place for a tourist destination. When in Iceland, take some time to visit the beautiful Akureyri Sights.
Akureyri Sights – Museums
In Akureyri, there is a good range of museums to choose from. These museums vary from the artistic to the industrial. Should anyone visit the city, the stay would be more rewarding if a museum or two are explored.
Akureyri Art Museum. This museum works for the preservation and development of the local art, culture, and society. It holds sessions and lectures in the visual art. Every year, the Akureyri Art Museum hosts a number of impressive exhibitions about the cultural life and the art of the city. The museum is open every day except Mondays, from 12pm to 8pm.
The Aviation Museum. This museum narrates the history of aviation in the country from the past to the present. Visitors will find displays of pictures and comprehensive transcripts of pilots and what they do every day. It also has various types of aircrafts like the country’s oldest ambulance airplane. The museum is open from June 01 to August 31 between 1pm and 5pm. When tourists want to visit between September 01 and May 31, they can arrange a schedule with the museum coordinator.
Akureyri Sights – Cultural and Architectural Landmarks
Places that tell the story of Akureyri’s culture and architecture are found throughout the city. Visiting these landmarks will give tourists a better understanding of the city, its people, and its culture.
Akureyri Church. This religious building is considered the emblem of the city. Designed by Gudjon Samuelsson, this Lutheran church was sanctified in 1940. The highlights of the church are the middle stained-glass window found above the altar and the bas-reliefs created by Asmundur Sveinsson.
The Old Town. Walking through the old town in the city is like being taken back in time. Tourists will get a feel of Akureyri’s history just by strolling around this landmark. The old primary school, hospital and theater are found in this strip of aged area. Also, old houses can still be seen standing proudly in this old town.
Akureyri Sights – Outdoors
The city’s favorable weather makes exploring the outdoors more enjoyable and fruitful. Akureyri’s outdoors provide an ideal place for recreation and relaxation.
Mountain Sulur. This is the city’s mountain with available trails for those who want to hike. Walking up the peak and back down will take about 5 to 6 hours. The long stroll on the Sulur is rewarded with a magnificent view of the light rhyolite peak created from a volcanic eruption, which occurred about 9 million years ago.
The Christmas Garden. One of the prettiest sites in the city, this garden lives up to its name. It is Christmas all-year round in this garden. The fireplace radiates the warm and fuzzy while Christmas music hums in the air. The red house has Christmas decorations from all over the world. There are benches and tables around the garden for picnics.
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