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Akureyri, Iceland Luxury Cruises

Journey north to see the stark, unspoiled beauty of Iceland for yourself. Known as the cultural and commercial capital of Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a friendly, picturesque town of white and red buildings – with clear, still waters before it and dramatic, snow-topped mountains behind.

Despite being just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri offers visitors one of the warmest climates in the country thanks to the sheltering effects of its mountain backdrop – and a harbour free from ice, which has played a big part in its success as one of Iceland's major ports and fishing communities.

Sightseeing in Akureyri

The small-town nature of Akureyri offers visitors a quieter, less crowded experience of an urban centre than they might be used to – with a population of less than 20,000, you're unlikely to get caught in huge crowds whilst enjoying the streets, shops and attractions in the area.

Northern lights

A trip to the planet's northernmost reaches wouldn't be the same without seeing the incredible Northern Lights of the Arctic Circle. The haunting green glow of Aurora Borealis can often be seen in the skies above Akureyri from September to April on clear nights, and the Icelandic Met Office gives very useful year-round forecasts of the likelihood of seeing them. We now know that the Northern Lights are caused by electrically charged particles glowing in the thinnest, highest parts of the Earth's atmosphere, which form at the magnetic centres of the north and south poles – but what must Iceland's ancient Nordic settlers have made of them?

Akureyri Church

Akureyri's distinctive white Lutheran church looks down over the town from the top of a stepped, landscaped hill above the Kaupvangsstraeti. The church was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the Icelandic architect responsible for the striking, stepped spike design of the Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik. Akureyri Church has a more traditional layout and interior than its sister church in the capital, but is no less impressive for it – featuring an organ with over 3,000 pipes, beautiful stained glass windows in a bright, almost comic-book style and a model ship suspended from the ceiling – a reminder of the country's Nordic tradition of giving offerings to protect seafarers on their voyages.

Botanical Gardens and Natural History Museum

The comparatively warm climate and naturally fertile soil of the region make Akureyri a great place to grow a wide variety of plants, and the town's peaceful, beautifully maintained botanical gardens offer visitors and locals alike a gorgeous place to relax. The gardens hold every native species of flora, as well as thousands of plant species from overseas. The town's natural history museum on Hafnarstraeti is also popular with visitors to the area, and functions as a research institute too – with more than 50 employees monitoring the local natural environment, and advising schools and the wider public on issues of natural resources. Visitors to the museum will find comprehensive collections of Iceland's native plants and wildlife – like its range of native insects and falcons, waders, seabirds and ducks. Akureyri's museum is twinned with one in Reykjavik, which together form Iceland's Institute of Natural History.

Shopping in Akureyri

Bargain hunters might want to put Akureyri at the top of their list for shopping – many shops in town have ‘tax-free' signs, and although this involves a minimum spend to qualify for tax-free purchases, this does mean an added discount of about 15%. Shops can be found mainly in the Glerartorg shopping mall and along the Hafnarstraeti, the latter being visitors' best bet for designer outlets and souvenir shops.

Eating Out in Akureyri

There are some charming old-fashioned cafes in the town, serving coffee, cocoa, hot meals and a range of homemade desserts – these establishments are often painted in bright colours, and may offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. If you're looking for something more cutting-edge, however, you could also try some of the town's bistros, serving gourmet Nordic cuisine in ultra-modern settings.

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1 Ireland & Iceland
06 May 2019 - 10 nights

Dublin, Ireland | Belfast | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Akureyri, Iceland | Cork | Dublin, Ireland | Dublin, Ireland more

Fly Cruise£2659pp
Cruise Only£2399pp
2 Iceland & Ireland
07 May 2019 - 12 nights

Southampton | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Cork | Dublin, Ireland | Dublin, Ireland | Akureyri, Iceland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Lerwick, Shetlands | Southampton more

Cruise Only£2779pp
3 Ireland & Iceland
16 May 2019 - 10 nights

Dublin, Ireland | Greenock (Glasgow) | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Akureyri, Iceland | Belfast | Cork | Dublin, Ireland more

Fly Cruise£4139pp
Cruise Only£3949pp
4 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
27 May 2019 - 12 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Flaam | Alesund | Geiranger | Torshavn, Faeroes | Seydisfjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£5190pp
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5 Iceland & North Cape Quest
01 June 2019 - 15 nights

Reykjavik | Vigur Island | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Siglufjorour, Iceland | Tromso, Norway | Honningsvag (North Cape) | Storstappen Island, Norway | Hammerfest | Harstad, Norway | Bronnoysund, Norway | Stavanger | Arendal, Norway | Aalborg, Denmark | Copenhagen more

Fly Cruise£5469pp
Cruise Only£5469pp
6 Ireland & Iceland
03 June 2019 - 11 nights

Dublin, Ireland | Belfast | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Akureyri, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Cork | Dublin, Ireland | Dublin, Ireland more

Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise Only£3139pp
7 Reykjavik to Tromso
18 June 2019 - 14 nights

Reykjavik | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Dyjandi | Vigur Island | Hornbjarg Bird Cliffs | Akureyri, Iceland | Jan Mayen | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Bear Island | Tromso, Norway more

Fly Cruise£10189pp
Cruise Only£10189pp
8 North Cape Panorama - Reykjavik to Copenhagen
21 June 2019 - 16 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Leknes, Lofoten Islands | Leknes | Tromso, Norway | North Cape | Honningsvag (North Cape) | Geiranger | Geiranger | Flaam | Bergen | Copenhagen | Copenhagen more

Fly Cruise£6739pp
Cruise Only£6039pp
9 Route of The Vikings 1
16 July 2019 - 21 nights

Dover | Falmouth, UK | Skomer Island | Milford Haven, Wales | Douglas | Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland | Oban, Stewart Island | St. Kilda, Scotland | Summer Isles, Scotland | Ullapool, Scotland | Copinsay Island, Scotland | Lerwick, Shetlands | Isle Of Noss | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Torshavn, Faeroes | Vopnafjorour, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Siglufjorour, Iceland | Tasiilaq, Greenland | Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland | Grundarfjordur | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£7679pp
Cruise Only£7679pp
10 Reykjavik to London
31 July 2019 - 11 nights

Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn, Faeroes | Lerwick, Shetlands | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£6269pp
Cruise Only£6269pp
11 Vikings & Royals
04 August 2019 - 20 nights

Southampton | Edinburgh | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Torshavn, Faeroes | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq, Greenland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Londonderry | Belfast | Dublin, Ireland | Southampton more

Cruise Only£5639pp
12 Iceland and Ireland
11 August 2019 - 14 nights

Southampton | St Peter Port, Guernsey | Waterford (Dunmore E.) | Cork | Dublin, Ireland | Dublin, Ireland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Akureyri, Iceland | Belfast | Southampton more

Cruise Only£7119pp
13 Northern Allure
28 August 2019 - 14 nights

Southampton | Zeebrugge, Belgium | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Copenhagen | Gothenburg, Sweden | Oslo, Norway | Stavanger | Bergen | Lerwick, Shetlands | Torshavn, Faeroes | Akureyri, Iceland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£4379pp
Cruise Only£4249pp
14 Dublin to Reykjavik
29 May 2020 - 12 nights

Dublin, Ireland | Iona | Lunga, Trishnish Island | Oban, UK | Mallaig | Portree, Isle Of Skye | St. Kilda, Scotland | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Isle Of Noss | Lerwick, Shetlands | Torshavn, Faeroes | Vestmanna, Faroe Islands | Akureyri, Iceland | Vigur Island | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£5399pp
Cruise Only£6259pp
15 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
03 June 2020 - 12 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Bergen | Bergen | Flaam | Flaam | Alesund | Geiranger | Torshavn, Faeroes | Seydisfjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£4690pp
Cruise OnlyCall
16 Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
10 June 2020 - 11 nights

Reykjavik | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Dyjandi | Vigur Island | Cruise Along Hornbjard Cliffs | Akureyri, Iceland | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Longyearbyen more

Fly Cruise£6959pp
Cruise Only£6959pp
17 Iceland Majestic Landscapes from Reykjavik
15 June 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn, Faeroes | Geiranger | Alesund | Alesund | Flaam | Flaam | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£4690pp
Cruise OnlyCall
18 Reykjavik to London
18 June 2020 - 15 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Honningsvag (North Cape) | Hammerfest | Tromso, Norway | Narvik, Nordland | Flaam | Gudvangen, Norway | Bergen | Kristiansand, Norway | London (Greenwich) more

Fly Cruise£6349pp
Cruise Only£6349pp
19 Iceland Intensive
23 June 2020 - 13 nights

Copenhagen | Heimaey, Iceland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Husavik, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Dublin, Ireland more

Fly Cruise£4039pp
Cruise Only£3819pp
20 Icelandic Summer
23 June 2020 - 15 nights

Reykjavik | Patreksfjorour, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Siglufjorour, Iceland | Tromso, Norway | Honningsvag (North Cape) | Storstappen Island, Norway | Alta, Altafjord, Norway | Sortland, Vesterålen, Norway | Bodo, Norway | Skagafjorour, Iceland | Stykkishólmur, Iceland | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£9299pp
Cruise Only£7959pp
21 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
06 July 2020 - 12 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Bergen | Flaam | Alesund | Alesund | Geiranger | Torshavn, Faeroes | Seydisfjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£4690pp
22 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
06 July 2020 - 12 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Bergen | Bergen | Flaam | Alesund | Geiranger | Torshavn, Faeroes | Seydisfjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£4690pp
Cruise OnlyCall
23 Reykjavik to London
08 July 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Eskifjordur, Iceland | Torshavn, Faeroes | Lerwick, Shetlands | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Invergordon, Scotland | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£4359pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
24 Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
09 July 2020 - 11 nights

Oslo, Norway | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Svalbard | Jan Mayen | Akureyri, Iceland | Cruise Along Hornbjard Cliffs | Vigur Island | Dyjandi | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£6959pp
Cruise Only£6959pp
25 Copenghan to Reykjavik
17 July 2020 - 18 nights

Copenhagen | Lysekil, Sweden | Oslo, Norway | New Haven | Invergordon, Scotland | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Torshavn, Faeroes | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Nuuk | Paamiut | Qaqortoq, Greenland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£11729pp
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26 Iceland Majestic Landscapes from Reykjavik
18 July 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn, Faeroes | Geiranger | Alesund | Flaam | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£4790pp
Cruise OnlyCall
27 Iceland Explorer
25 July 2020 - 10 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Snaefellsnes | Isafjordur | Grimsey | Akureyri, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Husavik, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Westman Islands | Thorlakshofn | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£7379pp
28 Iceland Intensive
06 August 2020 - 15 nights

Southampton | Belfast | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Liverpool, England | Plymouth | Southampton more

Cruise Only£4229pp
29 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
08 August 2020 - 12 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Bergen | Bergen | Flaam | Flaam | Alesund | Alesund | Geiranger | Torshavn, Faeroes | Seydisfjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£4990pp
Cruise OnlyCall
30 Iceland Majestic Landscapes from Reykjavik
20 August 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn, Faeroes | Torshavn, Faeroes | Geiranger | Geiranger | Alesund | Alesund | Flaam | Flaam | Bergen | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£4790pp
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