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 Dublin to Reykjavik
29 May 2020 - 12 nights

Dublin | Iona | Lunga, Trishnish Island | Oban, UK | Mallaig | Portree | St. Kilda, Scotland | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Noss Island | Torshavn | Vestmanna, Faroe Islands | Akureyri | Vigur Island | Reykjavik more

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2 Iceland & Ireland
30 May 2020 - 14 nights

Southampton | St Peter Port | Cork, Ireland | Dublin | Dublin | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Akureyri | Belfast | Southampton more

Cruise Only£3759pp
3 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
03 June 2020 - 12 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Flaam | Alesund | Geiranger (Geirangerfjord) | Torshavn | Seydisfjordur | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£4840pp
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4 Ireland & Iceland
05 June 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4419pp
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5 Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
10 June 2020 - 11 nights

Reykjavik | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Dyjandi | Vigur Island | Akureyri | Jan Mayen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen more

Fly Cruise£6719pp
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6 Iceland Majestic Landscapes from Reykjavik
15 June 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn | Geiranger (Geirangerfjord) | Alesund | Flaam | Bergen | Bergen more

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7 Reykjavik to London
18 June 2020 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6539pp
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8 Iceland Intensive
23 June 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3569pp
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9 Icelandic Summer
23 June 2020 - 15 nights

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

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10 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
06 July 2020 - 12 nights

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11 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
06 July 2020 - 12 nights

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12 Reykjavik to London
08 July 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri | Eskifjordur, Iceland | Torshavn | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Invergordon | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£4269pp
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13 Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
09 July 2020 - 11 nights

Oslo | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Jan Mayen | Akureyri | Vigur Island | Dyjandi | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£6719pp
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14 Copenghan to Reykjavik
17 July 2020 - 18 nights

Copenhagen | Lysekil | Oslo | New Haven | Invergordon | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Nuuk | Paamiut | Qaqortoq | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

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15 Iceland Majestic Landscapes from Reykjavik
18 July 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn | Geiranger (Geirangerfjord) | Alesund | Flaam | Bergen | Bergen more

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16 Iceland Intensive
06 August 2020 - 15 nights

Southampton | Belfast | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri | Seydisfjordur | Liverpool | Plymouth | Southampton more

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17 Iceland Majestic Landscapes - Bergen to Reykjavik
08 August 2020 - 12 nights

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18 Iceland Majestic Landscapes from Reykjavik
20 August 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn | Geiranger (Geirangerfjord) | Alesund | Flaam | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£4690pp
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19 Iceland & Ireland Cruise
05 September 2020 - 14 nights

Southampton | St Peter Port | Cobh | Waterford (Dunmore E.) | Dublin | Dublin | Akureyri | Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Belfast | Southampton more

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20 Around the World in 180 Days
09 January 2021 - 180 nights

Miami, Florida | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Panama Canal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Cabo San Lucas | Ensenada, Mexico | Los Angeles, California | Nawiliwili | Honolulu, Oahu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday Island | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo Island | Bali | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Keelung | Ishigaki (Sakishima Islands) | Okinawa | Hong Kong, China | Hong Kong, China | Hue | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui, Thailand | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Kochi (Cochin) | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya, Turkey | Rhodes | Santorini | Kusadasi | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Piraeus | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York, United States more

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21 Odyssey of the Stars
25 January 2021 - 164 nights

Los Angeles, California | Nawiliwili | Honolulu, Oahu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday Island | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo Island | Bali | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Keelung | Ishigaki (Sakishima Islands) | Okinawa | Hong Kong, China | Hong Kong, China | Hue | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui, Thailand | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang | Phuket | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Kochi (Cochin) | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Safaga | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya, Turkey | Rhodes | Santorini | Kusadasi | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Piraeus | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York, United States more

Fly Cruise£45719pp
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22 The Unchartered World Tour - Ushuaia to Tromso
30 January 2021 - 167 nights

Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | South Shetland Islands | Tortel, Chile | Castro, Chiloe Island, Chile | Puerto Montt | Niebla | Valparaiso, Chile | Robinson Crusoe Island | Alexander Selkirk Island, Chile | Easter Island | Easter Island | Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands | Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marguesas Island | Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands | Fakarava | Rangiroa | Moorea | Papeete | Bora Bora | Rarotonga | Aitutaki, Cook Islands | Palmerston | Apia | Apia | Somosomo, Taveuni | Lautoka | Pentecost Island | Ambrym Island, Vanuatu | Champagne Bay | Santa Ana, Solomon Islands | Rabaul | Garove Island, Papua New Guinea | Madang (Papua New Guinea) | Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea | Dobu Island | Dei Dei Hot Springs, Fergusson Island | Samarai And Kwato | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | King George | Hunter River | Hunter River | Buccaneer Archipelago | Ende, Flores | Kalabahi (Takpala), Indonesia | Pulau Kital | Anano Island, Indonesia | Bau-Bau, Indonesia | Palopo, South Sulawesi | Semarang | Singapore | Singapore | Anak Krakatoa, Indonesia | Karimunjawa Archipelago - Java, Indonesia | Padang,Sumatra For Cupek, Indonesia | Bawemataluwo, Indonesia | Belawan, Indonesia | Belawan, Indonesia | Galle | Colombo | Kochi (Cochin) | Kochi (Cochin) | Goa (Mormugao) | Muscat | Sur | Salalah | Safaga | Rhodes | Symi | Naxos | Folegandros | Piraeus | Monemvasia | Itea, Greece | Nafpaktos | Ksamil | Sousse | Porto Empedocle (Sicily), Italy | Trapani, Sicily, Italy | Cagliari | Bejaia, Algeria | Seville | Seville | Portimao | Lisbon | Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal | La Coruna | Saint-Malo | Honfleur | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK | St Peter Port | St Mary's Isles Of Scilly, United Kingdom | Tresco, Isles Of Scilly | Pembroke, United Kingdom | Iona | Fort William, Scotland | St. Kilda, Scotland | Vestmannaey Island | Surtsey | Reykjavik | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Dyjandi | Vigur Island | Akureyri | Jan Mayen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Gjesvaerstappan, Norway | Skarsvag | Tromso more

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23 Skylines & Seasides
17 June 2021 - 22 nights

Southampton | Cruising The Celtic Sea & English Channel | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Torshavn | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York, United States more

Fly Cruise£6899pp
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24 London (Southampton) to Reykjavik
23 June 2021 - 22 nights

Southampton | Falmouth, England | Waterford | Holyhead | Liverpool | Douglas | Glasgow | Stornoway, UK | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | Aberdeen | Invergordon | Ullapool | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Torshavn | Torshavn | Eskifjördur | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£6459pp
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25 Ultimate Arctic Islands
25 June 2021 - 24 nights

Oslo | Oslo | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Akureyri | Akureyri | Sauðárkrókur | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£20349pp
26 Arctic Adventure
05 July 2021 - 14 nights

Oslo | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Akureyri | Akureyri | Sauðárkrókur | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£11659pp
27 Legend Of The Icelandic Sagas
21 August 2021 - 13 nights

Grundarfjordur | Reykjavik | Vigur Island | Scoresby Sund | Scoresby Sund | Rhodes | Bear Island | Scoresby Sund | Alpefjord | Ella | Blomster Bugt | Joseph Fjord | Akureyri | Seydisfjordur | Papey Iceland | Heimaey, Iceland | Reykjavik more

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