Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The building was once the city’s university and is on a hill with views of the fjord & mountains
  • It’s a 15-minute walk from the city centre & harbour, plus there’s a geothermal waterpark next door
  • The restaurant serves local cuisine & there’s a happy hour every afternoon in the bar
  • Akureyri is a buzzing city where "Game of Thrones" was filmed


“This easy-going place has more buzz than anywhere outside Reykjavik”, says Lonely Planet about Akureyri, which it put it top of its Best Places in Europe 2015 list. It’s Iceland’s second-largest city but it’s the landscape that really attracts visitors. That and the "Game of Thrones" tour -- all winter scenes from the five series were filmed here.

The Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is a 15-minute walk from the main town centre, restaurants and harbour, perched on a hill overlooking Iceland’s longest fjord. The building was once the city’s university but today is an eco-friendly property with clean, Icelandic décor. Check-in is in the reception/bar area, where high tea is served each afternoon and there’s a happy hour from 4-6pm (with 50% off drinks and snacks). The patio garden is a pleasant spot with a fire pit and blankets to keep guests warm while stargazing or waiting for the Northern Lights (visible on clear nights from September-April).

The roomy bedrooms have wooden floors, local artwork and city, mountain or fjord views. There are work tables over the bed, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Some rooms only have a frosted glass screen to separate the toilet from the rest of the room, which may not suit some guests, but more traditional bathroom set ups are available.

In the morning, a plentiful breakfast buffet is served in Aurora restaurant, including porridge with toppings, cheese, meat, eggs, bread, pastries and more. Later on, the lunch and dinner menu revolves around local fare – expect dishes such as pulled pork on focaccia bread and with pickled vegetables, or grilled Arctic char (a cold-water fish) with potatoes and cauliflower mousse.

There is no swimming pool on site but Sundlaug Akureyrar, a year-round geothermal waterpark, is a 2-minute walk away. Further afield, visit the world’s most northerly botanical garden at Lystigarõurinn, Myvatn Nature Baths overlooking the lake, and Hverir, a geothermal field with hot pools, bubbling mud pits and steam eruptions. The very adventurous should take a plane ride over the active Bardarbunga volcano. 

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower


  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: One child aged 12 and under stay free of charge, on request, when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Breakfast is free for children aged 5 and under, 50% of the adult's price for children aged 6 to 12.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: City tax not included in the total price: 100 ISK per room, per night payable at the hotel.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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