Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

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Why We Love It

  • 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

Map & Directions

The hotel is a 45-minute domestic flight or 5-hour drive from Reykjavik (although you can fly there from the UK with a short stop in Reykjavik). Akureyri Airport is just over two miles away. A taxi will take less than 10 minutes and costs around £10. For those driving, there is ample free parking on site.

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“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. 



  • 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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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