If your travels in Iceland take you to the “capital of the North,” be sure to make a reservation at the well-appointed Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. This warm, inviting hotel opened its doors in 2011 and has welcomed visitors from all over the world ever since.
The hotel is located just across the street from the town’s impressive geothermal water park, which features two water slides, splash pool, indoor pool, four hot tubs, steam room, sauna, family park and playground. The shops, restaurants and museums of the city center are also within walking distance. Just a short drive away, you’ll find some of the country’s most magnificent natural wonders: ski mecca Mt. Hlidarfjall, the thundering waters of Dettifoss, tranquil Lake Myvatn and more. Akureyri also draws many visitors seeking a glimpse of the Northern Lights thanks to its relatively low light pollution.
Like the group’s other properties, operations at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri are based on the company’s commitment to protecting the Nordic nation’s pristine air, water and land. The hotel’s staff strives to reduce waste, increase recycling and use resources efficiently, while using environmentally conscious and local products and services whenever possible. It’s a philosophy that visitors appreciate even more once they experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Iceland for themselves.
The hotel offers stunning views that include Eyjafjörður Fjord and Súlur, the town-mountain of Akureyri. Its exterior design is sleek and modern, emphasizing clean lines, geometric shapes and natural wood accents. Large windows create an open feel and provide plenty of natural light. The gorgeous patio and garden area perfect for enjoying the fresh air regardless of the season: Guests can experience the “midnight sun” during the region’s mild summers, while a large fireplace and leather blankets keep them cozy during the chilly winter months.
Aurora, the hotel’s first-class restaurant and bar, serves a tempting menu of lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as a traditional English high tea every afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. Catering is also available for meetings, celebrations and other gatherings of up to 100 guests.
The hotel offers 99 modern guest rooms to accommodate single travelers as well as families and small groups, including twin, queen, king, deluxe and superior options. All rooms include bathroom with shower, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, wireless internet, telephone, coffee and tea set. Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request, as well as rooms with a studio sofa for children. Most rooms offer about 200 square feet (17-20 square meters) of living space.
If you’re looking for a bit more space—and a bit more luxury—you can book The Suite, a fifth-floor space with stunning views of the town and Eyjafjörður Fjord. Admire the Icelandic art hanging in the suite’s spacious living area as you relax on the sofa or slip into the bathrobe provided before falling into a restful slumber in the plush bed. Measuring just under 400 square feet, The Suite is about twice as large as the hotel’s standard rooms.