Why go to Akureyri?
Although Akureyri has its charms, it's better to book a tour of the wilds of Iceland than to spend all of your time hanging around town
Akureyri is a fantastic port from which to embark on geothermal adventures in Iceland. Walk into town, book a tour and go
Akureyri Cruise Port Facilities?
The dock area has a visitor's center with a souvenir shop, free Wi-Fi and restrooms. The terminal is an easy, 10-minute walk from downtown Akureyri, and buses, taxis and tours are able to pick up passengers right outside the dock.
Good to Know?
It's not called Iceland for nothing; bring lots of layers, as well as a hat and scarf, because the wind can make the air feel much chillier than the temperature reads.
On Foot: Akureyri is extremely walkable. The town center is less than 10 minutes from the cruise port.
By Taxi: Taxis, located on the street across from the cruise terminal parking lot, are available for two- to six-hour private tours. Prices are displayed on a street placard and include gratuity; Iceland is not a tipping culture.
By Car: The Lake Myvatn area has many sites you can visit on your own if you have a car. Europcar has a rental office within the cruise terminal, and familiar brands such as Dollar, Thrifty, Budget and Avis are a short walk away (as well as the Icelandic company Icelandcar). Reservations are recommended in the prime summer months (June, July and August).
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Currency is the Icelandic krona; prices are given in ISK (if you're from the U.S., you'll find them startlingly high, particularly for food). For updated currency-conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. Several banks, including Landsbankinn (1 Strandgotu) and Islandbanki (14 Skipagotu), have ATMs. Almost all shops and restaurants take credit cards.
Icelandic is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. But don't worry: Everyone in the tourist trade speaks English.