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Cruises to Akureyri

Akureyri (Photo:Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock)

About Akureyri

The second-largest city in Iceland (yet still small, with fewer than 18,000 residents), Akureyri has become a regular stop for cruise ships visiting the island on a Norwegian fjords cruise, as well as those on transatlantic repositionings.

Located on Iceland's longest fjord, Eyjafjordur, Akureyri has been settled since Vikings arrived in the 9th century and has long been dominant in fishing, thanks to an ice-free port. Although cruise ships only visit during the summer, the town has a healthy winter tourism scene, with several ski resorts close by. Thus, you'll find many outdoor clothing stores, as well as restaurants, cafes and bars, in the city's downtown.

A call in Akureyri provides cruisers with a cute town to explore and makes a perfect gateway to northern Iceland's geothermal phenomena. Lake Myvatn, home to bubbling hotpots, thermal baths, craters and lava formations, is less than two hours away. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, consider a flightseeing trip over this geothermal wonderland; if an eruption is going on, you might even see lava spurting into the air (as tourists did in fall 2014, when a fissure developed in nearby Holuhraun).

Akureyri is also a good place to hire an independent tour operator for outdoor pursuits, such as whale watching, horseback riding, hiking and Jeep adventures. Or you can rent a car and explore the country's Ring Road. Make sure you wear layers and bring a raincoat; Iceland's weather is notoriously fickle even though Akureyri generally has warmer temperatures than other parts of the island.

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Coral Princess
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107 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
May 18, 2022
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
May 20, 2022
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 8, 2023
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 28, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jul 12, 2023
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 11, 2022
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 3, 2023
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Leaving:Monacobreen
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
Sep 23, 2022
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26 Night
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263 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jul 18, 2022
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Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jul 23, 2022
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Aug 18, 2022
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Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jun 22, 2022
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jul 15, 2022
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
Jun 21, 2022
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jun 30, 2023
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Aug 24, 2022
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Leaving:Rotterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jul 25, 2022
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jul 2, 2022
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 14, 2022
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
Aug 7, 2022
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
Aug 8, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Aug 12, 2023
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57 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jul 26, 2023
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73 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 4, 2023
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Why go to Akureyri?

Cons:

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

Bottom Line:

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.

Getting Around?

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.

Language?

Icelandic is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. But don't worry: Everyone in the tourist trade speaks English.

Where You're Docked?

Akureyri's cruise terminal is sheltered within Iceland's longest fjord, Eyjafjordur. The dock can handle up to three ships at a time.


Akureyri Cruise Reviews
With a short walk into town, be certain to visit “Into the Arctic” located at Strandgata 53. This exhibit provides excellent insight to life in the north. Akureyrarkirka Church – by Eyrarlandsveg is worth a... Read More
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cruisersenior
We did the Highlights of Northern Iceland excursion, which was a 6 hour bus tour with 3 major stops, including fantastic waterfall. The buses run hot, without proper AC or WC, so be prepared, especially since you... Read More
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Catlover54
Walked 7 km through the town to a small museum that featured the history of the development of Akureyri.... Read More
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danaschafer
nice and clean place to wander around... Read More
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