All of our previous trips to Iceland, we had based ourselves in Reykjavik and did day trips from there. But this being our 5th (and Ellen’s 6th) trip, we decided to do something a little different. So after the race, where we were joined by Margaret, a friend we met on the Cuba trip, we flew to Akureyri, a city in the north. It is Iceland’s second largest city, with a whopping population of 19,000.
We flew from Reykjavik’s city airport, which is just 5 minutes from downtown, to Akureyri’s little airport. A short cab ride brought us to our Airbnb, which was just a block from the central downtown area.
Our first stop was the botanical garden, up top a hill which afforded a nice view of the fjord.
The botanical garden was beautiful, we strolled around and marveled at what can grew in a cold and short summer season.
The other major site in Akureyri is the church, also on the top of the hill. After the church we visited both of the 66 North stores and the rest of the shopping area.
Along the water, Akureyri has a sister statue to the Sun Viking in Reykjavik.
Ellen of course did her research and booked a reservation at the nicest restaurant in town, Rub 23.
We are not really sushi people but we enjoyed great seafood.
For our second day, we booked a day trip to the Lake Myvatn area. We were in a van with a total of 9 sightseers. The first stop was a hill above Akureyri.
Next stop was the Godafoss waterfall. Just spectacular.
We had visited Blue Lagoon when we arrived in Reyvjavik. We got a chance to try out another bath, the Myvatn Nature Baths. Not as fancy but just as relaxing.
Flying back to Reykjavik, we had time to visit the art museum before heading back home.
We had a wonderful trip, enjoying seeing new areas of Iceland. Pretty sure, we will be back!