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Making the Most of Akureyri, Iceland

Making the Most of Akureyri, Iceland


GETTING THERE

The Magic will dock on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Oddeyrarbryggja pier, a short walk from Akureyri’s town square. It’ll be a busy day in port, with two large ships and one smaller on hand. There are tourist info centers at the pier and in the Hof Cultural Center, which you’ll pass as you walk into town. Car rentals and taxis can be found near the pier. Banks and ATMs can be found in town (get enough króna to cover your next two days in Reykjavík). Passports shouldn’t be needed ashore, as you’re arriving from a Schengen Agreement country. All ashore is 8:15 am, all aboard 4:30 pm.

GETTING AROUND

Walking—the town center is 0.4 miles from from the pier, along a pleasant, waterfront walkway that leads directly into the shopping district. Grab a map at the tourist information center before you head out. The terrain is level in the compact town center, but visits to the nearby cathedral, botanical gardens, and pool take you steeply uphill. Akureyri has one taxi company, with 20 cars. Though cabs may be found at the pier and the company’s office in town, most are likely to be booked in advance. The customary fare is 3,800 ISK ($33) per hour, but it’s negotiable. Several companies offer private tours in cars and larger vehicles. The official tourism web site has a comprehensive listing at http://www.visitakureyri.is/en. Local buses are free, though their routes take long loops out into residential neighborhoods. The Red and Blue routes stop near the pier and are the most useful for tourists. They trace roughly the same path, one circulating clock-wise, the other counter-clockwise. For most destinations, including the botanical gardens and swimming pool, it’s best to take Blue from the pier, and return on Red. Car rentals can be picked up at the pier or at the nearby airport. Avis, Dollar/Thrifty, Europacar, Hertz, and Icelandcar are represented. We’d be tempted to rent here and explore the countryside. It’d be relatively hard to get lost on the area’s few major roads, just keep an eye on the clock! The excursion boat pier can be reached by following the waterfront south from the cruise pier.

SAFETY

Iceland has one of the world’s lowest crime rates, and not surprisingly, Akureyri is even safer than far larger Reykjavík. Though the sun’s angle is low, sun block should not be forgotten. Sunrise is at 2:10 am, and sunset at 12:24 am. Please see page 481 (Reykjavík Safety) for details about currency exchange and VAT tax refunds. VAT tax refunds are claimed before you depart Reykjavík, not in Akureyri.

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