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Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Akureyri is a city in the northern part of the Republic of Iceland, also nicknamed the “Capital of North Iceland”. It’s the second largest urban area after Great Reykjavík area and the fourth largest municipality after Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður, and Kópavogur. The Akureyri is a important port and fisheries center, with a tiny population of just 18 thousand people as of latest measurement.

The city is located near Eyjafjordur Fjord and is the home to the Akureyri University, the city is surprisingly active and has a big cultural history for such a small town. Sights in the city include, for example the Folklore museum and several botanical gardens. A large number of art galleries operate year round, a professional theater is also present for those interested. Arureyri isn’t a big metropolis, everything should be a on walking distances for any reasonable fit traveler, it can get a bit hilly though. The public bus system is free of use for anyone.

As there’s several universities and students living around downtown area the nightlife is vibrantly presence throughout the city, there’s a few recommended pubs and bars including Sjallinn, where live bands play near a bar area. Another bar for the mature crowd around downtown is the Kaffi Akureyri. When you are looking for a quiet coffee time, visit one of the coffee bars Kaffi Karólína and Bláa Kannan.

United States citizens do not need a visa when entering Akureyri for personal or business travel. At least if their stay does not exceed 90 days. The following things are required, valid passport, proof of return or onward tickets of travel and proof of sufficient funds for stay.