Greetings to you Scandinavian-(maybe) fanatics from our Iceland trip 2015, straight from the road towards our Akureyri attractions.
We hope, you had a look at our previous impressions from our last post „Arnarstapi / Snaefellsbaer – Western winds of bliss“, if not, you find it here…
So meanwhile we were quite a long way out there in the wilderness, latest remains of civilizations were some tiny towns with some hundreds of citizens.
This way, as part of our Iceland Roadtrip in 7 days now from Arnarstapi to Akureyri has a more or less straight distance of 254 miles and would take 4 hours and 57 minutes (again – German details, you might remember).
The journey begins with the Lord of the Rings
This track would lead us nearly the whole time on the coastline heading straight to northeast until we reach the geographical highest point of our journey.
Again we had amazing weather conditions. Clear blue sky, sunshine and that’s for why we decided to start the journey today with some soundtracks, that would suit this majestic scenery.
It had to be „Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers“! Immediately I felt like in the middle of a Rohan rider army fast as the wind through the wide fields of Middle Earth.
This was somehow epic.
Our Iceland Roadtrip in 7 days
So we took our road, passing by some tiny civilization hosts like Búðardalur, Borðeyri or Laugarbakki.
But in general more or less it was a heavy impressive sightseeing tour for us, because of never ending landscapes, which kept on changing in front of our eyes every five minutes.
At this point I want to mention, that not the whole road No. 1 Ring-route, which leads once around the island is asphalted.
At some parts, especially in the north, it suddenly changes to gravel road.
That means you can also go these parts without Monster Jeeps indeed, but be really careful, its not seldom, that bigger wholes or sharp stones are crossing your way and to go here faster than 25 miles per hour would be quite „adventurous“.
Anyway, we made it without any bigger problems, it just took us of course more time but also gave us the chance to take more pictures.
You see, everything has always two sides of the story.
After approximately 6 hours – we have made about 300 km – the landscape also turned a bit more into Nordic.
Which means weather, climate, the feeling in general.
And we knew, OK – Akureyri is still not at the other side of the planet, somehow we will reach it soon.
And so it was, in the afternoon at about 4 pm we arrived in the secret Capital of the North – Akureyri.
After this long trip it felt a bit strange to see a bigger town again, but it also was a good feeling. Akureyri attractions, here we go.
Snowstorms in Summertime
We were heading straight to our stay „Accommodation Akureyri Guesthouse“, located in the Street Skipagata.
The Check in was earliest 4 pm – so here we were perfectly in time.
First we decided to bring the luggage to our room, refresh a bit and then explore the city.
Keep in mind, that we traveled in the main season, which means summertime, even in Iceland.
And what was awaiting us for our Akureyri holidays? Snowfall.
This was even for Icelandic conditions very surprising and the weather was topic number one these days.
Anyway, for us it was an interesting surprise, I would have not complained about sunshine as well, but hey – I can’t change it, so I don’t complain about it.
Cozy, clean and simple – this is Iceland
Our accommodation instead was a very lovely, tiny little guesthouse-room with everything that you need. Not more or less.
Now, as we are already talking about this topic, I will also tell you, that nearly every guesthouse has mixed /shared bathrooms.
Just to keep that in mind, so don’t forget your bath slippers.
We didn’t spend that much time with marveling at our room, instead we wanted to spend the rest of the day with exploring this lovely city.
Weather was for these purposes not quite perfect, but it stopped snowing, which was good, so picture time 🙂
Here we go with some impressions from our Akureyri holidays and I tell you afterwards a bit about this.
You want to see more pictures of that place, right? Have a look here, in our Gallery.
Of course most visible even by far is again the church, the so called Akureyrarkirkja which is standing there lonely at the top, watching silently at Akureyri.
Even though the city has about 18.000 citizens, you don’t really have any other classic tourist sights, which is good or bad, I don’t know.
A cute, little old town with some nice restaurants. A quite impressive wellness-building with a landmark of Akureyri, some whale-fins, but that’s it mainly.
Akureyri attractions – All about the hearts…
Ah wait! This Section of our road trip is called „Home of the Hearts“ Damn, I nearly forgot the hearts.
Almost every Streetlight in Akureyri has instead of red circle a heart.
That’s not all, in nearly every window is hanging a heart-shape or red heart-shape-buttons are glued at so many place.
So what is it with so much love here?
Which is to be honest really cute to look at and gives this place a very warm and welcoming atmosphere…
After the big financial crisis in 2008 the citizens of Akureyri wanted to set a sign what really counts and is important in life.
Well what is it? You know the answer…
So this was really heart-warming and impressive because it didn’t feel cheesy or like just to show up some tourist stuff.
Two more things, that make Akureyri from our experience a very special and unique place you have to know…
First point: A growing and obviously already quite a big Art-Scene.
You find many many great street arts here, all somehow related to love, hearts, emotions. But smart and inspiring.
I really liked these works, also some examples you can see here:
Second point – and this is really something very big!
You thought Santa Claus is living in Korvatunturi, Lapland, in this cozy little place in Finland or maybe Australia?
All wrong, 6 km southwards from Akureyri is his place. And it’s not even a joke.
As a tip from our host mother in Akureyri we decided of course, to shortly visit this place. And what I can tell you – it was one of the best decisions of our whole road trip. Such a place!
Of course, let the pixels talk again and see some impressions of that crazy Santa-home…
The real home of Santa Claus
Santa himself was unfortunately not at home, i guess he was on a vacation somewhere in the south. So lets leave here one or two sentences to the place itself:
On two floors it was filled to the top with christmas stuff.
First impression was that heavy scent of Xmas and then that extravagant view, wherever you might even look at.
The combination was – felt like summertime, but cold outside and Xmas inside.
Strange to the bone, but also superfine. And of course we have never seen something like this before. Let’s not bore too much any further, just one thing:
Go there of course if you are once visiting Iceland and see for yourself.
I just see folks, we had a lot of stuff for you to read here already. So maybe its time to close this chapter III for now.
After that visit we were heading first north, then east to our fourth and next destination Faskrudsfjördir.
It is located in the far east/south of Iceland with a distance of approximately 320 km.
See you soon again on the road on our way to “Fáskrúðsfjörður – French kisses in far east” and we want to leave you here with some impressions of that episode….
For more pictures check out as always our Gallery of Akureyri and our previous Iceland Roadtrip-Blogs
Stay tuned, always travelling with the Bird,
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