Akureyri, the capital of the north, is the second-largest city in Iceland with a population of 18,000. Yes, theoretically, Kópavogur and Hafnarfjörður are larger, but from a tourist’s perspective, both of these towns are considered part of Reykjavik. Therefore, Akureyri can be referred to as the second-largest city in Iceland.

Akureyri is situated on the shore of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, and is surrounded by mountains. For its latitude, it has a relatively mild climate and is known for its vibrant cultural scene, featuring many museums, a university, and the Akureyri Church, a prominent landmark of the city.

Akureyri lies on the main route of Road No. 1. Additionally, there is an international airport with a runway that partially extends into the ocean, and a large maritime port where the biggest ocean cruise ships dock.