Whatever the time of year, Akureyri is a lively and energetic town, and home to around 17,200 inhabitants. It is by far the most densely populated community outside the Reykjavik area, and is the centre of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland.
It is a town closely associated with educational institutions and cultural events, all of those having strong traditional roots. Two of the largest fisheries in Iceland are based in Akureyri, and the growth of the tourist industry means that this is playing an ever more important role in the life of the town.
Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural beauty spots and the town itself is a popular stopping place for both long and short stays.