Port of Akureyri, which had promised to accommodate smaller ships closer to the centre of the town is investing EUR 5 million in constructing a new pier that will open for business next year.
With a length of 130 metres and depth of 9 metres, it will be able to accommodate ships under 10,000 GT. Equipped with Wi-Fi, it'll be just 100 metres from the town centre.
Port of Akureyri is looking forward to another bumper summer cruise season, with increases in both the tonnage and the number of cruise ships calling at the North Iceland port.
Visits have increased from 124 up to 138 year on year. Passenger numbers are also expected to rise by 10% this current year, bringing the number of cruisers to 130,000.
A highlight of 2018 is the arrival of 170,000 GT cruiser MSC Meraviglia, due to set the record as the largest ship to call to date.