Akureyri, 150 miles (240 km) northeast of the capital Reykjavik, is one of the oldest towns in Iceland, and became a famous trading centre under the Danes nearly 400 years ago when Denmark had a monopoly over all trade with Iceland. Akureyri features picturesque historic houses below snowcapped peaks, several museums and botanical gardens. It is the biggest settlement outside southwest of Iceland, and one of country's largest cities. "Akureyri" means "Meadow Sandspit" in Icelandic.
You can visit the villages of Hauganes and Dalvik (located at the lower end of Eyjafjordur, along the fjord's shore) or the islands Grimsey and Hrisey. Go inland to explore the lake of midges Lake Myvatn, a famous bird sanctuary and site of one of the largest concentrations of breeding ducks in the world. En route to Lake Myvatn, you can see amazing lava formations, craters, and Grotagja fissure, once used as public bath. Stop at Godafoss waterfall - there, according to a legend, the Nordic gods Thor and Odin watch over Iceland, before visiting Myvatn, in a lush geological area where bird and fish life is abundant. Another wort-to-see is Krafla area, with its huge lava fields.
In 2017, the port handled a total of 124 cruise ship calls. This number grew to 138 in 2018 (around 130,000 passengers). The summer cruising season's most poular month for visiting cruise ship tourists is July. Most of the visiting vessels are on Iceland circumnavigation itineraries.
In 2017 was inaugurated a tree-planting program by which around 2000 trees are planted per cruise season.
In February 2018, Port Akureyri announced an investment of EUR 5 million in building a new cruise pier (scheduled completion in 2019). The new pier has length of 130 m / 427 ft and depth 9 m / 20 ft, The facility allows berthing of cruise vessels with GT tonnage under 10,000 tons, and is located just 100 m / 330 ft from the town centre.
Season 2018's main highlight was the 170,000-ton cruise liner MSC Meraviglia (max passenger capacity 5386) that was scheduled for anchoring on May 24 (port stay 8 am - 7 pm). This was the largest ever ship visiting Port Akureyri. The call was part of 21-day roundtrip itinerary from homeport Hamburg Germany to ports in Norway and Iceland.
Akureyri cruise terminal
In 2017, Port Akureyri's services were upgraded with a modern, high-power tugboat. There is a cruise berth expansion project to lengthen the docking pier by 100 m (328 ft) to total 270 m (886 m), with scheduled completion by the year 2019.
Port Akureyri cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Akureyri, Iceland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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