There is contiguous open area around Akureyri where the biosphere and landscape are extremely diverse, and vegetation in many places is especially lush. In the urban area there are also interesting natural features, and on the hills of Akureyri there are many intriguing plants.
Within the Akureyri town limits there are many interesting recreation areas and hiking paths. The Akureyri Botanical Garden is known far and wide for its beautiful walking paths and luxuriant flora. One of Akureyri's gems, it was founded in 1912, and it contains nearly every plant found in Iceland ca. 450 and nearly 7,000 foreign plants. The town has many museums, galleries and exhibitions who offers insight in the diversity of the culture and the nation as a whole.
Selection of activities and tours are offered with everything from tours to local villages and national parks, northern light tours, visit to the small island in the fjord and to tours with emphasis on local food.
Akureyri and the surrounding area offers a number of annual events as well as many occasional concerts, exhibitions, theatre ect. For more details visit the event calender and for annual events look at the list for 2013.