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Humpbacks all year

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service just published news about whales close to Akureyri.

A beautiful visitor

This weekend this beautiful visitor, a bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) took a rest in front of Hof Cultural and Conference house.

December record snowfall in Akureyri

The precipitation last December in Akureyri was three times higher than in an average year. It was the highest since the beginning of registration in 1928. Yes, we are not short of snow and the ski season has begun!

Puffins using tool are surprising scientists

A puffin on Grímsey island, caught on camera using a stick to scratch its body, is featured in a new issue of the scientific journal PNAS , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Storm is coming

At the beginning of the storm which visited us last night.

Skiing in Mt. Hlíðarfjall

The ski season is on in Mt. Hlíðarfjall. For information about the area, opening hours, ski-rental and ski-school visit their web page.

Bonfire and fireworks on New Year’s Eve

The annual bonfire on New Year’s Eve in Akureyri will take place by Réttarhvammur, just above the town by the road to Mt. Hlíðarfjall. The bonfire starts at 20.30 and the fireworks about 21.10

Activities and opening hours during the holidays

It is getting increasingly popular to spend the Christmas holidays in Iceland - as well as the New Year's Eve. The month of December is the darkest time of the year in Iceland, but thanks to the snow and the Christmas lights and even the Northern lights that dance a cross the sky, this month turns out to be one of the more fascinating time of the year.

Enjoy the holidays in Akureyri

In Akureyri we have many guests from abroad for Christmas and New Year´s Eve. Here is a warm holiday greeting to you from the Mayor of Akureyri.

Winter solstice

To day is winter solstice. The longest night of the year and the shortest day - in Grímsey which is Iceland's northernmost part - it is only about 2 hours daylight.