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Arriving with a Cruise Ship?

Akureyri is a popular cruise ship destination. Most ship arrive from May until end of September, but we also receive some at other times of the year.
In this chapter we try to answer the most common question asked by cruise ship passengers visiting our town.

Akureyri is a small town even though it is big in Icelandic context.  There are about 20.000 inhabitants in town and as it is the main town outside the capital area, it offers quite extensive services, such as stores, restaurants, museums, activities, hospital, international airport ect.
Distances in Akureyri are quite small and most cruise ships doc very close to the town's center or in about 10 minutes' walk. For more details regarding  harbours, cruise ship arrivals and distances look at:
Map of Akureyri and ports (map will be added soon) meanwhile you can use this Map
List of cruise ship arrivals

Most cruise ships offer a wide selection of tours and activities for their passangers to choose from while visiting that are adapted to the stop at each port. But some passengers like to organize their own adventure or even rent a car during their stay.
Below we have made a list of companies offering tours and activities which you can contact and make your own arrangements.  There you also find a list of car rentals in town. If you want to see what are the main sights in town and in the surrounding area - look here. 
Attention! On busy cruise days demand for service can be extremely high and tours, taxis or rent a car - hard to find.

List of bus and tour providers:
Imagine Iceland Travel
Sýsli Tours
Star Travel
The Traveling Viking
Geo Travel
Nonni Travel
Number One Tours
Saga Travel
Akurinn Bus (Also running the hop-on & hop-off bus. Only bookable and payable on site)
Taxi BSO
Soleil de Minuit
White Arctic

Activities with easy access
Zipline Akureyri (15-20 min walk from center of town)
Akureyri Whale Watching (departures by Hof Cultural house)
Keli Tours (Whale Watching tours, departures from Hof Cultural house)
Akureyri Golf 18 hole golf course (5 min drive/30 min walk from center of town)
Forest Lagoon (5 min drive/40 min walk from center of town) - A free chuttle bus for those who have pre-booked tickets in the lagoon. More details will be presented at the lagoon's website.
Museums in old town (Akureyri Museum, Toy Museum, Nonni house, Industry Museum, Motorbike Museum, Aviation Museum) (5 min drive / 30-40 min walk from center of town)
Art Museum (10-15 min walk from harbour)
Hidden Trail walk (15-20 min walk from center of town). Tour at 10.00 (from 1st June) and also privat tours upon request.

Public Transport
Local buses within Akureyri town are free of charge. They all start their route in center of town and drive a circle in town ending at the same place they started. So, one can jump on any local bus and be sure they end in center of town. Se more details here.
Domestic busses, by the bus stop by Hof Cultural and Conference Center drive to various towns and villages in the north of Iceland and also all the way to Reykjavík in south and Egilsstaðir in the east.  These buses do cost and fair is paid to the driver according to the distance one planes to go. These busses can be used to visit places such as Goðafoss waterfall but note that there is a limited number of seats in each bus and it is not possible to prebook seats. For further information on routes and prices look here.

Carrentals with office by the harbour:
* Europcar - Bílaleiga Akureyrar
Phone: 461 6000
Email: holdur@holdur.is
Web: holdur.is
* Akureyri rent a car
Phone: 611 5666
Email: info@akureyrirentacar.is
Web: www.akureyrirentacar.is

Other carrentals:
* Avis
Phone: 824 4010, Email: akureyri@avis.is, Web: avis.is
* Dollar Thrifty
Phone: 515 7110, Email: booking@dti.is, Web: dollar.is and thrifty.is
* Geysir Car Rental Akureyri
Phone: 462 5006, Email: kristjan@geysir.is, Web: www.geysir.is
* Hertz
Phone: 522 4440, Web: hertz.is

Tourist Information:
The Official Tourist Information is in Hof Cultural and Conference House and is open daily:
1st April - 31st May: 10.00 - 15.00 (10am-3pm)
1st June - 31st August: 08.00 - 16.00 (8am-4pm)
1st Sept - 30th October: 10.00 - 15.00 (10am-3pm)

The tourist information assists primarily with information regarding Akureyri, Grímsey and Hrísey. Providing maps and brochures.

We advise our guest to visit our website www.visitakureyri.is/en for information about restaurants, activities, excursions, events, interesting sights, hikes, accommodation, transportation and much, much more is available.

Brochures and maps:
Electronic copies are available at our website (look here)
Paper copies of Akureyri Guide and Akureyri maps can be optained at the Tourist Information in Hof.

Information North Iceland and Buses
For North Iceland - visit the webpage www.visitnorthiceland.is
Timetables for busses to and from Akureyri (overview here) or you can call Strætó tel: (+354) 540 2700 or visit their website www.straeto.is/en

If you need assistance or have some questions regarding Akureyri you can also contact us by phone or e-mail:
Phone: (+354) 450 1050
E-mail: info@visitakureyri.is
Webpages: www.visitakureyri.is www.grimsey.is www.hrisey.is
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