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A Brief History of Akureyri

Akureyri was first mentioned in 1562, when a sentence was passed on a woman who had bedded a man without being in possession of a marriage certificate. This was when the only buildings in Akureyri were the shops and storehouses of Danish merchants. It was not until 216 years later, in 1778, that the first residential house was built in Akureyri and only 8 years after that Akureyri became a certified trading post for the first time in its history, as part of measures taken by the Danish king to improve living conditions in Iceland. At this time Akureyri had 12 inhabitants. The royal attempts at improving the lives of the Icelanders, were mostly unsuccessful, however; the town failed to grow and prosper and lost its licence as a trading post in 1836. This important commercial status was not regained until 1862.
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Akureyri Art Museum

The Museum opened its galleries on August 29th 1993. For the past two decades it has been the flagship of the Art Street and has played a prominent role in the cultural life of Akureyri as the first institution outside Reykjavík to concentrate solely on visual arts.
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Akureyri Creative

Akureyri Creative is the map collecting all the art and design initiatives open for the general public in the area. Conceived by Flóra culture house, and executed by Cave Canem Design studio, Ásprent and the town of Akureyri.

Akureyri Culture Company

Akureyri Culture Company (ACC) represents three cultural institutions; Akureyri Theatre Company (Leikfélag Akureyrar), the North Iceland Symphonic Orchestra (Sinfóníuhljómsveit Norðurlands) and the Hof Cultural Center (Menningarhúsið Hof).
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Akureyri district archives

The goal is to archive and save historically relevant documentation, from state, business, or individuals.
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Akureyri Museum

Many articles and photographs portraying the life and work of past inhabitants of Eyjafjörður and Akureyri
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Akureyri Museum of Industry

As the name suggests, this is a museum relating to industry in Akureyri during the last century.
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Akureyri Theatre Company

The Akureyri Theatre Company is the only professional theatre in the country outside of the Reykjavík area. It´s operation is supported by the municipality of Akureyri based on an agreement with the ministry of culture and education.
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Art and Design Walk

Enjoy the privilege of exclusively visit to Akureyri Local Artists, where they welcome us at their workshops, interact with us and explain their work. We walk through Akureyri centre, visit workshops, handcraft store, North Icelandic design of various type and material.
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Art Street

The centre of cultural life in Akureyri is on Kaupvangsstræti, which curves through Grófargil in the middle of Akureyri. This street's nickname is Art Street.
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Davíð Stefánsson Memorial Museum

The relatives of the poet Davíð Stefánsson from Fagriskógur bequeathed to Akureyri Municipality the house at 6 Bjarkarstígur
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Deiglan Gallery

The Gil Society runs an artist residency and is an organiser of art exhibitions, music and other happenings connected with the diverse and ambitious cultural life of the towns people of Akureyri.
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Gallery Hvítspói

Hvítspói Art Gallery is an “Art Studio and Gallery” owned by textile artist Anna Gunnarsdóttir.
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Gallery Mjólkurbúðin

Mjólkurbúðin is run by The Visual Artists Society (Myndlistarfélagið) in Akureyri.
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Historical information boards

Historical Information Boards are at various locations in the town center and in the old part of town (Innbærinn). They tell the story of houses, districts and places. Each board has a QR code with further information.
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Hof - Cultural and Conference Centre

Hof is a cultural building designed for music and other performing arts, as well as top-notch facilities for conferences and meetings, receptions, parties and exhibitions. The
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Hælið

At HÆLIÐ we have opened a touching exhibition about the tuberculosis sanatorium from 1927.
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Kaktus

Kaktus is an art and culture collective, housing an independent society of young artists.
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Nonnahús - Jón Sveinsson Memorial Museum

The childhood home of the writer and Jesuit priest Jón Sveinsson, who used the pen name Nonni. The house was built in 1850 and is today one of Akureyri´s oldest buildings.
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Old toys on display at Friðbjarnarhús

Friðbjarnarhús now houses an exhibition of 20th century toys owned by Guðbjörg Ringsted. Among other things one can see dozens of dolls and toy cars.
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The Aviation Museum

The story of aviation in Iceland is traced right up to the present time.
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The Green Hat

The Green Hat (Græni hatturinn) is one of the most popular live music club in Iceland.
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The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland

The museum opened in May 2011 and covers the history of motorcycles in Iceland the last 100 years
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The Municipal Library

The library offers all aspects of traditional library service, such as books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, CDs etc. All Icelandic newspapers are available, and foreign newspapers can be accessed online.
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The North Iceland Symphony Orchestra

The North Iceland Symphony Orchestra was founded in the autumn of 1993 and the first concert was held on October 24, that year, conducted by Guðmundur Óli Gunnarson, who has been the resident conductor ever since.
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VeggVerk

VeggVerk (WallWork) is the name of an exhibition on a wall facing west on the house at Strandgata 17 in Akureyri.
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