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Walking and Hiking

The First Settlers & Town Architecture

The first settlers of Akureyri, in the 10th century, were Helgi magri (Helgi the thin) and his wife, Þórunn Hyrna. Taking this path past their statues and following the streets named in their honour will give you a feel for modern-day Akureyri.
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Fálkafell

Fálkafell is a hut belonging to the local scout group Klakkur, with a 30-40 min steep hike from the start of the path
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Old Plant Nursery

The walk starts by the skating rink, from there cross the road Miðhúsabraut and walk uphill along the street. At the first curve, cross the street and walk towards south along the hot water pipeline.
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River and Gardens

One of the best things about cities and towns in Iceland is that you never feel too far from nature. Even walking through the town of Akureyri, the second-biggest settlement in Iceland, you’re still able to find plenty of peaceful green areas, rivers and gardens.
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Glerárdalur

The valley Glerárdalur is named after the river Glerá that flows through it. A nice walk leads from the mouth of the valley to the bottom of it and ends by the mountain hut named Lambi, some 11 km into the valley.
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Glerá river - lower part

A scenic walk along the lower-part of the river Glerá which flows through Akureyri. The route is mostly along the river and its canyon, passing the old power plant, crossing the red pedestrian bridge over the dam by the reservoir.
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Maps & brochures

Plan your hiking with available maps and brochures
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Running track

At Þór's athletics field there is a 400m heated track which is perfect for both running and having a walk. It can be used both during summer and winter so it is a great option if you are looking for a solid surface to walk/run on.
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Hrafnagil path

A paved path between Akureyri and the village of Hrafnagil invites to a easy walk on a flat ground. The path is about 9 km long (one way), but can easily be shortened by just doing a part of it.
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Hraun in Öxnadalur - 14 different hikes

Mt. Hraundrangi is a national landmark of Iceland and one of the most majestic places to take pictures. The area offers many hiking options e.g. to the lake Hraunsvatn. Most hikes start by the farm Haun.
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Hrísey island - 4 hikes

Hrísey is about 11,5 square kilometres. The island is about 7 km long and 2,5 km at its widest. Its highest point is by the lighthouse on the north end, or about 110 meters above sea level.
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Golf course circle

The walks starts from the car park by Ljómatún street, along a footpath up the hill towards Naustaborgir. When you reach the hill, there is a good view out of the fjord to Kaldbakur and to Súlur, from there you walk to the right into the golf course area along a gravel path that runs around the course.
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Kjarnaskógur

Kjarnaskógur is a woodland area south of Akureyri and one of the most popular recreation area in town. The area is about 800 hectares. In 1950 there were no trees in the area at all but since then over 15 million trees have been planted,
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Krossanesborgir

Krossanesborgir is a nature reserve north of Akureyri, that allows you for a soft walk by the sea
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Lögmannshlíðar circle

Walk around the area above and west of Akureyri. The route runs along Lónsá river, along Lögmannshlíð itself, where a lot of forestry takes place south of Lögmannshlíð Church. At the stable area, enter Safírstræti street in the direction of the animal hospital, from where you keep to the left along a gravel road to the north to Lónsá, and from there continue down to highway 1 the same way as at the beginning of the walk.
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Naustaborgir

Naustaborgir is a nature reserve south west of town. It has soft and wide tracks.
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Oddeyri by the sea

If you don't have a lot of time but would still like to get a feel for the town of Akureyri, take this short walk through the old neighbourhood of Oddeyri by the sea. With its charming old houses, outdoor artwork and stunning view of Eyjafjörður fjord and the mountains on the other side, this route will give you a taste of what Akureyri is all about.
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Sandgerðisbót marina

Follow Sandgerðisbót past Norðurorka's new sewage treatment plant, up an old road in the slope below the rock belt to the north towards Krossanes. You can loop on the way and walk down to Sílabás, which is the only untouched sandy beach in an urban area within the town limits.
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Skólavarða

Skólavarða is a popular hike among locals in the Vaðlaheiði mountain range
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Súlur

Súlur is the town mountain of Akureyri.
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Historical Path

The trail takes you through the historical old town of Akureyri, with its colorful and historic buildings.
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Walking Tours & events

If you prefer to join a organized tour with a guide or an event.
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