On our way up to Grímsey island recently, we had a four hour layover, so we jumped in a hire car and had a drive around in Akureyri, Iceland’s “second city,” population 18,191.
It a beautiful place to visit, even for just a few hours. Set in Eyjafjörður, the city is surrounded by mountains that were still snowy at the end of April. There are a surprising number of galleries, mostly located on a hill nicknamed “art alley” that runs beside the iconic church up to the town swimming pool, which must rate alongside the best in the country.
The full report on our journey to Grímsey island (the only populated spot in Iceland that crosses over into the Arctic Circle) will follow later in the month. You can hover over the pictures or click through to read the captions.
Also read: 12 hours in Akureyri.