Welcome to Akureyri, the Capital of North Iceland and the country’s fifth-largest municipality. Situated on the west side of the fjord Eyjafjörður, surrounded by mountains and boasting a mild climate and ice-free harbor, Akureyri has a long and fascinating history. Settlement in the area began in the 9th century, but the town did not receive its municipal charter until 1786. During World War II, Akureyri played an important role as one of three air bases used by the Norwegian-British No. 330 Squadron RNoAF, as well as operating Catalina flying boats that protected convoys between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Murmansk in northern Russia from attack by German submarines. Today, fishing industries, higher education, and tourism are major contributors to the local economy. Visitors can enjoy the town’s cultural scene, including museums, festivals, and reputable restaurants featuring mouthwatering local cuisine. Nature lovers can explore the Botanical Gardens, the Nature Museum, and the nearby Gásir medieval festival. Sports enthusiasts can play a round on the world’s most northerly 18-hole golf course, or swim in the geothermally heated Sundlaug Akureyrar. With its unique blend of history, nature, and culture, Akureyri is a destination that should not be missed.

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