Akurinn: Lodging in Iceland’s Second Largest City
In Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri, visitors have a host of options when it comes to lodging. Many are guesthouses and some are larger hotels. I was happy to lay my head down at Akurinn, a simple and comfortable guesthouse that provided a true home-away-from-home vibe.
Vacancies are hard to find in hotels in Iceland, especially in the summer, so we were fortunate to snag a six-person apartment at Akurinn in the height of the busy season. The inn has several standard rooms as well as an apartment available to rent, which consists of one room with four twin beds (including a bunk bed), one room with two twin beds and access to a full kitchen (coffee and tea are free and available at all times). There is a living room on the second floor, where all guests share access to a television and cozy common space decorated in an old-fashioned style.
As I only stayed in the apartment, I can only speak on those accommodations, but suffice to say that everything was incredibly clean with ample access to kitchen appliances. The linens were cozy and warm, and the water in the bathroom was hot. This Iceland hotel scores big points for having recycling bins, a clothesline, particularly dark and heavy curtains, spacious rooms and character not reminiscent of a hotel. It is also conveniently located within the city so everything is easily reached while not sitting smack dab in the middle of downtown.
There are two main drawbacks to the apartment at Akurinn that are worth noting: First, the bathroom has both the toilet/sink and shower in one room, so it can be difficult to mitigate bathroom duties with a full apartment of people. Also, the bathroom sink is quite small and awkwardly situated right under the mirror, which makes it difficult to use. I hit my head twice while brushing my teeth. Secondly, the table in the kitchen does not sit six people. It fits perhaps three people comfortably, so to eat a meal together, guests will need to take their food up into the living room or eat out in town. It is also worth noting that breakfast is not included in the price (though it is available for an additional fee), so those in the apartment will want to take advantage of the kitchen facilities to save a few dollars.
With 18,000 people, Akureyri really is a bustling town compared to other cities in Iceland, but it’s definitely small enough to get around by foot. Akurinn sits on a hill overlooking the heart of the city and a soccer field. To reach shops and restaurants, simply walk down the hill and into the city. The streets are one-way and a bit tight throughout the city, but parking seems to be quite ample. If you’re staying at Akurinn, park on the street in front of the inn or on one of the streets next to the guesthouse. Upon arriving at Akurinn, you’ll need to check in with Þora, who owns the business. Use the call box to let her know you’ve arrived. She is super quick to reach the guesthouse and get you checked in so you can immediately begin exploring this cute and quaint city in northern Iceland.
Þora generously provided me with a media rate at Akurinn, but all opinions are my own. | Website
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