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Last updated: 13 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

This city-centre hotel isn’t much to look at – it’s set in a former school – but given the limited options in the ‘capital of northern Iceland’, it’s the best place to stay. The 100 modern Scandinavian rooms are smartly furnished and comfortable..

It’s a ten-minute walk to the centre of Akureyri – not great in the snow – but otherwise it’s ideally positioned for visiting the country’s northern attractions, including Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss and the ski area at Mt Hlidarfjall. The town’s thermal pools are just across the road.

Surrounding area

The surrounding streets are quiet and residential, and the hotel backs onto sports fields.

It’s on the fringes of Akureyri, with the town’s thermal swimming pool across the road and the fjord that runs into the town a couple of blocks away.

Akureyri is dominated by large, snow-capped mountains that give it an alpine feel. The air is clean and it feels crisper and quieter than Reykjavik, with a strong outdoorsy appeal.

The ski centre at Mt Hlidarfell is open from December to April. The hotel offers a ski package with transport, après-ski happy hour and ski menu in the restaurant.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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From volcanoes and glaciers to black beaches, geothermal pools and the Northern Lights, Iceland is one of the world’s wildest, weirdest destinations. A paradise for adventurous travellers.

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