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Getting There & Around

Akureyri is on Route 1 (the Ring Road), 388km (241 miles) from Reykjavík and 265km (165 miles) from Egilsstaðir. The downtown, clustered around Hafnarstræti, with Ráðhústorg Square at its northern end, is easily navigable on foot. Much of Akureyri is spread along a steep incline, however, so a car is helpful. Akureyri's one bike rental company has closed; check with tourist information to see if it's been replaced.

BSO taxi (tel. 461-1010) is on call 24 hours and operates a taxi stand on Strandgata at Hofsbót, with at least one wheelchair-accessible car.

By Plane -- Air Iceland (tel. 470-6000; www.airiceland.is) has eight 45-minute flights daily between Reykjavík and Akureyri. One-way tickets average 9,000kr ($144/£72), but go as high as 13,000kr ($208/£104) and as low as 4,000kr ($64/£32) with early booking online. From Akureyri, direct flights go to Vopnafjörður and Grímsey Island; all other destinations are routed through Reykjavík. From June through August, Iceland Express (tel. 550-0600; www.icelandexpress.com) has two flights a week between Akureyri and Copenhagen. The Akureyri Airport (AEY) is on the Ring Road, 3km (2 miles) south of town.

By Car -- Rental agencies at the airport are Alp/Budget (tel. 562-6060; www.alp.is), Avis (tel. 461-2428; www.avis.is), Europcar (tel. 565-3800; www.europcar.is), Hertz (tel. 522-4440; www.hertz.is), and National/Bílaleiga Akureyrar (tel. 461-6000; www.nationalcar.is), which has another office at Tryggvabraut 12. All agencies should offer to pick you up anywhere in town. If you rent in Akureyri and leave the car in Reykjavík, the drop-off fee will likely be 5,000kr ($80/£40) to 10,000kr ($160/£80).

The municipal parking lots -- clustered along Skipagata, one block east of the pedestrian-only stretch of Hafnarstræti -- are free, but during working hours you need to dash into an adjacent store or bank and ask for a "parking disc," a windshield sticker with attached clock hands. Signs indicate how long the parking spot is good for, from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Set the clock hands ahead to the time the spot expires. You can park all day if you keep returning to the car to reset the disc.

By Bus -- The tourist information center at Hafnarstræti 82, just south of the town center, doubles as the main bus station and sells tickets.

Trex (tel. 587-6000; www.trex.is) connects Reykjavík and Akureyri twice daily in summer via the Ring Road (6 hr.; 7,300kr/$117/£58), and once daily via the Kjölur interior route (10 hr.; 8,600kr/$138/£69). Trex also has daily summer connections between Akureyri and Dalvík (55 min.; 1,100kr/$18/£8.80), Húsavik (75 min.; 2,300kr/$37/£18), and Egilsstaðir (4 hr.; 5,300kr/$85/£42).

SBA-Norðurleid (tel. 550-0700; www.sba.is) includes sightseeing stops in its routes, often with guides. One bus connects Reykjavík and Akureyri daily in summer through the Kjölur route (9 hr.; 8,600kr/$138/£69), with brief stops at Geysir, Gullfoss, and Hveravellir. Other daily summer routes connect Akureyri to Mývatn, Húsavík, and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park in various combinations. A 3-day trip leads to Askja and Kverkfjöll in the interior.

Buses within Akureyri are free -- yes, free -- with six routes (mysteriously numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7) that run hourly on weekdays from 6:30 or 7:30am to as late as 8:30pm. Buses 3 and 4 also run weekends and holidays, with departures from around noon to 6pm. All routes leave from Ráðhústorg Square, by the shop named Nætursalan. No routes go to the airport. For schedule and route information, pick up a brochure at the tourist information center, call tel. 462-4929, or visit www.akureyri.is/ferdamenn/samgongur/straetisvagnar.

Visitor Information

The very competent tourist information center (tel. 550-0720; www.akureyri.is or www.nordurland.is; June 1-18 Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm; June 19-Aug Mon-Fri 7:30am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm; May 15-30 and Sept Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm; Oct-May 15 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm) is currently at Hafnarstræti 82, 10 minutes' walk south from Ráðhústorg Square, but in 2009 or 2010 it may move to a new cultural center being built by the harbor. The center is useful for all of north Iceland, and the staff can find and book accommodations for a 500kr ($8/£4) fee.

Anyone planning a hiking adventure in north Iceland or the interior can buy maps and get free advice from the local hiking club, Ferðafélag Akureyrar, Strandgata 23 (tel. 462-2720; www.ffa.is; ffa@li.is; June-Aug Mon-Fri 4-7pm). This is also where to register your itinerary, so that if you don't return, they'll know where to come looking for you.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.