Icelandair Hotel

Northern Iceland, Iceland

A renovated old school building that has been turned into a quirky and modern 4 star hotel, this hotel acts as the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of Northeast Iceland. Located in Akureyri, Northern Iceland's second capital.

At a Glance

  • Icelandair Hotel is the chicest hotel in Akureyri

  • Akureyri’s huge thermal pool is only a two-minute walk from the hotel

  • The freshest of local produce is procured by the chef from Hrisey and beyond

  • The Icelandair Hotel boasts the questionable advantage of being located minutes from a year round Christmas shop and life-size Advent calendar

  • Ask the very knowledgeable concierge about things to do locally - skiing, whale watching and glacier hiking are but a few of the activities that await

Adventure, Couples, Family, Riding

Insider's View

Visiting Northern Iceland in December I was able to see that the area is a truly magical part of the world and at Christmas time, it really comes into its own. A Christmas shop, giant advent calendar, fairy lights twinkling everywhere and of course snow, all combine for a very festive ambiance.

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Insider's View

It is worth trying the pickled herrings that Northern Iceland is known for. Love them or loathe them, they are a true piece of Iceland's heritage as it once was the herring capital of the world.

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Icelandair Hotel serves as a ski hotel for the winter months due to its proximity to Akureyri's ski resort of Hlíðarfjall and for the remainder of the year it is perfectly located for accessing the myriad activities Northern Iceland has to offer, from whale watching to horse-riding, white water rafting to glacier hiking.

Akureyri’s huge thermal pool is only a 2-minute walk from the hotel and is open year-round, and is easily spotted from the hotel as its steamy waters evaporate into the atmosphere.

99 rooms make up this small hotel, all decorated in a minimalist, modern style that sits well with the ex-school proportions of this renovated former college. A number of adjoining rooms makes this hotel perfect for families with young children.

The Icelandair Hotel's restaurant walls are adorned with hundreds of old books that allude to the building's history. It boasts a vast terrace open during the summer months. Iceland is known for its superb food, from local lamb to the freshest of fish. The chef's menus turn to seasonal local ingredients for inspiration: salt fish from the local fishermen, blue mussels from Hrisey and locally reared beef from Eyjafjordur all feature.


Icelandair Hotel has a choice of four different types of rooms. The standard rooms are bright in their design creating a cheerful atmosphere. The family rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated to accommodate your family comfortably and in style. They can sleep up to two adults and three children. The Deluxe Rooms are located on the fifth floor and have fabulous views over Sulur and Hlidarfjall and have a living area with a comfortable sofa. The suite has easterly views over Akureyri, it has a separate living area and feels very spacious.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Icelandair hotel. However, there are no specific facilities available for children. Extra beds can be added to the standard rooms to accommodate a child or the family room accommodation is perfect if you are traveling with more than one little one. The hotel will happily arrange babysitting for you too if needed.


The first class Aurora Restaurant serves delicious local cuisine that bolsters Iceland's reputation as a gastronomique destination in line with some of the best country's in Europe. Depending on the weather, you can enjoy an intimate cozy setting inside by a roaring fire or take advantage of sitting amongst the charming garden on the south facing terrace.

High tea is served every afternoon and serves tempting looking cakes, pastries, beautifully made sandwiches, and of course a fine selection of tea. If you want it to be a little more special, why not order a glass of champagne?


Northern Iceland is a hotspot for activities with horse-riding, whale-watching, rafting, skiing and much more to be had. More laidback outings to the thermal hotsprings to lounge in the steamy waters or to Akureyri's famous year round Christmas shop are all possible. And of course, a chance to spot the Northern Lights is on the cards.


This hotel has a restaurant, relaxed bar area and a huge outdoor terrace with fireplace. A vast swimming pool and fitness center is located within 2 minutes walk from the hotel. A heated ski storage room with a special entrance is available for skiers.

Location & Directions

Northern Iceland, Iceland

Focusing on the Northeast of Iceland which is dotted with quaint villages such as Akureyri and beauty spots such as Lake Myvatn. The area is home to the biggest National Park in Europe, Vatnajokull where Europe's largest waterfall, Detifloss has carved Europe's version of the Grand Canyon.

When to go

Nordic climate - May, June and July are the driest months of the year. Mid-June to August is high season, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow. At other times, many tourist facilities outside Reykjavík are closed. From September through March, the night is dark enough to see the Aurora Borealis.

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