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Best of North Iceland June 27 – July 4

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  • Visit Kaffi Kú, a coffee shop located in a farm's cow shed near Akureyri. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the North Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Blue North Music Festival
The oldest blues festival in Iceland is held annually in the town of Ólafsfjörður in North Iceland and it’s being held for the 15th time this year. For two days only, June 27th and 28th, visitors and locals get to listen to a variety of musicians showcase their talent.

Relax among the flowers
“During summer it’s a must to visit the Botanic Garden which was established in 1912. In the garden you’ll find almost every plant found in Iceland as well as seven thousand foreign plants.”
Recommended by Margrét Helgadóttir, a lawyer from Akureyri.

Hike up Súlur mountain
“Akureyri is a town well suited for families. It has numerous playgrounds and areas for outdoor activities. For avid hikers, I recommend a walk up Súlur, the mountain that sits above the town. It’s a scenic route and the view from the top is breath-taking.“
Recommended by Sigurður Karl Jóhannsson, owner of restaurants Strikið and Bryggjan in Akureyri.

Coffee in a cow shed
Kaffi Kú, which translates directly to Café Cow, is a small café located on the farm Garður, only ten kilometres (6 miles) south of Akureyri. The café was built in the attic of the farm’s ultra, modern cowshed which means guests can view the cows going about their daily business while enjoying a cup of coffee, a pint or a tasty snack. Not to mention of course the beautiful view over EyjafjörðurFjord. 

Golfers, brace yourselves
The Annual Arctic Open takes place on June 26th-28th this year. This is no regular golf tournament, but one that’s played at midnight in the midnight sun. The Akureyri Golf Club hosts the tournament, known as the Arctic Open Golf Championship.


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