The city’s namesake museum focuses on the history of Akureyri, the Eyjafjörður fjord and the region’s former inhabitants, displaying a sizable collection of art, artifacts and photographs dating back to the Settlement Era. Through permanent exhibitions like “Eyjafjorður from Early Times” and “Akureyri – the Town on the Bay,” the museum takes visitors on a journey through the Viking Age and the Middle Ages, with a series of reconstructions depicting everyday life throughout the ages.
Another highlight is the Northern Lights exhibition, which reveals many of the mysteries of the famous Aurora Borealis, alongside a series of evocative works by Danish painter Harald Viggo Moltke and photographer Gísli Kristinsson. Also part of the Akureyri Museum is the Nonni House, the childhood home of writer Jón Sveinsson; a 19th century church; and the Old Laufás Farmhouse, a restored traditional manor farm dating back to the early settlement.
Akureyri Museum is located on Aðalstræti, a 20-minute walk from the city center. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer months (June through September) and Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during winter. The Old Laufás Farmhouse is located 30 km east of Akureyri and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer months (June through August) or by appointment. Admission to each museum is about ISK 900.