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Strolling through the art ravine in Akureyri

By Sara McMahon

  • Margrét Helgadóttir, a lawyer, recommends a stroll through Listagil, which translates to the Art Ravine, when in Akureyri. Photo/Auðunn Níelsson

Margrét Helgadóttir, a lawyer from Akureyri, says her perfect Saturday night out would start with a meal at Rub 23 and end with drinks at Götubarinn Bar.

What not to miss while in Akureyri:
“It depends on whether you are visiting Akureyriduring winter or in summer; during the winter you have to go skiing in HlíðarfjallMountain.”

“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.”

“A stroll through Listagil, which translates to the Art Ravine, is highly recommended. There you’ll find interesting museums and, of of course, Akureyri Church, designed by State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson.”

Describe the perfect Saturday night out:
“The perfect Saturday night out would begin with dinner at Rub 23 which mostly serves seafood. I’d then go for a Mojito at Strikið restaurant, which is on the fifth floor of a building located in the city centre. It has a splendid view over Eyjafjörðurfjord and the new Cultural and Conference Centre, Hof. I’d end the night at Götubarinn, which translates to The Street Bar. It’s a charming little bar in the city centre and its interior is reminiscent of old Akureyri.

Favourite place for Sunday brunch:
“That would be 1862 Nordic Bistro, a restaurant situated in the town’s new Cultural and Conference Centre. It has great food and a beautiful view over the harbour.”

Best spot for snacks and drinks on a sunny summer‘s day:
“Múlaberg Bistro & Bar in Hotel Kea is located on one of the most scenic corners in town and its outdoor facilities make it a great spot for snacks and drinks during the summer.”

Favourite day-trip from Akureyri:
“A drive along Eyjafjörður fjord, with its beautiful scenery. A stop at  Kaffi Kú is popular with kids, check out Holtasel farm and café – they make their own ice-cream and sell home-made produce. End the day in the hot tubs in Hrafnagil swimming pool.”

What‘s the best thing about living in  Akureyri:
Akureyri is a small town, so the distance between places is short, yet we have everything we need here: Great schools, good health care and a lively culture. It only takes a few minutes to go to school, work, down town or the beautiful, untouched nature that surrounds the town.”

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