Akureyri (pronounced ah-koo-rare-ee) is a town in northern Iceland and is the second biggest in the country, after Reykjavík. Akureyri is often nicknamed the “Capital of the North” and is an important port and fishing centre with stunning nature located all around it. With its relaxed attitude and extensive food and accommodation choices, it’s the natural base for exploring Mývatn, Eyjafjörður and around. It’s also the perfect place for winter activities, like snowmobiling and skiing.
So if you are in town and you are wondering where you should go for a nice meal?
Here are my favourite options:
Strikið is a first class restaurant is located on the 5th floor in the centre of town, offering a splendid view over the fjord north and abroad. During summer meal can be enjoyed on the sheltered terrace adjacent to the restaurant. It is an amazing experience to sit back and enjoy the good food and the great views in all directions.
Their Menu is very interesting where you can choose between duck, lamb, fresh seafood or even a reindeer burger! However my personal favourite is their langoustine tempura sushi roll and I highly recommend it.
When going for a meal at Strikið you shouldn’t miss out on their world class cocktails.
The resturant is open Monday – Saturday from 11.30 and Sundays from 18.00.
Price: 4.000 – 5.000 ISK
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday from 11.30 and Sundays from 18.00
Location: Skipagata 14, 600 Akureyri
Bryggjan is located in an historical building on the pier in Akureyri. The house is 140 years old and is one of the oldest houses standing in the area. The house was mostly used for industrial and retail back in the days.
I believe the building started out as a factory and mechanics’ shop over a century ago and became a restaurant only in the past two decades. You can see remnants of its industrial past in the heavily wooded decor of the casual eatery and expansive bar.
They have a great menu with many different options to choose from. Bryggjan is more like a bistro, rather then a fancy restaurant. There you can choose between burgers, pizza, pasta or if you want meat or fish. They also have great selections of cocktails and my personal favourite is their Moscow Mule.
Price: 2.000 – 3.000 ISK
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday from 11.30 to 9.30 and Fridays to Sundays from 11.30 to 10.00
Location: Strandgata 49, 600 Akureyri
Salat Sjoppan is a great place for a healthy meal. Their menu is simple, but they serve all kinds of delicious salads. This place is the cheapest option at this list and is more a fast-food place then a restaurant.
However their salads are really tasty! I personally recommend getting their Japanese salad that has Teriyaki-chicken, mango, tomatoes, onion, crispy noodles and soy sesame dressing! YUM!
Price: 1.600 ISK
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday from 11.00 to 9.00 and Saturdays to Sundays from 11.00 to 08.00
Location: Tryggvabraut 22, 600 Akureyri
Then after dinner you should head to Ölstofan for the Einstök Brewer’s Lounge. The place is located in central town, close to the church and is the perfect place to sit down and relax. This place is one of my favourite because they serve all Einstök, which is my favourite local beer. The bar is on two floors and the upper floor is the Einstök Brewer’s Lounge. There you can ask for a tasting menu and try all the beers from Einstök at a good price.
If you don’t like Einstök, they also have other local beers at draft and also over 40 bottle beers from all over the world. Whether you like beer, strong or light alcohol Ölstofan is the place to be!