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64 Akureyri (Eyjafjörður) ?65°41’N 18°05’W
Tide 0·6, 1·3 Charts 57, 530
Akureyri lies at the head of Eyjafjörður. It is a 30M diversion from the coast but the scenery is beautiful. Humpback whales can be seen in the waters of Hjafteyri and Horgargrunn and a number of whale watching boats operate there.
Akureyri is Iceland’s second city and the most important port and trading centre in the N of Iceland. It lies in an attractive, fertile agricultural area, surrounded by striking mountains. It is also an important ski centre in the spring. The modern cathedral has a fine stained glass window, made in part from glass obtained from Coventry Cathedral.
Excursions, at some cost, can be made to Myvatn, which is one of the national beauty spots and a paradise for birdwatchers.
The harbour is 30M from the open sea, at the head of Eyjafjörður. The fjord is approximately 2M wide over much of its length and there are few dangers.
A sea breeze commences mid-morning on sunny days. This can reach 20 - 28 kts and is advantagous for boats sailing into Akureyri between about 1100 and 2000. If the sea breeze is blowing, sailing vessels departing from Akureyri may want to wait until the evening before departure. Hrisey is a convenient and pleasant interim destination. The tide flows at 1 - 3 kts and is greatest in the middle of the fjord.
Visiting yachts should sail past the main commercial docks into the Pollurinn. The recommended berth is at the Hofsbót (small boat harbour) on the 80m floating pontoon on the N side of the Torfunesbryggja. There is more shelter on the inside berths but avoid the inside berth at the outer end of the pontoon which is used by a tourist whale-watching boat on a permanent basis. A charge is made by the Harbour Master. There are no facilities at present, but it is close to the city centre.
Several big supermarkets and many city centre shops. Ship repair facilities. Airport. Hotels. Excellent heated outdoor swimming pool, with hot showers, etc., to the W of the cathedral. A number of museums and galleries. Tourist Information in the “Hüs” near the harbour at Torfunesbryggja. Fishermans’ chandlery from Isfell in the industrial estate to the NE of the town.Well-equipped hospital.