north iceland: akureyri

Tuesday, August 16:  We arrive at Lamb Inn Öngulsstadir at around 7:00 pm.  We immediately fall in love with its idyllic setting in the valley at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður.

View from the Lamb Inn
View from the Lamb Inn
Sheets to the wind
Sheets to the wind

The Lamb Inn is set on a former farm and the family still lives adjacent to the property.

Farmhouse at the Lamb Inn
Farmhouse at the Lamb Inn
Farmhouse at the Lamb Inn
Farmhouse at the Lamb Inn

Mike finds a Border Collie that reminds him of our dog, Bailey.

Mike with a Border Collie at the Lamb Inn
Mike with a Border Collie at the Lamb Inn

After settling in, we drive into the town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second urban area after the Capital Region, and the fourth largest municipality.  It would be considered a small town by most standards, with a population slightly over 18,000.  Known as the Capital of North Iceland, it’s an important port and fishing center.

Akureyri
Akureyri

We are debating between eating at Rub 23 or Strikið.  We opt for the latter.  But first we take a short stroll around the town.

Rub 23 in Akureyri
Rub 23 in Akureyri

Akureyrarkirkja, or The Church of Akureyri, is a prominent Lutheran church that towers over the center of the city.  It was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the State Architect of Iceland, and completed in 1940.

Akureyrarkirkja
Akureyrarkirkja

Walking down from the hill, we can see the harbor at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður.

View of Akureyri from Akureyrarkirkja
View of Akureyri from Akureyrarkirkja
Akureyri
Akureyri

We settle in at Strikið, on the fifth (top) floor of Skipagata 14.  I’ve become fond of an Icelandic white ale, Einstök Ölgerð.  We enjoy our views over the harbor and I love my meal of Wolffish and Caridean shrimp in lemon & capers, potato mousse, parsnip and mussels sauce.  Mike orders Reindeer burger with “Ljotur” blue & white cheese, herb mayonnaise, salad, peppers and tomato in brioche bread, served with fries.  He doesn’t seem as enamored with his meal; for one, it’s too much food.  He says the reindeer has that gamey flavor similar to venison.

Wolffish and caridean shrimp in lemon & capers, potato mousse, parsnip and mussels sauce
Wolffish and Caridean shrimp in lemon & capers, potato mousse, parsnip and mussels sauce
Reindeer burger with "Ljotur" blue & white cheese, herb mayonnaise, salad, peppers and tomato in brioche bread, served with fries
Reindeer burger with “Ljotur” blue & white cheese, herb mayonnaise, salad, peppers and tomato in brioche bread, served with fries
the town of Akureyri
the town of Akureyri

After dinner, which is after 9:00, we stroll around by the harbor and enjoy the beautiful light as the sun goes down.  We see the cultural center, Hof, used for music and other performing arts.

Hof
Hof

We also find some whale-watching boats.

The harbor at Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland
The harbor at Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland
Eyjafjörður
Eyjafjörður
Eyjafjörður harbor
Eyjafjörður harbor
Eyjafjörður harbor
Eyjafjörður harbor
Eyjafjörður harbor
Eyjafjörður harbor
Akureyri from the harbor
Akureyri from the harbor
Eyjafjörður harbor
Eyjafjörður harbor
Eyjafjörður
Eyjafjörður

At nearly 10:00, the sun is finally setting, as we return to our hotel for the night.

Sunset over Akureyri
Sunset over Akureyri
Sunset view from the Lamb Inn
Sunset view from the Lamb Inn

Total steps today: 10,315, or 4.37 miles.  This is one of our lesser days of walking, as we were in the car most of the day; we drove a total of 242 miles. :-)  Tomorrow, we plan to explore some of the northern fjords.

10 thoughts on “north iceland: akureyri

  1. MIke’s meal looks a wee bit generous!!! That would have allowed for a decent doggy bag for snacking later on in the evening! I ate reindeer sausage in Sweden not sure what possessed me to buy that…! The food in Iceland and indeed all of Scandinavia for the most part seems amazingly fresh and looks so healthy and delicious! All that fresh air walking and driving makes it taste that much better! Yum!

    1. Haha, yes, Mike’s meal was huge and I think he felt a little sick afterwards! There was to be no doggy bag as we didn’t have a place to refrigerate food. I think he ate it all, except possibly the French fries. Yes, all the walking was great, but so was the food – meaning zero weight loss! I sure do miss all those fabulous walks though.🙂

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