Car Hire at Akureyri Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to party until the small hours in super-cool Reykjavik, experience the ultimate spa in the breath-taking Blue Lagoon or hike through the weird and wonderful flora and fauna of Akureyri, you can find the best car hire at Akureyri Airport with Skyscanner
Where to hire a car at Akureyri Airport
There are four car hire companies with desks at Akureyri Airport: AVIS Budget, Bílaleiga Akureyrar (Europcar), Dollar Thrifty and Hertz. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Akureyri Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is an Atlantsolía - Suður Akureyri petrol station located just a 7 minute drive from Akureyri Airport. Simply head north on Eyjafjarðarbraut continuing on to Drottningarbraut then Glerárgata, making a u-turn at Dalsbraut where the petrol station can be found on the right hand side.
Driving around Akureyri Airport
Akureyri Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. Route 1 lies directly through Skagafjörður, via Varmahlíð and goes all the way around the coast of Iceland, just missing out the Westfjords and the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The drive from Akureyri to Reykjavik is probably the most driven part of the ring road. There is another road over Þveráfjall Mountain to Sauðárkrókur which reduces the distance between Reykjavík and Sauðárkrókur by around half an hour.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Akureyri Airport.
This enchanting and geographically jaw-dropping city is not only a mesmerising vista of colourful houses, Viking history and steamy volcanic Icelandic action but a cosmopolitan city that knows how to party. Late nights in Reykjavik are common be it in an ice bar, a super-cool club or at one of the city’s many lively festivals. Ultra hip design is everywhere while museums, art, funky cafes and some of the most creative cuisine north of the Equator. Don’t worry; the blissful thermal pools of the Blue Lagoon set to a backdrop of snowy mountains are the perfect cure for those who have partied too hard.
Reykjavik is a four and a half hour drive from Akureyri Airport. Head north on Eyjafjarðarbraut vestritoward Naustavegur, continuing on to Drottningarbraut, Glerárgata and then Hörgárbraut. Stay on this road until you reach Þjóðvegur. Stay on this until you get to Route 49. From there follow signs to Reykjavik.
No visit to Iceland would be complete without a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon. This surreal geothermal spa set to a backdrop of eerie black volcanic mountains is one of the most spectacular sights in the natural world. There are stunning caves to admire and silvery silt-mud which is said to be wonderful for the skin. Sit back in the dazzling milky, azure bath-warm water as fog and steam swirls seductively around you and you wonder if you are still on planet earth.
The drive to the Blue Lagoon from Akureyri Airport is just over 5 hours through some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe. From the airport head north on Eyjafjarðarbraut vestritoward Naustavegur. Continue onto Drottningarbraut, Glerárgata and then Hörgárbraut. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Hörgárbraut. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Borgarbraut and turn left onto Þjóðvegur. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hvalfjarðargöng which is a partial toll road and continue onto Þjóðvegur until you get to Route 49. Exit onto Route 41 following signs for the Blue Lagoon.
With a diverse and dramatic landscape, Akureyri is an intriguing place. As well as incredible hiking and walking trails that take you through lush green fauna and rare flowering plants, the centre of Akureyri boasts wonderful art and culture, from ‘Art Alley’ to a local theatre company and many cultural workshops. Evenings and weekends see the town come to life as locals gather in lively bars and buzzing restaurants. Whether in the light of the midnight sun or in the depths of a snowy winter, the welcome in Akureyri is a warm one.
It takes just 10 minutes to reach Akureyri by car from the airport. Head north on Eyjafjarðarbraut vestri toward Naustavegur and continue onto Drottningarbraut, then Glerárgata turning left onto Dalsbraut. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Borgarbraut and follow signs for Akureyri.
Akureyri has a unique parking system. When parking in the town centre you must purchase a plastic parking clock (from petrol stations, banks and some shops), marking the time you parked and displaying it on the dashboard of your car. Parking is free, but spaces are signposted with maximum parking times (from 15 minutes to two hours, enforced from 10am to 4pm). You will be fined if your car overstays the time limit. Some hotels in Akureyri also offer free parking.