Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), Akureyri

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Wander the paths of Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), where you can admire the flowers and plants of Iceland. At 3.7 hectares (9 acres), there is enough for you to explore without feeling overwhelmed. Note the fountains scattered throughout the gardens and duck into the well-maintained greenhouses. The garden's cafe comes highly recommended and offers gluten-free menu options, among other things. For Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) and beyond, use our Akureyri travel route builder app to get the most from your Akureyri vacation.
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  • The main botanical gardens were closed during our visit but we enjoyed a walk around the grounds in the snow. There was a lovely gazebo and various busts of people to look at. Very pleasant even in th...  more »
  • This botanical garden is really unique located so far north on the globe. I recommend it to all tourists visiting Akureyri. The park was founded by women in 1911, when Iceland had been so bereft of tr...  more »
  • A nice walk around, although obviously not the time of year for plants and everything was covered in snow. I was there for the geocaching.  more »
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  • Love this place. Recommend for a stroll. Free entry and beautiful maintained garden.
  • On our way from the North Cape while travelling above the Arctic Circle we had to visit this, the world's northern-most botanical garden. It's by no means alrge, only 3.7 hectares (9 acres), but is beautifully laid out and maintained, and full of many beautiful Icelandic and Arctic flora. The fountains and greenhouses in the gardens are also definitely worth a visit. The Akureyri Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) function both as a public park, initially created by local housewives and first opened in the Spring of 1912, and as a botanical garden in 1957. The gardens are also used for scientific research into the survival of plants and function as a gene bank for hardy plants suitable to the weather conditions on the Arctic edge. Good coffee is served in the modern, café/bistro located in the center of the garden and sitting outside on the patio area on a nice day is a great way to enjoy the garden surroundings. The cafe also has gluten-free items on its menu. The drive to the gardens is also enjoyable passing typical Icelandic homes in the older part of the town. It's easy to see why this garden is Akureyri's pride and joy.
  • Really loved it. Great to see so many plants and imaginative planting
  • Quiet park with many different flowers and plants. Very well maintained and not crowdy at all (end of afternoon visit), perfect for a quiet walk. Toilets available but not for free.
  • Loved it! We were there on an unusually hot sunny day....lovely stroll through the different flowers, beautifully laid out!

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For easy access to Akureyri's most popular attractions, restaurants, and stores, consider staying in the lively waterfront area. This area features a number of hotels and hostels within walking distance of the city's museums, galleries, and sites. Cost-conscious visitors should explore one of the more inland guesthouses. Some double as student housing but are generally not raucous. Vacation apartments provide a good base for those planning a longer stay in the northerly metropolis and many are centrally located. To make the most of the scenic countryside surrounding the city, opt for a campsite or cottage in the outskirts.
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