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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  • These gardens are a nice oasis in Akureyri! There is parking right next to the entrance, and the cafe is located near there as well. There are signs to point you in the direction of the various...  more »
  • This is simply a must. Here you just have to visit, otherwise why bother coming to Akureyri :) Just like visiting the Jólaland (Christmas Land) or strolling the Kjarnaskógur (forrest). Or just...  more »
  • We almost skipped this because reviews of Akureyri are pretty bad. This botanical garden is great! The variety of flowers is excellent and especially at this time of year there are so many different....  more »
  • Very nice public park (access is free) located just outside the city centre. The botanical garden is one of the northernmost in the world and contains both Icelandic and foreign flora, with new species always being added to the collection. It is a great place to just take a stroll and relax in the middle of the green.
  • Wonderful for a stroll or to stretch your legs. Take your time and explore all of the paths and flowerbeds, then head to the cute café with great cakes and drinks to warm up before walking down the hill into the main part of town. Nice view of the fjord from some parts of the gardens. Highly recommended!
  • Must see! First off, it is free. Secondly, it is so lovely that I would pay. Can spend a quick stretch the legs break or a few hours here. It was perfect to let my daughter loose to run around and be a kid while we took in the beautiful scenery and looked for the rare blue poppy. There is a cafe but we didnt try it.
  • Don't miss this garden. There are so many varieties of beautiful flowers, along with plants and trees. The walking paths are peaceful and everything is photogenic. I was very impressed and highly recommended this stop during your Akureyri stay
  • Gorgeous garden. Beautifully laid out, I loved the colors and flowers and enormous variation of plants. Spent more than an hour here, not too big. I didn't expect certain mountain flowers and was pleasantly surprised! Parking lot nearby, no parking fee or entrance fee. This is a must-see in Akureyri!

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