A charming small town and popular detour for those looking to explore a slice of the west coast. A town of 7,000 people, Akranes is a classic fishing port that is peaceful, friendly and home to a wonderful folk museum and a lighthouse that is regularly open to tourists. Just a 40-minute-drive from Reykjavík, the town regularly welcomes visitors calling in before continuing to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Akratorg square is in the center of town. Right on the square is a cosy coffee house and several restaurants are nearby as well as a selection of shops. Akranes offers all kinds of interesting things to see and do. Not many communities can boast of as many outdoor recreations as Akranes – both in and near the town.

Akrafjall mountain is a fine example and this beautiful mountain attracts many people every day. The Langisandur sand beach is another popular attraction and has been awarded with the Blue Flag environmental certificate. People go sea swimming all year round at Langisandur beach and on sunny days it is often busy with sunbathers. There are many more possibilities for outdoor and leisure activities in Akranes. Garðalundur park is a great facility for people to relax at and have a barbecue, play volleyball, frisbee golf, football, etc. Garðavöllur golf course has 18 holes and well-equipped practicing facilities. At the Akranes folk museum, visitors can ‘travel back in time’ and explore the history of the town and the surroundings, with special emphasis on the fishing industry. At the Akranes lighthouse you can see locals having a picnic outside, and guests are often invited in where they can climb to the top.


Snæfellsnes peninsula
At Snæfellsnes peninsula you can visit many small fishing villages.

The peninsula has many attractions like Snæfellsjökull glacier, which is said to be one of the seven great energy centres of the earth, and has been attributed various mysterious powers.
Arnarstapi is also a place you need to visit.
Arnarstapi used to be a vibrant fishing village, but nowadays it one of the most popular sites to visit because of the extraordinary columnar basalt and cliff formations, which are breathtaking in beauty.

A unique natural pearl which is located between lava and glaciers.
This is one of Iceland´s most popular summer locations.

Is the second highest waterfall in Iceland (198 m.
) which hikers can view from marked paths.
PilotYes, compulsory
Tidal movement4,5 m
Hafnargarður 811-812
Air draftNo restrictions
BeamNo restrictions
Hafnargarður 813-814
Air draftNo restrictions
BeamNo restrictions
Type of bottomGravel / mud
Minimum depth10 m
Waste handlingYes
Fresh waterYes
Pilot channel12
Emergency channel16
Medical emergency112
ISPS approvedYes
Ship tendersN/A
Crew facilitiesN/A
Shuttle servicesYes, if ordered in advance
Excursion busesYes, if ordered in advance
TaxisYes, if ordered in advance
Public transportationYes, limited
Rental carsYes, if ordered in advance
Terminal building for passengersNo
Tourist informationYes, in town centre
ShoppingYes, in town centre
Local currencyISK
Currency exchangeYes, in town centre (closed during weekends)
ATMYes, in town centre
Internet accessYes
Guide serviceYes, if ordered in advance
City mapsYes
Public telephonesNo
MailboxesYes, in town centre
City centre500m
AirportInternational airport 95km / Domestic airport 55 km

Contact info

Visiting addressPort of Reykjavik, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavik
Contact personMrs. Erna Kristjánsdóttir
Mobile+ 354 665 8766
Fax+354 525 8990