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TRAVEL: Akureyri, Iceland
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Akureyri, Iceland
By Taylor

BT 201812 travel 01阿库雷里,冰岛

当你想到冰岛的时候,你可能会想象一个有着驯鹿的北欧冰镇,也许还有一两只企鹅。 这个名字字面上包含“ice”这个词,所以它应该是有意义的,对吧? 奇怪的是,这个国家实际上是非常绿色的国家。 冰岛充满了令人惊叹的森林和丰富的历史遗迹,是一个完美的度假胜地,特别适合家庭旅行。 这个国家的第二大城市阿库雷里是一个绝对令人惊叹的选择,它以最好的方式将自然美与发达的城市景观融为一体,为游客提供无数的活动和冒险。

冰岛被水环绕,被称为渔业国家。 阿库雷里特别依赖海洋贸易来支持其经济。 除了典型的深海捕鱼之旅外,镇上的游客还可以近距离亲身体验赏鲸活动! 许多公司提供乘船游览,以观赏在寒冷的沿海水域茁壮成长的雄伟座头鲸。 事实上, 在2016年,2017年和2018年期间,每一位乘客都会看到鲸鱼,观鲸之旅已经完全成功! 这些旅行必须提前预订,并且他们会快速售罄!

BT 201812 travel 02When you think of Iceland, you probably imagine a frosty northern European ice town full of reindeer and maybe a penguin or two. The name literally contains the word “ice” so it makes sense, right? Oddly enough, the country is actually incredibly lush and green. Full of stunning forests and rich historical sites, Iceland is a perfect vacation destination, especially for families looking to spend some quality bonding time together. The country’s second largest city, Akureyri, is an absolutely amazing choice that juxtaposes natural beauty with developed cityscapes in the best possible way, giving visitors an endless array of activities and adventures no matter where their trip takes them within the city.
 

One of the most popular tourist hotspots in Akureyri is Jólagardurinn, the Christmas Garden. Just ten minutes from the city’s central hub, the Christmas Garden is an absurdly decorated little house that embodies the spirit of the holiday season all year round. The bright red home stands out against the lush green backdrop and is decorated to look like a classic gingerbread house. Inside, visitors can view a seemingly endless array of Christmas decorations, including many that are historically significant to Icelandic culture, and an assortment of goods handcrafted by local craftsmen. The surrounding garden is a popular picnic spot and the neighboring fairytale tower contains the world’s largest Christmas calendar which is certainly a sight to behold. To the right of the house sits a wishing well adorned with classical stork and baby imagery that is said to be a place of absolute peace and tranquility.

BT 201812 travel 03If outdoor adventuring is more to your liking, you should definitely check out Hlíðarfjall. Nestled atop the mountain that towers over the city, Hlíðarfjall is a lovely ski resort that accommodates any and every skill level and age. Visitors can rent skis directly from the lodge, making planning the perfect skiing venture as easy as ordering a pizza or booking a hotel. For those seeking some in-depth training, Hlíðarfjall offers a ski school featuring scheduled group classes and one-to-one lessons. Every year Hlíðarfjall hosts the Icelandic Winter Games and the Ak Extreme, both of which are cannot-miss events. Hotels are available on the mountain, as are the food venues, making it a perfect all in one trip destination.

BT 201812 travel 04The product of a 1910 effort to beautify the city, the Akureyri Botanical Garden is a beautiful collection of rare and native Icelandic plants. With over seven thousand species, the garden chronicles the collection of hardy arctic thriving plant specimens in a breathtaking, well manicured display. The garden even contains the plant collection of Jón Rögnvaldsson, an infamous alleged Icelandic sorcerer, alongside a life-size bust of the man himself. Other displayed busts include one of the garden’s driving forces, Margarethe Schiöth, and Akureyri clergyman Matthias Jochumsson who is famed for penning the Icelandic national anthem. The picturesque beauty and expansive grounds provide a perfect relaxing and enriching venture of full day enjoyment and as an added bonus, admission is entirely free!

BT 201812 travel 05A true piece of Icelandic history, the Laufás turf house in Eyjafjörður is a spot you simply cannot pass up! These turf houses are visually incredible, almost like looking at a postcard in real life and give a glimpse into the not so distant past. A church stands next to the houses and was built in 1865 to replace the antiquated one that had stood since Christianity’s first introduction into Icelandic culture. The houses themselves most likely date back to around the year 900; the oldest turf house in all of Iceland is actually within the Laufás lot! The area is open during the summer months from 9 am to 9 pm and offers a chance to look within the homes, which are fully decorated. If you are in the area, you absolutely have to drop in.

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Surrounded by water, Iceland is known as a fishing country. Akureyri especially relies heavily on marine trade to support its economy. In addition to the typical deep sea fishing excursions, visitors to the town can also experience whale watching up close and personal! Many companies offer boat trips out to view the majestic humpback whales that thrive in the chilled coastal waters. In fact, Akureyri actually boasts that its whale-watching trips have been entirely successful with every single passenger seeing whales during 2016, 2017, and 2018! These trips must be booked in advance and, be forewarned, they do sell out fast!

BT 201812 travel 07If you are in search of an adventure that you absolutely cannot get anywhere else in the world, Akureyri is your new dream destination. From relaxing garden strolls to deep sea excursions, there is simply something for everyone in this beautiful arctic town.

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