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Highlights from the Place

Akranes is located at the west coast of Iceland; (GPS N64°19 17.75 W22°4 28.77). It has a population of  6600 people. The distance from Reykjavík by road is 47 km (30 miles), approximately a 45 min drive by car. It is also possible to take a city bus between Reykjavík and Akranes.

Accommodation

A list of hotels ,hostels , guesthouses, airbnb, and camping can be found at: (http://tjalda.is/en/akranes/).

Services and Leisure

Services in Akranes include grocery stores, swimming pool, State liquor store, golf course and the Akranes folk museum (https://www.facebook.com/AkranesFolkMuseum/ ). Another highlight , the Akranes lighthouse has become so popular a tourist information centre is now based there. Note the  opening hours as the lighthouse keeper welcomes guests and gives an overview of the history of the building( https://www.facebook.com/Akranesviti/).

Annual festivals

Irskir dagar (https://www.akranes.is/static/files/mannlif/irish-days-2018-programm.pdf)

Every year in early July, the Irish days festival takes place in Akranes. A fun festival celebrating the Irish roots of Akranes, as the first settlers were Irish. A definite highlight of this festival has to be the competition of finding the most red headed Icelander!

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Waterfalls

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Holuhraun

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