Excursion

Akureyri Highlights & Santa's House

Become acquainted with Akureyri, a small “city” with a flourishing art scene and interesting history, with an excursion that includes visits to the Botanical Gardens, Nonni’s Museum, Santa’s House and Akureyri Church.

  • Code
    AKU-K
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 3 hours

From the pier, travel through Akureyri on your way to the Akureyri Botanical Garden, host to examples of every plant species indigenous to Iceland. The gardens also boast an extensive collection of high-latitude and high-altitude plants from around the world.

After enjoying the lovely outdoor setting, head to Nonni’s Museum, dedicated to the Icelandic writer and Jesuit priest, Jón Sveinsson, also known as Nonni. Born in Hörgárdalur, Iceland, in 1857, Nonni traveled abroad at the age of 12 and was educated in France. His children’s stories, called “Nonni’s books,” became popular in Iceland and around Europe, making Nonni himself a well-known character. His likeness has been featured on Iceland’s postage stamps and his childhood home here in Akureyri is now a museum.

Be captivated by the story of Nonni as told by his namesake museum before continuing to Santa’s House, a Christmas store that operates all year long. As you peruse its various Christmas goods and offerings, you might run into Santa Claus or meet Grýla, the terrifying mother of the 13 Icelandic Santas.

Your last stop will be to Akureyri Church, the enormous Lutheran church completed in 1940 and dominating a hill overlooking the city. Following a short time spent admiring views from this hilltop locale, you may either transfer directly to the pier or enjoy a leisurely walk through town, returning to your Crystal ship on your own.

Important Notes:
It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear sturdy walking shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of booking is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-Reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.