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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  • This was my favorite part of Akureyri! These gardens are more extensive than I imagined for a little city. They are full, well laid out, colorful flowers, and a very pleasant place to spend a...  more »
  • Lovely park and gardens to wander round in. Be aware if you come from the direction of the Akureyri Museum it's real steep climb the last few yards on a rough path! Well maintained beds and well...  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!

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