Akureyri, Iceland

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Cruising to Akureyri, Iceland

As the gateway to the incredible landscapes of northern Iceland, Akureyri is the sort of place where most visitors spend little more than a day before moving on to explore the fjords, canyons and volcanoes that are dotted around the so-called Land of Ice and Fire. However, that's not to say the town itself should be dismissed outright, as taking the time to get to know its culture and scenery can provide a fantastic introduction to the region as a whole.

Sitting on the edge of a breathtaking fjord, Akureyri provides visitors with plenty of impressive views and photo opportunities, and is the starting point for many excursions into the Icelandic wilderness. The town also boasts a thriving arts scene, with the Listagilið neighbourhood being home to several interesting galleries, the most notable of which is the aptly-named Akureyri Art Museum.

There's also a Culture House, which provides a home for the North Iceland Symphony Orchestra, so if you're looking for somewhere to get to grips with the country's unique musical heritage, this is an excellent place to start.

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