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Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)

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An unexpected gem!

Just a short walk away from the town centre the gardens have a host of interesting plants, many of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jake q
Proof: Icelandic People Care About Important Things

If beautiful small to mid-size Akureyri, Iceland at the Top of the World can have such a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Robert A
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Eyrarlandsvegur 3, Akureyri 600, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Just a short walk away from the town centre the gardens have a host of interesting plants, many of which I wouldn't expect to find so far north. Free admission, and a nice cafe for excellent refreshments.

Thank jake q
Reviewed 4 days ago

If beautiful small to mid-size Akureyri, Iceland at the Top of the World can have such a beautiful diverse encompassing botanical garden it is time for the rest of the world to get with the program....Kudos to awesome Akureyri. There is so much to see,...More

1  Thank Robert A
Reviewed 5 days ago

To find such a thing on a secluded side of a barren hill in Iceland is u nbelievable. Full credit to the school headmaster who commenced the garden and in particular to volunteers who carry on the good work.. To see such beauty in such...More

1  Thank Jandmb255060
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited these gardens while visiting worth a visit small but very well laid out with work still being carried out. The entry is free also there is a café for some drinks and food

1  Thank Whiskey176
Reviewed 1 week ago

was nice, raining on the day we visited. Would be nice to have an english version of the many plants we were looking at to explain etc.

Thank Darryl C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a visit, but not a large garden. Nice cafe. Free entry and parking in the road outside or in the carpark of Hotel Edda (also free). About a 15 minute walk from town - up hill!

Thank blondieBucks_england
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here to eat lunch and walk through some of the gardens. The restaurant was fair, and the gardens were average. Not particularly memorable, but I loved the idea that women were behind its genesis. Weather has much to do with ones enjoyment of...More

Thank freetobe50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been in Botanical Gardens in other cities but this is the most northerly. We weren't disappointed. Very interesting, very well kept and tidy. A much better B.G than the one in Reykjavik.

1  Thank Finian48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed walking through this botanical garden (which was free). It is well kept and well laid out. Many similar plants to those I grow in my own Canadian garden, which was interesting.

1  Thank JarMarJHM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Botanical gardens around the world each have their own character. This one is very informal with a large collection of poppies. In about a two weeks, so mid august, it will be spectacular. For a free garden, it is still wonderful to walk around as...More

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24 July 2018|
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Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
It’s totally free.
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Response from gigfrii | Reviewed this property |
July, August and September should usually be fine. Even June, depends on spring.
31 May 2016|
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Response from Kristin T | Reviewed this property |
Hello Mary, I was in the botanical garden just a few days ago, and many of the plants are already in bloom, so by mid-June it will be lovely :) All of Akureyri is blooming these days with more green popping up almost each... More