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Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)

Eyrarlandsvegur 3, Akureyri 600, Iceland
+354 462 7487
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Gorgeous plants

Amazing hillside setting and beautiful layout. Spent hours there and the cafe is lovely. Free entry... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
Sally M
via mobile
A plethora of colorful flora on top of Akureryi's city center

When I realized I was only fifty kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, I was pretty amazed at the... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
San Francisco, California
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  • Average9%
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Eyrarlandsvegur 3, Akureyri 600, Iceland
+354 462 7487
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing hillside setting and beautiful layout. Spent hours there and the cafe is lovely. Free entry and a myriad of great plants, interestingly laid out.

Thank Sally M
Reviewed 20 August 2017

When I realized I was only fifty kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, I was pretty amazed at the colors and varieties offered by this lush green space. I have to admit I was having trouble finding it from my hotel near the city center...More

1  Thank Ed_Uyeshima
Reviewed 19 August 2017

There are many beautiful flowers here, both native and imported. The lupine were especially beautiful. This is a family friendly place with both paved and dirt paths through the wooded property, stroller and bike accessible. There is a small cafe for picking up lunch or...More

Thank Ro P
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The gardens are quite small, but nicely laid out, and the number of flowers blooming was astonishing, as were the huge numbers of bees. Free entry, too, which is wonderful, considering how everything else in Iceland costs several arms and legs. We were exceptionally lucky...More

Thank Samthetax
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We were surprised at how beautiful this garden was. The flowers were blooming and there were paths to wander around on. There were even lovely views of the fjord. If you have some time while you are in Akureyri, this is definitely worth the time.

Thank the2scotts
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This is a fairly small botanical garden that is organized by plants growing at a certain altitude in Iceland. Certain areas are a riot of colors but having cycled along the shores of a number of fjords I was not surprised. There is a coffee...More

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I was astounded by the number of plants, in bloom no less. I found four colors of the State of Colorado's flower. Some truly striking blooms.

Thank NomadicByNature
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We spent 9 days traveling all over Iceland and this was by far the best coffee "house" we found! What a hidden gem. Highly recommend stopping here for a coffee/beer/sandwich, etc. It is the cutest cafe in the middle of the botanical gardens!

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed walking thru the botanical garden. Beautiful flowers/plants and striking colors. Went back the next day for a peaceful picnic. Free admission and a beautiful, quiet respite in bustling Akureyri.

Thank virginian9
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

These gardens are not far from the main pedestrian area of town, about a 15 to 20 minute walk up a hill from the church. It is free and there are walking paths, bridges, fountain, and a cafe. Supposedly it contains wooden houses but I...More

Thank angeleyes27
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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
27 April 2016|
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Response from katohc | Reviewed this property |
No. They put prices in there own currency, and expect people to be able to deal with that accordingly. We had cash with us, but we also had a standby of prepaid 'cash cards'. Ours were cashcards in £ sterling, so that we... More
25 April 2016|
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Response from stefan s | Reviewed this property |
Hello. Definately recommend the outdoor/indoor swimmingpool with its thermal water, sauna etc. Also the "Minjasafn" townmuseeum with the old and retro Icelandic stuff, household etc. Also the new motorcycle museeum. Græni... More