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Welcome to Akranes

The west coast town of Akranes is home to a popular lighthouse and a folk museum

A charming small town and popular detour for those looking to explore a slice of the west coast. A town of 7,000 people, Akranes is a classic fishing port that is peaceful, friendly and home to a wonderful folk museum and a lighthouse that is regularly open to tourists. Just a 40-minute-drive or 25-minute sailing from Reykjavík, the town regularly welcomes visitors calling in before continuing to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. You can actually take the Akranes ferry from Reykjavík harbor or the city bus number 57. It doesn't get any easier - or cheaper - and you have a full day of fun ahead of you! 


Travelers can take a dip in one of two pools, stop by the golf course to hit a bucket of balls at the driving range, take a stroll along the golden beach Langisandur, or go on a hike. Akrafjall mountain is the pride and joy of Akranes residents and many locals have memories of foraging for seagull eggs and playing on the mountain as children. It’s known as a relatively easy climb, especially from the Akranes car park. A shorter climb will take you to Háihnúkur, which is 555 meters (1,820 feet), and has a nice view of the outskirts of the town. The view from the top is breathtaking, especially on clear days when you can see Snæfellsjökull glacier.


The Akranes lighthouse is a delightful place to visit, any time of year. Away from bright lights, tourists and residents flock to the site in winter to catch a glimpse of the northern lights dancing and flickering in the sky. In the summer, you can see locals having a picnic outside the lighthouse, and guests are often invited in where they can climb to the top. Built in 1947, the larger of the two lighthouses has been used in recent years to host concerts and art exhibitions. Icelandic band Amiina filmed a video there for a single from their album The Lighthouse Project, and Ólafur Arnalds filmed part of the video there for his single ‘Old Skin.’ Akranesviti is the only  lighthouse in Iceland that is regularly open to tourists, and thousands of travelers have visited over the last few years. The lighthouse has become so popular that the tourist information center is now based there. The lighthouse keeper welcomes guests and gives an overview of the history of the building. The smaller lighthouse, built in 1918, is one of the oldest concrete lighthouses in Iceland. It served the fishing town until it was deactivated in 1947, in favor of a larger structure.


At the Akranes Folk Museum, visitors can ‘travel back in time’ and explore the history of the town and the surroundings, with special emphasis on the fishing industry. Outdoors, there is a collection of houses and boats that are key to the history of the town. For instance, the red house Neðri-Sýrupartur was built in 1875, and is considered to be the oldest wooden house in the town. Visitors can go inside the houses and explore. There is also a collection of fishing boats on the grounds, and a new wood building was erected in 2013 to house the annual Nordic blacksmithing competition. There is also a café inside the main museum building that serves coffee, soft drinks and cakes. Plan to spend some time in Akranes during your next trip out west.

If you need any information please feel free to contact us at the Akranes Tourist Information Centre.
E-mail: info@akranes.is and tel.: (+354) 894 2500,

We wish you a warm welcome and hope that your visit to Akranes will be pleasant and above all entertaining!

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  • AkraneskaupstaðurStillholti 16-18, 300 Akranes
    Kt: 410169-4449
  • 433 1000
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    kl. 09:30 - 12:00 og 12:30 - 15:30