Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city—affectionately known as the Capital of North Iceland—is one of the country’s most important ports and fishing centres. Today, Akureyri is creating something of a buzz for its cool café scene, growing gourmet movement and bustling nightlife. But don’t let that fool you. The atmosphere here is always laid back. From a fabulous summer festival program (energised by the near 24-hour daylight) to some of the best winter skiing you could wish for, Akureyri is a great base for exploring Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord, all year round. Whale-watching opportunities abound here, so bring your binoculars!