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 from Reykjavík, the town regularly welcomes visitors calling in before continuing to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Akranes offers all kinds of interesting things to see and do. Not many communities can boast of as many outdoor recreations as Akranes - both in and near the town. Akrafjall mountain is a fine example and this beautiful mountain attracts many people every day. The Langisandur sand beach is another popular attraction and has been awarded with the Blue Flag environmental certificate. People go sea swimming all year round at Langisandur beach and on sunny days it is often busy with sunbathers. There are many more possibilities for outdoor and leisure activities in Akranes. You can go swimming at the Jaðarsbakkar swimming pool or make a day of it at Garðalundur park, which has facilities for a barbecue, playing volleyball, frisbee golf, football, etc. Next to the park is Garðavöllur golf course with its 18 holes and well-equipped practicing facilities. Akranes has many nice walking routes that are suitable for everyone. For example, there is a lovely walk along the coast to Elínarsæti (Eileen's Seat) where you can enjoy rich bird life and unforgettable scenery.
Akratorg square is in the center of town. It has a spouting water feature that is very popular with the young ones during summertime. In winter the square is illuminated with lights in all different colors. Right on the square is a cosy coffee house and several restaurants are nearby as well as a selection of shops. The Akranes church, built in 1896, is just down the road from the square.
Two cultural events have become an annual thing in Akranes. The first one is Írskir dagar (Irish Days), which takes place at the start of July every year. This festival celebrates the town's heritage as the first settlers in Akranes are believed to have come from Ireland and settled in Akranes sometime after 880. The second festival, Vökudagar (Waking Days), is held at the end of October each year. Then the townspeople, of all ages, join hands in creating diverse cultural events.