the Akureyri Botanical paths

One of the stops we made along our trip around the ring road while in Akureyri was the Akureyri Botanical Garden. We really enjoyed a stroll through it.

the Akureyri Botanical in Iceland

It was becoming fall while we were there so there were a lot of lovely colors throughout the gardens.

fall tree at the Akureyri Botanical

I have been to several botanical gardens, I find that they are great for a leg stretch and some fresh air. Of all of the ones I have been to this is one of the most notable. It had to most unique flowers and fauna.

pretty flower at the Akureyri Botanical

Some of the flowers I had never seen before like this purple flower above. I love the colors and the spikiness.

The weather the day we went was absolutely perfect. Cool and brisk but bright blue skies and puffy white clouds. We went mid-day.

the Akureyri Botanical iceland

Something I noticed as a photographer was that the light quality here was so different than I was used to. The sun sits lower in the sky and it is not nearly as intense as it is when you get closer to the equator. This made the photos taken here at “high noon” did not have the hard shadows and dull colors photos at this time are known to have.

About the Akureyri Botanical Gardens

The Akureyri Botanical garden, or Lystigardur Akureyrar in Icelandic, is the northernmost botanical garden in the world. While the park opened in1912 the botanic part did not come until 1957.

the Akureyri Botanical

The park features over 6000 plants from all over the world and is home to over 400 native plant species. The garden is open to the public and is enjoyed by both the locals and visitors. I will say, it’s one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I have seen. 

the Akureyri Botanical

It is located about a 15-minute walk from the center of town, or catch a bus if you would like. 

the Akureyri Botanical

Entrance to the Gardens is Free. The Akureyri Botanical Gardens is open from June 1st to September the 30th until 10 pm. In the winter you are still free to roam the park, the facilities are closed, however. 

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  1. You got some really beautiful pictures while you were there! Great post!

  2. Pam

    What a beautiful place to visit! I love checking out gardens.

  3. Tara Hallie

    Your photos are stunning! When we visited Iceland last summer, we didn’t make it to Akureyri, but now feel we need to go back and visit this garden!

  4. Lisa Manderino

    This Garden has me dreaming of Iceland! It is on my list!

  5. I’m amazed at the variety and abundance of plants here. This garden is wonderful. I love Botanical Gardens so I will definitely visit when we visit Iceland.

  6. kmf

    Such a beautiful botanical garden…adding this one to my list of things to do in Iceland. And love that it’s free.

  7. i love botanical gardens and this one has fantastic foliage. Even better it’s free to access!

  8. When I hear Iceland, I certainly wouldn’t have thought of beautiful gardens like this. But this place is gorgeous!!

    • We found this to be true about much of the island. Our friends back home kept asking where the ice was lol.

  9. jen

    I am continually amazed how beautiful this country is. gorgeous and unique article

  10. Iceland is on the list. It looks fantastic and not a long plane ride from Boston. This looks like a great place to add to the list.

  11. I’m planning a trip to Iceland and have added this to the list! Thank you.

    • I know right? I wasn’t expecting it either. I had never seen a flower like that before, I spent like 10 min minutes looking at it lol

  12. Iceland is on my bucket list and I didn’t even think that they had botanical gardens. Added to my list!

  13. What a beautiful place you found! I love botanical gardens!

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