Icelandic Aviation Museum
The Icelandic Aviation Museum, housed in a large hangar at Akureyri Airport, displays a varied collection of large and small aircrafts, photographs, artifacts, and flight memorabilia. The museum devotes itself to preserving Iceland’s aviation history, such as documenting key moments like the country’s first flight in 1919.
Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or just looking for something unique to do, the Icelandic Aviation Museum is one of Akureyri’s most impressive museums. Highlights include a restored coastguard helicopter, the first glider built in Akureyri 1937, and the remains of a British WWII aircraft that crashed in Akureyri during the war. The Icelandic Aviation Museum also hosts an annual Flying Weekend each summer, featuring the Icelandic National Aerobatics Competition.
Things to know before you go
- The Icelandic Aviation Museum is a must-visit for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts, and families.
- Children aged 11 and under get free entrance to the museum.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera for some photo ops with the full-sized aircraft.
How to get there
The museum is a 30 to 40 minute walk from the town center. To get there by public transportation, take Bus 1 or 3 and get down by the skating rink.
When to get there
The museum is open daily in the afternoons from June to the end of September, and on Saturday afternoons during the winter. It’s possible to visit outside these hours by appointment.
Things to Do in Akureyri
Despite its small size, there’s a lot to do in Iceland’s second city. Learn about local flora at the Arctic Botanical Gardens, step back in time at the Old Farmhouse Laufas, explore the history of the North at Nordurslod—Into the Arctic, or check out the quirky and eclectic collection at Safnasafnid the Folk and Outsider Art Museum.