Visit the outdoor folk museum and a historic lighthouse in this cute coastal town.

West Iceland
The lighthouse in the town of Akranes
A historic church near the town of Akranes
The town of Akranes with mountains in the distance
The lighthouse in the town of Akranes
A historic church near the town of Akranes
Best time to visit
All year
Charging station

Discover maritime heritage in the town of Akranes, Iceland

You’ll find the town of Akranes on the west coast of Iceland is a place with a strong local identity. The area where the town stands today was settled in the 9th century, by the Irish brothers Þormóður and Ketill.

Akranes is located on the mouth of the Hvalfjörður fjord, on road 51. To get there, just take a short detour off the Ring Road (Route 1). 

Developing as a fishing village in the 17th century, Akranes has always been a port town. You can see an icon of the town’s maritime heritage in the form of Akranes lighthouse, located at the southernmost tip of the town.

What to see and do in Akranes

The star attraction in the town is Akranes Folk Museum, founded in 1959. Here you can admire a handsome collection of 19th-century buildings and boats.

Within Iceland, Akranes its known for its 2 soccer teams. If you like, you could even go along to a match and see one of them play.

There’s also a long stretch of beach, known as Langisandur, opposite the town’s harbor. Nestled in the rocks at the top of the beach you’ll find the Guðlaug hot tubs.

Scattered around the town you’ll find a handful of cafés and restaurants, perfect for grabbing something to eat before continuing with your trip.

Other attractions in the area

Town of Borgarnes from above


Learn about the Viking settlement of Iceland in the local haunt of a legendary figure from the sagas.

30 km (19 mi)

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Immerse yourself in culture, cuisine, and heritage at the beating heart of the Icelandic capital.

49 km (30 mi)


Sky Lagoon

Slip into the warm waters of this geothermal spa and take in sweeping views of the North Atlantic.

51 km (32 mi)

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

Step back in time and see Iceland’s natural and cultural history up close at this major historic site.

61 km (38 mi)