Akureyri is the capital of the north. This town has a population of around 19,000 inhabitants. It is large enough to offer a rich selection of entertainment, art and culture, yet small enough to be very personal and close to nature. It‘s easy to be fascinated by Akureyri with brightly painted wooden houses, cozy bars and steep streets leading down from the hills into the friendly city center. Even the traffic lights are cute, with stop lights in the shape of red hearts.