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The airport at Akureyri in northern Iceland is often called ‘the gateway to the Arctic'. That's because this single runway airfield serves the unofficial capital of Iceland's north and it's just 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. If you hire a car from Akureyri Airport you'll find the city centre is just two miles to the north. The airport itself occupies a semi-reclaimed strip jutting into the fjord. There's a modern terminal building, car parking and an aviation museum at the site. The F821 road leads from the airport along the side of the fjord to Akureyri itself.
If you hire a car from Akureyri Airport you'll soon see that the town itself stands on the edge of a fjord with mountains in most directions. Note that this is an ice-free harbour sheltered by the heights around it and warmed by the sea currents. Both the town and airport enjoy a surprisingly mild climate. The sights of the area include the ski facilities at Hlíðarfjall and the old medieval remains at the village of Gásir, while visitors to Akureyri itself enjoy the unlikely sub-Arctic attractions: the most northerly public Botanical Gardens and world's most northerly 18-hole golf course.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.