By Corey Sandler
Akureyri would be a small town of little note almost anywhere else, but here in Iceland its population of about 18,860 makes it the fourth settlement in the country, and numbers two and three are part of the capital district of Reykjavik.
They’ve got a golf course, a bowling alley, a ski hill, a shopping mall with 35 stores, and a police force of about five officers. Oh, and Vífilfell, the largest brewery in Iceland, with about a 30 percent market share nationally, mostly for its Viking beer. Skál fyrir pér! Cheers.
Its ice-free harbor has supported its economy back to ancient times for fishing and trade.
Akureyri’s architecture shows strong influence from Denmark. Seasonal residents were here in the 9th century, but permanent settlement by 12 rugged people started in 1778. In modern times, fishing and tourism support the town.
The morning was foggy and dark; we went for a visit to Godafoss, a substantial waterfall fed by snow melt from the huge glacier on the east side of Island.
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