Akranes was settled in the 9th century by the Irish brothers Þormóður and Ketill, sons of Bresi. Akranes town as we know it today started to form in the 19th century. In the year 1942 it was chartered and a few years after that the town experienced the largest increase of population in its history.

Akranes‘ main industry is fishing but Akranes also has a cement plant which has been operated in the town since the 50’s and an aluminum smelting plant that has been there since 1998.

Things to do in Akranes

The Museum Area at Gardar is the cultural centre of Akranes and a popular destination for tourists. Not far from there is the highly-praised 18-hole Gardavollur golf course and, likewise, the Gardalundur outdoor area with a playground for children of all ages.
The coastline around Akranes is rich with bird life and there are many different types of beaches along the coast. One of these is Langisandur beach, one of the most popular outdoor areas in Akranes.

Down by the harbour there are two lighthouses. The bigger is currently in use and is open to the public and there is a photography exhibition to enjoy in there.

There is a regular bus service from Reykjavik to Akranes several times a day.

Population: 7000 (2017)