The fishing town of Akranes is a stones throw away from Iceland's capital Reykjavik, especially now that you can reach it through the Hvalfjordur tunnel rather than driving around Hvalfjordur (Although we recommend driving this fabulous route around the fjord).
Driving into Akranes on a day in late March, it felt like spring was making an appearance early in the season. And as it was a public holiday, not to many businesses were open on this particular day. But we didn't mind as we wanted to enjoy the great outdoors and the warm spring air. Our first stop was Akranes lighthouse, a picturesque area around the harbour where 2 lighthouses give you plenty of photo opportunities. Thousands of birds floated around in the water enjoying the spring sunshine, the views were far and wide.
The largest of the lighthouses is open to the public and is still in operation where the smaller one is currently not used anymore. Walking towards the lighthouses, photographs educate you on what life was like in Akranes back in the early 1900's
After the lighthouses, we made our way over to Langisandur beach in Akranes, a long sandy beach with a promenade popular with walkers. It is also home to Íþróttabandalag Akraness.
Yes, Akranes has a long history of soccer and has produced talented soccer players over the years.
And on this glorious day where the sea was as calm as it can be, we spotted a whale in the distance breaching the water. unfortunately, it was to far away to get a real good look, but we were still happy to witness this spectacle from far.
The area around Akranes is one of natural beauty. Driving around hvalfjordur ( https://www.outdoorfitnesssligo.com/destinations-further-afield-travel-blog/hvalfjordur ) is highly recommended.
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We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield