From Akureyri, you'll drive to Laufás,one of Iceland's most famous turf houses. This 19th-century turf farmhouse was built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf, and it is now one of the last of its kind in the country. It also serves as a regional museum and features the original implements and equipment so essential to life in past centuries.
The Icelandic turf house was the product of a difficult climate, offering superior insulation compared to buildings solely made of wood or stone. The relative difficulty of obtaining other construction materials in sufficient quantities played a significant role in the adoption of turf as a building material. This is a genuine glimpse into the Icelanders' way of life from the 9th century to the 19th century.
Returning to Akureyri, the capital of the north, you will see influences of its Danish trading past in the town's varied architecture. At the Nonni Museum, there's an exhibition commemorating the children's books that Pastor John Sveinsson, known as Nonni, wroteuntil his death in 1944. Nonni was one of Iceland's most beloved authors, having written 12 popular children books.
Next, head to the church for a short visit and a great view over the fjord. You will then walk down the Art Alley, where artisans keep their workshops and galleries. Your final stop is one of Iceland's best cafés, BláaKannan Café, situated in the center of town. The café is renowned for its homemadeterta. The name comes from Latin word torta, but it is a cake that is commonly made in Icelandic homes for special occasions. It's excellent with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with fresh cream. Then enjoy some free time for browsing or shopping or, if you prefer, return to the ship at your leisure.