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Akranes was first settled in 880 by Irish settlers (the more well known of whom are a pair of Irish brothers, Þormóður and Ketill Bresason), credited as creating one of the first uniquely Christian settlements in Iceland. The Celtic heritage is honoured each second week of July in Akranes with Irish Days, a seven-day family-oriented festival.
According to the Akraneskauparstaður website, The pretty town of Akranes offers a beach, a beautiful forest and a fascinating museum, as well as being home to the nation´s best football team.
"After the construction of the Hvalfjarðargöng tunnel in 1998, the west of Iceland has become easily accessible. You can now skip the lengthy drive around the never-ending fjord of Hvalfjödur and enjoy the beautiful sights that west Iceland has to offer, in less than an hour.
"The town of Akranes lies just across the blue straits and is visible from Reykjavík on a clear day. Settled by Irish brothers in the year 880, it is now a blossoming industrial town with a focus on fishing and fish production. An area worth visiting is the seafront, especially the beautiful sandy beach, Langisandur, stretched below the center of town. "
PLACES TO SEE:
As TravelNet Island point out on their website: "A walk through the town of Akranes enables you to experience the architectural history of Iceland since the turn of the century. The church, built in 1942 and the old lighthouse built in 1918 are among the most interesting buildings, in addition to many other picturesque houses."
PLACES TO SUP:
Café Galito: A coffee shop-cum-bistro featuring standard fare for reasonable prices.
Hroi Hottur: Skolabraut 14, IS-300, Akranes.
Pizza 67: Skolabraut 20, IS-300, Akranes.
PLACES TO SWIM: