Akureyri is the principial town of Northern Iceland with approximately 20.000 inhabitants. It‘s chessclub, Skákfélag Akureyrar, which for a long time has been the strongest and most active club outside the capital region, is currently celebrating it‘s 100th anniversary.
In the spring of 2019 the club will be hosting the Icelandic Open – Akureyri Centennial Chess tournament. The venue is the Hof Cultural Center in the center of the town, overlooking the fjord and the magnificient mountains which surround the urban area. For the players, conditions will be near-to-perfect. For the traveller, the visit to Akureyri and Northern Iceland is an unforgettable experience. The town is only 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, yet has a mild climate for it‘s latitude, sitting at the end of Icelands longest fjord and sheltered by mountains reaching 1000-1500 m. With luck you can experience summer temperatures already in the beginning of June. As the summer solstice is coming closer, the nights are getting lighter, and it is only dark for 2-3 hours at this time of the year.
Akureyri is the centre of trade and services in northern Iceland. Whith a vibrant university it is also a town of culture and education. The town offers a wide range of activities and interesting places e.g. notable museums, the world’s most northerly botanic garden, one of Iceland’s most popular swimming facilities, a 18-hole golf course, good hiking trails and a free city bus. Akureyri is also a good base for many of Iceland’s most beautiful natural wonders as waterfalls, volcanic areas and canyons as well as exciting activities as river rafting, hiking, fishing, whale watching and horse riding.
So – for professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike, the Icelandic Open in Akureyri offers unique possibilities for a real adventure!