Lystigardur Akureyrar, the Botanic Garden in Akureyri, is one of the north Icelandic town’s main attractions and among the places locals favor for everything from picnics to wedding photo shoots.
Located snugly between the high school MA and the FSA hospital, the park is a green oasis with colorful flowers delighting the eye and tall trees providing shelter from the cool northerly winds. On warm summer days, children love splashing in the park’s fountain.
Photos by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir, music by Páll Kjartansson, text: lystigardur.akureyri.is.
The Public Park was opened in 1912 but the Botanic section in 1957. The park has been enlarged three times since 1912 and is now about 3.6 ha and lies at 40-50 m altitude at Eyrarlandsvegur road near midtown.
The aims of the activity in the Botanic Garden are several. The most important aim is to provide northern Iceland in general with trees, shrubs and perennials that fulfill the demands for beauty and hardiness.
The garden is also meant to function as gene bank for hardy plants suitable to the weather conditions in Iceland. Apart from that the general idea is multiple use, such as seed-exchange, public information, education and recreation.
There are about 6600 alien taxa growing in the garden now in beds and nursery and around 430 species of the native taxa.
The Public Park and Botanic Garden is open 1st of June to 30 Sept. On weekdays from 08-22 and at weekends from 09-22.