Akureyri, Iceland

Established in the mid-17th century and affectionately nicknamed “The Capital of North Iceland,” Akureyri is an industrious port, and home to the country’s largest and most well-known fishing company.

There’s no shortage of Viking sagas, spectacular fjords and snow-capped mountains, yet the geography here means Akureyri is unusually mild, and therefore ideal for exploring on long summer days.