North Iceland has a population of 36 thousand, including the capital Akureyri, a town of 18 thousand people. Akureyri is the largest town outside Reykjavík, offering service to the whole of North Iceland. Due to the distance to the next big town it offers service equivalent to a small city. Hotels and guesthouses, restaurants, culture and arts and lively music scene. North Iceland is also well know for a number of historic coastal towns, each with its own character that builds on the history and culture of the locals.