Akureyri is the second largest urban area of Iceland, after Reykjavík, and the main trading and service area of north Iceland. It is also the main center of education for young people in the north of Iceland, including a small university. Records show settlers have lived in Akureyri at least as far back as 1602, and it has a rich history of trade. To learn about Akureyri and Iceland you can visit some of the many museums around the town, including the Akureyri Museum, where you can learn about the history of the town, the Aviation Museum, if you wish to learn about Iceland's pilots and planes, and Into the Arctic, which is a series of exhibitions about life in the north of Iceland and Europe. If you prefer, you can visit the Akureyri Botanical Garden, founded in 1912, where you can find almost every one of the 450 species of plant native to Iceland, and around 7,000 foreign species of plant. There is a large range of restaurants, some serving local specialties. As in almost any Icelandic town, there is a geothermal swimming pool, and Akureyri pool is one of the country's most popular, with hot tubs, 25m pools, waterslides, and more. For more information about events go to http://www.visitakureyri.is/en.