Þórshöfn At the Edge of the Arctic

The heart of Þórshöfn beats with the waves, and fishing and fish processing have been the town's main form of occupation throughout the years. Therefore, it is interesting to go for a walk, take a look at harbour life and activity. Fishing for ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) is one of the many things which set Þórshöfn apart from other villages.

Þórshöfn offers excellent services; a health centre, shop, restaurant, a sports stadium, swimming pool, savings bank, petrol station etc. There is also a camping site with facilities for camper vans.

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Þórshöfn
GPS Points N66° 11' 53.302" W15° 20' 9.369"
Postal codes

680,681

Highlights in Þórshöfn

  • Stórikarl

    Langanes is a veritable outdoor paradise teeming with birdlife, great for nature study and hiking as well as some tangible history. A trip to the outlying peninsula is an unforgettable adventure, passing remnants of ancient farms and more recently deserted buildings like Skoruvík. Below Skoruvík cliffs is Stóri Karl rock column, one of Iceland's largest gannet colonies. On the cliffs is a ramp, which offers views over Stóri Karl and the birdlife on the cliffs.

  • Sauðaneshús - The old vicarage

  • Skálar

  • Langanes

  • Þórshöfn Swimming Pool

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Ytra-Áland
Guesthouses
  • Þistilfjörður
  • 681 Þórshöfn
  • 468-1290, 863-1290

Others

Ytra-Áland
Guesthouses
  • Þistilfjörður
  • 681 Þórshöfn
  • 468-1290, 863-1290
History and Culture
Skalar in Langanes peninsula

What remains of the village of Skálar are remnants of a life that used to be: a thriving community whose livelihood depended on the sea. Changing conditions in the fishing industry and transportation, the explosions of maritime mines, and other factor led to the abandonment of the settlement in the 1950s. Interwined with the village´s history are the factors that made Skálar an appealing place to live, its role in World War II, changes in transportation, the lives of individual families, and much more.

Some of the ruins have been marked with a number and name.

Nature
Lambanes Beach

The gravel road 869 discovers the peninsula Langanes. A beautiful beach near the farm sign to Ýtra-Lón Guesthouse is one of the rare sandy beaches which are not black in Iceland. A small birding house gives opportunities to observe the rich birdlife. But don´t miss to walk this beautiful beach!

Lambanes beach is a summer destination.

Nature
Stórikarl

Langanes is a veritable outdoor paradise teeming with birdlife, great for nature study and hiking.

Skoruvíkurbjarg, located mid-way out on its northern shore, is a great place to view and photograph sea birds such as auks. A viewing platform extending some 10m out from the cliff offers a close range view of a colony of the magnificent Northern Gannets on the sea stack Stórikarl. It´s Iceland's second largest Gannet colony, while nearby are colonies of auks, including guillemots and puffins in the bird-filled cliffs at Skoruvíkurbjarg.

The Gannet is the largest seabird in the North Atlantic and has earned the nickname Queen of the Atlantic.

Langanes peninsula is a treat for birdwatchers.

Nature
Raudanes peninsula

Rauðanes peninsula in Þistilfjörður is another example of exceptional natural beauty. There is a marked path which takes you along a circular route of about 7 km of easy walking. Heather moorland is the predominant type of vegetation, although there is also a fair amount of grassland. At the start of the walk, you will pass Háabjarg, a rocky outcrop 60 metres in height, whose layers of rock, built up over the centuries, are easily apparent. The extensive views from the peninsula are not to be missed.

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Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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Map Akureyri Eyjafjarðarsveit Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri