Þingeyri is a small village, located on the southern side of the fjord Dýrafjörður or Animal Fjord. It is one of the few small towns or villages in The West Fjords that doesn’t have a high, almost threatening mountain right above the village. On the contrary, the area around the village is wide, compared to many other communities.
Although the village was an old trading place for the trading companies that had permission from the Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly, it didn’t start to develop as a community until the late nineteenth century. One of the oldest buildings in Iceland is at Þingeyri, an old warehouse built in 1734. But it wasn’t until a few farmers purchased a docked vessel in the second half of the 19th century and started to fish in larger quantities than before, that things began to move. Later Þingeyri built a harbor and fishing and fish processing became the chief industry and the primary source of income.
Þingeyri had its thriving time in the fifties
In the fifties up until the seventies in the 20th century, the village was blooming, and most of the single-family houses were built at that time. The community offered excellent opportunities and what seemed promising a permanent employment in a stable industry. As in many towns and villages in Iceland, it was important to establish necessary services for the community. A school was built and also a community center and a hospital.
Today Þingeyri is part of the Ísafjörður municipal
Today the town with its population of less than 260 is part of the Ísafjörður municipal, a community that includes four small villages and the town Ísafjörður, the largest town in the West Fjords. In the Municipal there are also around 180 persons in the rural area, The Municipal offers good quality service in the village of Þingeyri. In the education sector an elementary and middle school, a sports center, swimming pool, and a community center. Much of the fishing industry and fisheries vessels have disappeared after the government of Iceland created the fishing quota system in 1990. After that, the town has been in decline.
Þingeyri has restaurants and a café and offers good accommodation. The village has an excellent camping site a convenient store and a gas station. It is a nice place to stop at when traveling in Iceland in the West Fjords.
If you are going to visit the Westfjords in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Þingeyri region.