Towns and villages

There are 63 towns and villages in Iceland in the seven Regions, most of them on the coastline.  For anyone traveling in Iceland, they form an essential infrastructure.  Almost in each town or small village, you will find excellent accommodation, a convenience store, gas station, a camp site with outstanding facilities, a swimming pool, and a restaurant often offering delicious fishing soup and Icelandic specialties. In many towns and villages, you will also find interesting museums, hiking tracks, and adventure tours provided by local people.  The longest distance between two towns and villages on the Ring Road never exceeds 200 kilometers, so anyone on a tour in Iceland doesn't need to worry about service.  The towns and villages in Iceland make travel around the whole country comfortable and enjoyable.   

  • The oldes house in Sandgerði town in Iceland
    Like, many small towns and villages by the coastline in Iceland, Sandgerði owes its existences to rich fishing grounds just off the coast.  Most of those towns are fairly new, in a historical sense, and rarely trace their history farther back than to the late nineteenth century.  Up until that time, Iceland was mostly an agricultural society, and towns like Sandgerði consisted of a cluster of fishing farms that formed a fishing post by the seaside. Sandgerði started its fishing venture with motorboats Sandgerði began to develop as a fishing village in the second half of the nineteenth century when motorboats took over the rowing boats.  At that time, a new breed of Icelandic entrepreneurs...
  • Sauðárkrókkur is a small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    The town of Sauðárkrókur is the center town for the west part of the Northern Region. It is a town that has quite a remarkable status in Iceland.  One of the most powerful and strongest companies in Iceland, Kaupfélag Skagfirðinga (The Skagafjörður Cooperative Society) is located in Sauðárkrókur.  The company stretches its economic and political influence to many corners in the Icelandic society.  The town has a unique and remarkable history and status among towns and villages.  It has continually fought any setback and difficulties throughout the last one and a half century to become a town with the most diverse economy of all the smaller towns and villages in Iceland.   Today Sauðárkrókur...
  • Selfoss is a large town and center of the Southern Region in Iceland
    In the last decade of the nineteenth century,  Iceland as a small country took on an enormous task in transportation, building a suspension bridge over the river Ölfusá. The bridge and the service around the bridge mark the beginning of the town of Selfoss; today the biggest inland community in Iceland, located on the Ring Road about 50 kilometers east of Reykjavík.  The old bridge collapsed when two vehicles attempted to drive over at the same time in 1945, and a new bridge was built.   For anyone traveling in Iceland on the Ring Road, it is almost inevitable that they will visit Selfoss as it is a drive-through place on the Ring Road and thus a very busy tourist town regarding shopping...
  • Grótta and the lighthouse are important places for outdoor activity in the whole Capital Region
    Seltjarnarnes is a small town or a suburb west of Reykjavík that barely has an identity although a seperate municipality of 4.415 residents in 2016. It is so closely connected to Reykjavík, geologically, historically and culturally, that it´s a wonder that the two municipals did not merge a long time ago.  Seltjarnarnes mainly consists of one relatively large residential area, a tiny industrial area, and a windy 9-hole golf course.   The community is quite affluent, and most of the residential area consists of large single-family houses.  In recent years, a former industrial or fishing industry area has been developed for condominiums and apartment houses. So there is a bit more variety in...
  • Seyðisfjörður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    Anyone who visits Seyðisfjörður is captured by the beauty of the town as well as the landscape. It is a place of exceptional charm and surprisingly the only town or village around the coastline in Iceland that is located at the bottom of the fjord.  One reason might be the depth of the sea in the fjord. The prerequisite that made it possible for ships of all sizes to sail into a calm, natural harbour in the bottom of the fjord.  If you are planning a trip to Iceland and travel on the Ring Road in Iceland, you should not skip visiting Seyðisfjörður.  The town has many photo opportunities, and also the landscape in the fjord. Seyðisfjörður has a different premise in its history The drive...
  • At Siglufjörður town there are still signs from the old docks visable in the town center
    Geographically the town of Siglufjörður is an isolated place.  It is a narrow fjord surrounded by steep mountains. The first road built to connect Siglufjörður to the main road was in 1940 when the Siglufjörður mountain pass opened.  But all this has changed dramatically in recent years with a new tunnel from Ólafsfjörður village from the east side, a new hotel, modern restaurants, and large projects aimed at attracting tourism to this beautiful old fishing town. A place to have in mind if you are looking for a place to stay or a place to visit when planing a vacation in Iceland.  Although mentioned in the Book of Settlement, settled by Þormóður Rammi, Siglufjörður is seldom mentioned up...
  • Skagaströnd is a village in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Although at some distance from the main traffic and Ring Road Skagaströnd is a village worth visiting.  It is also a logical stop if you are visiting the magnificent Kálfhamarsvík basalt column bay.  It is also a great place to visit if you intend to take the loop from the ring road and travel to Sauðárkrókur and Siglufjörður. Like Blönduós the village is a neighbor to some stunning natural wonders. Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki on the east side of Vatnsnes and many interesting natural wonders like Kálfhamarsvík and Kolugljúfur.  Somewhere in the cliffs, on top of the Prophetess Mountain that towers over the village Skagaströnd, is an enormous treasure chest loaded with valuables. What is more...
  • Stokkseyri is a tiny village in the Southern Region in Iceland
    In some areas in Iceland, two almost identical villages developed although the distance between them is just a few kilometers.  Sometimes this is a puzzle as nothing can explain why. This is the case with the two towns of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki on the south shore and can also be applied to two other villages in the Southern Region Hella and Hvolsvöllur.  Even historically nothing can point to a valid reason why the two villages aren't jut one village. The same question of unfavorable natural conditions for a harbor Although people in the South Region took advantages of rich fishing grounds outside the shore throughout the centuries, bringing the catch to shore was always difficult...
  • Stöðvarfjörður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    The origin of the villages Stöðvarfjörður is traced back to the end of the 19th century when a merchant opened a store and built a home for himself and his family.  Before that time, only a handful of farms had been in the fjord as good land for farming is limited in the lowland.  As the activity of the store developed, people started to move to Stöðvarfjörður to build houses and homes around the shop and trading activity and new opportunities developed. Due to lack of natural conditions for a harbour fishing industry did not develop to the same extent as in some other villages in the Eastern Region. Many attempts were made but never developed into a permanent economic base.  After a small...
  • Stykkishólmur is a town in the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the Western Region in Iceland
    It might surprise many people that visit Iceland and travel around the country, how many towns and villages have a kind of short history.  Although the settlement in Iceland started around 870, most of the towns and villages began to develop around the middle of the 19th century, and some even at the beginning of the 20th century. One of the more interesting towns with a much longer history is Stykkishólmur. A town with a natural harbor and rich fishing grounds We can probably trace the Origin of Stykkishólmur to one important thing, a natural harbor.  Because of these excellent conditions Stykkishólmur became an important trading post early in Iceland’s history. Contrary to many other...
  • Súðavík is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland
    Unlike most towns and villages around the coast in Iceland, Súðavík was always more of an agricultural area.  Throughout the centuries until the late 19th century the area consisted mostly of farms and in the middle of that century it had 21 farms, and small estates and no cluster of houses were visible.  But then again, land for agriculture is limited in the West Fjords, and fishing grounds were rich in many other places where fishing towns developed.  But the village Súðavík, like many other towns and villages around the shoreline in Iceland, started to form a village when Norwegian entrepreneurs started a whaling venture and built a whaling station around 1890. The tragedy of the 1995...
  • Suðureyrir is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland
    The tiny village of Súgandarfjörður is located in a narrow fjord surrounded by steep mountains.  Suðureyri is a relatively new village as it didn’t exist as a village at the beginning of the 20th century, and is thus new in historical terms.   Before that time, the inhabitable area in Súgandafjörður consisted of a few agricultural farms with access to good fishing grounds, scattered throughout the lowland of the fjord. The fjord has limited reference to the Sagas from the early settlement. Up until the last decade of the 19th century, the fjord was almost isolated during the wintertime and the only access by sea or walking trails to neighboring farms and villages. In the first decades of...
  • Tálknafjörður is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland
    Tálknafjörður is a relatively new village in historical terms.  There is limited history before the town started to grow in the 20th century.  It is a typical tiny village that came to exist and developed because of easily accessible fishing grounds right outside the coast and good natural conditions for a harbor.  In the late forties, a harbor was built and paved the way for a fish processing plant that was constructed in the fifties. So from early on everything evolved around fish and fishing.  Most of the residents worked in the fishing industry and had their livelihood from service related to that industry. Tálknafjörður is still a separate municipal Today most of the residents still...
  • It is almost impossible to separate the town Vestmannaeyjar, and the clusters of islands Icelanders call Vestmannaeyjar or Westman Islands.  It is a small town on a tiny island south of Iceland placed on a rock in the middle of harsh forces of the Atlantic Ocean with an active volcano underneath. Most of the islands are steep rocks with difficult access.  It is one of the most exciting locations in the country and scores high on any indicator you would usually use to measure and compare anything of interest. Be it historical, geological, as a natural wonder, a spectacular view or otherwise.  It is possibly one of a kind on planet earth and a place you do not want to miss if you visit...
  • Vík is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Throughout the centuries, very few harbours or piers have been built on the South coastline in Iceland. Not only is it difficult because of the sand beaches, but also because of the enormous forces of nature that meet on the shoreline. On the one hand, we have the Atlantic ocean hammering its waves on the coast century after century and on the other hand, the rivers and eruptions moving sand, ash, stones and rocks from the land to the ocean.  It is an endless game of giving and taking that modifies and changes the coast from one century to another. This has made the task of building a harbour to take advantage of the fishing gourds much harder than in other places in Iceland. Vík is...

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