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.

Þingeyri is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Amazingly, in the second half of the 18th century, this tiny village was the home and center of operation for Iceland’s most prominent entrepreneur, Ólafur Thorlacius. Soon after the notorious Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly was abolished; Ólafur purchased all its assets and expanded his operation beyond anything comparable in Iceland at that time.

Bíldudalur 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

Tálknafjörður is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Patreksfjörður is a place mentioned in The Book of Settlements.  It is an ancient place and has been around since the 9th century but didn't grow into a village until the late 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century.  Because of the fishing grounds nearby, the fishing farms developed into a trading point when foreign and local entrepreneurs became interested in the fish and the fish

Patreksfjörður is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

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.

Grótta and the lighthouse are important places for outdoor activity in the whole Capital Region

Hafnarfjörður consists mostly of residential areas and two relatively large industrial areas in addition to the crucial harbor.  This third largest town in Iceland has thus more characteristics of a town rather than just a suburb from Reykjavík.  The population is 28.189 in 2016 acording to offical numbers.

Part of the town center is charming and filled with beautiful houses

Kópavogur is the largest town in Iceland and comes second in size only to the capital Reykjavik. Inhabitants / population are 34.140 in 2016 according to 2016 official numbers. In recent decades, Kópavogur has developed from a small village in the fifties to a large municipality today.

 The Kópavogur Church is a well-known landmark in Iceland

Garðabær is one of the most affluent towns in Iceland and has quite often had the highest income per Family compared to other municipals.  Population in 2016 was 14.717, so it is also one of the larger municipalities in Iceland.

Garðabær is a town in where the President of Iceland resides, at Bessastaðir

Mosfellsbær is a community in Iceland located east of Reykjavík with a population of 9.481 in 2016.  When visitors drive from Reykjavík towards the West region or Thingvellir, they drive through Mosfellsbær.  Like many of the towns around the Capital

Álafosskvosin is an interesting place to visit with small shops and restaurants

Hit Iceland is an information webpage about Iceland. The web page covers information regarding Iceland, towns and villages, places and people, that might be of interest to people around the world who want to travel to see many of our natural wonders.