For visitors, Þorlákshöfn is a good place to stop. The village offers most of the necessary facilities and service visitors look for when finding an overnight place to stay or a place to rest. Þorlákshöfn has a great swimming pool, a good camp site, a convenient store and excellent accommodations. It is a young village with a short history. Throughout history, the question of a good harbour for the long south shore in Iceland has always been pressing. Although merchant vessels in the 16th up to the 19th-century didn't need a dock as they anchored near the coast in the nearby village Eyrarbakki, they needed some protection from the unpredictable forces of the Atlantic Ocean. And fishing boats needed a landing area to bring the catch in. The harbour puzzle was an ongoing issue throughout history in southern Iceland. Attempts were made but without success.
The question of a harbor on the south coast
On the first decade of the 20th century, the countries chief engineer researched the area around the Ölfusá river mouth with the purpose of finding out if a harbor was possible at all. After his analysis, he came to the conclusion that a harbor on the east side of the river was impossible. He recommended building a dock on the west side of the river mouth. This was the primary premise for the village Þorláskhöfn. The best option for a harbor on the whole south shore between Höfn in the east and Grindavík in the west.
A new village with a few decades of history
The dock wasn't built until the fourth decated of the 20th century. A project that marked the beginning of Þorlákshöfn as a village. And the small village is probably the newest and most recent village in Iceland along with its neighbour Selfoss. It is interesting because most of the houses and homes are quite new in a historical sense. Most of them built in recent decated and the first ones in the fifties and the sixties. Accordingly because of this beginning, most of the economic activity and livelihood at Þorlákshöfn is tight to fishing and fish processing.
A small fishing village and a semi-suburb
Today the village Þorlákshöfn is part of the municipality Ölfus, which also includes surrounding the rural and agricultural area. Much of the economic activity is related to fishing although, in recent years, some of the residents seek employment in the capital Reykjavík less than a hours drive. The community offers excellent service to its residents with schools reaching from preschool to highschool. A good sports center and a beautiful swimming pool. Like most communities in Iceland, Þorlákshöfn has a community center, a library and takes good care of the elderly. For people traveling in Iceland and visiting some of the interesting places in the neighborhood, Þorlákshöfn has an excellent camping site, a golf course and offers a variety of accommodation.
If you are going to visit the Southern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Þorlákshöfn region.