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 work in the fishing industry. Unfortunately, the fishing quota system that the Icelandic Government created in 1990 turned growth around for most tiny villages in the West Fjords. For the last decades, the economy of most of the little villages has declined, and the small population shirked.
Even though Tálknafjörður is a small village, it has failed to see any advantage in merging with its neighbors in a larger municipal and is still a separate community. Probably incomprehensible for outsiders although most likely fully logical for the approximately 260 residents in the tiny village.
Community of interest to people travelling in Iceland
Because of the high emphasis on education in Iceland and quality service for its residents, Tálknafjörður like most town and villages, has an excellent preschool and combined primary and elementary school. The town also has a library, a community center, and appropriate social service. It also has a sports center and the most beautiful swimming pool. Although geothermal heating is uncommon in West Fjords, the swimming pool at Tálknafjörður has geothermal heating. The geothermal heating also heats the sports center and the school.
Tálknafjörður like many villages is turning to tourism
Today more and more visitors to Iceland are discovering the stunning landscape and fascinating history of the West Fjords. The residents are also taking matters into their hands and are determined to turn things around. More people are looking to the service sector and tourism to sustain so they can continue to live in the place they love. One of the more exciting ventures one can find in the West Fjords is Iceland Sea Angling in Tálknafjörður. The village also has an excellent swimming pool, a restaurant nearby and offers accommodation.
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 Tálknafjörður region.