Towns of Iceland - Basic information
Short description on all towns in Iceland, Click in
their names to get more information and pictures. Most the towns
around Iceland are by the coast line, except for South Iceland and
the explanation is simple, there are very few harbours on the south
coast. The towns are service centres in this biggest agricultural
area of the land. Some of the smaller ones are built around
geothermal fields of which there are many in the region. Most of the
towns have extensive tourist services and due to the diversity of
the area there are many possibilities to choose from including some
of the country's major tourist attractions. The coastal towns are in
most cases fisheries towns, building their ecconomy on fish and fish
* The degrees beside every name stand
for the Latitude and Longitude location of each town.
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- Akranes, West Iceland - 64.33°N - 22.09°W
The town of Akranes lies just across the blue straits and is
visible from Reykjavķk on a clear day. Settled by Irish brothers
in the year 880, it is now a blossoming industrial town with a
focus on fishing and fish production. An area worth visiting is
the seafront, especially the beautiful sandy beach, Langisandur,
stretched below the center of town.
- Akureyri The capital of north
Iceland - 64.33°N - 22.09°W
Located in north east Iceland. Akureyri is one of the oldest
towns in the country and has been a commercial port and market
town since the 16th Century. Today, this capital city of the
North boasts a population of over 15.000 people. It is regarded
as the commercial centre of North Iceland, with a steady base in
fisheries, agriculture and services.
- Įlftanes, South West Iceland - 64.11°N - 22.03°W
Part of the Capital area, near the town of Hafnarfjordur.
- Bolungarvķk, West fjords - 66.15°N - 23.27°W
Bolungarvķk has a long and interesting history, being one of the
oldest fishing towns in Iceland, and one of the few mentioned in
the Sagas. For centuries it was the greatest fishery town in the
West Fjords and at the turn of the last century, the greatest in
Iceland. We are proud of our towns history and you can witness
a part of it by visiting the Ósvör, an old restored fishermans
- Borgarnes, West Iceland - 64.54°N - 21.95°W
Borgarnes is an attractive town with a population of about 2000,
located 70 kilometres west of Reykjavķk on National Highway No.
1 (the ring road), which extends all the way around Iceland.
The distance to Leifsstöš (Keflavķk International Airport) is
- Dalvķk, North east Iceland - 65.98°N -18.58°W
The mountains of Tröllaskagi (Trolls Headland between
Eyjafjöršur and Skagafjöršur) are renowned as one of Icelands
most spectacular areas for outdoor activity. Hikers can find
suitable walking routes at any time of year, while mountaineers
can scale peaks of all shapes and sizes.
- Egilsstašir, East Iceland - 65.26°N 14.40°W
The five communities Egilsstašabęr, Vallahreppur,
Skrišdalshreppur, Hjaltastašažinghį and Eišažinghį merged into
one community, Austur-Héraš in 1998. The community covers a vast
area and its nature and industry is versatile.
- Eskifjöršur, East Iceland - 65.07°N - 14.00°W
- Garšabęr, Capital area - 64.09°N - 21.99°W
Garšabęr is a growing town in the Reykjavķk area. Garšabęr is
the sixth largest town in Iceland with a population of 8.500.
The site of Garšabęr has been inhabited since Iceland was first
settled in the 9th century. Landnįma, the Book of Settlement,
tells about two farms in the site of Garšabęr, Vķfilsstašir and
- Garšur, Reykjanes
south Iceland - 64.07°N - 22.65°W
Continuing north from Keflavķk, the road passes Leira, one of
Iceland's finest golf courses and one of the country¹s few links
facilities, to reach the village of Garšur, the old northern
outskirts of which are still clearly defined by a large
earthwork which once marked the boundaries of a Viking estate of
the same name.
Reykjanes south Iceland - 63.85°N 22.45°W
Leaving Reykjanes, the road turns east towards the cliffs at
Stašarberg. As it passes one of the region¹s many salmon farms,
a narrow path forks off to the right towards the shore and
Brimketill, a strange formation of rock and sea well worth a
- Hafnarfjöršur, Capital area
- 64.06°N - 21.95°W
Known as "The Town in the Lava,"
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland's third-largest town, has been a trading
port longer than any other place in Iceland. In fact, the
excellent natural harbour here gives the town its name, meaning
Hella, south Iceland
A village in a pleasant, open position on the eastern bank of
Ytri-Rangį river. Meat and poultry processing, trade and service
centre. Hella is one of three main regional centres in South
Iceland, the other two being Selfoss to the north-west and
Hvolsvöllur to the south-east. This trading and agricultural
centre provides the neighbouring farms with a wide range of
- Höfn, east Iceland - 64.26°N - 15.21°W
The basic industry is fishing and fish processing. Due to
glacial sand filling up inlets on the south coast, the first
other good harbour to the west is at the islands Vestmannaeyjar.
Höfn actually means harbour, though even here repeated dredging
has proved necessary to keep the entrance safe from sand
deposits. Ships come and go, the catch enters the fish
processing plants and can be tried out in local restaurants.
- Hśsavķk, north east Iceland
- 66.05°N - 17.35°W
The Hśsavķkurbęr municipality of 2.500 inhabitants, consits of
Hśsavķk town on the peninsula Tjörnes and further south the
agricultural area Reykjahverfi. Hśsavķkurbęr is a perfect centre
for indiviual tourists and groups travelling in the northeast of
- Hveragerši, south Iceland - 64.01°N - 21.21°W
Hveragerši is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies
some 45 km east of Reykjavķk, Iceland's capital. The town is
conveniently located on the Ring Road, Iceland's principal
highway, and there is a good bus connection with the capital
- Ķsafjöršur, West fjords - 66.08°N - 23.14°W
Capital of the West fjords, Iceland. Cool town surrounded by
moutains and some awesome territory.
The fjord has two valleys, Tungudalur and Engidalur, and is
surrounded by high and steep mountains. The two valleys are the
main outdoor activity areas of Ķsafjöršur.
- Keflavķk, Reykjanes south Iceland - 64.01°N - 22.56°W
- Kópavogur, capital area - 64.12°N - 21.92°W
Kópavogsbęr (Kópavogur Town) has in recent years
made a concerted effort to keep residents informed about the
actions of the town council, as well as all matters relating to
finance and services.
- Mosfellsbęr, Capital area - 64.15°N - 21.65°W
N/A - No information listed.
- Neskaupstašur, East Iceland - 65.15°N - 13.70°W
You can find the Museum of Natural History. At the Museum of
Natural History, one can gain many insights into the flora,
fauna and geology of the surrounding area. Neskaupstadur ahs a
great proximity to prosperous fishing grounds.
- Ólafsfjöršur, North East Iceland - 66.07°N - 18.65°W
N/A - No information listed.
- Ólafsvķk, West Iceland - 64.89°N - 23.74°W
The town of Olafsvik developed centuries ago on a sinonymous
cove. It offers a good natural harbour and rich fishing grounds
nearby. The harbour was rebuilt and greatly enlarged in the
1950s and since then Olafsvik is the most productive fishing
town on the Snaefell's Peninsula resulting in thriving fish
industry and related undertakings.
- Raufarhöfn - - 64.12°N - 21.92°W
Raufarhofn is the northern
most village in Iceland and inhabits about 250 people. The village has
strong inseparable ties with the ocean, as its people have lived on
fishing and fish processing all the way back to days of the first
- Reykjavik City, Iceland. Tourist information - 64.14°N - 21.92°W
Reykjavķk is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Iceland with 115,000 inhabitants. It is the focus of business, transport, trade and communication as well as being Iceland“s cultural and educational centre.
- Sandgerdi, Reykjanes south Iceland - 64.05°N - 22.71°W
From Garšur, the road turns south towards the fishing village of
Sandgerši, passing on the way Hafurbjarnastašur, site of a
heathen female grave dating from Viking times, and the remains
of which are now preserved in the National Museum of Iceland.
- Saušįrkrókur, North West Iceland - 65.74°N - 19.66°W
There are many places of interest in northwest Iceland. From Brś
in the west to Siglufjöršur in the east, this sparsely populated
part of Iceland covers three districts and one eighth of the
country in terms of square kilometres, but the population is
only about ten thousand.
- Selfoss, south Iceland - 63.94°N - 21.01°W
The town Selfoss started developing
in 1891, when a suspension bridge was built across the most
voluminous river in Iceland, Olfusa. This bridge collapsed in
1944 and a new one was constructed immediately. The community
was strengthened in 1930, when the co-operative shop and
the dairy were established.
- Seltjarnarnes, Capital area - 64.13°N - 21.93°W
N/A - No information listed.
- Seydisfjordur, east Iceland - aprox 65.15°N - 13.70°W
The fjord of Seydisfjordur is long and calm and twists and turns
for 17 kilometers from it's mouth the head of the fjord, where
the the town of Seydisfjordur is, sheltered by the roots of Mt.
Strandartindur. The fjord is known for among others as a
stop-over for the passanger ferry Norrona, that sails weekly in
summers from Seydisfjordur to Denmark, the Faroes Islands,
Norway and Shetland.
- Siglufjöršur (Siglufjordur), North West Iceland - 66.16°N
N/A - No information listed.
- Stykkishólmur, West Iceland - 65.07°N - 22.74°W
For centuries, Stykkishómur has been a centre of trade, service
and transport for the Breišafjöršur area. The village is still
an ideal destination for those who are visiting the
Breišafjöršur area, the Snęfellsnes peninsula, the Dalir valleys
and the Borgarfjöršur district. The current road distance from
Reykjavķk to Stykkishólmur is 215 km, but it will be reduced to
165 km once the Hvalfjöršur tunnel is opened.
- Žorlįkshöfn (Thorlakshofn), South Iceland - 63.86°N -
- Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), south Iceland 63.44°N -
Vestmannaeyjar, the Westman Islands, a paradise at the end of
the world where the molten lava runs close to the surface, and
the puffins circle tirelessly above their precarious homes built
on sheer cliff faces; the place that the star of Free Willy (
Keiko ) did choos to make his home. Calm and wonderous haven in
a freezing, thundering sea, where the hardy meet the artistic
and the wild.
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