Þórshöfn is a real fishing village of about 400 people surrounded by pristine beauty. The area is mostly known for Langanes peninsula, a great long peninsula sticking out into the arctic sea renowned for bird life and nature. It is indeed a great place to hike or meditate and relax or get lost among the birds, seals, sheep and horses that inhabit the peninsula.
Þórshöfn HI Hostel is situated at the harbour of the village, where all the fish comes in fresh, in a typical blue house of the 1920´s time period.
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By car: Roads lead to the northeast from several directions. From Akureyri, Road 1 takes you east to Þingeyjarsýsla and onwards up to Mývatn. Once in the Northeast, road 85 follows the coast all the way from Skjalfandi to Bakkaflói bay.
- The Langanes peninsula is popular with bird-watchers and holds the third largest gannet nesting place in the world at Stórkarl.
- Langanes Peninsula is a real pearl of nature, where large varieties of waterfowl live, including some rare species. There are many hiking paths and guidance at Þórshöfn town.
- Those with 4 wheel drive cars can drive up to the northern end of Langanes to a place called Fontur, where there is a lighthouse.
- In autumn and winter, the area is a great place to see the northern lights.
- Dettifoss waterfall, boasting the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, is south from Ásbyrgi. It is a must see in the area and there is a very beautiful hiking route, 34 km, that trails along the canyon from Dettifoss to Ásbyrgi.