Þorlákshöfn, Ölfus municipal town, is a fishing village on the south coast of Iceland with roads leading to many of the main nature and historic attractions in Iceland. The village has about 1.600 inhabitants and the most important industries are fishing, fish processing, retail services and smaller industries.
Thorlákshöfn has a new, modern, fully-equipped sports facility, a swimming pool and a campsite. A very challenging 18 holes sand golf course is on the outskirts of town and surfing the waves is a very popular sport.
Ölfus is rich of idyllic landscape with black sand beaches, cliffs, lava formations, geothermal area, hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, historic places and geysers nearby. Tourist services are increasing with a wide range of sleeping accommodation, restaurants, cafés and horse riding possibilities.
Distances to other ports in Iceland
- Hafnarfjörður – 78
- Reykjavík – 80
- Vestmannaeyjar – 40
- Höfn í Hornafirði – 190
- Djúpivogur – 235
- Eskifjörður – 267
- Seyðisfjörður – 287
Distances to neares cities in Europe/USA
- Torshavn – 431
- Bergen – 782
- Oslo – 1374
- Qaqortoq – 695
- St Jhon 1393
Tourist Info and attraction
The South Coast is renowned for black beaches, notorious volcanoes, beautiful glaciers, vivid hot springs / geysers, spectacular waterfalls, geothermal spas, Icelandic horses, including breeding shows and riding and the remarkable SAGA. Thorlakshofn’s nearest neighbours are the villages of Hveragerdi, Eyrarbakki, which is one of the oldest village in Iceland, and Selfoss, the largest town in Árnes county.
Driving along the coast to the east, the glaciers greet you, beautiful mountains, black sand beaches, waterfalls, bird cliffs and you can also visit some very interesting museums and historic sites. Some of the best known places of interest are Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajokull, Skogarfoss and Reynisfjara. In the autumn and wintertime you can enjoy the Northen lights (Aurora Borealis) while warming up in one of the outdoor hot tubs which many of the county hotels provide.
Within reasonable distance there are also other well known tourist attractions like the Blue Lagoon, Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir – all within a two hour drive from the port of Thorlakshofn.
Location: 63°51′ N 21° 22′ W
Water location: North Atlantic Ocean
Number of cruise berths: 2
Max size: up to 820 feet in length, for ships up to 120-170m LOA
Width of ship: 25m / 82 ft
Depth of water at low tide: 8m
Turning basin: 180m
Tidal movement/range: 3,5m
Pilotage: pilotage is compulsory and available 24 hours
Town centre: 200m
Airport: 55km to Reykjavik Airport (domestic/international) and 85km to Keflavík Airport (international)
Shuttle to town: harbour is located in town
Anchorage depth: 20m – over
Anchorage: Anchorage east of Thorlakshofn. About 10 min sailing to the passenger quay