Norðurfjörður is a part of Árneshreppur the least populous municipality in Iceland, with only 53 inhabitants. It stretches over a wide area, though, covering some 780 km2. The population density is thus only 0, 07 individuals per km2. The area does not enjoy any public transport, apart from one to two weekly flights from Reykjavik to Gjögur, a small settlement which is only inhabited during the summertime. Most visitors travel by car. Please note, though, that if you are traveling during the winter it is necessary to check the weather and road conditions before you visit the area.


Hikers who wish to visit the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve can catch a ferry from another tiny village, Norðurfjörður. There, they will also find guesthouses, a campsite, a small grocery store and a café. Just outside the village they will find the renowned Krossneslaug, one of the most popular geothermal pools in the Westfjords area.


GPS Points N66° 3' 4.254" W21° 32' 53.184"
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Day Tours
  • Norðurfirði
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 849-4079
Memorial Museum Kört
  • Árnes II, Trékyllisvík
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 4514025


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Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Valgeirsstaðir
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 568-2533, 862-3363
Guesthouse Bergistangi
  • Bergistangi
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 451-4003, 842-5779


Norðurfjörður Café
  • Norðurfjörður
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 451-4034, 691-1186
History and Culture
The deserted Herring Factory in Ingólfsfjörður

The factory was constructed by the company Ingólfur hf. during the years of 1942-1944. The main reason why the factory was built was because of the growing herring stock coming in to Húnaflói bay.

The fishing failed some years after the factory was built and therefore the factory was closed in 1952.


Reykjaneshyrna is a beautiful mountain situated between Ingólfsfjörður and Norðurfjörður. The mountain looks beautiful and stands alone where the fjord starts to scar the land. It's not that high but it gives you magnificent views of Drangaskörð in the north, the whole Húnaflói bay and then the Árneshreppur municipality. Þórðarhellir is a nice cave in Reykjanesyrna. It's situated under a high cliff and it can get quite difficult to get into the cave. The legend speaks that the cave is a hideout for outlaws.

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