Raufarhöfn is a small seaside village on the Arctic Edge and one of the Northernmost places in Iceland. The village ‘s main industry are fisheries, although tourism is picking up. Around 200 people live in the village. The harbor is unique for its natural surroundings with a cape guiding the ships to shore.
Raufarhöfn is known for its peace and quiet and it is surrounded by spectacular nature. The tranquil village is situated near a wonderful national park only 40 minutes away from where Sleipnir, the horse of Odin the Norse god, put his hoof down. In the next village, Kópasker, only half an hour away, is an earthquake museum and a Folk Museum. Between the two villages is a magnificent prairie with spectacular bird life.
Raufarhöfn is situated on Melrakkaslétta. Melrakkaslétta is known for its lakes which are very good for catching fish and a place where number of bird species visit each year. The Icelandic word Slétta stands for prairie, so it often is just called „The Prairie“ by locals; it is known for spectacular beauty and amazing solar displays in summer evenings when the sun is going down, and stops on the horizon to dance for a while. On the Prairie is Hraunhafnartangi, the Northernmost place in Iceland. Birdlife is varied on The Prairie, and at least 53 species lay eggs there every year. Sea and moorland birds are the kings and queens of The Prairie.
Raufahafnarport is one of Icelands newest attractions and is known for its natural surroundings and tranquility. The village presents you with peace and quiet and inhabitants great you with a smile.“
„Discover the Arctic edge”
Whilst admiring the birdlife and nature you can take a hike up to the Arctic Henge and similar to its ancient predecessor, Stonehenge, the Henge works like a huge sundial, aiming to capture the sunrays, cast shadows in precise locations and capture the light between aligned gateways.
Just a half hour away you will find Ásbyrgi which is a gigantic, anomalous, horseshoe-shaped rock formation, Ásbyrgi, with its geological wonders such as Hljóðaklettar and Dettifoss and forms one of the most admired walking destinations in the country.
- Popular tours
- Ásbyrgi Canyon
- Snartarstaðir- The Northern Þingeyjarsýsla Heritage Museum
- The Earthquake Center in Kópasker
|Tidal movement||aprox 1 m|
Maximum ship dimensions
|Air draft||No restrictions|
|Type of bottom||Sand / gravel|
|Distance from anchorage to tender pier||1nm|
|Shuttle services||Yes, if ordered in advance|
|Excursion buses||Yes, if ordered in advance|
|Terminal building for passengers||No|
|Guide service||Yes, if ordered in advance|
|Mailboxes||Yes, in town center|
|Airport||120 km to domestic airport in Husavik|
|Visiting address||Port of Raufarhofn, 675 Raufarhofn|
|Contact person||Harbor master|
|Mobile||+ 354 894 2989|
|Website||www.raufarhofn.is and www.nordurthing.is|