Þorlákshöfn – South coast

Posted on April 30, 2019
CategoriesActivity, Camping, Golf, Hiking

Tourist information centre in Thorlákshöfn

Ölfus municipality is located on the south west coast of Iceland, approx. 50 km from Reykjavik capital. The population is slightly over 2000 inhabitants and is growing. Thorlákshöfn is the largest village in the municipality with approx. 1600 inhabitants.

Ölfus offers a wide range of beautiful landscapes with black sand beaches, cliffs, lava formations, caves, geothermal areas and vivid hot springs. From Thorlákshöfn village and all over the municipality you have sensational panoramic view over most of the south coast e.g. over the volcanoes Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull and to the Westman Islands. 

Ölfus municipality is one of the most popular viewing points for the Northern Lights in the south due too little to no light pollution. During the Northern Lights season you most often see people stopped by Raufarhólshellir cave or in Selvogur to admire the light show.

Ölfus has a black sand beach that stretches from Thorlákshöfn to Ölfusá river. A long walk on the beach surrounded by black sand and lyme grass is the perfect way to unwind from the day to day stress. The beach is also a popular surfing spot and the waves are suitable for those taking their first steps at surfing. For more advanced surfers the waves by the lighthouse in Thorlákshöfn are superb.

Tourist information centre in Thorlákshöfn
Hafnarberg 1
815 Thorlákshöfn
Tel. +354 480 3830
Opening hours: Weekdays from 12:30 – 17:30

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