This village has been an authorized trading post since 1836. It has a good, natural
harbour and the inhabitants base their livelihood on fishing, fish processing and
commerce. It is situated on the peninsula Langanes, which narrows like a spear point
toward northeast and its fowling cliffs have been and still are a means of sustenance for
the those, who live there.
the area is very sparsely populated. Most farms have been abandoned
during the last few decades. Some of the remaining farmers tend the breeding
colonies of the eiders and collect their down, clean it and sell at high
There are a few
interesting salmon rivers and trout and char lakes nearby. The distance from
the capital is 629 km by the Whale Bay tunnel.
Husavik 149 km,
71 km <Thorshofn>
Bakkafjordur 34 km.