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Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Norðurland eystra
Constituency : Norðausturkjördæmi
Sýsla : Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla
Population: 504 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 1333 km²
Population density: 0.38 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 680, 681 (Þórshöfn)
685 (Bakkafjörður)
Community number 6709
Address of the municipal administration: Fjarðarvegi 3
680 Þórshöfn
Location of Langanesbyggð

Coordinates: 66 ° 12 ′  N , 15 ° 20 ′  W


The municipality of Langanesbyggð is located in northeast Iceland in the Norðurland eystra region .

On January 1, 2019, the community had 504 inhabitants. The two largest settlements are Þórshöfn (369 inhabitants) and Bakkafjörður (69 inhabitants).


The northern part of Langanesbyggð is on joining to the northeast around 30 kilometers sprawling peninsula Langanes the northwest to the Þistilfjörður , east of the bay Bakkaflói borders. The foothills of this bay are the three fjords Finnafjörður , Miðfjörður and Bakkafjörður , they border on Langanesströmnd . The southern tip of the parish is Anbúi .


The municipality was formed in 2006 through the merger of the rural community Þórshöfn (isl. Þórshafnarhreppur ) and the rural community of Skeggjastaðir (isl. Skeggjastaðahreppur ). Skeggjastaðir moved from the Austurland region to the Norðurland eystra region . The alternative name suggestions Gunnólfsbyggð, Hafnarbyggð and Langaneshreppur could not prevail among the electorate.


Church in Þórshöfn

Þórshöfn (dt. Thor's harbor ) is located on the eastern edge of Lónafjörður , an offshoot of Þistilfjörður . Þórshöfn had been a trading center since 1846, although residents did not live here permanently until 1875. At the beginning of the 20th century, herring fishing and processing gained in importance. Despite the fact that the herring fishing has stopped, the inhabitants live mainly from fishing. The largest employer is the fish factory at the port, a branch of Ísfélag Vestmannaeyja.

Þórshöfn is the municipality's most important supply point, there is the only bank, post office, health center, school, kindergarten, supermarket, restaurant, swimming pool, police station, Þórshöfn airport and one of 2 petrol stations in the area.

Þórshöfn Police Station
Building houses Postórshöfn's post office and bank
Þórshöfn harbor with a fish factory in the background
Þórshöfn Kindergarten

The capital Reykjavík is 629 kilometers away, the closest Raufarhöfn to the northwest is around 66 kilometers.

Population development

Like most areas of Iceland now, except for the southwest around the capital Reykjavík, Langanesbyggð is affected by severe rural exodus. From 1997 to 2006 the population decrease in the area of ​​today's municipality was 17%.

However, there has been a slight increase in Þórshöfn since 2007.

Year * Residents
1997 626 (territory from 2006)
2003 533 (territory from 2006)
2004 548 (territory from 2006)
2005 542 (territory from 2006)
2006 518

* on December 1st

Former parishes

Þórshöfn Skeggjastaðir
Municipality number: 6707 7501
Area in km²: 728 605
Population on Dec. 1, 1997: 485 141
Population on Dec. 1, 2003: 400 133
Population on December 1st, 2004: 411 137
Population on Dec. 1, 2005: 417 125
Population change 1997-2005: −14% −11%
Post Code: 680, 681 685
Settlements: Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður

Web links

Commons : Þórshöfn  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Langanes  - collection of images, videos and audio files