village has been an authorized trading post since 1836 and fishing,
fish processing and commerce are the main bases of livelihood. During
the so-called herring years in the seventies, Raufarhofn was one of
the most important ports for unloading, processing and the export of
herring products. The plateau Melrakkasletta
(Arctic Fox Plain) is the northernmost part of the mainland, almost on
the arctic circle and closest to the midnight sun. The fishermen
there are expert sea anglers and can smell the richest fishing grounds
from far away.
Their boats are specially equipped for the purpose and the catch belongs
to the anglers. Beware, it might be too much to carry home. The
chef at the guesthouse
or boat captain can preparing a good meal from the catch upon
The distance from the capital is 634 km by the Whale Bay tunnel.
Husavik 154 km.
Kopasker via Oxafjardarheidi
91 km, via Melrakkasletta
55 km <Raufarhofn>
Thorshofn 71 km.