Live port

Reykjavík Harbor is 105 years old, and a quarter of a century ago, the statue Horft til hafs, by Ingi Þ Gíslason, was unveiled on Miðbakki. It was the Fishermen’s Day Council that lobbied for the statue to be made and installed at Reykjavík Harbor to remind us that it was the fishermen in Reykjavík who turned a town into a city and brought the economy to life. In these more than one hundred years, the port and human life have changed a lot. Among other things, you can see is the historical exhibition Höfnin og útgerð, which is located on Miðbakki, and runs until autumn. It is Austurhöfn that has changed the most, even unrecognizable since the turn of the last century. The Harpa cultural conference center is located there, together with the country’s only five-star hotel Reykjavik EDITION. There was also a food hall with seven restaurants opened a week ago at Hafnartorg on Austurbakkinn. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga toured the harbor area, to see and experience, whale-watching boats leaving the harbor, tugboats getting ready and the many tourists that were there see and explore the vibrant harbor in the center of Reykjavík.


Looking out to sea from Miðbakkinn, by Inga Þ. Gíslason 

 The historical exhibition Höfnin og útgerð on Miðbakkinn

Going off on a whale watching trip 

There is a fun outdoor area on Miðbakki, opposite Reykjavík Art Museum

 The only train in Iceland, used for harbor construction from 1913 to 1928 

 Reykjavik Edition hotel on the harbor of Austurbakki 

Seven restaurants opened last week at Hafnartorg on Austurbakki

Reykjavík 24/08/2022 : A7C : FE 1.8/20mm G, FE 2.8/100mm GM
Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson 1