Visit this northern village for outdoor activities and a terrific meal at Báran Restaurant
Þórshöfn is a charming fishing village on the coast of the Langanes Peninsula, a beautiful slice of northeast Iceland. Travellers love to visit the village for its remoteness. Þórshöfn is as far as you can get from Keflavik International Airport—so no crowds of tourists—just nature, rich birdlife and a variety of outdoor activities.
Langanes is a 40km long, narrow peninsula with a sloping coastal landscape with steep sea cliffs that is ideal for birdwatching and photography. Here, you are likely see puffins, gannets and terns.
Báran Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is one of the best restaurants in the north. The cosy restaurant has a warm, friendly atmosphere and focuses on fresh, local ingredients, emphasising fish and shellfish from local fishermen. Diners can also enjoy soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pizza. There’s an outdoor deck overlooking the harbour that’s ideal to enjoy a meal and a beer. In fact, Báran has an impressive beer menu, with more than 17 beers from Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Báran Restaurant’s owners operate kayaking tours in Þórshöfn and Langanes, as well as to Skálar and Fontur. Many different sea birds, seals and sometimes, whales can be seen while sailing the crystal clear water from May to August. It’s possible to fish during the tour and the restaurant can prepare your catch to your liking. Put Þórshöfn on your itinerary.