Information about Selatangar

Selatangar is one of the few examples of a fishing station in Iceland that still remains as ruins.Photo from: The Ruins of Selatangar. 

Selatangar is one of the few coastal fishing stations that still exists in Iceland, found in the south of the Reykjanes Peninsula, 14 km (8.5 mi) east of the town of Grindavik

From the early 14th century to the 19th century, Icelanders built fishing stations as an essential supplement to their farmsteads, the fish being utilised for food and trade with visiting merchants. For fish, Icelanders could often acquire items unavailable on the island, such as coffee, alcohol and corn. 

Regardless of the prize, life on these fishing stations was unbelievably difficult; those living there had to face not the only the notoriously challenging Icelandic weather, but also the tempestuous Atlantic Ocean. This was especially the case during the hazardous winter months, from November to May. 

To access Selatangar, follow the road to Krýsuvík, Route 42. From this road, move off onto Route 427. This road is only accessible to 4WD vehicles. Along this road, there is a signpost that directs you to the Selatangar carpark. Walking to the ruins from the car park takes approximately fifteen minutes. 

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