Þórðarhöfði

North, Iceland
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Þórðarhöfði Cape is found on the northernmost part of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula. The cape extends outward into the Atlantic Ocean like an outstreched arm, and locks in a beautiful lagoon nestled between the embrace of the sea and the tranquil stillness of the cape. Þórðarhöfði, a dramatic natural formation, is bound to the mainland by a remarkable 2.7-kilometer-long beach strip, which is unique as it is not a sandy beach but a great expanse, covered in a mosaic of large, sharp stones. From the beach you see an island just off the horizon, called Málmey. The cape and the island are known for their dramatic and picturesque landscapes. The coastline features steep cliffs that plunge into the ocean, providing breathtaking views of the arctic waters and the surrounding area.

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Accessibility

There is a 450-meter-long gravel road that leads to the beach. With a permission from the owner, you can drive a 4x4 along the lagoon site, all the way to the cape, but be vary of the tides.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Sauðárkrókur, 47 kilometres away. Around this area, there are many hotels, airbnbs and guesthouses. The cape is only 12 km from the village of Hofsós which is a large village with all the basic services you need.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
The beach is privately owned and part of the cape.
Ask the property owner for shooting permission

Basecamp and facilities

At the start of the beach that leads to the cape, there is a small parking area. Within 3 kilometers lies a farm with fields better suited for larger basecamps. There are no facilities at this location. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The waves can be treacherous. The rocks on the beach are large stones, making it difficult to walk in. The cape itself has high cliffs in places, where rockfalls occur and the edges are unstable.

Visitors

The area is a low tourist attraction but more popular with the locals for short hikes.

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