There was a 23% increase in transport through Þorlákshöfn harbour in Southwest Iceland between 2019 and 2020, according to newly released figures from Statistics Iceland. The ports of Reykjavík, Grundartangi, Straumsvík and Mjóeyri in Reyðarfjörður maintained their positions as the four busiest ports in Iceland in 2020. The rankings are based on tonnes loaded and unloaded at the ports.
Local authorities in Þorlákshöfn are planning an ISK 3 billion [$23.3 million; €20 million] expansion of the harbour that would allow it to accommodate ships up to 180 metres long and 30 metres wide. The renovation would take three years to complete but the new harbour would be usable within two years, according to Elliði Vignisson, mayor of Ölfus municipality.
By docking in Þorlákshöfn instead of Reykjavík, cargo ships would shorten their journey between Iceland and Europe by up to 24 hours, which would lessen the carbon footprint of transport, Elliði stated. A larger harbour in the town could also prove beneficial for the tourism industry, the mayor argued.