Patreksfjordur is a new cruise destination in the Westfjords of Iceland. It is the largest town in the Southern Westfjords and the westernmost town of Europe, predominantly a fishing town with various services and public administration.
The town is rich in commercial and cultural history, the birthplace of many well-known artists and a base for English, French and German fishermen, merchants, and naval mariners in the early days, explained Gunnthorunn Bender, general manager Westfjords Adventures.
Two small ships can be alongside at the same time at the pier of 230m in length. Thewidth of the canal is 40m at low tide. Depth at low tide is 5.8m. The height of the pier above water is 6m at low tide and 2m at high tide.
All sizes of cruiseships can be accommodated at anchor. It takes tender boats five to10 minutes to reach the port, which is about 10 minutes walk from the town.
The port is the starting point for trips, such as a walk on Europe’s largest bird cliff, Latrabjarg. The cliff is claimed to be one of the best places in the world to photograph puffins.
Just 30 minutes away is Raudasandur, a magnificent landscape of red coloured sand, black cliffs and the blue Atlantic Ocean complete with a seal colony. Also within easy reach is Dynjadi waterfall, 100 m high and consisting of six small waterfalls forming a spectacular and thunderous power.
The port of Patreksfjordur provides general harbour services such as wharf space or anchorage berths for ships and boats, pilotage, potable water and electricity, as well as weighting and waste disposal services.
The area is excellent for hiking, biking, trout fishing and exploring. There are remote natural hot spring pools all around, incredible nature and amazing bird life in the summer.
(Cruise Europe, Port of Patreksfjörður)