Introduction

Distant Raufarhöfn (roy-ver-hup), Iceland’s northernmost mainland township, is a quiet place with a jaunty orange lighthouse on the point. The port has functioned since the Saga Age, but the town’s economic peak came early in the 20th century during the herring boom, when it was second to Siglufjörður in volume. Today, Raufarhöfn’s rows of dull prefab housing give few clues to its illustrious past. You feel a long way from the gloss and glamour of Iceland's well-oiled tourist machine here. It's best known for the Arctic Henge project.