Patreksfjörður is a sombre, impressive mountain-sheltered fjord with bare, sheer sided slopes. The fjord was named after Partick, a Scottish bishop and the spiritual guide of the first settler in the area. Situated in the Patreksfjörður Fjord, the town named after the fjord itself. Patreksfjörður is a small town with a population of about 750. Here, a costal lagoon has been dredged and opened to the sea to provide a sheltered harbour. Fishing and fish processing has long been the main industry in the village because of the nearby rich fishing grounds. However, with better ships and regulations on fishing quotas, the village has in the past years, lost some of its competitive advantage but with fish farming in nearby fjords and increasing tourism, the towns future looks promising.
Patreksfjörður town is ideally located as a base for those exploring the southern part of the West Fjords visiting the largest bird cliff in Europe at Látrabjarg and the beautiful Rauðisandur Beach to name a few. At Patreksfjörður Town, you will find all major services like restaurants, gas stations grocery store and a public outdoor swimming pool in a relaxing setting, so make sure to not just pass by this beautiful town. Látrabjarg Cliff is across the fjord from Paterksfjöður and is the largest sea cliff in Europe with millions of nesting seabirds in summer. Rauðasandur, which is also known as Rauðisandur that translates as Red Sand is about 10 kilemeters long sand beach with a unique red color, located between Patreksfjörður and Látrabjarg.