Pronounced Saudhárkrókur or Sauthárkrókur it literally means sheep-river-hook and refers to the place where the river Sauðá meets the ocean. The sand on the river banks is of the finest quality, super fine as any sand found in the Caribbean, only it demonstrates its volcanic heritage by being dark grey in color.
Nowadays Sauðárkrókur is a town of about 3000 inhabitants in the northwest of Iceland. It is a center for the shrimp fishing industry and for the district’s commerce and services. As one of the pictures attests, there is also at least one artist in town as seen on the wall painting of one of the shrimp processing factories, which could easily carry the subtitle “Hommage à René Magritte”. And a sculptor whose statue of the ever present Icelandic horse graces Main Street.
The town’s claim to celebrity fame: Marlene Dietrich slept here when she passed through Iceland on one of her “Entertaining the American Troops” missions during World War II – in a comfortable wooden house made originally in Norway in the early 1820s, taken apart, transported to Iceland and ultimately to Sauðárkrókur and built together again there. Since 1884 it has housed the Hotel Tindastóll and can thus pride itself with being the oldest hotel in all of Iceland. You, too, can sleep in the Marlene room, though the mattress (thankfully) is a new one by now.