Akranes is a port town in the west coast of Iceland, only 45km (28ml) away from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Akranes lies on the peninsula that separates Hvalfjörður and Borgarfjörður.
In the ninth century, Akranes was settled by the Irish brothers Þormóður and Bresi. Akranes started out as a fishing village, other industries like the cement plant and an aluminum smelting plant (at Grundartangi, near the town itself) have also been operated in the area. Nowadays the fishing industry and commerce is the main source of employment for the inhabitants of Akranes, but the total population is 7314 people. The Akranes Folk Museum allows you to get to know the full history of the town, including fishing boats and houses to explore, that play a key role in the story of this old port town.