Fishing has long been the main pillar of the Icelandic economy and part of the nation's history and heritage. In towns by the coast you will find that the harbor is often the main hub of activities. the Old Reykjavik harbor is not different. The old harbor is a charming and colourful harbour area in the city center. The area offers small shops, restaurants, and cafés by the sea where you can see the Icelandic fishing ships and boats docked. The old harbor area stretches between Harpa concert hall in the east to The Reykjavik Maritime museum in the west offering a glimpse into Iceland's seafaring history and peoples battle with the often unforgiving ocean. The construction of the old harbor was completed in 1917 and for the job two small locomotives were imported to transport rock from Öskjuhlíð hill to the harbor. one of them is on display by the harbor and it is the only train you will see in Iceland. From the old harbor it is a short boat ride into the Faxaflói bay which is teaming with life. So whale puffin and sea angling tours have become very popular these tours all depart from the old harbor and in winter you are even able to go on a northern lights cruise.