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Weird Concrete Shapes in Þorlákshöfn

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Weird Concrete Shapes in Þorlákshöfn

Dolosse in the Þorlákshöfn area

Photo: Golli

Q: There is a concrete shape, similar to an anchor, in the middle of the roundabout where roads 427 and 38 meet outside of Þorlákshöfn. What was it used for? I have also seen a photograph of many of them in a very large circle, I'm sure many visitors passing through have wondered about their purpose.I have tried to find out the answer via the internet but without any success. Can you please help?

Paul Kemp

A: Hi Paul,

The concrete shape in question is named dolos, which were placed in the harbour wall of Þorlákshöfn, acting as a breakwater to protect the harbour and the sand dunes in the area. The design is originally from South Africa and has been used all around the world. The dolosse were placed in Þorlákshöfn in 1974-76, and are much needed in an area which features strong currents that have eroded land for ages. Each one weighs just over 9 tons and a total of 2900 dolosse stones were put in place in the area. They also feature on the official emblem of Ölfus, the municipality that the town of Þorlákshöfn is situated in. The dolos situated in the roundabout was placed there in 2010 to honour the official emblem. Hope this helped!