Samherji awarded the Icelandic Fisheries Awards 2017 in two categories - Outstanding Fish Processing and Outstanding Captain

The prize is awarded to Samherji for the land processing of the company in Akureyri and Dalvík. The prizes are first and foremost an acknowledgement of the wonderful work of our staff through the years. The evaluation of the jury stated that "Samherji has received this recognition for having played a leading role for years in developing technology and equipment in fish processing."
Guðmundur Þ. Jónsson's captain of Vilhelm Thorsteinsson EA received the award in the Outstanding Captain category.


Samherji and Ice Fresh Seafood are proud to air the new promotion videos that were premiered at the Seafood Expo in Brussels last April. The videos are a new and fresh way to introduce the brand Ice Fresh Seafood and what Samherji and Ice Fresh Seafood stand for.

"THE QUEST FOR QUALITY - Passion for fish products"
"THE QUEST FOR QUALITY - From catch to table"

Samherji’s successful operation in year 2016

“We are proud of the operating performance of Samherji hf. Coordinated effort, diligence, hard work and faith among our employees and associates all over the world has once more returned gains, over which there is every reason to rejoice” says Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, CEO of Samherji hf. when the group´s annual financial statements for the year 2016 were presented, after Samherji’s Annual General Meeting.
The profit of Samherji hf. from the operations of the company’s subsidiaries and associates in fifteen countries amounted to ISK 14.3 billion. More than half the group´s operations are abroad.

The new Cuxhaven NC starts fishing

Cuxhaven NC 100 the new ship of Deutsche Fischfang Union GmbH, a subsidiary of Samherji in Germany, has left for her first fishing trip. Cuxhaven NC 100, designed by Rolls Royce, is 81,22m long and 16m wide, built in the Mykleburst shipyard in Norway. Cuxhaven is the first new construction for Deutsche Fischfang Union in 21 years, the previous ship having had the same name, Cuxhaven. The ship’s captains are Stefán Viðar Þórisson and Hannes Kristjánsson.
The owners of Samherji along with Haraldur Grétarsson, the Managing Director of Deutsche Fischfang Union and Óskar Ævarsson, the Manager of fishing, formally received the ship in Ålesund, Norway August 15th. Then, on August 20th after fishing equipment was loaded on board and the ship prepared in every other respect, Cuxhaven sailed to fish in the Barents Sea.

Samherji and Ice Fresh Seafood - New promo video

Samherji and Ice Fresh Seafood are proud to air the new promotion videos that were premiered at the Seafood Expo in Brussels last April. The videos are a new and fresh way to introduce the brand Ice Fresh Seafood and what Samherji and Ice Fresh Seafood stand for.

The first one THE QUEST FOR QUALITY - Passion for fish products is here 

Samherji plans to build a new and more advanced fish processing factory in Dalvík

investments for 11 billion ISK in the fishing industry in Eyjafjörður area in just 3 years

Samherji has signed a land lease agreement with Dalvík town for around 23,000 square mtrs of land for a new house in Dalvík. The agreement is a major step towards a new and more advanced operation of Samherji in Dalvík. The transfer of Samherji's operations to the port area also creates opportunities for Dalvik town to organize the area in a way that benefits the community as a whole. Samherji's investment in housing and equipment is estimated around 3,500 million ISK.


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Norsk Sjømat and Samherji are investing in Northern Norway

Norsk Sjømat has increased its stake to 60,1 percent in the Norwegian fishery group Nergård. Samherji has at the same time increased its stake to 39,9 percent. The companies are looking to invest in processing, manufacturing and development of new whitefish products in Northern Norway.

Letter to employees

We are very pleased to be able to inform you that the Icelandic Central Bank has finally admitted that its allegations against Samherji’s subsidiary, Kaldbakur ehf. were unfounded. Consequently the Central Bank has dropped the case, after an investigation lasting for nearly 60 months. It should be mentioned at this point that the case related to two bank transfers, one of which amounted to 1,500 NOK (ISK 19,700), cf. accompanying section from a letter written by the Governor of the Central Bank. The company had complied with the bank’s request and submitted all documentation required by the bank. Thus, these documents were not confiscated in the house search. On the basis of those documents, the bank submitted two charges to the police.

With this decision, the Central Bank has finally closed its cases against Samherji and affiliated companies. An unresolved issue, however, relates to a nullification case currently being conducted in the Reykjavík District Court with regard to an inappropriate fine imposed on Samherji by the Central Bank in September this year. We remain optimistic that this case, also, will be concluded as a complete victory for us. 

Samherji employs a new CFO

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that Samherji hf. has employed Mr. Jon Rafn Ragnarsson as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Jon Rafn is born in 1979 in Reykjavik. He graduated with a MSc. in Business from the University of Iceland in 2003 and became a state authorised public accountant in 2006. Jon Rafn has been with Deloitte for the past 15 years and a partner since 2008. Alongside his work with Deloitte Jon Rafn has been active within the Institute of State Authorized Public Accountants and been a teaching Management Accounting and Auditing at Reykjavik University for ten years.

Jon Rafn's spouse is Mrs. Ellen Maria Sveinbjörnsdottir, MSc. in Business from the University of Iceland. She is born in 1975 in Arendal in Norway and together they have two young children. Jon Rafn also has two children from a previous relationship. 

Jon Rafn will begin working for Samherji hf. soon and the family will move to Akureyri this summer. To begin with Jon Rafn will work alongside Sigursteinn Ingvarsson. 

We welcome Jon Rafn on board our team and his family to Akureyri. 

Best regards,

Thorsteinn Mar

Samherji leads the list of the strongest companies in Iceland