Akranes town started to form as we know it today in the 19th century. It is a fishing village. In the year 1942 it was chartered and for the next years to come it experienced the largest increase of  peoples population in the town’s history.

Akranes main industry is the fishing industry but Akranes also has a cement plant which has been operated in the town since the 50’ and an aluminum smelting plant has been there since 1998.