Mynd af Atlantic Leather

Atlantic Leather


Atlantic Leather is an Icelandic tannery leading in manufacturing exotic leather from fishskin in addition to the more traditional longwool sheepskin tanning. The fishleather is produced from four different species of fish; Salmon, perch, wolffish and cod – each with its own unique characteristics - in a diverse range of colours, textures and finishes. Atlantic Leather is stationed in Sauðárkrókur, a small but vibrant community of roughly 3000 inhabitants, located in the heart of Skagafjörður, Iceland. The development of the fish leather has been in process since 1994, but the idea itself is rooted in tradition whereas centuries ago Icelanders wore shoes made of wolffish skin.

“The fish leather produced at Atlantic Leather is environmentally friendly in two different ways: it is a bi-product of the fishing industry, utilising raw material that would not otherwise be used; and the production process makes use of renewable hydro and geothermal energy.”

From the outset Atlantic Leather has been a leading enterprise in the development of fish leather. It is, for instance, the only company in the world that makes wolffish leather, and it is also the only tannery in the world that has successfully developed a way to make washable salmon leather. Being stronger than regular leather due to the alignment of fibers within the leather, it can serve purpose in everything from jewelry to handbag to panels! The sky is the limit when it comes to creating new platforms for functionality in fish leather!

“We strive for sustainability, and we pride ourselves in the fact that all products going through our factory - whether it being from fish, lamb, horse or other animal - is all a bi-product from other industries such as agricultural industries or the food industry. NO ANIMAL IS KILLED WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING ITS SKIN ON OUR PREMESIS!”

This gallery contains pictures captured in our beautiful Skagafjörður. The photographer's name is Davíð and he can be contacted through:


Gunnsteinn Björnsson