Dalvík

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Dalvík
Town and Municipality
Location of the Municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð
Location of the Municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð
Dalvík is located in Iceland
Dalvík
Dalvík
Location of Dalvík
Coordinates: 65°58′N 18°32′W / 65.967°N 18.533°W / 65.967; -18.533
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Norðausturkjördæmi
Region[2] Norðurland eystra
County Eyjafjarðarsýsla
Municipality Dalvíkurbyggð
Population (January 2011)
 • Total 1,454
Postal code 620
Website Official website

Dalvík is the main village of the Icelandic municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð.

The population of the village Dalvík is approximately 1,400.[3]

The town's name Dal-vík means "dale-bay."

Geography[edit]

Dalvík is on the western shore of Eyjafjörður in the valley of Svarfaðardalur.

Transportation[edit]

Dalvík harbor is a regional commercial port for import and fishing. The ferry Sæfari, which sails from Dalvík, serves the island of Grímsey, Iceland's northernmost community, which lies on the Arctic Circle.

Culture[edit]

The annual Fiskidagurinn mikli is held the Saturday after the first Monday of August, attended by up to 30,000 people who enjoy a free fish buffet sponsored by the local fishing industry.[4]

Sports[edit]

In sports, Dalvík is probably most known for alpine skiing with Böggvisstaðafjall ski area one of the best known ski areas in Iceland. The town has produced a series of skiers that have represented Iceland in the Olympics, World Cups, World Championships, European Cups as well as other international and national competitions. Amongst these have been Daníel Hilmarsson, Sveinn Brynjólfsson and currently Björgvin Björgvinsson.

Football teams from the village have had their ups and downs but have managed to produce some nationally known players but the most recognized one is without a doubt the Cardiff City forward Heiðar Helguson.

Hamar golf club is a thriving club that has a 9 hole golf course a short drive outside Dalvík.

Economy[edit]

The local economy is based upon fisheries and fish processing. Dalvík is also a tourist destination for boat trips in whale watching and heli skiing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ Hagstofa Íslands, Statistics Iceland Website
  4. ^ The Great Fish Day, Iceland Review article.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 65°58′N 18°32′W / 65.967°N 18.533°W / 65.967; -18.533