Flateyri

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Flateyri
Village
Location of the Municipality of Ísafjarðarbær
Location of the Municipality of Ísafjarðarbær
Flateyri is located in Iceland
Flateyri
Flateyri
Location of the Municipality of Ísafjarðarbær
Coordinates: 66°03′N 23°31′W / 66.050°N 23.517°W / 66.050; -23.517
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Norðvesturkjördæmi
Region[2] Vestfirðir
County Vestur-Ísafjarðarsýsla
Municipality Ísafjarðarbær
Population (January 2011)
 • Total 237
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Flateyri is a village situated in Iceland's Westfjords. With a population of approximately 237, it is the largest settlement in Önundarfjörður.

History[edit]

Flateyri has been a trading post since 1792, and temporarily became a major whaling center in the 19th century. In October 1995 an avalanche hit the village, destroying 29 homes and killing 20 people. Since then a deflecting dam has been built to protect the village from any further avalanches. In the 1990s, Flateyri prospered as a fishing village and, but after the recession hit its main fishing companies shut down and many people left. A German fishing company has set up base in Flateyri and are currently fishing in and just out of Önundarfjörður.

The Esso gas station in Flateyri was the subject of a Belgian documentary in a series about gas stations around the world. The avalanche 1995 was also a subject of a feature documentary, 66°23 North West (The Day of The Avalanche), which premiered in a Reykjavik cinema at the 15th anniversary of the avalanche in 2010.[3]

Avalanche dam in A form in Flateyri

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Coordinates: 66°03′N 23°31′W / 66.050°N 23.517°W / 66.050; -23.517