Grundarfjörður

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Grundarfjörður
Town and Municipality
Iceland Grundarfjördur.jpg
Location of the Municipality of Grundarfjardarbær
Location of the Municipality of Grundarfjardarbær
Grundarfjörður is located in Iceland
Grundarfjörður
Grundarfjörður
Location of the Municipality of Grundarfjardarbær
Coordinates: 64°55′N 23°15′W / 64.917°N 23.250°W / 64.917; -23.250Coordinates: 64°55′N 23°15′W / 64.917°N 23.250°W / 64.917; -23.250
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Norðvesturkjördæmi
Region[2] Vesturland
County Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
Municipality Grundarfjörður
Population (2013)
 • Total 905
Post Code 350
Website Official website

Grundarfjörður is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland.

The town had 938 inhabitants in 2004 and 974 inhabitants in 2005. It is situated between a mountain range and the sea. The nearby mountain Kirkjufell forms a small peninsula.

Overview[edit]

The town received the right to do commerce in 1786. Around 1800, French merchants came to Iceland and lived in Grundarfjörður, where they constructed a church and a hospital of their own. The town has become rich through the fishing industry, and this wealth shows in the style of the original, luxurious houses being built.

The road to nearby Stykkishólmur crosses a big lava field, called Berserkjahraun. This is partially warm, so that even in winter, there is not snow everywhere. The name of the lava field comes from the Eyrbyggja saga, according to which two Berserkers were slain here by their master, because one of them fell in love with his master's daughter.

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division

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