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View of Neskaupstaður
View of Neskaupstaður
Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
Neskaupstaður is located in Iceland
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 65°09′N 13°42′W / 65.150°N 13.700°W / 65.150; -13.700
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Norðausturkjördæmi
Region[2] Austurland
County Suður-Múlasýsla
Municipality COA Fjardabyggd.png Fjarðabyggð
Population (2008)
 • Total 1,437
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Website Official website

Neskaupstaður is a town located on the fjord Norðfjörður on the eastern side of Iceland. It is part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð and, as of 2011, it has a population of 1,437. Neskaupstaður is the third largest town in Austurland (Eastern Region). The town's location places it further north than Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks.


It suffered severe depopulation in the 1990s, but this has been reversed as a result of the building of an aluminum smelter and a new hydroelectric power-plant in East Iceland.

In 1974 an avalanche came down about the middle of the town and killed 12 people. Since then a number of protection barriers have been built to save the town from future avalanches.

Neskaupstaður joined Eskifjörður and Reyðarfjörður in 1998 to form the new municipality of Fjarðabyggð ("fjords-settlement").

The 2002 Icelandic movie Hafið (The Sea) was filmed almost entirely in and around Neskaupstaður.


The other villages composing the municipality are: Eskifjörður (1,043 inh.), Fáskrúðsfjörður (662 inh.), Mjóifjörður (35 inh.), Reyðarfjörður (1,102 inh.) and Stöðvarfjörður (203 inh.).[3]


Síldarvinnslan h/f operates one of the most advanced fish processing plants in Europe, it mainly produces fish for human consumption. The company and its partners employ about 220 workers, and the 2010 revenue was USD 128 million.


Museum House(Safnahúsið) located in the center of the town houses an art gallery, a natural history museum and a sea museum under one roof.

Nordfjardarnipais and the surrounding area became Iceland's first official national park in 1972. Nordfjardarnipais separates Nordfjordur from Mjoifjordur.

Nearest airport is Egilsstaðir. The main carrier is Air Iceland with flights to Reykjavík.

Notable Natives[edit]

Tryggvi Ólafsson one of Iceland’s best known contemporary artists was born here in 1940.

Twin towns[edit]



  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ (Icelandic) Infos on Fjarðabyggð municipal website

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 65°09′N 13°42′W / 65.150°N 13.700°W / 65.150; -13.700